Geophysical Institute (GPI)

Field Work: Students learn typical measurement procedures in the field

Black Forest Observatory (BFO): Observatory of the KIT and the Universität Stuttgart

Applied Geophysics: Wave Field Modelling

The Institute: View of a part of the Geophysical Institute on Campus West of the KIT


The Geophysical Institute is part of the Department of Physics and comprises two chairs:


The Institute was founded in 1964 by Professor Stephan Müller. In 1970, he was succeeded by Professor Karl Fuchs, who retired in 1997. His successor is Professor Friedemann Wenzel, who was then appointed to the University of Karlsruhe in 1994. In 1986, a second chair was established at the Institute, to which Professor Peter Hubral was appointed. In 2009, he was succeeded by Professor Thomas Bohlen.

We focus on the theoretical challenges of seismology, computer-intensive modeling, and inversions of geophysical observations, as well as on field seismology.


  • Development of seismic modelling and inversion methods for the reconstruction of the interior of the earth
  • Development of seismology-supported reservoir management methods
  • Extending knowledge on the formation, dynamics, and structure of the solid Earth
  • Quantification, forecasting, and early warning of natural disasters in a geological/geophysical context

We offer Bachelor's and Master's programs in Geophysics.