Helmholtz-Zentrum Deutsches Geoforschungszentrum

Prof. Dr. Torsten Dahm

Prof. Dr. Torsten Dahm
Haus H 7, Raum 201 (Büro)
Helmholtzstraße 6/7
14467 Potsdam

Funktion und Aufgaben:

  • Director Department 2: Geophysics (interim)
  • Head of section 2.1: Physics of Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • Professor in Geophysics/Seismology, University of Potsdam

Wissenschaftliche Interessen:

  • Earthquake physics: earthquake rupture process, source parameter inversion, triggering of earthquakes, fluid related earthquakes, volcanic earthquakes, seismicity, induced seismicity.
  • Physics of fractures: emplacement, slow dislocations, fracture related intrusion, effective parameter, hydraulic fracturing, fluid- and pressure in the sub-ground.
  • Theoretical and experimental seismology: wave propagation and wavefield inversion, structural and velocity tomography, damping, ambient vibrations, surface wave studies, microseisms and noise.
  • Marine broadband seismology


  • 2000 Habilitation in Geophyiscs, University of Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1994 Dr. rer nat. in Geophysics, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 1990 Diploma in Geophysics

Werdegang / Ausbildung:

  • Since 2012 W3 Professor in Geophysics at University of Potsdam. Head of the Section 2.1 “Physics of Earthquakes and Volcanoes” at GFZ Potsdam
  • 2000 - 2012  C3 Professor in Seismology at the University Hamburg, Germany. Head of the Seismology Group.
  • 1994 – 2000  Hochschulassistent University Frankfurt with Prof. Gerhard Müller
  • 1990– 1994  PhD at Faculty of Physics, Institute of Geophysics, University Karlsruhe

Teaching experience

    • Regular supervision of PhD, MSc and BSc projects
    • Regular teaching at University (in german, lecture notes are available as pdf on request): Introduction to Geophysics (2001-2012), Traveltime seismology (2000-2012), Body and surface wave seismology (2007-2011), Rupture processes in seismology and volcanology (2008-today), Inversion problems in geophysics (2000-2012), Signal analysis in Geophysics (2013) and Seismological data recording (2003), Fundamentals of mathematical Geophysics (2001)
    • Contributions to international training courses / summer schools (moment tensor inversion, array seismology, study of seismic swarms associated with fluid movement, GFZ-Unesco training course)


    • Associate editor in earthquake seismology for Geophysical Journal International (2002-2006)
    • Editor in Chief for Journal of Seismology (2005-2012)
    • Reviewer panels for specific projects (BMBF, EU, DFG, other)
    • PI scientist for ship cruises
    • Consultancy for case studies of induced seismicity


see webpages section 2.1

Wissenschaftliche Gremien:

  • Advisory board German Geophysical Society (DGG)
  • German representative in EPOS WG 10: Induced Seismicity
  • NKGG spokesperson for „Seimology and Physics of the Earth Interior of ISAPEI
  • Advisory board German instrument pool for amphibian seismology (DEPAS)

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