Dr. Sebastian Krastel

Dynamics of the Ocean Floor | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Phone: +49-431 600 2241
Fax: +49-431 600 2941
E-Mail: skrastel (a) ifm-geomar.de

GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
East shore campus
Wischhofstrasse 1-3
D-24148 Kiel

Education and career

  • Since 03.2008: Professor for ‘Submarine Hazards at Continental Margins’; Cluster of Excellence: The Future Ocean
  • 2007-2008: ‘Akademischer Rat’ at the ‘Marine Technology/ Environmental Research’ Group of the Department of Geosciences, University of Bremen
  • 2001-2006: ‘Wissenschaftlicher Assistent’ at the ‘Marine Technology/ Environmental Research’ Group of the Department of Geosciences, University of Bremen
  • 1999-2000:  Post-Doc at GEOMAR Research Center, Kiel, Germany.
    Project: ‘Volcanic and geodynamic evolution of the Canary Archipelago and adjacent seamounts’.
  • Dec. 1999: Ph.D. in earthsciences.
    Title of thesis: 'Growth processes and destructive events during the evolution of volcanic islands: a case study from the Canary Islands'.
  • 1995-1999: Ph.D.-student at the graduate school 'Dynamics of Global Cycles', GEOMAR Research Center, Kiel, Germany.
  • Jun. 1995: MSc (Diplom Geophysiker).
    Title of thesis: 'High resolution reflection seismic investigations in the volcaniclastic apron Southwest of Gran Canaria'.
  • 1988-1995: Study of Geophysics at Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel, Germany.
  • 1986-1988: Military service on board the Sail-Training-Ship GORCH FOCK.
  • 1977-1986: Abitur (A-level), Heinrich-Heine-Schule, Heikendorf.


Scientific Interests

  • Submarine hazards
  • Slope stability and submarine mass wasting
  • Sediment transport processes at continental margins
  • Fluid flow and gas hydrates at continental margins
  • Evolution of lakes
  • Evolution of ocean volcanoes


Participation at more than 25 research cruises.
Research cruises within the Excellencecluster "Future Ocean":
    MSM11/2  14.03.09-09.04.09  off North-West Africa
    M78/3a     18.05.09-13.06.09  off Uruguay and Argentina

Selected Publications

  • Strozyk, F., Huhn. K., Strasser. M., Krastel. S., Kock. I., Kopf. A., 2009. New evidence for mass wasting at the NE Cretan slope: a multi-stage slide complex from the eastern Mediterranean. Marine Geology, 263, 97-107
  • Litt, T., Krastel, S., Sturm, M., Kipfer, R., Örcen, S., Heumann, G., Franz, S.O., Ülgen, U.B., Niessen, F. Lake Van Drilling Project ‘PALEOVAN’, International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP): Results of a recent pre-site survey and perspectives. Quaternary Science Reviews, 28, 1555-1567
  • Wagner-Friedrichs, M., Krastel, S., Spiess, V., Ivanov, M., Bohrmann, G., Meisner, L., 2008. 3D seismic investigations of the Sevastopol mud volcano in correlation to gas/fluid migration pathways and gas hydrates occurrences in the Sorokin Trough (Black Sea). G-cubed, 9-5, doi:10.1029/2007GC001685.
  • Henrich, R., Hanebuth, T.T.J., Krastel, S., Neubert, N., Wynn, R., 2008. Architecture and sediment dynamics of the Mauritania Slide Complex. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 25, 17-33.
  • Kopf, A., Stegmann, S., Krastel, S., Förster, A., Strasser, M., Irving, M., 2007. Marine deep-water free fall CPT measurements for landslide characterisation off Crete, Greece (Eastern Mediterranean Sea). Part 2: Initial data from the western Cretan Sea. In Lykousis, V., Sakellariou, D., Locat, J. (eds) Submarine mass movements and their consequences. Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, Springer, 199-208
  • Antobreh, A.A., Krastel, S., 2007. Mauritania Slide Complex: Morphology, seismic characterisation and processes of formation. International Journal of Earth Sciences, 96, 451-472.
  • Krastel, S., Wynn, R.B., Hanebuth, T.J.J., Henrich, R., Holz, C., Meggers, H., Kuhlmann, H., Georgiopoulou. A., Schulz, H.D., 2006. Mapping of seabed morphology and shallow sediment structure of the Mauritania continental margin, Northwest Africa: some implications for geohazard potential. Norwegian Journal of Geology, 86, 163-176.
  • Antobreh, A.A., Krastel, S., 2006. Morphology, seismic characteristics and development of Cap Timiris Canyon, offshore Mauritania: a newly discovered canyon preserved off a major arid climatic region. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 23, 37-59.
  • Krastel, S., Hanebuth, T.J.J., Wynn, R.B., Antobreh, A.A., Henrich, R., Holz, C., Kölling, M., Schulz, H.D., Wien, K., 2004. Cap Timiris Canyon: A newly discovered channel-system off Mauritania. EOS Transactions, 45/42, p. 417, 423.
  • Krastel, S., Spiess, V., Ivanov, M., Weinrebe, W., Bohrmann, G., Shashkin, P., Heidersdorf, F., 2003. Acoustic images of mud volcanoes in the Sorokin Trough, Black Sea, Geo-Marine Letters, 23, 230-238.
  • Krastel, S., Schmincke, H.-U., 2002. Crustal structure of northern Gran Canaria deduced from active seismic tomography, Journal of Volcanology Geothermal Research, 115, 153-177.
  • Krastel, S., Schmincke, H.-U., Jacobs, C.L., Rihm, R., Le Bas, T.P., Alibes, B., 2001. Submarine landslides around the Canary Islands, Journal of Geophysical Research, 106, 3977-3998.

Complete list of publicationes since 2007:
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Number of items: 91.

Publications from 1996 to 2007