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Seismic, Gravimetry, and Magnetics

Our department carries out research regarding the application of seismic, gravimetric, and magnetic methods, as well as the complementary inclusion of structural geological analysis of the upper part of the Earth's crust: its structure, the processes creating and modifying the crust, as well as the critical geophysical parameters for these processes.

Departmental responsibilities

The aim is to investigate geological structures and fault systems, and to understand their variability on several scales to enable the sustainable use of underground geological formations. Our primarily application-oriented research activities are mainly focused on measuring and analysis of processes involved in mass movement and deformation, which give rise to modifications of the methodology-relevant geophysical parameters. The long-term objective is to establish viable forecasts concerning changes in underground zones capable of being utilised and influenced by human activity, for instance communication between reservoirs, the assessment of georisks, and processes, which give rise to landscape changes. This work is complemented by the development of surveying technologies and advanced evaluation methods, and modelling of the observed deformation.

We also participate in basic research activities whenever the department's expertise is able to significantly contribute to the success of scientific projects.

to the Research Fields of the department

Selected current projects

  • REgine Details
    Geophysical-geological based reservoir engineering for deep-seated carbonates
  • The Brenner base tunnel (BBT) natural laboratory – From cross-section construction over fabric and elastic anisotropy analysis to 4D structural modeling
    (DFG)
  • LUNAR, Der letzte Impuls - Datierung der jüngsten Verformungen in den Alpen mit ESR-Thermochronometrie  Details
    (DFG)
  • SIMULTAN Details
    Sinkhole instability: integrated multi-scale monitoring and analysis
  • Multi-component seismics in overdeepened alpine valleys Details
    Reflection seismics in the Tannwald basin (Baden-Württemberg) and Lienz basin (Tyrol) in the frame of the ICDP project 'Drilling Overdeepend Alpine Valleys - DOVE (DFG)

all projects of the department

Current publications

  • Observing Ocean Mass Variability with Spring Gravimeters – Storm Surge Induced Signals on the North Sea Island Helgoland. - AVN Allgemeine Vermessungsnachrichten; 2020(4): 163-173.
    2020, WEISE, A., TIMMEN, L., DENG, Z., GABRIEL, G., ROTHLEITNER, C., SCHILLING, M. & VOIGT, C.
  • Seismological and geophysical signatures of the deep crustal magma systems of the Cenozoic volcanic fields beneath the Eifel, Germany. - Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 21, e2020GC009062.
    2020, DAHM, T., STILLER, M., MECHIE, J., HEIMANN, S., HENSCH, M., WOITH, H., SCHMIDT, B., GABRIEL, G. & WEBER, M.
  • Glacially-Induced Reactivation of Faults in Northern Germany, in: STEFFEN, H., OLESEN, O. & SUTINEN, R. (Eds.) Glacially-Triggered Faulting. Cambridge University Press.
    2020, MÜLLER, K., WINSEMANN, J., TANNER, D.C., LEGE, T., SPIES, T. & BRANDES, C.
  • Ground instability of sinkhole areas indicated by elastic moduli and seismic attributes. - Geophysical Journal International, 222, 289-304, 2020.
    2020, WADAS, S.H., TSCHACHE, S., POLOM, U. & KRAWCZYK, C.M.
  • S-wave seismic imaging of near-surface sediments using tailored processing strategies. - Journal of Applied Geophysics, 173, February 2020, 103927.
    2020, BURSCHIL, T. & BUNESS, H.
  • Understanding Faults: Detecting, Dating, and Modeling. 366pp, Elsevier. ISBN: 9780128159859
    2020, TANNER, D.C. & BRANDES, C.

Head of department

Prof. Dr. Gerald Gabriel
+49 511 643-3510

Staff

Knowledge and technology transfer & data infrastructure