Hi welcome to my personal website!

I am a Structural and Earthquake Geologist interested in upper crustal deformation of ancient orogens, in neotectonic regions but also in the current earthquake cycle. I am active in various domains of Geology, Seismology, Macroseismology and Geophysics, I love to perform outdoor field work and I am a devoted student coach.

My research focuses on:

(i) linking earthquakes to inherited tectonic structures by applying structural and geophysical techniques;

(ii) analysing earthquake site effects by H/V Spectral Ratio analysis and ERT;

(iii) macroseismology: studying the relationship between the shaking intensity distribution of felt earthquakes and the local geology;

(iv) creating GIS-based geological maps.

(v) studying the deformation of ancient orogens and neotectonic regions.

As a scientist I consider it as a moral obligation to communicate results to the public by publishing research results in different popularising scientific magazines and report them on social media. I frequently provide relevant earthquake information to the media and public.

I’ve been a member of the Early Career Scientist Team of the Seismology Division of the European Geophysical Union (EGU) from 2014 to 2018. We aim to encourage early career geoscientists to participate in science communication through various channels: the seismology EGU Facebook, the blog, and during short courses organised at the EGU Annual General Meeting.

I hope you'll enjoy exploring this website.



Institutional contact:

Koen Van Noten, PhD

Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB)


Ringlaan 3, B-1180 Brussels, Belgium

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Email: koen.vannoten[at]Seismology.be

Tel: + 32 2 790 29 18



At the plenary session of the ESC2018 conference in Malta (September 2018) a new ESC Working Group in Macroseismology was officially approved. In this WG we will work to improve European internet macroseismology data collection and harmonization. More soon to come! Exciting times!


Starting from 1 October 2018 I will start working again at the Royal Observatory of Belgium and continue my research in the wonderful world of Macroseismology, Near-Surface Geophysics and Earthquake Geology.

17-04-2018: EGU2018 - Vienna:

When the dust settles down it is c to reflect on a great conference. I presented several contributions at EGU2018:

  1. K. Van Noten, I., N. Blom, L. Ermert, E. Eibl, M. Wenner, T. Lecocq, M. Agius, L. Parisi, L. Gualtieri. 2018. Seismology for non-seismologists. Short Course.
  2. K. Van Noten, X. Devleeschouwer, C. Goffin, B. Meyvis, and T. Lecocq. 2018. Bedrock morphology modelling using geologically-dependant empirical equations between resonance frequency and bedrock depth.
  3. K. Van Noten, B. Neefs, K. Piessens, and Y. Vanbrabant. 2018. Screening of suitability of pelitic hard rock formations for radioactive waste disposal in Belgium.
  4. C. Burlet, K. Van Noten, S. Delaby, T. Lecocq, S. Verheyden, D. Genty, and J. Jaubert. 2018. Passive geophysics inside underground cavities: examples of HVSR surveys in the caves of Han-sur-Lesse, Belgium and Bruniquel, France.
  5. M. Agius, S. Hicks, W. Bohon, P. Denton, C. Eakin, A. Gil, L. Gualtieri, C. Mora Stock, K. Van Noten, A. Schaeffer, S. Tharimena, S. Parolai, and R. Sarkar. 2018. An International Day for Seismology: rational, co-ordination, and planning.

04-12-2017: New paper:

Deckers, J., Van Noten, K., Schiltz, M., Lecocq, T. & Vanneste, K. 2018. Integrated study on the topographic and shallow subsurface expression of the Grote Brogel Fault at the boundary of the Roer Valley Graben, Belgium. Tectonophysics 722, 486–506


13-11-2017: Heading to Ljubljana (SL) for the ARSO-EMSC Technical workshop on internet macroseismology. How to share macroseismic data with neighboring countries? That's the challenge!

The conclusions of our Solid Earth paper are more than ever reality.

Program: goo.gl/ziEGcq Macroseismology ? link Read my summary of the Meeting on the EGU blog

11-04-2017: read the short summary of our new paper in macroseismology:


07-04-2017: NEW PAPER in Solid Earth on the problematics of transfrontier macroseismology in Europe.

Van Noten, K., Lecocq, T., Sira, C., Hinzen, K.-G., and Camelbeeck, T.: Path and site effects deduced from merged transfrontier internet macroseismic data of two recent M4 earthquakes in northwest Europe using a grid cell approach, Solid Earth, 8, 453-477, doi:10.5194/se-8-453-2017, 2017

Past Institutional Information :

Geological Survey of Belgium,

Jennerstraat 13, 1000 Brussels, Belgium