Dr. Sabrina Metzger

Scientist
Dr. Sabrina Metzger
Building E, Room 420
Telegrafenberg
14473 Potsdam

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.

Career:

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

Education:

2014 - 2015 Diploma "Senior Teaching Professionals", Netzwerk Studienqualität Brandenburg
2008 - 2012 PhD, Institute of Geophysics, ETH Zürich, Switzerland 
2000 - 2005 Diploma, Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences, ETH Zürich, Switzerland 

Projects:

Teaching:
  • 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
Publications:
Zubovich A., Metzger, S., Kley, J., Schöne, T., Zech, C. (2022), Co-seismic slip activation, observed by high-resolution geodetic data at the Pamir front, Central Asia, under review at Tectonics.  

Bloch, W., Metzger, S., Schurr, B., Yuan, X., Ratschbacher, L., Reuter, S., Xu, Q., Zhao, J., Murodkulov, Sh., Oimuhammadzoda, I. (2022). The 2015 - 2017 Pamir Earthquake Sequence: Fore-, Main-, and Aftershocks, Seismotectonics and Fault Interaction. Under review at J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, preprint at ESSOAR  

Peña, C., Metzger, S., Heidbach, O., Bedford, J., Bookhagen, B., Moreno, M., Oncken, O., Cotton, F. (2022), Role of poroelasticity during the early postseismic deformation of the 2010 Maule megathrust earthquake. Geophysical Research Letters, 49, e2022GL098144. doi:10.1029/2022GL098144  

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 (open access)  

Metzger, S., Lazecky, M., Maghsoudi, Y. (2021). High-resolution rate maps from the Tajik basin and the Pamir. GFZ Data Servicesdoi:10.5880/GFZ.4.1.2021.005  

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,  Tectonics. doi: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.2017.10.052pdf ] [ suppl ]   

Metzger, S., Schurr, B., Ratschbacher, L., Sudhaus, H., Kufner, S.-K., Schöne, T., Zhang, Y., Perry, M., Bendick, R. (2017), The 2015 Mw 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 ]  

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