The Engineering Seismology group develops the basic tools and techniques used for seismic hazard and risk assessment. These include catalogues of historical and instrumental earthquakes, reliable ground motion mitigation models, high-definition underground models for numerical simulation of earthquakes and the interpretation of historical observations and earthquake recordings at seismic stations. Engineering seismologists produce local seismic hazard maps (microzonation) and link the results to data on building vulnerability so that dependable risk assessments can be carried out.
To develop these tools and techniques, the Earthquake Hazard and Risk Assessment section is divided into four research groups that focus on specific domains, but often also study shared topics of interest. The section is headed by Professor Donat Fäh.