Help for self-help in earthquakes

International training course on seismology at GFZ Potsdam

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Seismology and earthquake hazard assessment are the focus of an international training course that began on 6 August 2007 at the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (GFZ). Twenty-five participants from 24 countries will be taught there by GFZ experts in the next five weeks.


The training covers a wide range from seismology to the computer-aided evaluation of seismic recordings to the exact determination of the magnitude and the calculation and assessment of the earthquake hazard in urban regions. A total of 124 applications from 55 countries were available, evidence of the worldwide demand for such special courses.

"The training courses offered by the GFZ Potsdam are part of UNESCO's Geosciences and Disaster Prevention training program and provide both theoretical foundations and knowledge for their practical implementation, " said Professor Reinhard Hüttl, Chairman of the GeoForschungsZentrum.

"These courses are specifically designed for scientists, engineers and professionals working in the fields of seismology and seismic hazard assessment. The experts from the participating countries are thus prepared for their future task in their homeland in the area of ​​disaster prevention and disaster management. ", Hüttl continued. display

Annual training courses

The GFZ Potsdam conducts these training courses annually. They represent an important part of the global knowledge transfer and the cooperation with earthquake-prone developing and emerging countries. The 2007 course is funded by the GeoForschungsZentrum with own funds as well as financial support of the Federal Foreign Office, InWEnt Berlin, UNESCO Paris and DPPI (Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative, Sarajevo) realized.

The courses take place annually alternately abroad and at the GFZ in Potsdam. The lecturers for the 2007 course are mainly from the GFZ, supported by colleagues from German and European research institutions. For the first time, the course will be held at the newly established GFZ School Laboratory and Training Center GEOLAB on the Telegrafenberg.

As part of the German-Indonesian cooperation on the tsunami early warning system for the Indian Ocean, further special courses on the "seismology and tsunami danger" in Indonesia follow.

(idw - GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, 08.08.2007 - DLO)