World Stress Map Project

Project Description
The World Stress Map (WSM) is the global repository for contemporary tectonic stress data from the Earth's crust. It was originally compiled by a research group headed by Mary Lou Zoback as part of the International Lithosphere Programm (ILP). Since 1995 the WSM is a research project of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. The WSM research team is integrated into the Tectonic Stress Group of the Geophysical Institute at the Karlsruhe University. The WSM is a task group of the International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior (IASPEI).

Who uses the WSM data?

The World Stress Map is used by various academic and industrial institutions working in a wide range of Earth science disciplines such as geodynamics, hydrocarbon exploitations and engineering. The main operational areas are:

Basin modelling
Tectonic modelling
Reservoir management
Stability of mines, tunnels and boreholes
Fault-slip tendency
Seismic risk assessment

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