This GEOTHERMICA research, innovation and demonstration project (requested budget: 1.14M Euro ) brings together a small team of the most experienced operators of geothermal projects and leading scientists from Switzerland, Germany and Iceland. 

We improved and validated the advanced technologies for monitoring and controlling induced seismicity developed and coded in the past three years. These technologies are now ready to be used as a data-driven, adaptive decision support tool during industrial applications, the core objective of COSEISMIQ. We will demonstrate the technology (TRL 6+) as part of a commercial, multi-well application (CRI 3-4). 

We chose Iceland as the demonstration site because here conditions are ideal: many existing and commercially successful geothermal projects and induced seismicity are common.

COSEISMIQ| website 

Final project public report available in Publications

Coordinator: Stefan Wiemer, ETH Zuerich


  • Internal presentation for the staff at ISOR – Kristjan Agustsson, Oct. 2018
  • Presentation at the 2018 Hengill workshop at the Icelandic Meteorological Office – Thorbjorg, Agustsdottir, Dec. 2018
  • Presentation at the 2019 Hengill workshop at Reykjavik Energy – Sigridur Kristjansdottir, Dec. 2019
  • Presentation at the 2019 Schatzalp Workshop on Induced Seismicity – Thorbjorg Agustsdottir, Mar. 2019
  • Presentation at the 17th Swiss Geoscience Meeting (Fribourg) - November 2019
  • Presentation at the EGU General Assembly (online) - May 2020
  • Conference paper for the American Rock Mechanics Association 54th Symposium
  • "Modelling Induced Seismicity with a Hydraulic-Mechanical-Stochastic Simulator: Review of Case Studies." - 2020
  • Conference paper for the World Geothermal Congress "Preliminary Modelling Activities for an Adaptive Traffic Light System for the Hengill Geothermal Field" - 2020/2021, Nooshiri, N., Bean, C. J., Grigoli, F., and Dahm, T.: Towards Real-Time Moment Tensor
  • Inversions in a Data Rich Micro-Seismic Environment using Deep Learning, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-12686,, 2021 .


Institution/enterprise Country
Swiss Seismological Service, ETH Zurich Switzerland
Iceland GeoSurvey (ÍSOR) Iceland
GeoEnergie Suisse AG Switzerland
Reykjavik Energie Iceland
Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies Iceland
GFZ German Research Centre For Geosciences Germany



  Geothermica financing Total cost Own financing
COSEISMIQ - Total financing  1.148.958 2.479.458 1.330.500


 other / Publications

See dissemination outcomes on website:

  • Nooshiri, N., Bean, C. J., Dahm, T., Grigoli, F., Kristjánsdóttir, S., Obermann, A., & Wiemer, S. (2021). A Multi-Branch, Multi-Target Neural Network for Rapid Point-Source Inversion in a Micro-Seismic Environment: Examples from the Hengill Geothermal Field, Iceland.
  • Geophysical Journal International, ggab511,
  • Imaging high-temperature geothermal reservoirs with ambient seismic noise tomography, a case study of the Hengill geothermal field, SW Iceland, Geothermics, accepted, P. Sánchez-Pastor, A. Obermann, T. Reinsch, T. Ágústsdóttir, G. Gunnarsson, S. Tómasdóttir, V. Hjörleifsdóttir, G. P. Hersir, K. Ágústsson, and S. Wiemer (2021).
  •  Preliminary Modelling Activities for an Adaptive Traffic Light System for the Hengill Geothermal Field; Ritz, V. A., Rinaldi, A. P., Karvounis, D., Castilla, R., Colas, E., Meier, P. M., Wiemer, S., Hjörleifsdóttir, V., Gunnarsson G., COSEISMIQ team. (2021)

  • Proceedings World Geothermal Congress 2020+1, 2, 3861-3869.
  • Model comparison for induced seismicity in Hengill. The journal is not decided yet but maybe JGR or GRL. In preparation, planned submission would be between October and the end of the year, V. A. Ritz, A. P. Rinaldi, S. Nandans, S. Wiemer, and the COSEISMIQ team.
  • Microseismic monitoring of natural and induced seismicity in the Hengill Geothermal Field, Iceland, Scientific Data, accepted with minor revisons, Francesco Grigoli, Luca Scarabello, Tobias Diehl, Philipp Kaestli, John Clinton, Thorbjorg Agustsdottir, Chris Bean, Simone Cesca, Torsten Dahm, Alejandro Duran, Vala Hjorleifsdottir, Sigridur Kristjansdottir, Rognvaldur Magnusson, Claus Milkereit, Nima Nooshiri, Anne Obermann, Antonio Pio Rinaldi, Vanille Ritz, Camilla Rossi, Pilar Sanchez, Stefan Wiemer.