Dr. Sabrina Metzger

Sabrina Metzger
Dr. Sabrina Metzger
Building E, Room 420
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1316
+49 331 288-1370

Research Interests:

Tectonic Geodesy: I am a postdoctoral fellow at GFZ Potsdam. I am interested in the tectonics of fault systems at plate boundaries. Based on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and Interferometric Satellite Aperture RADAR (InSAR) time-series analyses I model the source kinematics in order to understand the driving forces of crustal deformation.


Since 2013  Post-Doc, Lithosphere Dynamics, GFZ Potsdam, Germany
2015 / 2018 Parental leave
2008 - 2012 Research assistant, Institute of Geophysics, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
2007 - 2008 Spectraseis Technologie AG, Zürich, Switzerland
2005 - 2006 Swiss Seismological Service, Zürich, Switzerland


2008 - 2012 PhD, Institute of Geophysics, ETH Zürich, Switzerland 
2000 - 2005 Diploma, Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences, ETH Zürich, Switzerland 



  • Geophysical Field Course - hammer stroke seismics, ETH Zurich (BSc)
  • Crustal deformation measured with radar satellite interferometry (InSAR), Theory and Practicals using a case study, Potsdam University (MSc 4ECTS)
  • Supervision of 1 PhD, 2 MSc, 1 BSc theses and 1 intern


Bloch, W., Metzger, S., Schurr, B., Yuan, X., Ratschbacher, L., Reuter, S., Xu, Q., Zhao, J., Murodkulov, Sh., Oimuhammadzoda, I. (2021). The 2015 - 2017 Pamir Earthquake Sequence: Fore-, Main-, and Aftershocks, Seismotectonics and Fault Interaction. Under review at J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, preprint available at ESSOAR

Metzger, S., Gagala, L., Ratschbacher, L., Lazecky, M., Maghsoudi, Y., & Schurr, B. (2021). Tajik Depression and Greater Pamir Neotectonics from InSAR Rate Maps. J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 126, e2021JB022775. doi:10.1029/2021JB022775

Metzger, S., Kakar, N., Zubovich, A., Borisov, M., Saif, S., Panjsheri, A.H., Rahmani, J.R., Zaryab, M.Y., Rezai, M.T., Deng, Z., Bendick, R., Kufner, S.-K., Okoev, J. (2021): Survey mode GNSS data, acquired 2014-2019 in the Afghan Hindu Kush and across northern Pamir margin, Central Asia. GFZ Data Services. doi:10.5880/GFZ.4.1.2021.003

Kufner, S.-K., Kakar, N., Bezada, M., Bloch, W., Metzger, S., Yuan, X., Mechie, J., Ratschbacher, L., Murodkulov, Sh., Deng, Z., Schurr, B. (2021), The Hindu Kush slab break-off as revealed by deep structure and crustal deformation, Nature Comm., 12, 1685,  doi:10.1038/s41467-021-21760-w (open access).
Metzger, S., Ischuk, A., Deng, Z., Ratschbacher, L., Perry, M. Kufner, S.-K., Bendick, R., Moreno, M. (2020), Dense GNSS profiles across the northwestern tip of the India-Asia collision zone: Triggered slip and westward flow of the Peter the First Range, Pamir, into the Tajik Depression, Tectonics, 39, e2019TC005797,   doi:10.1029/2019TC005797 (open access). 

Metzger, S., Ischuk, A., Akhmedov, A., Ilyasova, Z., Moreno, M., Murodkulov, S., & Deng, Z. (2019). Survey mode GPS data in the West Pamir, Tajikistan, Central Asia, 2013–2016, GFZ Data Servicesdoi:10.5880/GFZ.4.1.2019.007 .

Perry, M. Kakar, N., Ischuk, A.,   Metzger, S., Bendick, R., Molnar, P., Mohadjer, S. (2019), Little geodetic evidence for localized Indian subduction in the Pamir-Hindu Kush of Central Asia,  Geophys. Res. Lett., 46, 109-118,  doi:10.1029/2018GL080065 [  pdf ] [ suppl]. 

Kufner, S.-K., Schurr, B., Ratschbacher, L., Murodkulov, S., Abdulhameed, S., Ischuk, A.,   Metzger, S., Kakar, N. (2018), Seismotectonics of the Tajik basin and surrounding mountain ranges,  Tectonicsdoi:10.1029/2017TC004812 [  pdf ] [  suppl]. 
Hoffmann, F.,   Metzger, S., Moreno, M., Deng, Z., Sippl, C., Ortega-Culaciati, F., Oncken, O. (2018), Characterizing afterslip and ground displacement rate increase following the 2014 Iquique‐Pisagua Mw 8.1 earthquake, Northern Chile,  J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 123, 4171–4192,  doi:10.1002/2017JB014970. [  pdf ]

Moreno, M., Li, S., Melnick, D., Bedford, J.R., Baez, J.C., Motagh, M.,  Metzger, S., Vajedian, S., Sippl, C., Gutknecht, B.D., Contreras-Reyes, E., Deng, Z., Tassara, A., Oncken, O. (2018), Chilean megathrust earthquake recurrence linked to frictional contrast at depth,  Nature Geoscience., 11, 285-290,  doi:10.1038/s41561-018-0089-5 [  pdf ] [  suppl ] 

Passarrelli, L., Rivalta, E., Jónsson, S., Hensch, M.,  Metzger, S., Jakobsdóttir, S., Maccaferri, F., Corbi, F., Dahm, T., 2018, Scaling and spatial complementarity of tectonic earthquake swarms,  Earth Plan. Sci. Lett., 482, 62-70, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2017.10.052 [  pdf ] [  suppl ] 

Metzger, S.
, Schurr, B., Ratschbacher, L., Sudhaus, H., Kufner, S.-K., Schöne, T., Zhang, Y., Perry, M., Bendick, R. (2017), The 2015 M  w Sarez strike-slip earthquake in the Pamir interior: Response to the underthrusting of India's western promontory,  Tectonics, 36, 2407-2421,  doi:10.1002/2017TC004581 [  pdf ] [  suppl ] 

Zubovich, A., Schöne, T.,  Metzger, S., Mosienko, O., Mukhamediev, Sh., Sharshebaev, A., Zech, C. (2016), Tectonic interaction between the Pamir and Tien Shan observed by GPS,  Tectonics, 35, 283-292,  doi:10.1002/2015TC004055 [  pdf ] 

Metzger, S.
, and Jónsson, S., 2014, Plate boundary deformation in North Iceland during 1992-2009 revealed by InSAR time-series analysis and GPS,  Tectonophysics, 634, 127-138,  doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2014.07.027 [  pdf ] 

Tormann, T. Wiemer, S.,   Metzger, S., Michael, A., Hardebeck, J.L. (2013), Size-distribution of Parkfield's microearthquakes reflects changes in surface creep rate,  Geophys. J. Int., 193:1474-1478,  doi:10.1093/gji/ggt093 [  link

Metzger, S., Jónsson, S., Danielsen, G.J.K., Hreinsdottir, S., Jouanne, F., Giardini, D., Villemin, T. (2013), Present kinematics of the Tjörnes Fracture Zone, North Iceland, from campaign and continuous GPS measurements,  Geophys. J. Int., 192:441-455, doi:10.1093/gji/ggs032 [  pdf

Metzger, S., Jónsson, S. and Geirsson, H. (2011), Locking depth and slip-rate of the Húsavík Flatey fault, North Iceland, derived from continuous GPS data 2006-2010,  Geophys. J. Int., 187:564-567,  doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05176.x [  pdf

Geirsson, H., Árnadottir, Th., Hreinsdottir, S., Decriem, J., LaFemina, P.C., Jónsson, S., Bennett, R.A.,   Metzger, S., Holland, A., Sturkell, E.,Villemin, Th., Voelksen, C., Sigmundsson, F., Einarsson, P., Roberts, M.J., Sveinbjörnsson, H. (2010), Overview of results from continuous GPS observations in Iceland from 1995 to 2010,  Jökull, 60 [  pdf] [  figures]  

Saenger, E., Schmalholz, S.M., Lambert, M.A., Nguyen, T. Torres, A.,
 Metzger, S., Habiger, R.M., Mueller, T., Rentsch, S. and Mendez-Hernandez, E. (2009), A passive seismic survey over a gas field: Analysis of low-frequency anomalies, Geophysics, 74(2), O29-O40, doi:10.1190/1.3078402 [  pdf]