The Adriatic microplate forms the upper plate in the collision front in the Western and Central Alps whereas it forms the lower plate in contact with the Apennines and the Dinarides. However, the tectonics of Adriatic microplate is yet not well constrained and remains controversial, especially at its contact with the Dinarides. While the northern part of the Adriatic microplate will be accurately imaged within the AlpArray project, its central and southern parts deserve detailed studies to obtain a complete picture of its structure and evolution. We set up the Central Adriatic Seismic Experiment (CASE) as a AlpArray Complementary Experiment with a temporary seismic network to provide high-quality seismological data as a foundation for research with state-of-the-art methods and high-precision seismic images of the controversial area.


The international AlpArray-CASE project involves four institutions: the Department of Earth Sciences and the Swiss Seismological Service of ETH Zürich (CH), the Department of Geophysics of the Faculty of Science at the University of Zagreb (HR), the Republic Hydrometeorological Service of the Republic of Srpska (BIH) and Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (I). The established temporary seismic network will be operational for at least 18 months. It combines existing permanent and temporary seismic stations operated by the involved institutions together with newly deployed temporary seismic stations, installed in November and December 2016, managed by ETH Zürich and INGV: five in Croatia, four in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one in Italy.


The Department of Geophysics of the Faculty of Science at University of Zagreb is presented by dr. sc. Josip Stipčević, dr. sc. Iva Dasović, prof. dr. sc. Marijan Herak and Snježan Prevolnik, dipl. ing.

For all further information, you may contact dr. sc. Josip Stipčević via e-mail jstipcevic[at]

The official web-page of the AlpArray-CASE project is linked here.



Iva Dasović, Irene Molinari, Josip Stipčević, Vesna Šipka, Simone Salimbeni, Dejan Jarić, Snježan Prevolnik, Eduard Kissling, John Clinton, and Domenico Giardini, the AlpArray-CASE Working Group, the AlpArray-CASE Field Team (2017): The AlpArray-CASE project: temporary broadband seismic network deployment and characterization. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 19, EGU2017-13952, EGU General Assembly 2017.

Irene Molinari, Iva Dasović, Josip Stipčević, Vesna Šipka, Dejan Jarić, Edi Kissling, John Clinton, Simone Salimbeni, Snježan Prevolnik, Domenico Giardini, Stefan Wiemer, the AlpArray-CASE Field Team, the AlpArray-CASE Working Group (2018): Investigation of the Central Adriatic lithosphere structure with the AlpArray-CASE seismic experiment. Geofizika, DOI: 10.15233/gfz.2018.35.6.

Dasovic I., Molinari I., Stipcevic J., Sipka V., Kissling E., Clinton J., Salimbeni S., Prevolnik S., Giardini D., Wiemer S., AlpArray-CASE Field Team, AlpArray-CASE Working Group (2018): The AlpArray-CASE seismic experiment: Investigation of the Central Adriatic lithosphere structure. 36th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission, 2–7 September, Valletta, Malta, S3-769.


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