Dynamics of the Ocean Floor

The Research Division Dynamics of the Ocean Floor has two Research Units: Magmatic and Hydrothermal Systems and Marine Geodynamics.

Contact

Head of the Research Division:

Prof. Dr. Heidrun Kopp
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
East shore campus
Wischhofstr. 1-3 
D-24148 Kiel
Germany

Phone: +49-431-600-2334
Fax: +49-431-600-2922
e-mail: hkopp(at)geomar.de

Personal Assistent/Office Management:
Jasmin Mögeltönder
Phone: +49-431-600-2271
e-mail: jmoegeltoender(at)geomar.de

Anne Völsch
Phone: +49-431-2271
e-mail: avoelsch(at)geomar.de

Publications

Overview

The research focus is on the geological-geophysical survey of the ocean floor and the margins of the ocean basins. The core topics include processes of formation, development, alteration and subduction of the oceanic lithosphere and the associated effects on the environment, for example on the climate and the emergence of natural hazards.

These research topics are addressed in three geotectonic areas:

  • Divergent plate margins: Formation of the ocean floor and the ocean basins
  • Convergent plate margins: the subduction engine
  • Tectonic and magmatic processes in the intraplate zone: Conversion of oceanic plates

Significant research emphasis is placed on:

  • Marine natural hazards: earthquakes, volcanoes, slope stability, submarine landslides, and tsunamis
  • Seafloor resources: Gas hydrates and polymetallic massive sulphides
  • Introduction of volatiles into the atmosphere and hydrosphere

RD4 News

Reconstructed 3D model of a nanotomography. The left picture shows uraninite (uranium ore) that surrounds gold. In the right picture, a computer programme was used the remove the uraninite to illustrate the large volume hidden in the uranium ore.
20.04.2017

The formation of gold deposits in South Africa

German-Canadian research team discovers new ore-forming process in ancient marine sedimentary basin

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The village of Fira on Santorin. The island is a well-known holiday destination in the southern Aegean Sea. At the same time it displays traces of massive volcanic eruptions and strong seismic forces. Photo: User tango7174, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0
03.04.2017

How Explosive is the Aegean Sea?

German and Greek Scientists study volcanism of the Cyclades Islands

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