Seismology group


Seismogramm des Kasachstan-Bebens vom 3.1.1911 aufgezeichnet an der Station Helgoland

Seismogram of an earthquake on  January 3rd, 1911 in Kazakhstan with a magnitude of 7.7, recorded on Heligoland.


The analysis of tempo-spatial occurrence of seismic events is one of the main disciplines in the field of seismology. These events include natural/tectonic earthquakes, as well as earthquakes induced by human activity, quakes in the ice or on extraterrestrial planets. Beyond that, the ambient seismic noise field, as naturally excited in the oceans can be analyzed. Seismic unrest, also called seismic tremor, occurs during volcanic activity and along active seismic faults.

Analysing seismic waves excited by any of these sources can be used to image the Earth's interior on all scales, from the deep interior to scales of the Earth's crust and the shallow subsurface.


Seismische Tomographie in Mitteleuropa

Relative variations in shear wave velocity at 100km depth below Central Europe. Volcano symbols mark locations of Cenozoic volcanism (from Meier et al., Tectonophysics, 2016).


Research topics of the Seismology group in Kiel:

  • Seismic tomography

  • Seismicity in subduction zones

  • Seismicity in northern Germany

  • Ocean microseisms

  • Geophysical investigations of the shallow subsurface and on buildings


Interested students are welcome to contact us for further information, student assistant opportunities and / or specific projects for a Bachelor or Master thesis.