Earthquake Engineering Research Centre

The research activity at the Centre includes analytical, computational and experimental methods in solid and fluid mechanics. This includes probabilistic and statistical methods. Problems in mechanics related to civil and environmental engineering, as well as allied fields, are considered. A special emphasis is placed on research in earthquake and wind engineering. Topics of special interest are vibration and dynamics of complex structures and the use of computers in mechanics, particularly in the field of structural dynamics. The Centre operates and maintains the Icelandic Strong-Motion Network and distributes data through the Internet Site for European Strong-Motion Data (ISESD). On-going measurement programmes include full-scale measurements of wind and earthquake-induced structural response, as well as recording of data required for civil and environmental engineering design.

The Earthquake Engineering Research Centre of the University of Iceland was established in the year 2000 with a special contract between the University of Iceland, Ministry of education, Ministry of justice, Township of Árborg and the Civil defence. The objective of the earthquake engineering research, within the Centre, is to gain knowledge of the nature and effect of earthquakes.  In addition to basic research the EERC does contract research for industry. The EERC runs measurement systems for gathering data that forms a basis for earthquake risk management and earthquake design. The EERC trains students in reach related programs. In addition the EERC provides information for the public about the effects of earthquakes and safety in earthquakes.The main areas of research are:

  • Mathematical modelling of earthquakes
  • Measurements
  • Earthquake loading
  • System identification of structures
  • Earthquake mitigation in complex structures
  • Risk analysis of structures
  • Earthquake resistance of hydroelectric power plants
  • Earthquake resistance of lifelines



The Earthquake Engineering Research Centre is located in the town of Selfoss (Auturvegur 2a), which is 50 km east of Reykjavík. Selfoss lies in the South Iceland Seismic Zone, one of two most active earthquake areas in Iceland.


  • Telephone: +354 525-4141