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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

  • 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'
  • GeoParaMol Details
    Geophysical  parameters for a facies interpretation of the Malm and numerical modeling of the long-term thermal-hydraulic behaviour (sub-projects 2 and 4)

Current publications

  • Time-lapse gravity and levelling surveys reveal mass loss and ongoing subsidence in the urban subrosion-prone area of Bad Frankenhausen, Germany. - Solid Earth, 10(3): 599-619; DOI: 10.5194/se-10-599-2019.
    2019, KOBE, M., GABRIEL, G., WEISE, A. & VOGEL, D.
  • Unravelling the shape and stratigraphy of a glacially-overdeepened valley with reflection seismic: the Lienz Basin (Austria). - Swiss Journal of Geosciences, online first.
    2019, BURSCHIL, T., TANNER, D.C., REITNER, J.M., BUNESS, H. & GABRIEL, G.
  • Shear wave reflection seismics yields subsurface dissolution and subrosion patterns: application to the Ghor Al-Haditha sinkhole site, Dead Sea, Jordan. Solid Earth Special Issue: Environmental changes and hazards in the Dead Sea Region. (NHESS/ACP/HESS/SE inter-journal SI).
    2018, POLOM, U., ALRSHDAN, H., AL-HALBOUNI, D., HOLOHAN, E.P., DAHM, T, SAWARIEH, A., ATALLAH, M.Y., AND KRAWCZYK, C.M.
  • Comparison of pneumatic impact and magnetostrictive vibrator sources for near surface seismic imaging in geotechnical environments. Journal of Applied Geophysics 159, p. 173-185.
    2018, RICHTER, H., HOCK, S., MIKULLA, S., KRUEGER, K., LUETH, S., POLOM,U., DICKMANN, T., & GIESE, R.
  • High-resolution reflection seismics reveal the structure and the evolution of the Quaternary glacial Tannwald Basin. - Near Surface Geophysics, 16(6), 593-610.
    2018, BURSCHIL, T., BUNESS, H., TANNER, D.C., WIELANDT-SCHUSTER, U., ELLWANGER, D. & GABRIEL, G.
  • Das Relativgravimeter Eichsystem Hannover für 10^(-4) Maßstabsbestimmungen. - AvN, Allgemeine Vermessungsnachrichten, 5/2018: 140-150.
    2018, TIMMEN, L., FALK, R., GABRIEL, G., LOTHHAMMER, A., SCHILLING, M. & VOGEL, D.
  • Forced regressive ice-marginal deltas in glacial lake basins: geomorphology, facies variability and large-scale depositional architecture. - Boreas, April 2018, DOI: 10.1111/bor.12317.
    2018, WINSEMANN, J., LANG, J., POLOM, U., LOEWER, M., IGEL, J., POLLOK, L. & BRANDES, C.
  • Ein integrativer geodätisch-gravimetrischer Ansatz zur Erkundung von Subrosion im Erdfallgebiet Hamburg Flottbek – Oberfächendeformation und Massentransfer. - AvN, Allgemeine Vermessungsnachrichten, 7/2018: 244-254.
    2018, WEISE, A., KERSTEN, T., TIMMEN, L., GABRIEL, G., SCHÖN, S. & VOGEL, D.

Head of department

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

Staff

Knowledge and technology transfer & data infrastructure