Christoph Grützner

Christoph Grützner

works at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Jena University. He likes Central Asia and the Mediterranean and looks for ancient earthquakes.

  • Two open positions at NOAA/NWS/Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu, HI

    Jonathan Weiss informed me about these two interesting positions in Honolulu:

    The NOAA/NWS/Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) in Honolulu, Hawaii has openings for two duty scientists that are now being advertised on USAJOBS with a closing date of April 24, 2023. The positions are at the GS-12 and GS-13 level depending on candidate qualifications and are for either geophysicists, oceanographers, or physical scientists who want to work in a real-time operational environment and conduct applied research related to natural hazards.

    Destructive tsunamis are rare – major events occur only a few times each century – and we don’t know in advance when one will be generated. The critical work begins when PTWC seismic alarms sound. Duty scientists quickly assess the earthquake location and size, issue warning messages to nearby coastal communities, and conduct further analysis to determine source mechanism details, which are used as input to numerical tsunami forecast models. Data from sea-level stations confirm tsunami generation and additional messages with forecasts and observations are issued to responsible agencies, the media, and the public. In addition to 24/7 monitoring of global seismic, volcanic, and ocean activity, PTWC scientists apply their scientific and technical skills to advancing global tsunami warning capabilities by improving the speed and accuracy of tsunami source detection and characterization, the quality of tsunami models and forecasts, and the efficacy of warning dissemination. PTWC also conducts education and outreach to partners and the public.

    If you are intrigued by the earth and ocean and want to use your knowledge to save lives and property from the hazardous impacts of earthquakes and tsunamis, consider applying for these positions and/or distribute this announcement to potentially interested and qualified colleagues.Unfortunately, the positions are for US citizens only.


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  • New papers on paleoseismology, active tectonics, and archaeoseismology (April 2023)

    This is the longest list of papers we had since ages. We start with a brand new review article on recent developments in onshore paleoseismology by Jim McCalpin et al. Also in the list are plenty of papers on  classical paleoseismology and earthquake geology, a few cool tsunami studies, some fault physics, SHA, and new methods. Enjoy reading!

  • PATA 2022 – extended abstracts now online!

    The 2022 PATA Days were held in Provence, France, from 25 – 30 September. Traditionally, we publish 4-page extended abstracts. The full volume containing 58 contributions is now available for download here:
    You can cite it as:
    Baize, S., & Rizza, M. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 11th International INQUA Workshop on Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics and Archaeoseismology (“PATA Days”) 25 – 30 September 2022, Aix-En-Provence, FRANCE.

    Make sure to also check out all the volumes & field trip guides from previous meetings at

  • 8ᵗʰ International Colloquium on Historical Earthquakes, Palaeo- Macroseismology and Seismotectonics

    Main topics are: Historical Earthquakes, Palaeoseismology, Archaeoseismology,
    Macroseismology, Seismotectonics. A special session will be dedicated to the recent catastrophic
    earthquakes in SE Turkey and Northern Syria. On the third day a field trip will be organized that
    will include visits to the ruins of the 1953 earthquakes, damages that occurred due to the 2014
    earthquakes, expression of active tectonics and an overall experience of the morphology/landscape
    of the island, as a result of intense seismotectonic activity.

  • New papers on paleoseismology, active tectonics, and archaeoseismology (Mar 2023)

    Besides the classical paleoseismology studies in today’s list, we have some papers that deal with secondary and cascading effects of earthquakes, such as landslides and diseases, and interesting new findings on short term and long-term tectonic geomorphology. Enjoy reading!

  • 11 PhD positions in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Network “TREAD: daTa and pRocessess in sEismic hAzarD” project

    Call for application of 11 PhD positions in the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Doctoral Network “TREAD: daTa and pRocessess in sEismic hAzarD” project:

    Deadline for applications: April 15, 2023

    All PhD positions shall start the latest by October 31, 2023.

    The aim of TREAD is to train a new generation of researchers to tackle the challenges of earthquake forecasting in complex tectonic settings using integrated observations and physics.

  • New paper on Archaeoseismological Evidence of Seismic Damage at Medina Azahara (Córdoba, Spain) from the Early 11th Century by Rodríguez Pascua et al.

    The UNESCO World Heritage site “Caliphal City of Medina Azahara” in southern Spain was built in the 10th Century by the first Caliph of al-Andalus, Abd al-Rahman III. The destruction and consequent abandonment of the city were thought to result from a civil war between 1009/10 AD. In a new paper, Rodríguez Pascua et al. investigate the role of an earthquake in the sudden abandonment and ruin of the city. They identified eleven types of Earthquake Archaeological Effects (EAEs), including dropped key stones in arches, tilted walls, conjugated fractures in brick-made walls, conjugated fractures and folds in regular pavements, and dipping broken corners in columns. More than 150 structural measurements imply mean ground motion direction of N140°–160° E. This indicates oriented damage to the buildings. From recent events such as the Lorca Earthquake we know that this pattern can be caused by earthquakes. The authors conclude that probably two strong earthquakes with intensities ≥VIII MSK/EMS occurred in the 11th and 12th centuries AD.

  • New papers on paleoseismology, active tectonics, and archaeoseismology (Feb 2023)

    This months edition of the paper list surely has something interesting for everybody – a wide variety of papers both geographically and thematically. There are classical paleoseismology studies, submarine and tsunami stuff, archaeoseismology, fault physics, and much more from all around the globe. Enjoy reading and let me know if I have missed something.

  • Winter School On Active Tectonics And Climate Change Driven Landscape Evolution

    INQUA TERPRO‘s project Lemon will run a winter school on “Active Tectonics And Climate Change Driven Landscape Evolution” from 16-19 January, 2023, in Palermo, Sicily.

    1. During the 16th and 17th of January, there will be talks by young and experienced researchers. Attendants are invited to share research and gather helpful tips and new collaborations through Pico-Talks (a 5-minute speech followed by an interactive Q&A session).
    2. During two days of fieldwork, experienced researchers will show crucial locations in western Sicily (the 18thand 19th of January).

      To date, scheduled field trips are:

    • Relative sea-level changes evidence in the Vito Peninsula (led by Fabrizio Antonioli);
    • Active tectonics and its interaction with sea level changes in South Western Sicily (led by Luigi Ferranti & Pierfrancesco Burrato);
    • Archaeo-seismological evidence of historical earthquakes within the Archaeological Park of Segesta (led by Carla Bottari).

    Please follow the link for detailed information on the Winter School:


  • New papers on paleoseismology, active tectonics, and archaeoseismology (Jan 2023)

    I hope you all had a wonderful start into 2023. May it bring you health and success, great field trips, lots of data, and nice reviewers. Here’s the latest list of papers that already made it through review. Enjoy reading!