Research Seismology Division
The Seismology Division is a knowledge based research centre and observatory for earthquakes and
related events. On the basis of seismological and other geophysical observations like infrasound
the Seismology Division is active in fundamental and applied research in the field of seismology
and infrasound, furthermore, it hosts the European centre for exchange and coordination of seismological data
(ORFEUS). The research can be divided in three main topics:
In the southern part of the Netherlands, in the provinces Limburg and Brabant, natural seismicity occurs.
Research in this area can be divided in several topics:
In the northern part of the Netherlands, in the provinces Groningen, Drenthe, Friesland and North-Holland, induced
seismicity occurs due to the exploration of natural gas. Research focusses on:
Infrasound and CTBT
The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) aims at banning nuclear testing everywhere on the planet: its surface,
the atmosphere, underwater and underground. The Treaty is verified with infrasound, hydro-acoustic, radionuclides and
seismic measurements. Research is conducted in support of the Treaty.
The seismology division plays a major role in developing the European Seismological Research Infrastructure.
It hosts ORFEUS, the European centre for exchange and coordination of seismological waveform data, and is coordinator
and major partner of large EC Research Infrastructure projects like NERIES, NERA and the EPOS initiative.
These projects focus on European integration and implementation of innovative IT solutions facilitating data access for research.