Hazard projects and advanced geotechnologies

Addressed to

Natural Hazards and Risks in Structural Engineering (NHRE) M.Sc.



Dr. Grünthal (GFZ Potsdam)
Dr.-Ing. Schwarz


Course aim

The students will be familiar with the probability of natural hazard and risk determining parameters. They will be able to recognize procedures of hazard assessment and to process input data and to apply tools to study areas. Students will be introduced in further advanced geotechnologies and existing or ongoing global projects conducted by GFZ.


Course content

Seismic Hazard Assessment and Applications (2 SPW - L, 4CP)
Primary input and output parameters for EQHAZ; Earthquake statistics and occurrence probability; Methodology of seismic hazard assessment; Seismicity models; Examples of seismic hazard studies

Workshop, Excursion Potsdam (1 SPW - L)
“Advanced Geotechnologies (for Engineering Tasks)“ Alternative with:
“Natural hazards, risks and early warning”

Compilation of EQ hazard-related data (1 SPW - P, 2CP)
treatment of long term seismicity data files; elaboration of earthquake data to get harmonized input for PSHA; earthquake catalogues (for the countries of the  participants and adjacent regions); data preprocessing; Hazard Description for the Project regions

GeoLAB (GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam)


Recommended course requirements

Primary Hazards and Risks


General information

creditstypesemesteradmission requirementsform of examination

6 credits

obligatorysummerproject presentation

1 exam
(written or oral)