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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 seismic networks that are operated by the Geophysics section in DIAS. This includes the Irish National Seismic Network and the HERSK real-time network on Hekla volcano in Iceland.  He oversees the section’s mobile broadband seismometer pool and related field campaigns and operates the national broadband seismic data centre. Martin carries out operational research mainly concerned with seismic network operations, environmental seismology, volcano seismology and microseisms. A favourite part of his duties is to manage field campaigns on volcanoes.


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 (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)