Andreas Fichtner

Andreas Fichtner
Affiliation: ETH Zurich, CH
Keywords: Earth sciences, geophysics, seismology
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Andreas Fichtner received his PhD in geophysics in 2010 from LMU Munich for his work on seismic waveform modelling an inversion. From 2010 to 2012 he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Earth Sciences at Utrecht University. Since 2013 he is a faculty member in the Department of Earth Sciences at ETH Zurich, where he leads the Computational Seismology Group.

He is the recipient of the Keiiti Aki Young Scientist Award of the American Geophysical Union, and of the Early Career Scientist Award of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics. In spring 2016 he was the Blaustein Visiting Professor at the Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences. He currently holds an ERC Starting Grant on the construction of a Collaborative Seismic Earth Model.

Research profile

Andreas Fichtner is an applied theoretical seismologist. His research focuses on the development of high-performance wave propagation tools and their use in studies of Earth structure and earthquake sources. He is the developer of the first continental-scale full-waveform inversion technology that allows us to exploit complete seismograms for the benefit of improved tomographic resolution, and he was the first to propose efficient resolution analysis methods for full-waveform inversion. Furthermore, he has made contributions in the field of theoretical seismology, where he focused on interferometric techniques, inverse theory, and novel techniques for seismic tomography. He generally applies his developments to real data, often with the intent to discover new elements of Earth structure and their relation to tectonic processes. New discoveries include the existence of a double-plume system beneath the North Atlantic and the existence of a previously unknown family of subducting lithospheric slabs beneath northern Africa.