About the project:

The project aims to use the naturally occurring earthquakes to study subsurface processes of the Reykjanes Peninsula (South-West Iceland) especially with respect to geothermal energy resources. This region lies on the tectonic Mid-Atlantic plate boundary with active volcanism, frequent earthquakes and many geothermal areas. The suitability for geothermal energy extraction is demonstrated by several efficiently working geothermal power plants in the region. In 2021, an extraordinary volcanic activity preceded by thousands of earthquakes provided us with valuable data for our studies. Analysing this seismic activity enabled us to map seismic faults as well as the magmatic dyke.

Beneficiary and project partners:

Geofyzikální ústav AV ČR, v. v. i.
Univerzita Karlova
Ústav struktury a mechaniky hornin AV ČR, v.v.i.
Iceland GeoSurvey (ÍSOR)