13th Munich Earth Skience School


26 February - 3 March, 2023

This winter school will focus on the methodologies and applications in Environmental Seismology. By this term we mean the recovery of near-surface material changes as a function of time that may be related to stress changes, varying fluid content, temperature, etc. The training will focus on methodologies (e.g., coda-wave interferometry) that allow the recovery of ground velocity changes at all scales (laboratory, near surface, crustal) including gradient observations (rotations, strain). Applications may include volcanology, hydrogeology, geothermal projects, engineering applications, bioseismology and others. As always we start with a section of Python/ObsPy introduction with a focus on new features.


Evidence for climate-change related velocity changes at the summit of Mt. Zugspitze, Germany, from single-station seismic measurement using interferometric techniques (Lindner et al., 2021).

A video on a previous winter school 2019 can be seen here.

Lecturers/Tutors: Fabian Lindner (LMU Munich), Felix Bernauer (LMU), Joachim Wassermann (LMU), Thomas Lecoq (ROB Brussels), Jonas Igel (ETH Zurich), Tarje Nissen-Meyer (Univ. Oxford), Shujuan Mao (Stanford University), Tobias Megies (LMU Munich), Koen van Noten (ROB Brussels), Raphael de Plaen (ROB Brussels), Sabrina Keil (LMU Munich), Tom Eulenfeld (University Jena)

Organization and contact: Heiner Igel (LMU Munich), Thomas Lecocq (ROB Brussels)

Practical information: Lectures, practicals will be given from 8-11 and after 3pm (open end). Between 11am and 3pm (depending on conditions) winter sports facilities can be used (www.sudelfeld.de). More info on the winter sport programme can be found here.

Philosophy: This workshop combines the thrill of learning, studying, and practicing seismology and new methodologies, with the thrill of wintersports and being out in nature. Beware that the hotel is isolated in the mountains, no shopping, little to no public transport to anywhere. WLAN is available free of charge at the hotel. Note that we provide half pension only, in the ski area (within walking distance) there are restaurants where lunch is available.

Costs: 650 € (incl. 5 days accomodation and half pension, conference facilities, tuition, software). Arrival Sunday February 26 leaving Fri March 3rd (lunch time). Note that the costs do not cover: lunch, drinks during meals, winter sport facilities. The number of participants is limited to ~40. First come, first serve basis. The area can be reached by train from Munich Airport (terminal station: Bayrischzell). Please note that there are only a few single rooms. You are encouraged to (or might be forced to)  sharing a double room.

Pre-Registration:  For expression of interest please fill in the form here.

Logistics: Please make your way to Bayrischzell Station on Sunday February 26 afternoon, unless you come with your own vehicle. We will provide a shuttle service from the train station to the hotel. More information shortly before the workshop.

Winter School Programme:

Morning 8-11


Afternoon 15-18




Participants arrive

Icebreaker at 18:00

Setup of python environment for practicals


Workshop Welcome 



News on  ObsPy, Python, Jupyter notebooks 

Wassermann & Megies


Introduction to Environmental Seismology









MSNoise:  “Know your Noise”




Late Night Special:

The seismic signature of elephants




Mao & De Plaen

Hydrological monitoring, space-time seismic interferometry, coda wave sensitivity kernels, wavelet theory

Minionology: HVSR with seismic nodes

Van Noten

HVSR, node installation, applications, Geopsy, continuous data analysis





Monitoring melting ice, glacier and permafrost applications, from single station to distributed acoustic sensing

Free afternoon, parallel slalom, ski hut

Bogner Ski Night (“Fire and Ice”, and other ski movies)



Bernauer & Keil

Intro to 6C, engineering  applications, urban seismology, source tracking

From ocean noise to ground motion, and back!

De Plaen & JKH Igel

Wavewatch and SANS

Mulled Wine outside, Special Dinner


Scatter till the end


Scattering and attenuation (separating source, site and path): Why coda Q does not tell the full story, Qopen practicals

Final discussion

Participants leave