Heiner Igel is currently Professor of Seismology at the Department of Earth Sciences at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany. After undergraduate studies in Karlsruhe and Edinburgh and a research project on seismic anisotropy he obtained his doctoral degree in 1993 from the Institut de Physique du Globe in Paris developing parallel forward and inverse modelling tools for wave propagation problems. He then moved to the Institute of Theoretical Geophysics in Cambridge UK where he developed wave simulation techniques for regional and global problems with spherical geometry. Since his arrival in Munich in 1999 his main interests are (1) using 3-D modelling tools for wave propagation and rupture problems for the estimation of shaking hazard; (2) development of wave propagation tools for unstructured grids; (3) the influence of precipitation on seismicity; (4) rupture at bimaterial interfaces; and (5) the observation and modelling rotational ground motions. From 2004-2007 coordinated the EU funded SPICE research and training network ( in the field of computational seismology. Further information can be found here.

Recent publications:

  • Igel, H., Cochard, A., Wassermann, J., Schreiber, U., Velikoseltsev, A., Dinh, N.P., Broadband observations of rotational ground motions, Geophyscal Journal International, 168(1), 182-197, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2006.03146.x.
  • Igel, H., Schreiber, K.U., Flaws, A., Schuberth, B., Velikoseltsev, A., Cochard, A., Rotational motions induced by the M8.1 Tokachi-oki earthquake, September 25, 2003, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol 32, L08309, doi:10.1029/2004GL022336, 2005. (AGU Journal Highlight)
  • Igel, H., Nissen-Meyer, T., Jahnke, G., 2002. Wave propagation in 3-D spherical section: effects of subduction zones, Phys. Earth. Planet. Int., 132, pp. 219-234.
  • Igel, H., G. Jahnke, and Y. Ben-Zion, Numerical simulation of fault zone trapped waves: accuracy and 3-D effects, Pure Appl. Geophys., 159, 2067-2083, 2002.
  • Igel, H., M. Käser, and M. Stupazzini (2008), Simulation of Seismic Wave Propagation in Media with Complex Geometries, in Encyclopedia of Complexity and System Science, edited by WHK Lee, Springer Verlag, in print.