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.


During the first two years of the project, we processed complete earthquake catalogues from 2013-2022; performed detailed studies of the seismicity accompanying the 2021-2022 volcanic activity; studied the depth limit of the earthquake distribution which is directly related to the high temperature of the rock; prepared the empirical formulas needed for seismic hazard assessment.

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)

The NAtural Seismicity as a Prospecting and MONitoring tool for geothermal energy extraction project benefits from a € 1,4 mil. grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants and the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic.
The project is carried out under the KAPPA funding programme for applied research, experimental development and innovation, managed by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic.