The Engineering Seismology group develops the basic tools and techniques used for local seismic hazard and risk assessment. These include catalogues of historical and instrumental earthquakes, reliable ground motion models, high-resolution geophysical models for numerical simulations of earthquakes in order to interpret 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. Special consideration is given to earthquake-induced phenomena including the triggering of rock-fall, landslides, liquefaction of soils, and lake tsunamis.
To develop these tools and techniques, the Engineering Seismology 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 Dr Donat Fäh.