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, Dr. Peter Wigger

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.



EMTESZ Pomerania is a joint research project of the Freie Universität Berlin, the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Russian Academy of Sciences to study the deep geoelectrical structure of the crust and upper mantle across the central segment of the Trans-European Suture Zone (TESZ) in Pomerania/Poland with geoelectromagnetic methods. The TESZ constitutes one of the most prominent tectonic boundaries in Europe and separates the Precambrian East European Platform and Baltic Shield from ...


Electrical conductivity beneath the Andes

The principal investigation area of the FUB magnetotellurics group are the Central and Southern Andes of Chile, Bolivia and Argentina. The studies have been carried out as a subproject of the Special Research Programme SFB 267 "Deformation Processes in the Andes" (funded by German Science Foundation DFG) together with the MT group at the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, and since 2004 within the TIPTEQ programme (funded by Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF). The ...

Imaging the San Andreas Fault

Prof. Dr. Serge Shapiro, Stine Gutjahr

We aim to image subsurface geologic structures across the San Andreas fault system in South Central California. Old industry seismic reflection data are reprocessed and imaged with advanced prestack migration techniques in order to produce new seismic images down to the lower crust.


Magnetotelluric study of the Central American subduction zone

This new project started in late 2007, first measurements were conducted in February/March 2008 in Costa Rica on a profile from the Pacific Coast (Nicoya Penisula) to the Nicaraguan border (Los Chiles), traversing the volcanic arc at Tenorio volcano. A parallel profile in Nicaragua was measured in early 2009, which crosses the volcanic arc between Momotombo and El Hoyo volcanoes. First results of the Costa Rica traverse are published in: Brasse, H., Kapinos, G., Mütschard, L., Alvarado, ...

MeProRisk II

Prof. Dr. Serge Shapiro, Dr. Jörn Kummerow

Dieses Vorhaben soll dazu beitragen, das geothermische Potential des Untergrundes effizient und risikofrei für die Energiegewinnung zu nutzen. Bereits existierende mikroseismische Verfahren werden schon während der Planungsphase geothermischer Projekte angewandt, um den Nutzen und die Anwendbarkeit der Methoden während der Durchführung der Projekte bewerten zu können.

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 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 ...