The World Stress Map project is a collaborative project between industry and academia maintained since 2009 at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences. 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. The WSM team consists of eight international partners and numerous associated partners from all over the world (see supporter list).
Dr. Oliver Heidbach (Project Coordinator)
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Section 2.6 Seismic Hazard and Stress Field
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For the 30th anniversary of the WSM project we compiled the new WSM database release 2016. It is a major step forward providing almost the twice the number of data records compared to the WSM 2008 database release.
The WSM 2016 has 42,870 data records and provides in a number of regions such as Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Iceland, Texas, Oklahoma, Switzerland, China, Italy, and New Zealand a significant increase of data.