Geophysical Institute (GPI)
Excellent practicals in Geophysics

This semester's teaching evaluation revealed excellent courses in our Geophysics programs. The three best rated practicals of the faculty were "Einführung in die Geophysik" (Introduction to Geophysics) from the Geophysics Bachelor program, "Eifel Seismology and Volcanology" course, and "Seismics", both from the Geophysics Master program. Congratulations!

High school students do research in the school laboratory

12th grade high school students (focus on Physics) from Wörth experimented in the geophysics school laboratory on Tuesday, the 21st of January 2020. They carried out experiments on seismology and geoelectrics at various stations. They were given insights into geophysical measuring technology, data registration, their evaluation and interpretation and were able to learn how scientists work.

SWR interview on the White Island eruption

Joachim Ritter is interviewed in the SWR on the White Island volcanic eruption, which took place on the 9th December.

Press release SWR
Presentation of the TremAc results

The results of the TremAc project are now publicly presented. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Emissions and immisions of wind turbines (WEA) were examined. The GPI observed the ground vibrations caused by wind turbines. 

Press release
Traces of earthquakes (after the Ice Age) have been found near by Karlsruhe


A research team from RWTH Aachen University and the GPI are investigating the seismicity in the Upper Rhine Rift. A trench has now been opened near Ettlingen-Oberweier, showing fractures of rock packages. These fracture structures are assigned to earthquakes, which probably reached magnitudes of  6 - 6.5.

Press release
Michael Grund receives Bernd Rendel-Prize 2019 of the DFG

Michael Grund receives the Bernd Rendel-Preis 2019 of the German Research Foundation (DFG) for his promising and original geoscientific research.  This prize is given to extraordinary research of young scientists. Michael achieved high quality results within a broad spectrum of seismological and geoscientific research and he published his achievements in renowned journals.

DFG Press Release (in German)
TV show in 3sat, nano about Eifel earthquake project

The science program nano reported about the DEEP-TEE project (Deep Eifel Earthquakes Project). J. Ritter explains the latest findings on local deep microquakes.

Nano in the 3sat media library
New research results on the Eifel volcanism

Scientists from GPI and other research institutions present evidence of deep and low-frequency earthquakes under the Laacher See volcano caused by magma movements.

Press release of the KIT