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Dr Martin Möllhoff


Position: Director of Seismic Networks

Email: martin-at-dias.ie

Tel: +353-1-6535147 ext. 218

Address: 5 Merrion Square, D02Y006 Dublin, Ireland

Martin’s Researchgate link

Martin manages the seismic networks that are operated by the Geophysics section in DIAS. This includes the Irish National Seismic Network, the ‘Hekla Array’ network near Hekla volcano in Iceland, and seismic stations at Sierra Negra volcano in Galápagos, Ecuador.  He oversees the section’s mobile broadband seismometer pool and related field campaigns. Martin operates the national broadband seismic data centre and represents DIAS at Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) meetings in Vienna. His main research areas are environmental and volcano seismology and seismic network operations.


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)

Bell, A.F., S. Hernandez, J. McCloskey, M. Ruiz, P. C. LaFemina, C. J. Bean, M. Möllhoff (2021), Dynamic earthquake triggering response tracks evolving unrest at Sierra Negra volcano, Galápagos Islands, Sci. Adv. 7, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abh0894

Bell, A.F., P.C. LaFemina, M. Ruiz, F. Amelung, M. Bagnardi, C.J. Bean, B. Bernard, C. Ebinger, M. Gleeson, J. Grannell, S. Hernandez, M. Higgins, C. Liorzou, P. Lundgren, N.J. Meier, M. Möllhoff, S.-J. Oliva, A.G. Ruiz, and M.J. Stock (2021), Caldera resurgence during the 2018 eruption of Sierra Negra volcano, Galápagos Islands, Nat Commun 12, 1397, doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-21596-4

Lecocq, T., S.P. Hicks, K. Van Noten, K. van Wijk, P. Koelemeijer, R.S.M. De Plaen, F. Massin, G. Hillers, R.E. Anthony, M.-T. Apoloner, M. Arroyo-Solórzano, J.D. Assink, P. Büyükakpınar, A. Cannata, F. Cannavo, S. Carrasco, C. Caudron, E. J. Chaves, D.G. Cornwell, D. Craig, O.F.C. den Ouden, J. Diaz, S. Donner, C.P. Evangelidis, L. Evers, B. Fauville, G.A. Fernandez, D. Giannopoulos, S.J. Gibbons, T. Girona, B. Grecu, M. Grunberg, G. Hetényi, A. Horleston, A. Inza, J.C.E. Irving, M. Jamalreyhani, A. Kafka, M.R. Koymans, C.R. Labedz, E. Larose, N.J. Lindsey, M. McKinnon, T. Megies, M.S. Miller, W. Minarik, L. Moresi, V.H. Márquez-Ramírez, M. Möllhoff, I.M. Nesbitt, S. Niyogi, J. Ojeda, A. Oth, S. Proud, J. Pulli, L. Retailleau, A.E. Rintamäki, C. Satriano, M.K. Savage, S. Shani-Kadmiel, R. Sleeman, E. Sokos, K. Stammler, A.E. Stott, S. Subedi, M.B. Sørensen, T. Taira, M. Tapia, F. Turhan, B. van der Pluijm, M. Vanstone, J. Vergne, T.A.T. Vuorinen, T. Warren, J. Wassermann, H. Xiao (2020), Global quieting of high-frequency seismic noise due to COVID-19 pandemic lockdown measures, Science, published online 23 Jul 2020, doi: 10.1126/science.abd2438

Möllhoff, M., C.J. Bean and B. Baptie (2019), SN-CAST: Seismic Network Capability Assessment Software Tool for Regional Networks – Examples from Ireland, Journal of Seismology, doi: 10.1007/s10950-019-09819-0. (full-text here)

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), 464-477, doi: 10.1785/0120150204. (full-text here)

Sigmundsson, F., A. Hooper, S. Hreinsdóttir, K.S. Vogfjörd, B. Ófeigsson, E. R. Heimisson, S. Dumont, M. Parks, K. Spaans, G. B. Guðmundsson, V. Drouin, Th. Árnadóttir, K. Jónsdóttir, M.T. Gudmundsson, Th. Högnadóttir, H. M. Friðriksdóttir, M. Hensch, P. Einarsson, E. Magnússon, S. Samsonov, B. Brandsdóttir, R. S. White, Th. Agustsdottir, T. Greenfield, R. G. Green, Á. R. Hjartardóttir, R. Pedersen, R. Bennett, Halldór Geirsson7, P. LaFemina, H. Björnsson, F. Pálsson, E. Sturkell, 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)