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Dr. Manuel Hobiger

Research associate

Dr.  Manuel Hobiger
Swiss Seismological Service (SED)
ETH Zürich
Dr. Manuel Hobiger
NO H 60
Sonneggstrasse 5
8092 Zürich

  +41 44 633 22 01

Manuel Hobiger works on scientific questions in the framework of the second phase of the renewal and extension of the Swiss strong motion network (SSMNet). During this second phase, 70 more strong motion seismometers are planned to be installed between 2013 and 2019.

The duties of Manuel Hobiger range from the site selection for new stations to the characterization of the underground properties of newly built stations. These site characterization measurements are carried out using different passive and active seismic methods with the final goal of a better assessment of the seismic risk at the respective sites.

Since 2013

research associate at the Swiss Seismological Service (SED
2010 - 2013

Post-Doc at the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Hanover, Germany

Projekt title: "Monitoring Spatio-Temporal Variation in the Earth’s Crust Using Seismic Coda and Ambient Noise"


PhD defense (Sciences de la Terre, de l’Univers et de l’Environnement)

Title: "Polarization of surface waves: Characterization, inversion and application to seismic hazard assessment". Supervisors: Pierre-Yves Bard, Cécile Cornou und Nicolas Le Bihan

2007 - 2010 PhD student at the Insitut des Sciences de la Terre (ISTerre), Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France

Diploma in physics, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany.

Title of the diploma thesis: "Measurement of viscous properties of magmatic melts"


Hobiger, M., Wegler, U., Shiomi, K. and Nakahara, H. (2016). Coseismic and postseismic velocity changes detected by Passive Image Interferometry: comparison of one great and five strong earthquakes in Japan. Geophysical Journal International 205(2), 1053-1073. doi: 10.1093/gji/ggw066

Hobiger, M., Wegler, U., Shiomi, K. and Nakahara, H. (2014). Single-station cross-correlation analysis of ambient seismic noise: application to stations in the surroundings of the 2008 Iwate-Miyagi Nairiku earthquake. Geophysical Journal International 198, 90-109. doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu115

Hobiger, M., Cornou, C., Wathelet, M., Di Giulio, G., Knapmeyer-Endrun, B., Renalier, F., Bard, P.-Y., Savvaidis, A., Hailemikael, S., Le Bihan, N., Ohrnberger, M. and Theodoulidis N. (2013). Ground structure imaging by inversions of Rayleigh wave ellipticity: Sensitivity analysis and application to European strong-motion sites. Geophysical Journal International 192(1), 207-229. doi: 10.1093/gji/ggs005

Hobiger, M., Wegler, U., Shiomi, K. and Nakahara, H. (2012). Coseismic and postseismic elastic wave velocity variations caused by the 2008 Iwate-Miyagi Nairiku earthquake, Japan. Journal of Geophysical Research 117(B9). doi: 10.1029/2012JB009402

Hobiger, M., Le Bihan, N., Cornou, C. ans Bard, P.-Y. (2012). Multicomponent Signal Processing for Rayleigh Wave Ellipticity Estimation. IEEE Signal Processing Magazine 29, 29-39. doi: 10.1109/MSP.2012.2184969

Hobiger, M., Cornou, C., Bard, P.-Y. and Le Bihan, N. (2011). MUSIQUE: A quaternion-based array processing technique for surface wave polarization analysis. IEEE Workshop on Statistical Signal Processing (SSP2011), 5-8. doi: 10.1109/SSP.2011.5967770

Hobiger, M., Sonder, I., Büttner, R. ans Zimanowski, B. (2011). Viscosity characteristics of selected volcanic rock melts. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 37, 27-34. doi: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2010.11.020

Bard, P.-Y., Cadet, H., Endrun, B., Hobiger, M., Renalier, F., Theodulidis, N., Ohrnberger, M., Fäh, D., Sabetta, F., Teves-Costa, P., Duval, A.-M., Cornou, C., Guillier, B., Wathelet, M., Savvaidis, A., Köhler, A., Burjanek, J., Poggi, V., Gassner-Stamm, G., Havenith, H.B., Hailemikael, S., Almeida, J., Rodrigues, I., Veludo, I., Lacave, C., Thomassin, S. and Kristekova, M. (2010). From Non-invasive Site Characterization to Site Amplification: Recent Advances in the Use of Ambient Vibration Measurements. Earthquake Engineering in Europe 17, 105-123. In: M. Garevski, A. Ansal: Geotechnical, Geological, and Earthquake Engineering. Springer Science+Business Media B.V.. doi: 10.1007/978-90-481-9544-2_5

Hobiger, M., Le Bihan, N., Cornou, C. ans Bard, P.-Y. (2009). Rayleigh wave ellipticity estimation from ambient seismic noise using single and multiple multi-sensor techniques. European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO), 2037-2041. IEEE. 

Hobiger, M., Le Bihan, N., Cornou, C. ans Bard, P.-Y. (2009). Single station determination of Rayleigh wave ellipticity by using the random decrement technique (RayDec). Geophys. Res. Lett. 36(14). doi: 10.1029/2009GL038863