Forschende des KIT zeigen, dass die Vorstellung vom starken Einzelbeben an Subduktionszonen überholt sein könnte

Wenn sich eine Erdplatte unter eine andere schiebt, kommt es oft zu starken Erdbeben. An einer solchen Subduktionszone ereignete sich auch das schwere Erdbeben Anfang April 2024 vor Taiwan. Dass es sich bei Beben dieser Art nicht um einen Einzelbruch, sondern um eine Bruchserie in einem Verwerfungsnetzwerk handeln könnte, legt eine aktuelle Studie von Forschenden des Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie (KIT) und Partnern nahe.

Link Verbessertes Verstaendnis von Erdbebenrisiken
SWR Science Talk

Im SWR Science Talk werden aktuelle wissenschaftliche Themen in einem Gespräch vorgestellt. Da es auch für das Radio produziert wird, wird kein Bildmaterial verwendet. Joachim Ritter berichtet über den Eifel Vulkanismus und Erdbeben in Deutschland.

EGU Seismology Blog on GPI Seismic Field Work at the Equator

The Seismology Blog of the European Geosciences Union reports on the fieldwork in Equador which was done by GPI and partners. The blog includes an interview with Benedict Braszus and nice photos.

link to the blog
Geowissenschaftliche Landpartie

Am 23.6. und 24.6. fanden die Veranstaltungen "Auf ein/en Bier/Kaffee mit der Erde" in Balingen auf der Schwäbischen Alb statt. Laura Gassner vom GPI war mit einem Beitrag zum Thema "Erdbebenforschung und Windenergie" beteiligt. Das Projekt findet im Rahmen des "Wissenschaftsjahr 2022 ? Nachgefragt!" statt und hat die Förderung der Wissenschaftskommunikation im ländlichen Raum zum Ziel.

Artikel im Schwarzwälder Boten
SWR-interview: Volcanism

On Sunday, April 10, 2022, the SWR2 Matinee dealt with the topic of volcanism. Here, Joachim Ritter explained basic knowledge about magmatism and volcanoes as well as the ongoing work in the Eifel.

Geophysics School Lab

On Thursday, 31 March 2022, 9th grade high school students from the Helmholtz-Gymnasium in Karlsruhe conducted several experiments in Seismology and Physical Volcanology in the Geophysics school laboratory. Thus, they gained insights into geophysical measurement technology, data registration, its evaluation and interpretation, and were able to see how scientists work. The experiments were supervised by geophysics students from the Bachelor's and Master's programs.

Offers for students
Winner at DGG photo contest

The German Geophysical Society (DGG) has launched a photo contest as part of its 100th anniversary celebration. A photo showing students of KIT during an in-situ lecture at the Italian volcano Vulcano, taking temperature measurements on fumaroles received the highest number of votes in the category 'Study and Geophysics' and was awarded a prize.

100 years DGG
Underestimated hazard

Joachim Ritter explains the background to the volcanic eruption on Tonga in SWR-Wissen.

SWR Interview
Tagesschau interview with Joachim Ritter

Joachim Ritter comments on the massive volcanic explosion near Tonga on January 15, 2022 in the ARD Tagesschau.

ARD Interview
Career profiles of female scientists

On Wednesday, February 02, 2022, Dr. Ellen Gottschämmer will give a talk on the topic "Forscherin am Vulkan - Geophysik in Guatemala (in German)". The talk is intended for high school students who want to learn about the career profile of female scientists. The event is organized by the "Fortbildungszentrum für Technik und Umwelt" at Campus North and held in cooperation with the network "Female Scientists at KIT".


Further information
Study Geophysics?

Four students of the Geophysics Bachelor's program explain why you should study Geophysics at KIT. Check out our new Promo Video!

Bachelor's program in Geophysics
La Palma: Lava reaches sea

SWR interview with Joachim Ritter on the interaction of lava with seawater at La Palma in the Canary Islands.

SWR Interview
SWR Interview: Volcano activity in the Eifel

SWR Interview with Joachim Ritter about the volcano activity in the Eifel.

SWR Interview
Volcano eruption early warning

SWR2 Wissen on 24th SeptemberJochen Steiner (SWR-Redaktion Wissen) in discussion with Ellen Gottschämmer.

SWR2 Interview
Interview to the eruption on La Palma

The news broadcast "SWR3 Topthema" of the 20st September 2021 covered the volcano eruption on La Palma in the Canary Islands. Ellen Gottschämmer gave an interview on this topic.

SWR3 Interview
Plate tectonics: New insights into the history of the formation of the Caribbean Sea

In the VoiLA- Volatiles in the Lesser Antilles project, GPI geophysicists analysed data from seafloor seismometers to create a tomographic image of the Earth's upper mantle down to a depth of about 700 kilometres. In combination with a reconstruction of the global tectonic plate movements of the last 120 million years, evaluated together with partners at Imperial College London, they were able to interpret this image: "The tomography shows subsided tectonic plates beneath today's Caribbean Ocean," says Benedikt Braszus, master student of geophysics at KIT and first author of the study.

They have now published their results in the journal Nature Communications.

Further information (in German)
Walter Zürn: Paul Melchior Medalist for 2021

Walter Zürn receives the Paul Melchior Medal during the 19th International Symposium on Geodynamics and Earth Tides which is held in the week of June 22nd 2021 in Wuhan (China) and online (due to the Covid-19 pandemic).

We congratulate Walter Zürn warmly to this well-deserved award.

Further information
The Deutsche Geophysikalische Gesellschaft (DGG)


The Deutsche Geophysikalische Gesellschaft introduces itself in a new video. It is aimed at people and institutions who are interested in Geophysics. The DGG has set itself the task of disseminating and increasing geophysical knowledge in research and teaching. Get an insight and watch the video.

Trailer of the DGG
Film report in 3sat/nano

Film report in 3sat/nano about interdisciplinary earthquake research in the Upper Rhine Graben.

Film report
Plate tectonics: How water causes earthquakes and volcanism

An international research team has conducted geological and seismological experiments on the volcanic island group of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean to better understand the relationship between earthquake/volcanism and water in the interior of the Earth. Their results can be read in an article in the scientific journal Nature.

Original publication Nature
SWR interview and online report on the impact of Corona on ground vibrations

The corona crisis and the associated restrictions on public life lead to less ground turbulence. The constant ground disturbance is mainly caused by ocean waves, wind, traffic and industry. Sarah Mader and Joachim Ritter found out that the reduction in traffic and industry reduces the ground disturbance at earthquake measuring stations.



Article by SWR Wissen
Master's program in Geophysics at KIT

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) offers a two year Master's program in Geophysics. It is given in English and includes topics on Earthquake and Exploration Seismology as well as Natural Hazards. Teaching takes place in small groups and In Situ Lectures are taught right on site at geophysically fascinating locations. To enter the Master's program you need a solid background in mathematics and physics.

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We are now taking applications for summer semester 2020.

International Master Program in Geophysics