The Seismological Station of Cologne University (BNS) was founded in 1951 on the outskirts of Bensberg, Germany, at that time an independent city and which now is a part of Bergisch Gladbach, some 15 km east from downtown Cologne. The station building is a small (120  m2) typical 1950s family home (Fig. 1). In the early years it served two functions: as a seismological station with a Wiechert‐type 1.3 t seismometer in the basement and as the home of Professor Martin Schwarzbach, the station’s founder and his wife. Schwarzbach, a pioneer of climate research using geological methods...

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