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Prof. Dr. Friedemann Wenzel

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Geophysikalisches Institut

Tertiary Education: HSC (Abitur) 1970, 1970 - 1979: Student of Geophysics at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Topic of 'Diploma' thesis: Methods for high resolution spectral analysis with applications of the Maximum Entropy Method to the 1970 Columbia earthquake.

Postgraduate education and degrees: 1985 Dissertation at the Faculty of Physics of the University of Karlsruhe; title of doctoral thesis: Synthetic seismograms in 2-dimensional media; Academic degree: Dr.rer.nat. 1990: 'Habilitation' at the Faculty of Physics of the University of Karlsruhe; title of thesis: Born stack - towards a unified theory of reflection seismic data processing; Academic degree: Dr. habil.

Present appointment: since 1994 professor at Geophysical Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Techniology (KIT).

Research interests between 1979 and 1994 focused on reflection seismic studies of the earth‘s continental crust and upper mantle, on novel methods for reflection seismic data processing, and numerical modelling of elastic wave propagation. As director at GFZ in Potsdam I initiated GFZ’s national instrumental program for digital geophysical (seismological and EM) field measurements. Since 1994 research interests focused on engineering seismology and geophysical hazards and risks. In the CEDIM context we delivered risk maps on German scale regarding winter storm, flood and earthquake risk to residential buildings. With RMSI I cooperated on Romanian earthquake hazard and risk. In European Projects (FP6, FP7) I deal with socio-economic aspects of risk, dissemination of research results to communities and integration in DRM. The work within the ‘Earthquake and Megacities Initiative (EMI)’ includes the deveoplent of DRM for large urban areas with applcations in Istanbul, Kathmandu, Manila, and Mumbai. In this case I serve as advisory board member and currently as trustee of EMI. More recently we established cooperation with insurance companies assessing their portfolios and risks.

Previous Appointments

1979 - 1980 Research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University, New York
1980 - 1985 Wissenschaftlicher Assistent (full-time research assistant) at the Geophysical Institute Karlsruhe
1980 - 1987 Wissenschaftlicher Angestellter (research scientist) at the Geophysical Institute Karlsruhe
1988 - 1990 Hochschulassistent (C1) (Associate Professor) at the Geophysical Institute Karlsruhe
1990 - 1992 Principal Research Scientist for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Division of Exploration Geoscience, Sydney, and Fellow at School of Earth Sciences of Macquarie University, Sydney.
1992 - 1994 Director of the department 'Structure of the Earth' at GeoForschungs Zentrum Potsdam, and Professor of Geophysics at Potsdam University.
1994 - Professor at the Geophysical Institute, Karlsruhe University

Responsibilities. awards and memberships

  • Since 2006 coordinator of the University Center of Excellence CEDIM (Center for Disaster Mangement and Risk Reudction Technology)
  • From 1996 to 2006 coordinator of the Collaborative Research Center (Sonderforschungsbereich) 461: ‘Strong Earthquakes - A Challenge for Geosciences and Civil Engineering’ at Karlsruhe University
  • Between 1996 and 2001 Editor in Chief of TECTONOPHYSICS; since 1998 co-leader (jointly with Dr. Fouad Bendimerad, U.S.) of the ‘Earthquake and Megacities Initiative’ operating under the umbrella of UNESCO and ICSU
  • Between 1999 and 2001 member of the European Union of Geoscíences Council
  • Between 2000 and 2004 vice-chairman of the German Committee for Disaster Reduction and chairman of its Scientific Board
  • Since 2002 member of the Heidelberg Academy of Science and Humanities; 2003 professor Honoris Causa of Bucharest University
  • Since 2006 member of the Academia Europaea. Member of various professional societies: Deutsche Geophysikalische Gesellschaft (DGG), American Geophysical Union (AGU), Seismological Society of America (SSA), German Society of Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics (DGEB), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

Ausgewählte Publikationen

Refereed journal articles

Miksat J., F. Wenzel and V. Sokolov. “Low free-field accelerations of the 1999 Kocaeli earthquake?” PAGEOPH, 162, 857-874 (2005).

Bartlakowski, J., Wenzel, F. Radulian, M., Ritter, J. and Wirth, W.: Urban shakemap methodology for Bucharest. GRL, vol. 33, L14310, Doi: 10.1029/2006GL026283, 2006

Böse. M., Ionescu, C. & Wenzel, F.: Earthquake early warning for Bucharest, Romania: Novel and revised scaling relations. Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, Doi: 10.1029/2007GL02396, 2007.

Wenzel, F. & Marmureanu, G.: Rapid earthquake information for Bucharest. Pure & Applied Geophysics,, 2007.

Oth, A., Wenzel, F. & Radulian, M.: Source parameters of intermediate-depth Vrancea (Romania) earthquakes from empirical Green's functions modeling. Tectonophysics, 438, 33-56, 2007

Barth, A., Wenzel, F. & Giardini, D.: Frequency sensitive moment tensor inversion for light to moderate magnitude earthquakes in eastern Africa. Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, LI5302, Doi: 1029/20007GL030359, 2007.

Wenzel, F., Bendimerad, F. & Sinha, R.: Megacities – megarisks. Nat. Hazards, 42, 481-491, 2007.

Sokolov V, Bonjer K.-P., Wenzel F., Grecu B., and M. Radulian “Ground-motion prediction equations for the intermediate depth Vrancea (Romania) earthquakes” Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering (2008) 367-388 (DOI:10.1007/s10518-008-9065-6)

Böse, M., Erdik, M., & Wenzel, F.: A New Approach to Earthquake Early Warning, in: Earthquake Early Warning Systems, In: Gaspari, P., Manfredi, G., Zschau, J. (eds.) Seismic Early Warning, Springer Verlag, Chapter 5, 65-83, ISDN-13 978-3-540-72240-3, 2007

Sokolov V, Wenzel F., and R. Mohindra “Probabilistic seismic hazard assessment for Romania and sensitivity analysis: a case of joint consideraton of intermediate-depth (Vrancea) and shallow (crustal) seismicity”,  Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (2009), 29,  364-381, doi:10.1016/j.soildyn.2008.04.004.

Boese M., Sokolov V., and F. Wenzel "Shake Map methodology for intermediate-depth Vrancea (Romania) Earthquakes", Earthquake Spectra (2009), 25(3), 497-514.

Köhler, N., Cua, G., Wenzel, F, and Böse, M.: Rapid source parameter estimations of southern California earthquakes using PreSEIS. Seismological Research Letters, DOI 10.1785/gssrl.80.5.743, 2009.

Sokolov V.,  Wen K-L, Miksat J., Wenzel F, and Chen C-T „Analysis of Taipei basin response for earthquakes of various depths and locations using empirical data”, Terrestial, Atmosperic and Oceanic sciences (TAO) (2009), 20(5), 687-702, DOI:10.3319/TAO.2008.10.15.01(T)

Sokolov V., Wenzel F. and Furumura T.  “On Estimation of earthquake magnitude in Earthquake Early Warning systems”, Earth, Planets, Space (2009). 61(12), 1275–1285

Miksat J., Wen K-L, Sokolov V., Chen C-T., Wenzel F., “Simulating the Taipei Basin response by numerical modeling of wave propagation”, Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering (2010), 8(4), 847-858, DOI 10.1007/s10518-009-9171-0.

Sokolov V., Furumura T., and Wenzel F. “On the use of JMA intensity in Earthquake Early Warning systems”, Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering (2010), 8(4), 767-786, DOI: 10.1007/s10518-010-9178-6

Sokolov V., F. Wenzel, W-Y Jean and K-L Wen “Uncertainty and spatial correlation of earthquake ground motion in Taiwan”, Terrestial, Atmosperic and Oceanic sciences (TAO), 21 (6), (2010), in press, DOI: 10.3319/TAO.2010.05.03.01(T)

Sokolov V. and F. Wenzel “Influence of spatial correlation of strong ground-motion on uncertainty in earthquake loss estimation”, Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics (2010), in press. DOI: 10.1002/eqe.1074

Miksat, J., K.-L. Wen, V. Sokolov, Ch.-T. Chen, and F. Wenzel “Numerical Modeling of Ground Motions in the Taipei Basin - Basin and Source Effects”, Geophys. J. Int. (2011), in press.


Wenzel, F., Lungu, D. & Novak, O. (eds): Vrancea Earthquakes: Tectonics, Hazard and Risk Mitigation. Selected papers of the First International Workshop on Vrancea Earthquakes, Bucharest, November 1-4, 1997. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Netherlands, 374pp., 1999.

Wenzel, F. & Lungu, D.: Earthquake risk mitigation in Romania, Proceedings Volume, 2nd EuroConference on Global Change and Catastrophe Risk Management, Laxenburg, 2000, 2000/Papers/wenzel 708.pdf.

Lungu, D., Wenzel, F., Mouroux, P. & Tojo, I. (eds.): Earthquake Loss Estimation and Risk Reduction, Vol. 1, Independent Film, Bucharest, pp. 366, 2004.

Lungu, D., Wenzel, F., Mouroux, P. & Tojo, I. (eds.): Earthquake Loss Estimation and Risk Reduction, Vol. 2, Independent Film, Bucharest, pp. 421, 2004.

Wenzel, F. (ed.): Lecture Notes in Earth Sciences Volume 105: Perspectives in Modern Seismology, Springer Verlag Heidelberg, pp. 228, 2005


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