Department of Theoretical Geophysics
Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences
01-452 Warszawa, ul. Ks. Janusza 64,
phone: +48 22 6915685, fax: +48 22 6915915


1986 - MSc, Faculty of Physics, Warsaw University (Gravitational waves in the Universe filled with massive, noninteracting particles)
1993 - PhD, Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences (Fault zone dynamics. Evolution patterns)
2005 - Post-doctoral degree (habilitation), Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences (Interactive dynamics of a heterogeneous seismic source. A model with the slip-dependent friction)


1988 till present at the Instititute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences;
1994 - assistant professor;
2005 - associate professor;
2008 - head of the Earth Interior's Dynamics Laboratory.


January 1998 - December 1999: at Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, JSPS fellowship.

August 1991 - August 1992: at Institute of Theoretical Physics, Stuttgart University, DAAD fellowship.

Research interests

  • physics of earthquakes,
  • seismic source models,
  • computer simulations of earthquakes,
  • earthquake statistic,
  • seismic parameters,
  • earthquake scaling,
  • seismic forecasts and hazard.

Selected publications

Piotr Senatorski, 2019. Gutenberg-Richter's b Value and Earthquake Asperity Models. Pure Appl. Geophys., doi.org/10.1007/s00024-019-02385-z.

Piotr Senatorski, 2019.  Effect of Slip-Weakening Distance on Seismic–Aseismic Slip Patterns. Pure Appl. Geophys. 176, 3975–3992, doi:10.1007/s00024-019-02094-7

Piotr Senatorski, 2017. Effect of slip-area scaling on the earthquakefrequency-magnitude relationship, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors ,Volume 267, April 2017, Pages 41-52. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pepi.2017.04.004

Piotr Senatorski, 2014. Radiated energy estimations from finite-fault earthquake slip models, Geophysical Research Letters, Volume 41, Issue 10, 28 May 2014, Pages 3431-3437. https://doi.org/10.1002/2014GL060013

Piotr Senatorski, 2012. Effect of seismic moment-area scaling on apparent stress-seismic moment relationship, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors ,Volume 196-197, April 2012, Pages 14-22.
Piotr Senatorski, 2008. Apparent stress scaling for tectonic and induced seismicity: Model and observations, Phys.Earth planet. Int., 167/1-2,98-109,doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2008.02.006.
Piotr Senatorski, 2007. Apparent stress scaling and statistical trends, Phys.Earth planet. Int. 160, 230-244, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2006.11.007.
Piotr Senatorski, 2006, Fluctuations, trends, and scaling of the energy radiated by heterogeneous seismic sources, Geophys.J.Int 166 (1), 267-276, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2006.02942.x23.
Piotr Senatorski, 2005. A macroscopic approach towards earthquake physics: the meaning of the apparent stress, Physica A 358, 551-574, doi:10.1016/jphysa.2005.07.002.
Piotr Senatorski, 2004, Interactive dynamics of an heterogeneous seismic source. A model with the slip dependent friction, Publ.Inst.Geophys. Pol.Acad.Sci., A-27, (354) pp. 153, Warszawa 2004 (rozprawa habilitacyjna).
Piotr Senatorski, 2004, Złożoność trzęsień ziemi i ich prognozowanie, Przegląd Geofizyczny, XLIX, 3-4, 131-146 (in Polish).
Piotr Senatorski, 2003, Scaling and statistical trends of the apparent stress for heterogeneous seismic sources, Acta Geophys. Pol. 51, 125-134.
Piotr Senatorski, 2003, Random fluctuations of the apparent stress among heterogeneous seismic sources, Acta Geophys. Pol 51, 23-36.
Piotr Senatorski, 2002, Slip-weakening and interactive dynamics of an heterogeneous seismic source, Tectonophysics, 344, 37-60, 2002.
Piotr Senatorski, 2001, Slip weakening and energy-moment scaling relations, Acta Geophys. Pol., 49, 75-93, 2001.
Piotr Senatorski, 2001, Trzęsienia ziemi: obserwacje i modele, in: Publ. Inst. Geophys. Pol. Acad.Sci., Wybrane problemy geofizyki współczesnej, Stanisław Kramsztyk (1841-1906) In memoriam, M-25 (347), 261-284 (in Polish).
Piotr Senatorski, 2000, Model of earthquake cycles with a slip dependent constitutive law. Part II - Simulations, Acta Geophys. Pol. 48, 423-453.
Piotr Senatorski, 2000, Model of earthquake cycles with a slip dependent constitutive law. Part I - Theory, Acta Geophysica Polonica 48, 299-316.
Piotr Senatorski, 1997, Interactive dynamics of faults, Tectonophysics, 277, 199-207.
Piotr Senatorski, 1995, Dynamics of a zone of four parallel faults: a deterministic model, J. Geophys. Res., 100, 24111-24120.
Piotr Senatorski, 1994, Spatio-temporal evolution of faults: deterministic model, Physica D, 76, 420-435.
Piotr Senatorski, 1993, Fault zone dynamice. Evolution patterns, Publ.Inst.Geophys. Pol.Acad.Sci., A-21 (261), pp. 84. Warszawa 1993.