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Geophysical Institute (GPI)

Department of Physics

Hertzstr. 16
Bldg. 6.42
76187 Karlsruhe

Tel.: +49 (0)721 608 - 44558

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General Geophysics:
Prof. Dr. Andreas Rietbrock


Head of Institute


Kerstin Dick

Hertzstr. 16

Building 6.42 

76187 Karlsruhe



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Applied Geophysics:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Bohlen


Claudia Payne

Hertzstr. 16

Building 6.36 

76187 Karlsruhe



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


Applied Geophysics (Professor Dr. Thomas Bohlen)

General Geophysics (Professor Dr. Andreas Rietbrock)


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.


The Institute is organized into three research areas:


Applied Geophysics        Natural Hazards and Risks        Seismology



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


  • Development and improvement of exploration methods for hydrocarbons and other underground resources 
  • 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 and master programs in geophysics.


The Geophysical Institute is located in buildings 6.42, 6.36 and 6.34 on the west Campus.