In Germany, there are more than 150 so-called „Seismological stations“, operated by the Federal Institute of Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) as well as by university institutes and regional earthquake services. The high density of the seismic stations in the Lower Rhine bay, the Rhine valley and the Vogtland reflect the location of seismic zones in Germany.
The seismological stations form networks that are to be subdivided into:
- Emission networks to observe seismic activities,
- immission networks to assess the vibration impact on the earth’s surface,
- exploration networks for the so-called reservoir-monitoring.