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World Stress Map Project

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The World Stress Map (WSM) is a global compilation of information on the crustal present-day stress field maintained since 2009 at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences within Section 2.6 Seismic Hazard and Dynamic Risk. It is a collaborative project between academia and industry that aims to characterize the crustal stress pattern and to understand the stress sources. The WSM commenced in 1986 as a project of the International Lithosphere Program (ILP) under the leadership of Mary-Lou Zoback. From 1995-2008 it was a project of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities headed by Karl Fuchs and Friedemann Wenzel. Since 2012 the WSM is a member of the ICSU World Data System. All stress information is analysed and compiled in a standardized format and quality-ranked for reliability and comparability on a global scale. The current new WSM database release 2016 contains 42,870 data records within the upper 40 km of the Earth’s crust which is almost twice the amount with respect to the previous WSM database release 2008. In particular we added new data records from approximately 4,000 boreholes. The WSM is an open-access public database and is used by various academic and industrial institutions working in a wide range of Earth science disciplines such as geodynamics, hazard assessment, hydrocarbon exploitations and engineering. The main operational areas are: - Reservoir characterization and management - Stability of mines, tunnel, boreholes and waste disposal sites - Calibration of geomechanical-numerical models - 4D Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical (THM) simulations - Hazard assessment e.g. by means of fault-slip tendency and fracture potential analysis

Member Profile

Organization Name World Stress Map Project
Membership Type Regular Member
Member Since 20 Aug 2012
Organization Website
Host Organization Name World Stress Map Project
Representative Name Oliver Heidbach
Address German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ Potsdam, Telegrafenberg, Potsdam 14773
Network Affiliation N/A

Updated:22 Apr 2020