Articles | Volume 12, issue 8
Solid Earth, 12, 1777–1799, 2021
Solid Earth, 12, 1777–1799, 2021

Research article 11 Aug 2021

Research article | 11 Aug 2021

3D crustal stress state of Germany according to a data-calibrated geomechanical model

Steffen Ahlers et al.

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Short summary
Knowledge about the stress state in the upper crust is of great importance for many economic and scientific questions. However, our knowledge in Germany is limited since available datasets only provide pointwise, incomplete and heterogeneous information. We present the first 3D geomechanical model that provides a continuous description of the contemporary crustal stress state for Germany. The model is calibrated by the orientation of the maximum horizontal stress and stress magnitudes.