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.
Oliver Heidbach (Project Coordinator)
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
Section 2.6 Seismic Hazard and Risk Dynamics
phone: ++49 331 288-2814
fax: ++49 331 288-1127
Website hosted at
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
Public Law Foundation
Phone: ++49 331 2814
Prof. Dr. Susanne Buiter and Dr. S. Schwartze (Executive Directors)
Turnover tax identification number according to § 27a UstG: DE138407750
1. Content of the on-line material provided
The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences does not guarantee for the topicality, accuracy, completeness or quality of the provided material. Claims to liability against the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences related to damages either material or non-material, through the use or non-use of the provided information or due to the use of incorrect or incomplete material are explicitly ruled out in so far that there is no evidence of intentional or gross negligence on the part of the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences. All material provided is non-binding and without obligation. The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences distinctly retains the right to modify, delete or publish parts of or the entire material provided at intervals or for good without prior notice.
2. Referral and Linking
In the case of direct or indirect referral to external pages ("links") which lie outside the field of responsibility of the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences (www.gfz-potsdam.de), the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences can only be made liable if it were aware of the illegal content of the respective page and if it were technically feasible and reasonable to prohibit viewing of the pages.
The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences explicitly declares that at the time of linking no illegal content was visible on the linked pages. The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences has no influence on the up-dated and future design and content of the linked pages. Therefore, the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences explicitly dissociates itself from any modified or altered content of the linked pages. This is valid for all links and referrals made to in the provided material as well as for external input to the guest book, discussion boards and mailing lists established by the GFZ . For illegal, faulty or incomplete contents and especially for damages through the use or non-use of the available information the provider of the page referred to is alone liable and not the supplier providing the link.
3. Copyright and Trademarks
The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences endeavours to observe the copyright of the used graphics, recordings, video sequences and texts in all of its publications. The proprietary rights for published copyrighted material remains in the possession of the copyright holder (Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences or a third party). A reproduction or use of these graphics, recordings, video sequences or texts in further electronic or printed publications is not permitted without the explicit consent of the copyright holder even if not labelled as a copyright protected document. All labels and trademarks, including those possibly copyrighted by a third party mentioned within the provided material are subject without exception to the conditions of the respectively valid trademarks and ownership rights of the respective registered owner. It cannot be concluded on the basis of the mere naming that trademarks are not protected by a third party.
If the opportunity for the input of personal or business data (email addresses, name, addresses) is given, the input of these data takes place voluntarily. The use and payment of all offered services are permitted - if and so far technically possible and reasonable - without specification of any personal data or under specification of anonymized data or an alias. The use of published postal addresses, telephone or fax numbers and email addresses for marketing purposes is prohibited, offenders sending unwanted spam messages will be punished.
5. Legal Binding of this exclusion of liability
The exclusion of liability is to be regarded as a part of the material provided from which reference to this page was made. In so far that parts or single phrases of this text do not or do not completely or no-longer correspond to the current legal position the remaining parts of the documents remain unaffected in their content and validity.
This exclusion of liability is based on the free-of-charge service of
According to the law on Alternative Dispute Resolution in Consumer Contracts (VSBG), a trader who maintains a website or uses general terms and conditions is obliged to notify consumers of the extent to which he is willing or obliged to participate in dispute settlement proceedings before a consumer’s dispute resolution body. The European Commission provides a platform for online dispute resolution (OS) under the external link ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/. The platform serves as a point of contact for the out-of-court settlement of disputes with regard to contractual obligations arising from online purchase contracts. The GFZ is not obligated to participate in a dispute resolution procedure before a dispute resolution body and, furthermore, does not offer participation.