Conducting seismological research is one of the core duties fulfilled by the Swiss Seismological Service (SED) at ETH Zurich, and most of its staff play a role in this work. Many projects necessitate close cooperation with other groups of researchers at ETH Zurich and abroad.
The main aim of research conducted at the SED is to gain a clearer understanding of earthquakes and their consequences and thereby contribute towards improving the response to such natural hazards, which pose a threat worldwide. At the same time, we seek novel ways of using seismological methods to find out more about fundamental processes that shape the Earth. How are the Alps formed? How stable are slopes? How do glaciers move? How can earthquakes induced by geothermal power projects be curbed? What kind of a threat do faults pose to permanent waste repositories? How strongly does the ground shake during an earthquake? How can we forecast earthquakes (more accurately)?
The fields of research listed here highlight domains in which the SED is particularly active and afford an insight into its wide range of activities.