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Esther Hintersberger

Esther Hintersberger
Geosphere Austria · Department of Geological Mapping

PhD

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November 2017 - present
GBA - Geologische Bundesanstalt für Österreich
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  • Researcher
June 2016 - October 2017
University of Vienna
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  • PostDoc Position
April 2015 - March 2016
GBA - Geologische Bundesanstalt für Österreich
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  • PostDoc Position

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Publications (36)
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The reuse of vintage datasets which were acquired in the 20th century can pose challenges for modern geophysical modeling due to missing detailed preprocessing information, significant uncertainties, or lack of precise tracking, etc. Nevertheless, they are often the only available datasets in a target region. We explore here the potential of such v...
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We describe here the results of the characterization of subsurface structures in an area of the south-eastern edge of the Bohemian Massif, in Austria by high-resolution geophysical survey techniques and advanced analysis methods of potential fields. The employed methods included potential field multiscale techniques for source-edge location and cha...
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The paleoenvironmental and tectonic history at the southwestern end of the Malé Karpaty Mountains was reconstructed using sediment analysis, mineralogy, and dating. Numerical ages using 26 Al/ 10 Be burial age dating, 230 Th/U ages and luminescence age dating are combined to infer the Pliocene and Pleistocene development of the Hainburg Hills regio...
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Aftershock identification plays an important role in the assessment and characterization of large earthquakes. Especially, the length of the aftershock sequence is an important aspect of declustering earthquake catalogues and therefore impacts the frequency of earthquakes in a certain region, which is important for future seismic hazard assessment....
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In den letzten Jahrzehnten wurden geologische Daten und Informationen immer umfangreicher und vielschichtiger. Um diese Daten zu sammeln und digital verfügbar zu machen, wurden und werden gerade an der Geologischen Bundesanstalt (GBA) verschiedene Datensätze entwickelt. Einer davon ist die Störungsdatenbank der GBA, die Informationen über verschied...
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In this contribution, we present a scale-independent database for tectonic boundaries in Austria, with the aim of collecting and structuring available kinematic information in a searchable way. The database contains a hierarchical classification scheme for tectonic boundaries, which sorts (brittle) faults and (ductile) shear zones into groups of lo...
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Intraplate regions characterized by low rates of seismicity are challenging for seismic hazard assessment, mainly for two reasons. Firstly, evaluation of historic earthquake catalogues may not reveal all active faults that contribute to regional seismic hazard. Secondly, slip rate determination is limited by sparse geomorphic preservation of slowly...
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Burial dating with terrestrial cosmogenic nuclides and luminescence dating techniques have become two powerful tools to temporally constrain Quaternary deposits. A combination of both methods at the same geological setting has rarely been realized to date, although their viable time frames overlap by several tens of thousands of years. When Middle...
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Including faults into seismic hazard assessment depends strongly on their level of seismic activity. Intraplate regions are characterized by low seismicity, so that the evaluation of existing earthquake catalogues does not necessarily reveal all active faults that contribute to seismic hazard. In the Vienna Basin (Austria), moderate historical seis...
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Palaeoseismic records and seismological data from continental interiors increasingly show that these areas of slow strain accumulation are more subject to seismic and associated natural hazards than previously thought. Moreover, some of our instincts developed for assessing hazards at plate boundaries might not apply here. Hence assessing hazards a...
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In the central Vienna Basin, the area north of the River Danube is dominated by large river terraces consisting mainly of coarse sandy gravels and sand deposited by the Danube and the Morava River. IRSL dating for the terrace body yielded minimum ages from about 200 to 300 ka. The terrace deposits are locally covered with loess and aeolian sand of...
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Palaeoseismic records and instrumental data from continental interiors increasingly show that these areas of slow strain accumulation are more subject to seismic and associated natural hazards than previously thought (Tuttle & Schweig 1995; Johnston 1996; Johnston & Schweig 1996; Crone et al. 1997, 2003; Camelbeeck & Meghraoui 1998; Camelbeeck et a...
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Intraplate seismicity is often characterized by episodic, clustered and migrating earthquakes and extended after-shock sequences. Can these observations – primarily from North America, China and Australia – usefully be applied to seismic hazard assessment for intraplate Europe? Existing assessments are based on instrumental and historical seismicit...
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The evolution of most orogens typically records cogenetic shortening and extension. Pervasive normal faulting in an orogen, however, has been related to late syn- and post-collisional stages of mountain building with shortening focused along the peripheral sectors of the orogen. While extensional processes constitute an integral part of orogenic ev...
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The interaction and kinematic linkage of single faults within a fault system is an important issue for estimating the seismic potential of the fault system. Faults can be either linked directly by merging in greater depths or by lateral growth or indirectly by influencing each other by stress loading and unloading due to earthquakes. The Vienna Bas...
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In regions with long historical earthquake records, seismic hazard assessments are additionally challenged by the large uncertainties related to the available pre-instrumental data. A major source of uncertainty is the incompleteness of historical earthquake records. Therefore, an important step in seismic hazard assessment is the check of complete...
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Current earthquake hazard assessments in intra-continental Europe rely heavily on the assumption that the locations of earthquakes shown in the historical record reflect sites of future earthquakes. Such traditional SHA is exclusively based on historical and instrumental earthquake data, neglecting the challenges of intraplate regions characterized...
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Synorogenic extension has been recognized as an integral structural constituent of mountain belts and high-elevation plateaus during their evolution. In the Himalaya, both orogen-parallel and orogen-normal extension has been recognized. However, the underlying driving forces for extension and their timing are still a matter of debate. Here we prese...
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Assessing the maximum credible earthquake (MCE) for a specific region is an important step in seismic hazard assessment. In regions of high seismicitiy and long historic records, the possibility is relatively high that the maximum credible earthquake is included in the regional earthquake catalog. In regions with low or absent historic seismicity,...
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The Vienna Pull-Apart Basin between the Alps and the Carpathians is characterized by moderate seismicity focused along the NNE-SSW striking left-lateral strike-slip Vienna Basin Transfer Fault (VBTF) that delimits the basin towards the east. Displacement rates determined from GPS geodesy and geological markers range between 1.5 - 2.0 mm/a. However,...
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Completeness of earthquake catalogues is a necessary condition for seismic hazard assessment since they are the base for the determination of a and b values of the Gutenberg-Richter relation. A new composite catalogue for Austria has been created based on data from four different catalogues of earthquakes in Austria (ZAMG, 2009; ACORN, 2004; Van Gi...
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Explaining the presence of normal faults in overall compressive settings is a challenging problem in understanding the tectonics of active mountain belts. The Himalayan-Tibetan orogenic system is an excellent setting to approach this problem because it preserves one of the most dramatic records of long-term, contemporaneous shortening and extension...
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E-W extension in the Himalaya is well known from the central part of the orogen between 81° and 89° E and has produced major N-S striking normal faults bounding the Thakkola and Yadong grabens, as well as the Ama Drime massif, for example. These extensional structures and normal faults within the adjacent Tibetan Plateau strike virtually at right a...
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The Himalayan mountain belt and the Tibetan Plateau are the manifestations of intense crustal shortening and uplift along the southern margin of Eurasia associated with the India-Eurasia collision. While crustal shortening has been focused at lower elevations until the present day along the southern boundary of the Lesser Himalaya and the Siwalik r...
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DOI = 10.3126/hjs.v5i7.1268 Himalayan Journal of Sciences Vol.5(7) (Special Issue) 2008 p.67-68
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GPS data and regional geological compilations show that the highest sectors of the Higher Himalaya are currently undergoing extension. This has been mainly explained with radial extension along the curvature of the Himalayan arc. However, close inspection of neotectonic extension phenomena using high-resolution satellite imagery from the upper Sutl...
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Scherbaum et al. [(2004) Bull Seismolo Soc Am 94(6): 2164–2185] proposed a likelihood-based approach to select and rank ground-motion models for seismic hazard analysis in regions of low-seismicity. The results of their analysis were first used within the PEGASOS project [Abrahamson et al. (2002), In Proceedings of the 12 ECEE, London, 2002, Paper...
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One of the most challenging problems in understanding the tectonics of active mountain belts is the presence of normal faults in the overall compressive settings. Consistent observations in the Andes, the Alps, as well as in the Himalaya record the presence of upper crustal structures with normal displacement contemporaneously with shortening and t...

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geophysical and geological investigations to determine the activity of the Diendorf Fault