PHASE research project

PHASE research project

Prof. Dr. Serge Shapiro

The PHASE research project is committed to improve the understanding of the physics of fluid induced microseismicity, to establish physical fundamentals for microseismic monitoring and to further develop the seismicity based reservoir characterization approach.

Maintenance of the seismometer-network


Prof. Dr. Serge Shapiro, Dr. Jörn Kummerow

In the Chile-Project, we use seismological data to investigate the subduction process and related phenomena. The Atacama Desert serves us as a natural laboratory that yields exellent conditions for such studies. The results we obtain are not only valid for this regions, but can to some extend be transfered to subduction zones around the world.

Microseismic Activity of Geothermal Systems [MAGS]

Prof. Dr. Serge A. Shapiro

The further development of geothermal systems has recently been affected by the occurrence of perceptible earthquakes which led to concern by the local population. For the public acceptance of deep geothermal energy it is vital to give a clear scientific statement whether the seismicity will stay limited to micro-earthquakes or if the induced events might pose a risk for humans and/or infrastructure. Within the framework of the BMU funded project MAGS concepts will be elaborated how to limit ...

Stress dependency modelling

Stress dependency of seismic velocity

Dr. Sibylle Mayr

The understanding of the effect of overpressure and anisotropic in-situ stress on elastic properties is important for the interpretation of 4D reflection seismic data with respect to stress, production effect and pore content. Reservoir rocks and cap rocks of most siliclastic hydrocarbon reservoirs are composed of sedimentary rocks ranging from pure sandstones over siltstones to shale. Recently gas shales have attracted increasing interest due to their potential economic value. Most of these ...