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ECGS-FKPE Workshop “Induced Seismicity”

Thanks to all participants for their contributions, making the workshop a great success!

Download the Scientific program as a PDF document.

Download the List of accepted contributions as a PDF document.

Download the Workshop poster as a PDF document.

Available Presentations (status: December 3, 2010)
Keynote Lectures
Cuenot, N. Induced microseismic activity at the Soultz-sous-Forêts EGS site: Main scientific results obtained in different experimental conditions PDF icon
Deichmann, N., and K. F. Evans Injection-induced seismicity – lessons learned and open questions PDF icon
Fischer, T., A. Guest, and V. Vavryčuk Shear and tensile earthquakes caused by fluid injection PDF icon
Husen, S., E. Kissling, and A. van Deschwanden Induced earthquakes during the construction of the Gotthard basetunnel, Switzerland: Hypocenter locations and source parameters PDF icon
Blascheck, P., M. Häge, and M. Joswig First results of nanoseismic monitoring at geothermal sites PDF icon
Bohnhoff, M., and M. D. Zoback Oscillation of fluid-filled cracks triggered by degassing of CO2 due to leakage along wellbores PDF icon
Contrucci, I., E. Klein, N.-T. Kao, and P. Bigarré Micro-seismic and leveling monitoring of a solution mining cavern collapse PDF icon
Groos, J., and J. Ritter Seismic noise: A challenge and opportunity for seismological monitoring in densely populated areas PDF icon
Kwiatek, G., K. Plenkers, G. Dresen, and the JAGUARS research group Scaling relations of induced seismicity in picoscale: A case study from Mponeng deep gold mine, South Africa PDF icon
Oye, V., H. N. Gharti, D. Kühn, and A. Braathen Microseismic monitoring of fluid injection at the Longyearbyen CO2-Lab, Svalbard PDF icon
Turuntaev, S. B., E. I. Eremeeva, and E. V. Zenchenko Laboratory study of temporal-spatial peculiarities of microseismicity spreading due to pore pressure change PDF icon
Braun, T., J. Heinicke, and T. Dahm The difficulty to distinguish natural and human related seismicity in a complex tectonically active area PDF icon
Lindenfeld, M., G. Rümpker, and M. Kracht Microseismic monitoring: A proposed study in the Upper Rhinegraben and experiences from the East African Rift System PDF icon
Moldoveanu, T., K.-P. Bonjer, and M. Pecingine Aspects concerning seismicity analyses of the Vidraru – Arges (Romania) dam area PDF icon
Plenefisch, T., U. Wegler, M. Keyser, and E. Wetzig Monitoring of microseismic activity around the GenSys deep geothermal drilling site, Hannover (Germany) PDF icon
Turuntaev, S. B., and O. Yu. Melchaeva Non-linear analysis of seismic regime response to electromagnetic powerful source actions PDF icon


Joachim Ritter (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
Adrien Oth (European Center for Geodynamics and Seismology, Luxembourg)

Scientific Committee

  • Nicolas Cuenot, EEIG Heat Mining, France
  • Bernard Dost, Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (KNMI), The Netherlands
  • Stephan Husen, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland
  • Manfred Joswig, Universität Stuttgart, Germany
  • Adrien Oth, European Center for Geodynamics and Seismology, Luxembourg
  • Joachim Ritter, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
  • Serge Shapiro, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Local Organizing Committee

  • Adrien Oth, ECGS, Luxembourg
  • Corine Galassi, ECGS, Luxembourg
  • Gilles Celli, ECGS / National Museum of Natural History, Luxembourg
  • Eric Buttini, ECGS / National Museum of Natural History, Luxembourg

With the Support of

  • Forschungskollegium Physik des Erdkörpers (FKPE)
  • Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR)
  • Landesforschungszentrum Geothermie – Baden-Württemberg (KIT)
  • The Council of Europe (EUR-OPA)
  • The National Museum of Natural History (MNHN, Luxembourg)

Scope of the Workshop

Induced seismicity deals with man-made ground shaking due to direct human intervention inside the Earth such as deep mining, water reservoirs etc. Earthquakes induced by geothermal exploration activities, sometimes called deep heat mining, stopped the multi-million EURO investments in Basel (Switzerland) and the Geysers (California). In southern Germany induced seismicity delays or may even stop geothermal power plants and poses a serious threat to future investments worth several 100 million EURO. Similar problems are known from different areas within Europe. Thus induced seismicity calls forth questions whether geothermal power production is an alternative to other energy sources, although geothermal energy is renewable, base-loadable and CO2 free.

Induced seismicity is also reported from gas fields, mines and water reservoirs in Europe. The widely discussed storage of CO2 in the underground (CCS: carbon capture and storage technology), which means injection of fluids at depths of some kilometers, is also a future possible cause for induced seismic events. Thus the future energy supply is related to induced seismicity in several fields. On the other hand, some of the mechanisms related to man-made stress changes at depth are only poorly understood as well as the ambient physical conditions in the reservoir. Therefore we urgently need more data, physical theories and case studies to get a better handle on induced seismicity.

The aim of the ECGS-FKPE Workshop on „Induced Seismicity“ is to bring together leading scientists that work in this field. In contrast to similar workshops on this theme, we want to bring together mainly academic researchers as well as representatives from state geological surveys or state earthquake monitoring agencies. A special volume of the Cahiers du Centre Européen de Géodynamique et de Séismologie will be published with extended abstracts (to be printed just before the meeting).

Important Deadlines

  • July 1, 2010: 2nd Circular
  • September 13, 2010: Registration and abstract submission deadline
  • October 1, 2010: Submission deadline for special volume of Cahiers Bleus
  • October 29, 2010: Authors notification regarding Cahiers Bleus
  • November 15, 2010: ECGS-FKPE workshop


The conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel in close proximitiy to the center of Luxembourg, the cosmopolitan capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and human-sized city.

Luxembourg was a fortress city with reputation to be unseizable, strategically located between the French Kingdom and the German Empire. It was one of the major strongholds in Europe from the 16th Century through its dismantlement in 1867.

Today, Luxembourg is well known as an international Financial Center and for hosting key institutions such as the European Parliament and the European Court of Justice. It is a dynamic and modern city, was European Capital of Culture for the second time in 2007, and is part of the World Heritage List of UNESCO. Enjoy its Old Quarters, fortifications, museums, exhibitions and more.

Registration Fee and Accomodation

Accommodation: On site (Hilton Hotel Luxembourg). Number of participants will be limited.

The registration fee is 200 €. This includes:

  • Icebreaker on Sunday evening
  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunches during the workshop (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • Official dinner on Tuesday night
  • A copy of the Special Volume of the Cahiers Bleus and abstract volume

In order to register for the workshop, please download the registration form here and send it back either by email to or by fax to +352

PLEASE NOTE: For participants presenting a talk or poster (and who’s abstract is accepted by the scientific committee following the submission deadline), ECGS will cover two nights (Monday – Wednesday, incl. breakfast) at the Hilton Hotel. Additional nights can be reserved for only 115 € per night. Any extras (phone, mini bar…) are at the charge of the participants.

Participants are responsible for booking their accommodation in due time. A package of rooms is available at the Hilton Hotel and the reservation of these can be made online here.

Details on how to find the hotel are provided in the PDF version of the second circular, downloadable from this webpage.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Due to booking requirements, we are obliged to apply the following refund rates: Before July 31 cancellation is accepted at no charge. Refund rate for later cancellations can be summarized as follows:

  • Cancellation before October 13, 2010:70% refund
  • Cancellation from October 13 and before November 3 2010: 50% refund
  • Cancellation from November 3 and before November 14 2010: 30% refund
  • Cancellation from November 14 2010 until the end of the workshop: 0% refund

Method of Payment

You may pay the registration fee by credit card (Visa and Mastercard) or by bank transfer. The details are provided on the registration form.

Tentative Program

The ECGS-FKPE workshop aims at discussing a wide scientific perspective including themes such as:

  • Monitoring strategies
  • Modelling of source processes
  • Tectonic stress and rock physics related to induced seismicity
  • Strategies to avoid/reduce induced shaking
  • Case studies

Sessions will be composed of one or two keynote lecture(s) (30min+10min discussion) followed by talks of 15min+5min discussion. Authors who present a poster will be given 3min (one slide only) for the presentation of their posters in a dedicated session. Posters will be displayed during the entire workshop. For smooth transitions, speakers are requested to upload their presentation on the organization computer at least during the break before the session.

For poster presentations: the maximum dimensions are 95 x 210 cm, Portrait orientation. Mounting material will be supplied at the conference.


Required for program selection. Conference volume will be distributed at workshop registration. The abstract volume will be included in the Special Volume of the Cahiers Bleus and will be distributed at the workshop registration.

Due: September 13, 2010
Length: maximum 2 pages including figures.
Margins: A4, 2.54 cm top/bottom margins, 3.17 cm right/left margins
Title: Arial 12 Bold, centered
Authors and affiliation: Arial 9
Text: Times New Roman 12
Color: will be printed in black and white
Format: MS-Word or RTF


The proceedings of the conference will be published in the “Cahiers du Centre Européen de Géodynamique et de Séismologie”. The contributions will be requested prior to the meeting (deadline October 1, 2010!) to enable us to distribute the proceedings volume at the meeting. For previous volumes, see

Contributions submitted should not exceed 5 pages. Color figures will be printed at no charge. One volume will be provided to every participant at no additional charge. A template doc file with the requested format for the Cahiers Bleus contributions can be downloaded here.

Practical Information

Visa: A visa is required for all non-EU member state residents. Please contact the Luxembourg embassy or consulate in your country for more detailed information. If you need an invitation letter from the Local Organizing Committee in order to obtain your visa, please specify it in the registration form.

Weather:The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg enjoys a temperate climate without extremes. Average daily temperature is about 8°C in November and average temperature at night is around 2 °C although freezing is not unusual. Rain is frequent with an average of 60mm in 12 days in November.

Currency: Euro (€) (Banks are usually open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.).

Electricity: 220V, 50Hz. (European plug with two circular metal pins).

For More Information

Please contact:

Ms Corine GALASSI, ECGS secretary
19 rue Josy Welter
L-7256 Walferdange
Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Tel: +352 33.14.87-1
Fax: +352 33.14.87-88

Download the second circular as PDF document here.