Felix Waldhauser

Lamont Research Professor
Felix Waldhauser
Lamont Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Seismology Geology and Tectonophysics
221 Seismology
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000


(845) 365-8538


(845) 365-8150

Fields of interest: 

earthquake seismology, seismotectonics of active plate boundaries, real-time seismology

Research Statement: 

Seismic monitoring systems detect and locate tens of thousands of earthquakes globally every year, adding to an ever growing archive of instrumentally recorded seismic data that goes back almost a century. Most of these earthquakes occur along the boundaries of tectonic plates and provide the fundamental data to study the physical processes that drive plate tectonics. My research centers on the development of new high-resolution earthquake location algorithms and their application to vast digital seismic archives to study the nature of active faults, the spatio-temporal evolution of seismicity, and the physical processes underlying seismic failure. I am also developing operational real-time procedures that enable high-resolution monitoring of changes in seismic signals and fault properties over time periods of seconds to decades. This has considerable societal and economic impacts in the immediate evaluation and mitigation of seismic hazards, the potential for forecasting future events, and for effective monitoring of compliance with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

List of Degrees from highest to lowest
Ph.D. Geophysics
ETH Zurich
Diploma Geophysics
ETH Zurich

Primary Discipline: 

Selected Publications:
Splay faults imaged by fluid-driven aftershocks of the 2004 Mw 9.2 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake, Waldhauser, F.; Schaff, D. P.; Diehl, T.; Engdahl, E. R. Geology, Volume: 40, Issue: 3 p.: 243-246 (2012) doi:10.1130/G32420.1
Seismogenic structure and processes associated with magma inflation and hydrothermal circulation beneath the East Pacific Rise at 9°50'N, Waldhauser, F; Tolstoy, M. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., Volume: 12, Issue: Q08T10 (2011) doi:10.1029/2011GC003568
Seismic identification of along-axis hydrothermal flow on the East Pacific Rise, Tolstoy, M.; Waldhauser, F.; Bohnenstiehl, D. R.; Weekly, R. T.; Kim, W. Y. Nature Jan 10, Volume: 451, Issue: 7175 p.: 181-U7 (2008) Doi 10.1038/Nature06424
Large-scale relocation of two decades of Northern California seismicity using cross-correlation and double-difference methods, Waldhauser, F.; Schaff, D. P. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth Aug 15, Volume: 113, Issue: B8 p.: - (2008) Doi 10.1029/2007jb005479
Regional and teleseismic double-difference earthquake relocation using waveform cross-correlation and global bulletin data, Waldhauser, F.; Schaff, D. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth Dec 5, Volume: 112, Issue: B12 p.: - (2007) Doi 10.1029/2007jb004938
A narrowly spaced double-seismic zone in the subducting Nazca plate, Rietbrock, A.; Waldhauser, F. Geophysical Research Letters May 22, Volume: 31, Issue: 10 p.: - (2004) Doi 10.1029/2004gl019610
A Double-Difference Earthquake Location Algorithm: Method and Application to the Northern Hayward Fault, Waldhauser, F.; Ellsworth, W. L. Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., Volume: 90 p.: 1353-1368 (2000)
Slip-Parallel Seismic Lineations on the Northern Hayward Fault, California, Waldhauser, F., Ellsworth, W. L.; Cole, A. Geophys. Res. Lett., Volume: 26 p.: 3525-3528 (1999)
Three-dimensional interface modelling with two-dimensional seismic data: the Alpine crust-mantle boundary, Waldhauser, F.; Kissling, E.; Ansorge, J.; Mueller, S. Geophysical Journal International Oct, Volume: 135, Issue: 1 p.: 264-278 (1998)