Ongoing Projects



IODP Expedition 386: Japan Trench Paleoseismology

jointly implemented by the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD)
Science Operator (ESO), and the Institute for Marine-Earth Exploration and Engineering (MarE3) within the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

offshore Phase:             Apr - Jun 2021

onshore science party: Oct -Nov 2021

Co-Chief Scientists: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Strasser, Dr. Ken Ikehara

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DeadSeaQuakeRec: Developing a 220 kyr-long continuous earthquake record 

Funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)  (2020-2022; FWF Project Nr. M 2817)

PI: Dr. Yin Lu

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Itrax-To Austria: Introducing and advancing XRF-core scanning to Austria and beyond

Funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)  (2020-2021; FWF Project Nr. M 2727)

PI: Dr. Jyh-Jaan, Steven Huang

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GEO-STATE Tyrol:  Groundbreaking Evidence of Postglacial Seismotectonic Activity in the Achen Valley, Tyrol?

Funded by the Tiroler Wissenschaftsförderung (TWF) ( 2020 - 2022)

PI: Patrick Oswald

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Quartz-Monitor: Quartz as Monitor for Sediment Provenance from Source to Sink

 Funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) (2019-2022; FWF Project Nr. P-33038)

PI: Roland Stalder  co-PI: Michael Stasser; Project PhD Student: Dominik Jäger

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S4LIDE - Austria: Studying the Significance of Subaqaueous Slides in Austrian Lakes

 Funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2019-2020)

PI: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Strasser    co-PI: Dr. Jasper Moernaut

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Core-XCT: X-ray Computed Tomography as new tool in Earth Science for non-destructive core analyses

Funded by Nachwuchsförderung (NWF) – University of Innsbruck (2018-2020)

PI: Jyh-Jaan Huang

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ARMONIA: Harmonising administration and public institutions for trans-frontier risk prevention and disaster management

Funded by the Interreg V – Italia-Österreich (2017 - 2020)

Project partners: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Strasser

PhD Student: Patrick Oswald

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Land Tirol TWF

Tyrol on Shaky Slopes: Investigating the role of seismicity in triggering large rockslides and rock avalanches in the Alps

Funded by the Tiroler Wissenschaftsförderung (TWF) (2017 - 2020)

PI: Jasper Moernaut

Co-PI: Michael Strasser

Project Member: Patrick Oswald

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Facealps: 3500 years of human-environment-interaction around Lake Hallstatt

Funded by the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (ÖAW) (2017 - 2020)

PI: Kerstin Kowarik, Natural History Museum of Vienna

Collaborators from Univ. Innsbruck: Michael Strasser,  Thomas Berberich (MSc-Student)

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Quake-Lake Carinthia: improving the Environmental Seismic Intensity Scale and assessing strong earthquake recurrence in formerly-glaciated intraplate settings

Funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) (2017-2021 FWF Project Nr. P-30285

PI: Jasper Moernaut 

Co-PI: Michael Strasser

Project Member: Christoph Daxer, Ariana Molenaar

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SLATE - Submarine Landslides and their impact on European continental margins

Funded by the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie program, European Commission (2017 - 2021)

In collaboration with a team of 11 beneficiaries and 4 partner organizations from 7 European countries.

PhD Student: Maddalena Sammartinie (supervised by Michael Strasser  &  Jasper Moernaut)

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Earthquake Archive in the GEological Record of the Japan Trench (EAGER-Japan)

Funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) (2016-2020; FWF Proejct Nr. 29678)

PI: M. Strasser
Project Members: T. Schwestermann (PhD Student), A. Kioka and P. Cornard (Postdocs)

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Completed projects 


Process understanding in subaquatic paleoseismology: Earthquake-triggered remobilization of surficial sediments at ocean margins and lacustrine basins

Funded by Nachwuchsförderung (NWF) – University of Innsbruck (2016-2018)

PI: J. Moernaut

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Pilotstudie gesteinsphysikalisches Bohrkernlogging und 360º abgerollte Bohrkernphoto Scanning Bohrkernlogging.

Funded by BBT-SE (2016)

PI: Dr. Michael Strasser
Collaborators: Dr. Ulrich Burger (BBT-SE) and Georg Stückler (MSc-student, Univ. Innsbruck)

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The end-Permian mass extinction in the Southern and Eastern Alps: extinction rates vs taphonomic biases in different depositional environments

Funded by EUREGIO (2016-2019)

Collaborators: E. Kustatscher (Naturmuseum Südtirol, Bozen), M. Bernardi (MUSE – Museo delle Scienze, Trento), K. Krainer 


ALPSMOTION – Alpine slow slope movement monitoring and detection with remote and proximal sensing

Funded by the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/South Tyrol (2016-2019)

PI: G. Cuozzo, EURAC Bolzano
Collaborators: K. Krainer, R. Seppi (University of Pavia), P. Pasquali (Sarmap SA), A. Mondini (Perugia) 


Economic aspects of rock glacier springs in areas of metamorpic rocks in the Eastern Alps

Funded by Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW) (2016-2019)

Collaborators: G. Winkler (Inst. für Erdwissenschaften, Universität Graz) and K. Krainer 

Project Publiction: Winkler et al., 2019



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