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Dr Martin Möllhoff

Dr Martin Möllhoff – Senior Technical Officer



Martin Möllhoff


Senior Technical Officer




+353-1-6535147 ext. 218


DIAS, Geophysics Section, 5 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland

Research Interests

Real-time data analysis, volcano seismology, environmental seismology, array seismology, seismic network operations, microseisms

Biographical Sketch

Martin has a degree in Geophysics from University of Cologne in Germany and an MSc in Applied Geophysics from NUI Galway, Ireland. He obtained his PhD in seismology from University College Dublin (UCD) and worked for 16 years in the School of Earth Sciences at UCD. He joined the Geophysics Section at DIAS in 2015 and manages the mobile broadband seismometer network (about 80 stations) and real-time seismic network acquisition and analyzing systems, including the Irish National Seismic Network and seismic installations in Iceland. He also managed the field component of projects studying Mt Etna in Sicily, Arenal volcano in Costa Rica, Teide volcano in the Canaries, the Great Rift Valley in Uganda and Ethiopia, microseisms along the Atlantic coast of Ireland, Bardarbunga and Hekla volcano in Iceland and Sierra Negra volcano in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Selected Publications

Eibl, E.P.S., C.J. Bean, K.S. Vogfjörd, Y. Ying, I. Lokmer, M. Möllhoff, G.S. O’Brien and F. Pálsson (2017), Tremor-rich shallow dyke formation followed by silent magma flow at Bárðarbunga in Iceland, Nature Geoscience, doi: 10.1038/ngeo2906. (full-text here)

Möllhoff, M. and C.J. Bean (2016), Technical Specification for Sub-regional Seismic Baseline Monitoring, Task 5 in: Environmental Impacts of Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction (UGEE), Final Report 2: Baseline Characterisation of Seismicity, Environmental Protection Agency, Co. Wexford, Ireland, ISBN 978-1-84095-688-7, 88-118, doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.21987.76321. (full-text here)

Möllhoff, M. and C.J. Bean (2016), Seismic Noise Characterization in Proximity to Strong Microseism Sources in the Northeast Atlantic, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 106 (2), 

Sigmundsson, F., A. Hooper, S. Hreinsdóttir, K.S. Vogfjörd, [……], C.J. Bean, M. Möllhoff, A.K. Braiden and E.P.S. Eibl (2015), Segmented lateral dyke growth in a rifting event at Bárðarbunga volcanic system, Iceland, Nature, 517: 191-195, doi: 10.1038/nature14111.

Möllhoff, M., C.J. Bean and P.G. Meredith (2010), Rock fracture compliance derived from time delays of elastic waves, Geophysical Prospecting, 58 (6):1111-1121, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2478.2010.00887.x. (full-text here)

Möllhoff, M. and C.J. Bean (2009), Validation of elastic wave measurements of rock fracture compliance using numerical discrete particle simulations, Geophysical Prospecting, 57 (5):883-895, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2478.2008.00749.x. (full-text here)

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