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Dr Martin Möllhoff

Director of Seismic Networks



tel +353-1-6535147 ext. 218

5 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland


Martin manages the Geophysics Section’s mobile broadband seismometer pool (about 80 stations), Ireland’s National Seismic Network, see www.insn.ie, and a real-time seismic network on Hekla volcano in co-operation with the Icelandic Met Office. Martin oversees the national broadband seismic data centre and carries out operational research mainly concerned with environmental seismology, seismic network operations, mircroseisms and volcano seismology. A favourite part of his duties is to manage field campaigns on volcanoes. He was involved in campaigns at Etna in Sicily, Arenal in Costa Rica, Teide volcano in the Canaries, Bardarbunga and Hekla in Iceland and Sierra Negra volcano in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Other campaigns include studies of the Great Rift Valley in Uganda and Ethiopia and microseisms (ocean induced vibrations) along the Atlantic coast of Ireland.


2011, Ph.D. in Seismology, University College Dublin, Ireland

1997, M.Sc. in Applied Geophysics, NUI Galway, Ireland

1996, Diplom in Geophysics, University of Cologne, Germany

Selected Publications   

(for a full list see Martin-Moellhoff_Publications.pdf)

Möllhoff, M., C.J. Bean and B. Baptie (in press), SN-CAST: Seismic Network Capability Assessment Software Tool for Regional Networks – Examples from Ireland, Journal of Seismology.

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)