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:
Martina Ikert
Phone: +49-431-600-2271
e-mail: mikert(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

Methane hydrate from the sea floor - an energy resource for the future? Photo: GEOMAR
20.02.2014

Resources from the Sea

Can the ocean solve the resource problems of the future?

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Carbonate crusts at the observing site HYBIS at 385 metres water depth. For comparison: the white organisms in the right part of the picture have a length of about 15 cm.  Carbonates of this size require several 100 years to build-up. Source: GEOMAR.
02.01.2014

Methane Hydrates and Global Warming

Dissolution of hydrates off Svalbard caused by natural processes

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