Honors & Awards

  • Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, AGU (2014)
  • Award for young scientists, GtV-Bundesverband Geothermie (2010)

Professional Education

  • Doctor Rerum Naturium, Freie Universitat Berlin (2014)
  • Diplom, Freie Universitat Berlin (2008)

Stanford Advisors

All Publications

  • Response to Comment on “How will induced seismicity in Oklahoma respond to decreased saltwater injection rates Science Advances Langenbruch, C., Zoback, M. D. 2017: eaao2277


    Goebel et al. question our forecasted response of induced seismicity to reduction of saltwater injection rates in north-central Oklahoma and raise the concern that "the probability of future damaging earthquakes may be underestimated." We compare our prediction to earthquake data recorded in the 8 months after publication. Observed seismicity rates and magnitudes agree with the forecast of our model. Our use of a probabilistic model accounts for uncertainties and observed M ≥ 4.5 to date confirm the conservative nature of our prediction. The "realistic parameter range" suggested by Goebel et al. is based on a misunderstanding of our statistical model and disagrees with the long-term decay of seismicity in the region.

    View details for DOI 10.1126/sciadv.aao2277

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC5555253

  • How will induced seismicity in Oklahoma respond to decreased saltwater injection rates? Science advances Langenbruch, C., Zoback, M. D. 2016; 2 (11)


    In response to the marked number of injection-induced earthquakes in north-central Oklahoma, regulators recently called for a 40% reduction in the volume of saltwater being injected in the seismically active areas. We present a calibrated statistical model that predicts that widely felt M ≥ 3 earthquakes in the affected areas, as well as the probability of potentially damaging larger events, should significantly decrease by the end of 2016 and approach historic levels within a few years. Aftershock sequences associated with relatively large magnitude earthquakes that occurred in the Fairview, Cherokee, and Pawnee areas in north-central Oklahoma in late 2015 and 2016 will delay the rate of seismicity decrease in those areas.

    View details for DOI 10.1126/sciadv.1601542

    View details for PubMedID 28138533

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  • A statistical model for seismic hazard assessment of hydraulic-fracturing-induced seismicity GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS Hajati, T., Langenbruch, C., Shapiro, S. A. 2015; 42 (24)
  • Quantitative analysis of rock stress heterogeneity: Implications for the seismogenesis of fluid-injection-induced seismicity GEOPHYSICS Langenbruch, C., Shapiro, S. A. 2015; 80 (6): WC73-WC88
  • Gutenberg-Richter relation originates from Coulomb stress fluctuations caused by elastic rock heterogeneity JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SOLID EARTH Langenbruch, C., Shapiro, S. A. 2014; 119 (2): 1220-1234
  • Probability of earthquake occurrence and magnitude estimation in the post shut-in phase of geothermal projects JOURNAL OF SEISMOLOGY Barth, A., Wenzel, F., Langenbruch, C. 2013; 17 (1): 5-11
  • Inter event times of fluid induced earthquakes suggest their Poisson nature GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS Langenbruch, C., Dinske, C., Shapiro, S. A. 2011; 38
  • Magnitude estimation for microseismicity induced during the KTB 2004/2005 injection experiment GEOPHYSICS Haney, F., Kummerow, J., Langenbruch, C., Dinske, C., Shapiro, S. A., Scherbaum, F. 2011; 76 (6): WC47-WC53
  • Magnitudes of induced earthquakes and geometric scales of fluid-stimulated rock volumes GEOPHYSICS Shapiro, S. A., Krueger, O. S., Dinske, C., Langenbruch, C. 2011; 76 (6): WC55-WC63
  • Acoustic emission induced by pore-pressure changes in sandstone samples GEOPHYSICS Mayr, S. I., Stanchits, S., Langenbruch, C., Dresen, G., Shapiro, S. A. 2011; 76 (3): MA21-MA32

    View details for DOI 10.1190/1.3569579

    View details for Web of Science ID 000293522500027

  • Decay rate of fluid-induced seismicity after termination of reservoir stimulations GEOPHYSICS Langenbruch, C., Shapiro, S. A. 2010; 75 (6): MA53-MA62

    View details for DOI 10.1190/1.3506005

    View details for Web of Science ID 000285767900032

  • Seismogenic index and magnitude probability of earthquakes induced during reservoir fluid stimulations The Leading Edge Shapiro, S. A., Dinske, C., Langenbruch, C., Wenzel, F. 2010; 29 (3): 304-309

    View details for DOI 10.1190/1.3353727