World Stress Map (WSM), open-access public database

World Stress Map (WSM)

The World Stress Map (WSM) is a global compilation of information on the crustal present-day stress field maintained since 2009 at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences within Section 2.6 Seismic Hazard and Stress Field.

The WSM is an open-access public database and is used by various academic and industrial institutions working in a wide range of Earth science disciplines such as geodynamics, hazard assessment, hydrocarbon exploitations and engineering.

The World Stress Map database release 2016 can be downloaded as (a) a file with comma separated fields (b) an Excel spreadsheet and (c) and a Google Earth zip-compressed file. The database is public and thus the download and usage is free of charge. Details on the database structure and the individual fields are explained in the WSM Technical Report 16-01. When you use the WSM database release 2016 please cite it as:

  • Heidbach, O., M. Rajabi, X. Cui, K. Fuchs, B. Müller, J. Reinecker, K. Reiter, M. Tingay, F. Wenzel, F. Xie, M. O. Ziegler, M.-L. Zoback, and M. D. Zoback (2018): The World Stress Map database release 2016: Crustal stress pattern across scales. Tectonophysics, 744, 484-498, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2018.07.007

  • Heidbach, Oliver; Rajabi, Mojtaba; Reiter, Karsten; Ziegler, Moritz; WSM Team (2016): World Stress Map Database Release 2016. GFZ Data Services, doi:10.5880/WSM.2016.001

World Stress Map Database Release 2016 - Files

Stress Maps based on the WSM Database Release 2016

Stress Map of the Mediterranean and Central Europe 2016 → Stress_Map_Europe_2016.pdf 13.1 Mb

License: CC BY 4.0