Sabrina Metzger


​Now Postdoc at GFZ Potsdam​​​


Research Interests

I study the surface deformation of North Iceland, a region that is separated by a major plate boundary and thus exposed to a certain seismic risk. Using time-series analysis of both, GPS and satellite radar interferometry (InSAR) data, I try to describe the kinematics of this complicated plate boundary zone in more detail and estimate the seismic potential of one of the main faults that passes just below the second largest town in North Iceland.

Selected Publications

  • Metzger, S. and S. Jónsson, Plate boundary deformation in North Iceland during the 1992-2009 revealed by InSAR time-series analysis and GPS, Tectonophysics, 634, 127-138, 2014.
  • Metzger, S., S. Jónsson, G. Danielsen, S. Hreinsdóttir, F. Jouanne, G. Giardini, and T. Villemin, Present kinematics of the Tjörnes Fracture Zone, North Iceland, from campaign and continuous GPS measurements, Geophys. J. Int. 192, 441-455, 2013.​
  • Metzger, S., Seismic potential of the Húsavík-Flatey fault and kinematics of the Tjörnes Fracture Zone, North Iceland, studied using InSAR and GPS, Ph.D. Thesis, ETH Zürich, 168pp, 2012.
  • Metzger, S., S. Jónsson, and H. Geirsson, Locking depth and slip-rate of the Húsavík Flatey fault, North Iceland, derived from continuous GPS data 2006-2010, Geophys. J. Int. doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05176.x, 2011.


  • Ph.D. Geophysics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2012.
  • Diploma in Interdisciplinary Sciences (phys./chem.) ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2006