Plate tectonics and marine hazards

Seafloor topography of a subduction zone off the coast of Costa Rica. Source: GEOMAR.

Dynamic processes beneath the seafloor can cause natural hazards (such as earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions) that affect people living in coastal areas. A better understanding of the processes involved in the movement of tectonic plates is required in order to assess these hazards and to identify the early warning signals that precede such natural disasters.

News for topic: Plate tectonics annd marine harzards

Schematic diagram of ESKP. Source: GfZ.

New Information Platform on Earth and Environment

Information of the German Research Centre for Geosciences

Walvis Ridge which extends more than 3,000 kilometres into the South Atlantic is the target of SO233 with the German research vessel SONNE. Image reproduced from the GEBCO world map 2014,

Expedition into the History of the Earth

GEOMAR Scientists study volcanic mountains in the South Atlantic

3D seismic image of the sea floor off the east coast of New Zealand.  Clearly visible are large deposits of landslides, but also gas leaks and free gas in the sediment. Graphic image: Sebastian Krastel, University of Kiel

In fragile balance

German-New Zealand research team discovers previously unknown methane deposits while studying unstable submarine slopes