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Earthquake control of large prehistoric rockslides in the Eastern Alps

We shed new light on a long-lasting debate about the trigger mechanism of large rockslides in the Tyrolian Alps. Our state-of-the-art lake paleoseismolgy approach documents prehistoric earthquakes, larger than any of the reported historical events, that degraded the steep rock slopes towards failure.

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Organic carbon export to the hadal seafloor triggered by large earthquakes

We have integrated state-of-the-art methods to reveal drastic export of organic carbon to the hadal trench, shedding new light on the impact of large earthquakes on the deep-sea carbon cycle.

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A lake sediment perspective on time-dependent recurrence of strong earthquake shaking near plate boundaries

A worldwide review of lacustrine paleoseismology reveals contrasting recurrence patterns for strong earthquakes at plate boundaries and intra-plate settings.



New Paper in G-cubed

Jana Molenaar´s latest paper on Earthquake-Trig­gered Soft-Sed­i­ment Defor­ma­tion Struc­tures in Lake Sed­i­ments is now published

New Papers in PAGES Magazine

Katleen Wils co-edited a special issue on (Paleo)-Earthquake and -Tsunami Science now published in PAGES Magazin, also featuring an article by Charlotte Pizer et al.,  on Combining onshore-offshore paleoseismic records to test for synchronicity of coastal deformation

New Paper in Sed­i­men­tologika

We document contrasting sedimentary and long-lasting geochemical imprints of seismic shaking in a small, groundwater-fed lake basin (Klopeiner See, Eastern European Alps)

New Paper in Sci­en­tific Drilling

We present the Late Glacial to Holocene Late Pleistocene to Holocene event stratigraphy of Lake Hallstatt revealed by the Hipercorig drilling system and borehole logging


We discussed great Science during our Group Retreat 2024

Wel­come Laura

We welcome Laura Schley as new PhD student in our research group

Con­grat­u­la­tion Markus

Markus Niederstätter completed his MSc study with a thesis entitled: Limnogeological investigations of the Montiggler Seen reveal paleoseismic evidence for surface rupturing earthquake in South Tyrol 

New Nature Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Paper

This first scientific results from IODP Expeditoin 386, co-lead by Michi Strasser, document earthquake-enhanced dissolved carbon
cycles in ultra-deep ocean sediments

Arne Ramisch intro­duces him­self

A new short video about Arne, the Austrian Core Facility and Core Logging Science Applications

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