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Dr. Thessa Tormann

Senior Researcher and Lecturer

Dr.  Thessa Tormann
Swiss Seismological Service (SED)
ETH Zürich
Dr. Thessa Tormann
NO H 57
Sonneggstrasse 5
8092 Zürich

  +41 44 633 75 91
  

Thessa Tormann is a senior researcher in the ‘Statistical Seismology’ and ‘Induced Seismicity’ groups at SED. She completed her MSc in Geophysics at Victoria University of Wellington and earned her PhD at ETH in 2011. She is interested in manifold aspects of statistical analysis of natural and induced earthquake phenomena, from quality assessment to time-dependent hazard modeling. In her research, she reveals new insights on the physics of earthquake processes from detailed statistical analysis of observed data. She has developed specific expertise in the study of characteristics and physical interplay of spatio-temporal variation in the earthquake size distribution. Her particular fascination is to unravel the role of these factors for characterizing asperities and their loading states, identifying barriers, and inferring real-time rupture potential.

Thessa Tormann works with several PhD students, e.g. on: magnitudes and statistics of non-volcanic tremors; identifying micro-earthquakes via template matching and investigating statistical characteristics of the seismic sequence induced in Basel in 2006; linking the size distribution of induced seismicity with properties of the fracture network; empirical and theoretical evidence for the faulting-style-dependence of the earthquake-size-distribution.

Thessa Tormann teaches undergraduate courses since 2012, e.g. lab courses on earthquakes and seismic networks, and an introduction to analyzing and visualizing earth science data with Matlab (a new course, offered from fall semester 2016).

Tormann, S. Wiemer, B. Enescu, and J. Woessner (2016) Normalized rupture potential for small and large earthquakes along the Pacific Plate off Japan, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 43

Tormann, B. Enescu, J. Woessner, and S. Wiemer (2016) Reply to ‘Tohoku rupture reloaded?’, Nature Geoscience, Vol. 9, 183–185.

Gulia, T. Tormann, S. Wiemer, M. Herrmann, and S. Seif (2016) Short-term probabilistic earthquake risk assessment considering time- dependent b-values, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 43, 1100–1108.

Tormann, B. Enescu, J. Woessner, and S. Wiemer (2015) Randomness of megathrust earthquakes implied by rapid stress recovery after the Japan earthquake, Nature Geoscience, Vol. 8, 152–158.

Tormann and S. Wiemer (2014) Reply to Comment by Kamer on “Systematic survey of high-resolution b value imaging along Californian faults: Inference on asperities”, Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth, Vol. 119, 5834–5837.

Tormann, S. Wiemer, and A. Mignan (2014) Systematic survey of high-resolution b value imaging along Californian faults: Inference on asperities, Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth, Vol. 119, 2029–2054


Tormann, S. Wiemer, S. Metzger, A. J. Michael, and J. L. Hardebeck (2013) Size distribution of Parkfield’s microearthquakes reflects changes in surface creep rate, Geophysical Journal International, Vol. 193, 1474–1478.

Spada, T. Tormann, S. Wiemer, B. Enescu (2013) Generic dependence of the frequency-size distribution of earthquakes on depth and its relation to the strength profile of the crust. Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 40

Tormann, S. Wiemer, J. Hardebeck (2012) Earthquake Recurrence Models Fail When Earthquakes Fail to Reset the Stress Field. Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 39

Tormann and S. Wiemer (2010) Reply to ‘Comment on ‘Changes of reporting rates in the Southern Californian earthquake catalog, introduced by a new definition of ML’ by Tormann et al.’ by Duncan Agnew. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, Vol. 100, Issue 6

Tormann, S. Wiemer, E. Hauksson (2010) Changes of reporting rates in the Southern Californian earthquake catalog, introduced by a new definition of ML. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, Vol. 100, Issue 4

Tormann, M.K. Savage, M. Stirling, E.G.C. Smith, S. Wiemer (2008) Time, Distance and Magnitude Dependent Foreshock Probability Model for New Zealand. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, Vol. 98, Issue 5

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