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Alice-Agnes Gabriel


Alice-Agnes Gabriel

Alice-Agnes Gabriel

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Munich University
Theresienstr. 41
80333 Munich

Room: 416
Phone: +49 (89) 2180-4214
Fax: +49 (89) 2180-4205



Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Geophysics at LMU Munich. My research interests include:

  • Earthquake physics
    Modeling and imaging of earthquake source dynamics, rock friction, structure and rheology of crustal fault zones
  • Seismic wave propagation
    High frequency wave fields, strong ground motion, seismic hazard assessment
  • Earthquake cycle and tsunami generation
    Multidisciplinary approaches of earthquake scenario simulations in conjunction with geodynamic and tsunami modeling
  • Fracture mechanics
    Analytical description of crack propagation, frictional failure and atomistic modeling
  • Earthquake cycle and tsunami generation
    Multidisciplinary approaches of earthquake scenario simulations in conjunction with geodynamic and tsunami modeling
  • Numerical methods
    Innovative algorithms for wave propagation and dynamic earthquake rupture
  • High Performance Computing
    Scalable and flexible software solutions to run forward models and uncertainty quantification on modern High Performance Computing infrastructure

Recent contributions and preprints. Please contact me for access to password protected preprints.

    Scientific accomplishments:

    My post-doctoral research focused on the development and application of the software package SeisSol for the simulation of realistic strong ground motions as well as for fundamental earthquake physics with dynamic rupture sources based on non-linear friction laws. SeisSol recently reached performance beyond the “magical” one petaflop/s mark

    SeisSol is a high-order accurate Discontinuous Galerkin method implemented on unstructured meshes to solve forward wave propagation problems in realistic media with complex geometry. The project was integrated in the existing European-wide training network ‘QUantitative estimation of Earth’s seismic sources and STructure’ (QUEST) and ‘Advanced Simulation of Coupled Earthquake and Tsunami Events’ (ASCETE).

    I conducted my PhD studies at the Swiss Seismological Service at ETH Zurich, Switzerland collaborating closely with Caltech, USA and KAUST, Saudi Arabia. My main interest was earthquake source physics and fracture mechanics: In which ways will a dynamic earthquake rupture interact with damage surrounding a fault zone? I analyzed a large set of spontaneous earthquake rupture simulations from computational spectral element methods, specifically dynamic rupture styles and their transitions in elastic media and including off-fault damage.

    I am also interested in theoretical material science. I was working on atomistic simulations of solid-phase epitaxial regrowth of amorphous germanium at the Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research at the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf.

    My publication impact is listed here .

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