Aug 2010	GeoGovernance ist zentrales Element Im Antrag zur Exzellenzinitiative

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Sep 2010	Beim Schiffbauergasse-Fest wird Wissenschaft zum Anfassen präsentiert

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Apr 2010	Geo- und Klimawissenschaften im Auswärtigen Amt

Apr 2010: Earth and Environmental Sciences in the Federal Foreign Office.

Feb 2010	PROGRESS startet mit Kickoff-Meeting

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Professor Dr. Frank Scherbaum

University of Potsdam
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25
Building 27, Room 1.37
D-14476 Potsdam

Phone: +49 331 977 5814
Fax: +49 331 977 5700

Research Interests

  • Seismic hazard analysis
  • Machine learning in Seismology

Academic Training

1971 - 1974 University of Tübingen, Pre-Diplomas Physics and Geology
1974 - 1977 University of Tübingen, Diploma Geology
1977 - 1980 University of Stuttgart, Dr. rer. nat.
1980 - 1986 University of Stuttgart, Dr. rer. nat. habil., Geophysics

Professional Experience

1997-  current Professor of Geophysics  (C4), Universität Potsdam
1989 - 1997 Professor of Applied Geology, FU Berlin
1982-1987 Professor of Geophysics  (C3), Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München
1988 - 1989 Visiting Scientist, National Research Center for Disaster Prevention
in Tsukuba, Japan
1986 - 1988 Research Associate, CIRES, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
1984 - 1986 Research Associate, University of Stuttgart
1983 - 1984 Research Associate, CIRES, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
1980 - 1983 Research Associate, University of Stuttgart
1976 - 1977 Mobil Oil A. G., Celle, Germany

Cooperation with other institutions / Consultancy in National and International Committees
Geokommission der DFG (2002 - 2008), Fachkollegium 315 (2009 - current), Steering committee instrument pool des GFZ (1995 - current), Wissenschaftlicher Beirat  des GFZ (2009 - current); Working group of seismology of the Nuclear Safety Commission of Germany: (2002 - 2004); Member of advisory boards for European Union, DFG, Humboldt-Foundation, Federal and State Ministries of Environment (Bavaria, Hessen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Baden-Würrtemberg, Swiss Nuclear Safety Commission), NEID Tsukuba, Japan.

Editorial Activities
Coeditor of the IASPEI Software Library (1991- current); Editorial Board Journal of Seismology
(1995  - 2004), Publication Committee Bull. Seismol.Soc. Am. (2006-2009)

Other Professional Service Activities (national and international)

  • Vice president of the German Society for Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics: (1991 - 2000);
  • BOD of the Center for nonlinear dynamics at the U Potsdam (2001 - current);
  • BOD of the Seismological Society of America, (2003 - 2009).

Honors, Awards, Nominations and Special Appointments

2005 Elected Member of the National German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
2003 Member of the Board of Directors of the Seismological Society of America
1992 German-Austrian University Software Award
1986 Heisenberg Scholarship
1983 CIRES Visiting Scholar Award
1982 Max Kade Scholarship

Selected Invited Lectures (last 12 months)

  • Int. Conference on Seismic Risk, Earthquakes in NW Europe in Liege/Belgium (2009);
  • Spring AGU Toronto (2009); BGR (2010), FU Berlin (2010), ESC (2010).

Selected peer-reviewed publications

  • Scherbaum, F., Kuehn, N., Ohrnberger, M. and Koehler, A., 2010. Exploring the Proximity of Ground-Motion Models Using High-Dimensional Visualization Techniques. Earthquake Spectra in press.
  • Scherbaum, F., Delavaud, E. and Riggelsen, C., 2009. Model Selection in Seismic Hazard Analysis: An Information-Theoretic Perspective. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 99(6), 3234-3247.
  • Kuehn, N., Hainzl, S. and Scherbaum, F., 2008. Non-Poissonian earthquake occurrence in coupled stress release models and its effect on seismic hazard. Geophysical Journal International, 174(2), 649-658.
  • Faenza, L., Hainzl, S. and Scherbaum, F., 2008. Statistical analysis of the Central-Europe Seismicity. Tectonophysics, DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2008.1004.1030.
  • Bommer, J.J. and Scherbaum, F., 2008. The use and misuse of logic-trees in PSHA. Earthquake Spectra, 24(4), 997-1009 .
  • Faenza, L., Hainzl, S., Scherbaum, F. and Beauval, C., 2007. Statistical analysis of the time-dependent earthquake occurrence and its impact on hazard in low seismicity regions. Geophysical Journal International, 171(2), 797-806.
  • Scherbaum, F., Cotton, F. and Staedtke, H., 2006. The estimation of minimum-misfit stochastic models from empirical prediction equations. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 96(2), 427-445.
  • Beauval, C., Hainzl, S. and Scherbaum, F., 2006. The Impact of the Spatial Uniform Distribution of Seismicity on Probabilistic Seismic-Hazard Estimation. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 96, 2465-2471.
  • Beauval, C., Hainzl, S. and Scherbaum, F., 2006. Probabilistic seismic hazard estimation in low-seismicity regions considering non-Poissonian seismic occurrence. Geophysical Journal International, 164(doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2006.02863.x), 543-550.
  • Scherbaum, F., Bommer, J.J., Bungum, H., Cotton, F. and Abrahamson, N.A., 2005. Composite ground-motion models and logic trees: methodology, sensitivities, and uncertainties. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 95(5), 1575-1593.