Seismological monitoring

Technological Challenge

Imaging the surface deformation through remote InSAR (Radar Interferometry) analysis, possibly supported by ground-based InSAR or LiDAR measurements, Geodetic studies using benchmarks.

InSAR and geodetic (Total Station, LiDAR, ground-based InSAR) technologies are widely used for small surface deformation monitoring; Remote Sensing InSAR studies being supported by Corner Reflectors. A local seismic network helps locate sub-surface (seismic) sources of ground deformation.

Relation to the Einstein Telescope

Relation to the Einstein Telescope

Surveying any naturally or human-induced surface deformation before, during and after the ET installation.


Full integration of remote sensing, ground-based (geodetic, using geomatics) and seismological approaches and related outputs. A major challenge is related to the expected very small permanent displacements (<< 1 cm / year, mainly vertical) related to deeper natural and near-surface anthropogenic deformation sources. Therefore, remote sensing InSAR needs to be supported by the installation of corner reflectors, benchmarks have to be installed and located with geodetic instruments (using Total Station, UAV image collection and 3D reconstruction, Laser Scanners, regular DGPS surveys), with focus on fault zones.

Industrial relevance and further application fields

We are open to any companies’ proposals.


For further information and more details about this technology field, please check the following Einstein Telescope Design Reports.

E-TEST Conceptual Design Report:

Einstein Telescope Conceptual Design Report:
Site and Infrastructure: Pages 161-192

Contact to the Einstein Telescope ecosystem

Are you active in this field of technology? Do you have an innovative approach to meet the requirements for Joint Remote Sensing, Ground-based, Seismological monitoring ? Then take note of our tenders, join our challenges or simply get in contact with us. Furthermore, you can take a look at the mapping displaying the ET-relevant cempetencies in the EMR-Region. If you would like to be part of this mappink, please contact the business development managers.

Business development contacts

Peter Gier

Matthias Grosch

Michel Stassart
Skywin BE –

Annick Pierrard
ULiège RISE BE –

Maxime Corvilain
POM Limburg BE –

René Kessen

Scientific contacts

Klaus Reicherter

RWTH Aachen DE –