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.

  • INQUA summer school on Active Faults and Volcano-Tectonics, 25-28 September, Naples (Italy)

    INQUA TERPRO’s project TPPT had decided to not organise PATA Days in the years with an INQUA congress, but instead to run a much smaller summer school for ECRs and DCRs. The summer school on Active Faults and Volcano-Tectonics will be held from 25-28 September in Naples (Italy). The event will be hosted by DiSTAR (Department of Earth Sciences, Enviroment and Resources , University of Naples «Federico II»).

    The first two days will include lectures by researchers who will present state of the art studies on active faults. The second part includes two field trips in areas crucial for understanding active faults and the interplay between tectonics and volcanic activity. Download the circular (PDF) here.

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

    This month’s list of papers includes the first few studies on the devastating earthquakes in Türkiye in February, 2023. Apart from that, we also have important work in archaeoseismology and great studies from New Zealand, an interesting shallow earthquake in the Tarim Basin, updates on surface displacement hazard and strain rate estimations, and papers on the Med and East Africa. Enjoy reading!

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

    The first papers related to the 6 Feb, 2023, Türkiye Earthquakes are already published, but this month’s list has also interesting studies on Asian tectonics, the Med, and the Americas. Enjoy reading!

  • New special issue – Earthquake Geology and Seismic Hazards: From Earthquake Mapping of Historical and Prehistoric Earthquakes to Paleoseismology

    A new special issue has been published in Quaternary International. Earthquake Geology and Seismic Hazards: From Earthquake Mapping of Historical and Prehistoric Earthquakes to Paleoseismology contains contributions from the PATA Days in Greece, 2018, and the INQUA Congress in Dublin in 2019. The SI collects an editorial and six research papers:

    • Grützner, C., Baize, S., & Papanikolaou, I. (2023): Earthquake Geology and Seismic Hazards: From Earthquake Mapping of Historical and Prehistoric Earthquakes to Paleoseismology. Quat. Int. 651, 1-5.
    • Silva, P.G., Elez, J., Pérez-López, R., Giner-Robles, J.L., Gómez-Diego, P.V., Roquero, E., Rodríguez-Pascua, M. A., & Bardají, T. (2023). The AD 1755 Lisbon Earthquake-Tsunami: seismic source modelling from the analysis of ESI-07 environmental data. Quat. Int. 651, 6–24.
    • Tringali, G., Bella, D., Livio, F., Ferrario, M.F., Groppelli, G., Blumetti, A.M., Di Manna, P., Vittori, E., Guerrieri, L., Porfido, S., Boso, D., Pettinato, R., Paradiso, G., & Michetti, A. M. (2023). Fault rupture and aseismic creep accompanying the December 26, 2018, Mw 4.9 Fleri earthquake (Mt. Etna, Italy): factors affecting the surface faulting in a volcano-tectonic environment. Quat. Int. 651, 25–41.
    • Abbas, W., Zhang, J., Tsukamoto, S., Ali, S., Frechen, M., & Reicherter, K. (2023). Pleistocene-Holocene deformation and seismic history of the Kalabagh Fault in Pakistan using OSL and post-IR IRSL dating. Quat. Int. 651, 42–61.
    • Velazquez-Bucio, M.M., Ferrario, M.F., Muccignato, E., Porfido, S., Sridharan, A., Chunga, K., Livio, F., Gopalan, S., & Michetti, A. M. (2023). Environmental effects caused by the Mw 8.2, September 8, 2017, and Mw 7.4, June 23, 2020, Chiapas-Oaxaca (Mexico) subduction events: comparison of large intraslab and interface earthquakes. Quat. Int. 651, 62–76.
    • Mechernich, S., Reicherter, K., Deligiannakis, G., & Papanikolaou, I. (2023). Tectonic geomorphology
      of active faults in Eastern Crete (Greece) with slip rates and earthquake history from cosmogenic 36Cl dating of the Lastros and Orno faults. Quat. Int. 651, 77–91.
    • Papanikolaou, I., Dafnis, P., Deligiannakis, G., Hengesh, J., & Panagopoulos, A. (2023). Active faults, Paleoseismological trenching and seismic hazard assessment in the Northern Mygdonia Basin, Northern Greece: the Assiros-Krithia fault and the Drimos fault zone. Quat. Int. 651, 92–107.
  • 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.