Dr. Maren Boese

Senior Research Scientist

Dr.  Maren Boese
Swiss Seismological Service (SED)
ETH Zürich
Dr. Maren Boese
NO F 5
Sonneggstrasse 5
8092 Zürich

+41 44 632 37 70

Dr. Maren Böse is a senior research scientist in the SED (Swiss Seismological Service) and SEG (Seismology and Geodynamics) groups at ETH Zurich. She has been working on various aspects of (real-time) seismology and earthquake monitoring. Her research focuses mainly on innovative ideas and methodologies for rapid seismic event detection, source characterization (including finite-fault ruptures), as well as ground-motion simulation and prediction. She is one of the leading scientists, who helped developing and testing the Californian ShakeAlert warning system (www.shakealert.org), that provides real-time alerts to several hundreds of test users, and might become the platform for future system development of public and automated earthquake early warning in the United States.

Other of her work focuses on

  • probabilistic relationships between fault maturity, slip and rupture length
  • joint Bayesian inversion of seismic and high-rate GPS real-time data for distributed slip models and stable magnitude estimates in large earthquakes
  • usage of low-cost sensor data from smartphones for earthquake/tsunami early warning and rapid response in Chile
  • probabilistic single-station location and inversion for structure for the 2018 NASA InSight mission to Mars
  • automated detection and characterization of induced seismicity
  • seismicity and seismic monitoring in Switzerland

November 2006

Ph.D. at the Geophysical Institute, University of Karlsruhe (TH), Germany.

Thesis: “Earthquake Early Warning for Istanbul using Artificial Neural Networks”

July 2002

Diplom (eq. to Master) in Geophysics with minors in Physics, Geology, and Computer Science, Kiel University, Germany.

Thesis: “Entropy of evolving spatio-temporal seismicity patterns”

February 2014 – present

Oberassistant, Swiss Seismological Service (SED) and Seismology and Geodynamics (SEG), ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

October 2012 – April 2014

Senior Research Fellow in Geophysics (research faculty), California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States.

November 2009 – October 2012 Senior Postdoc at the Seismological Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States.
November 2007 – October 2009 Postdoctoral Scholar at the Seismological Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States.
November 2006 – November 2007

Postdoctoral Scholar at the Geophysical Institute, University of Karlsruhe (TH), Germany.

2002 – 2006

Researcher at the Geophysical Institute, University of Karlsruhe (TH), Germany.

1998 – 2002 Research Assistant in Marine Seismics and Seismology, Kiel University, Germany.
July 2009 – February 2014

Leader of the Technical Operations Team & Demonstration Group (Caltech, UC Berkeley, ETH Zurich, Univ. Washington) for the development of the CISN ShakeAlert system for California & Pacific Northwest, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States.

January 2005-October 2007

Manager of the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 461: “Strong Earthquakes – A Challenge for Geosciences and Civil Engineering“, University of Karlsruhe (TH), Germany.

July-September 2000

Research Assistant (Seismic Exploration), Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), Ottawa, Canada.

September-October 1999

Research Assistant (Global Seismology), GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) Potsdam, Germany.

March 1999

Research Assistant at the Seismological Central Observatory Gräfenberg, Federal Inst. for Geosciences & Natural Resources (BGR), Erlangen, Germany.


“Outstanding Publication Award” by the Luxembourg National Research Fund for Oth, Böse et al., 2010, J. of Geophys. Res., 115, B10311.


Project award “Ausgewählter Ort im Land der Ideen 2010“ (German award for innovation) for the BMBF Project “EWS Transport” (Early Warning Systems for Transport Lines) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the Fraunhofer-Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation.


Individual award “Frühwarnung und Krisenkommunikation” (Early warning and communication during disasters) by the Stiftung Umwelt und Schadensvorsorge (Foundation for Environment and Damage Mitigation) der SV SparkassenVersicherung Gebäudeversicherung, Stuttgart (Germany).


Project award “The 2006 European Information Society Technologies (IST) Prize” by the European Commission for “groundbreaking products that represent the best of European innovation in information technology” for project “Early Warning for Strong Earthquakes” with National Institute of Earth Physics, Bucharest, Romania.

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Peer-reviewed Scientific Papers

Böse, M., J. Clinton, S. Ceylan, F. Euchner, M. van Driel, A. Khan, D. Giardini, P. Lognonné, and W.B. Banerdt, 2016: A Probabilistic Framework for Single-Station Location of Seismicity on Earth and Mars, Phys. Earth Planet Int., under review.

Khan, A., M. van Driel, M. Böse, D. Giardini, S. Ceylan, J. Yan, J. Clinton, F. Euchner, M. Knapmeyer, P. Lognonné, N. Murdoch, D. Mimoun, P. Panning, M. Knapmeyer, and W.B. Banerdt, 2016: Single-station and single-event marsquake location and inversion for structure using synthetic Martian waveforms, Phys. Earth Planet Int., 258, 28-42, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2016.05.017.

Böse, M., C. Felizardo, and T.H. Heaton, 2015: Finite-Fault Rupture Detector (FinDer): Going Real-Time in Californian ShakeAlert Warning System, Seismol. Res. Lett. 86(6), 1692-1704, doi:10.1785/0220150154.

Böse, M., R. Graves, D. Gill, S. Callaghan, P. Maechling, 2014: CyberShake-Derived Ground-Motion Prediction Models for the Los Angeles Region with Application to Earthquake Early Warning, Geophys. J. Int 198(3), 1438-1457.

Hauksson, E., J. Stock, R. Bilham, M. Böse, X. Chen, E.J. Fielding, J. Galetzka, K.W. Hudnut, K. Hutton, L.M. Jones, H. Kanamori, P.M. Shearer, J. Steidl, J. Treiman, S. Wei, and W. Yang, 2013: Report on the August 2012 Brawley Earthquake Swarm in Imperial Valley, Southern California, Seismol. Res. Lett. 84(2), p. 177-189, doi: 10.1785/0220120124.

Böse, M., T.H. Heaton, and E. Hauksson, 2012: Real-time Finite Fault Rupture Detector (FinDer) for Large Earthquakes, Geophys. J. Int., 191(2), pp. 803-812, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2012.05657.x.

Böse, M., T.H. Heaton, and E. Hauksson, 2012: Earthquake Early Warning Using Data from Single Broadband or Strong-motion Sensor, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 102(2), pp. 738–750, April 2012, doi: 10.1785/0120110152.

Böse, M. and T.H. Heaton, 2010: Probabilistic Prediction of Rupture Length, Slip and Seismic Ground Motions for an Ongoing Rupture: implications for Early Warning for Large Earthquakes, Geophys. J. Int., 183(2), pp. 1014-1030, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04774.x.

Oth, A., M. Böse, F. Wenzel, N. Köhler and M. Erdik, 2010: Evaluation and Optimization of Seismic Networks and Algorithms for Earthquake Early Warning - the case of Istanbul (Turkey), J. of Geophys. Res., 115, B10311, doi:10.1029/2010JB007447.

Böse, M., Hauksson, E., Solanki, K., Kanamori, H., Wu, Y.-M., and Heaton, T.H., 2009: A New Trigger Criterion for Improved Real-time Performance of On-site Earthquake Early Warning in Southern California, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 99, 2-A, pp. 897-905, doi: 10.1785/0120080034.

Böse, M., Hauksson, E., Solanki, K., Kanamori, H., and Heaton, T.H., 2009: Real-Time Testing of the On-site Warning Algorithm in Southern California and Its Performance During the July 29 2008 Mw5.4 Chino Hills Earthquake, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 36, L00B03, doi:10.1029/2008GL036366.

Allen, R.M., Gasparini, P., Kamigaichi, O., and M. Böse, 2009: The status of earthquake early warning around the world: an introductory overview, Seism. Res. Lett. 80(5), pp. 682-693, doi: 10.1785/gssrl.80.5.682.

Böse, M., Sokolov, V., and F. Wenzel, 2009: Shake Map Methodology for intermediate-depth Vrancea (Romania) Earthquakes, Earthquake Spectra, Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 497-514, doi: 10.1193/1.3148882.

Köhler, N., Cua, G., Wenzel, F., and M. Böse, 2009: Rapid Source Parameter Estimations of Southern California Earthquakes Using PreSEIS, Seism. Res. Lett. 80 (5), pp. 748-754, doi: 10.1785/gssrl.80.5.748.

Böse, M., Wenzel, F., and M. Erdik, 2008: PreSEIS: A Neural Network based Approach to Earthquake Early Warning for Finite Faults, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., Vol. 98, No. 1, pp. 366-382; doi: 10.1785/0120070002.

Böse, M., C. Ionescu, and F. Wenzel, 2007: Earthquake early warning for Bucharest, Romania: Novel and revised scaling relations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L07302, doi:10.1029/2007GL029396.

Goltz, C., Böse, M., 2002: Configurational entropy of critical earthquake populations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 29, 20, pp. 51-1 - 51-4.

Book contributions

Böse, M., Y. Behr, T.H. Heaton, and J. Clinton, 2016: From Single-Station Prediction To Finite-Fault Detection: the Large Spectrum of EEW Algorithms and the Question of How to Combine Them, Proceedings of ECGS and ESC/EAEE Joint Workshop: Earthquake and Induced Multi-Risk Early Warning and Rapid Response, Luxembourg, Nov. 18-20, 2015, Cahiers Bleus of ECGS, Vol. 31.


Böse, M., Allen, R., Brown, H., Cua, G., Fischer, M., Hauksson, E., Heaton, T., Hellweg, M., Liukis, M., Neuhauser, D., Maechling, P. & CISN EEW Group, 2013: CISN ShakeAlert – An Earthquake Early Warning Demonstration System for California, in: F. Wenzel and J. Zschau (eds.) Early Warning for Geological Disasters - Scientific Methods and Current Practice; ISBN: 978-3-642-12232-3, Springer Berlin Heidelberg New York.


Böse, M., 2006: Earthquake Early Warning for Istanbul using Artificial Neural Networks, PhD thesis, 181 pp., Karlsruhe University, Germany, 10 Nov., http://www.ubka.unikarlsruhe.de/cgi-bin/psview?document=2006/physik/6 (in English)

  • CHEAP (Smartphone network in Chile)
  • INETER (early warning for Nicaragua)
  • ShakeAlert (early warning for California and Pacific-Northwest; www.shakealert.org)
  • InSight (NASA mission to Mars)
  • RAMSIS (induced seismicity)