In the SEISMIC RISK - Mitigation of induced seismic risk in urban environments - project, the research consortium consisting of University of Helsinki, VTT Technical Research Center of Finland and Geological Survey of Finland is studying how to mitigate induced seismic risk associated with deep geothermal power stations in Finland. Small-magnitude earthquakes pose a risk to critical sensitive infrastructure such as hospitals, data centers and underground construction. Risk can be mitigated with transparent permitting, seismic monitoring and regional planning. The project will publish a set of seismic hazard maps of Finland and especially of the Helsinki Capital Region and assess the potential impact of seismic waves on different parts of the capital area via 3D models: shear wave tomography, conceptual soil and bedrock model. The project will study the different roles the national, regional and municipal governance in the “wicked” permitting processes. It will assess what information on induced seismicity and associated risks and at what level of detail the authorities need the information. The SEISMIC RISK project is funded through the Academy of Finland's call for new research projects on crisis preparedness and security of supply for 2020-2023.
Mitigation of induced seismic risk in urban environments
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The Institute of Seismology is collecting observation reports of indused earthquakes from Otaniemi deep geothermal project
Observations are collected for research and monitoring purposes.
Seismic data collected around Otaniemi geothermal project enables earthquake science and explains ground shaking patterns across Espoo and Helsinki
In a paper published online in Seismological Research Letters on 5 February 2020 a team led by Seismologists from the Institute of Seismology at...
About the Project
Deep geothermal energy has huge potential as environmentally friendly CO2-free district heat source in urban centres. A drawback is that...
The SEISMIC RISK project focuses on how to evaluate, mitigate, communicate and govern seismic hazard and risk related to geothermal heat...