German Research Centre for Geosciences

Potsdam, Germany


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The GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national research centre for Earth sciences in Germany. Research at the GFZ focuses on the geosphere within the highly complex System Earth with its further subsystems, its interacting subcycles, and its wide network of cause-and-effect chains.

In section 3.2 (Geomechanics and Rheology), we do research on geomechanics, rock physics and material sciences, using investigations of deformation and on transport phenomena in the rocks of the Earth’s crust. With respect to shale gas research, we were previously involved in the research initiatives GASH and GeoEn, investigating the mechanical behaviour of European shales and the evolution of borehole breakouts.


The GFZ Team

Currently, our interdisciplinary team consists of 16 scientists working on projects that are focussed on geomechanics and borehole seismology. We have long-standing expertise in experimental rock deformation and fracture mechanics, as well as in acoustic emission analysis, induced seismicity and geological and seismological field investigations.



Dr. Erik Rybacki
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Dr. Hiroki Sone
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