Dr. rer. nat. Djamil Al-Halbouni

Researcher (Post-doc)

RD 4: Dynamics of the ocean floor
RU Magmatic and hydrothermal systems


  • Office: 12-221
  • Address: Wischhofstraße 1-3, D-24148 Kiel
  • Telephone: +49 431 600 2843
  • Fax: +49 431 600-2941
  • E-Mail: dhalbouni@geomar.de
  • Website

Scientific Interests

  • Magmatic processes at the ocean floor
  • Numerical simulation (FEM, DEM)
  • Hydrogeophysics
  • Remote sensing (satellite images, photogrammetry)
  • Geomechanics
  • Karstic aquifers
  • Subsidence

Education and experience

  • Since 02.2021: Post-doc researcher at GEOMAR - Seafloor Modelling Group.
  • July 2019 - Jan. 2021: Post-doc and guest researcher at Helmholtz Centre - German Research Centre for Geosciences Potsdam. Projects: SIMULTAN, ITC Course 2020.
  • June 2016 - Nov. 2016: Researcher at the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering, University of Adelaide, Australia.
  • Jan. 2014 - June 2019: PhD thesis at Helmholtz Centre - German Research Centre for Geosciences Potsdam and University of Potsdam. Title: "Photogrammetry and distinct element numerical modelling of sinkholes and large-scale karstic depressions". Projects: DESERVE and SIMULTAN.
  • March 2012 - Nov. 2013: Research assistant Dom Luíz Institute of Geophysics University of Lisbon, Portugal. Projects: EM and electric investigation of karstic & sandy aquifers.
  • Sept. - Nov. 2011: Research assistant - University of Alberta, Canada. Projects: PLUTONS (EM investigation of Uturuncu volcano, Bolivia).
  • April 2011: Diploma in Geophysics at the University of Göttingen. Title: "Electromagnetic depth sounding in the Western European Alps".

Geophysical field experience

  • Photogrammetry & Applied Geophysics (Dead Sea, Jordan, 5 x 2 weeks, GFZ + DESERVE partners)
  • Seismology (European Alps, 2 weeks, GFZ + Alparray partners)
  • Geophysics, Geology, Hydrogeology and Meteorology (Dead Sea, Winterschool in Israel, 10 days, GFZ + DESERVE partners)
  • Hydrogeophysics (Alentejo, Portugal, 6 x 1 week, University of Lisbon)
  • Archaeogeophysics (Loures, Portugal, 5 x 2 days, University of Lisbon)
  • Archaeogeophysics (Pyrenees, France, 2 x 2 weeks, University of Göttingen)
  • Audiomagnetotellurics (Uturuncu, Bolivia, 2 months, University of Alberta & partners)
  • Magnetotellurics (Western European Alps, 1 year, University of Göttingen)
  • Magnetotellurics & Hydrogeophysics (Germany (Eiffel, Ries, Harz etc.), 10 x 1 week , University of Göttingen)



Google Scholar Website & Ocean Repository

  • Al-Halbouni, D., O. AlRabayah, L. Rüpke, 'A Vision on a UNESCO Global Geopark at the Southeastern Dead Sea in Jordan - Geosites and Conceptual Approach'. Land, 11(4), pp. 549, doi.org/10.3390/land11040549, 2022.
  • Al-Halbouni, D., O. AlRabayah, D. Nakath, L. Rüpke, 'A Vision on a UNESCO Global Geopark at the Southeastern Dead Sea in Jordan - How Natural Hazards May Offer Geotourism Opportunities'. Land, 11(4), pp. 553, doi.org/10.3390/land11040553, 2022.
  • Al-Halbouni, D., R. A. Watson, E. P. Holohan, R. Meyer, U. Polom, F.M. Santos, X. Comas, H. Alrshdan, C.M. Krawczyk, T. Dahm, ’Dynamics of hydrological and geomorphological processes in evaporite karst at the eastern Dead Sea - a multidisciplinary study’, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 25, pp. 3351-3395, doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-3351-2021, 2021.
  • Vey, S, D. Al-Halbouni, M. Haghshenas, F. Alshawaf, J. Vüllers, A. Güntner, G. Dick, M. Ramatschi, P. Teatini, J. Wickert, M. Weber, ’Delayed Subsidence of the Dead Sea Shore Due to Hydro-Meteorological Changes’. Sci Rep 11, 13518 (2021). doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-91949-y, 2021.
  • Vassileva, M. S., D. Al-Halbouni, M. Motagh, T. R. Walter, T. Dahm, H-U. Wetzel, ’A Decade-Long Silent Ground Subsidence Hazard Culminating in a Metropolitan Disaster in Maceió, Brazil’. Scientific Reports, 11, 7704, doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-87033-0, 2021.
  • Romanov, D., G. Kaufmann, D. Al-Halbouni, ’Basic processes and factors determining the evolution of collapse sinkholes - a sensitivity study’, Engineering Geology, 270, doi.org/10.1016/j.enggeo.2020.105589, 2020.
  • Al-Halbouni, D., E. P. Holohan, S. Emam, M. Schöpfer, T. Dahm,’PFC2D modelling of sinkhole cluster in karstic depressions’, Proceedings of 5th International Itasca Symposium - 17-20 Feb. Vienna, Austria, 2020.
  • Al-Halbouni, D., E. P. Holohan, A. Taheri, U. Polom, R. A. Watson, M. P. J. Schöpfer, S. Emam, T. Dahm, ’Distinct element geomechanical modelling of the formation of sinkhole clusters within large-scale karstic depressions’, Solid Earth, 10(4), pp. 1219-1241, doi.org/10.5194/se-10-1219-2019, 2019.
  • Watson, R., E. P. Holohan, D. Al-Halbouni, L. Saberi, A. Sawarieh, D. Closson, H. Alrshdan, N. Abou Karaki, T. R. Walter, T. Dahm, ’Spatio-temporal development of sinkholes and other geomorphological hazards in response to rapid base-level fall: a case study of the eastern shore of the Dead Sea’, 10, pp. 1451-1468, doi.org/10.5194/se-10-1451-2019, 2019.
  • Al-Halbouni, D., E. P. Holohan, H. Alrshdan, A. Sawarieh, T. Dahm, ’Sinkhole morphologies from Photogrammetry and Distinct Element Modeling - an example from the Dead Sea’, Recent Advances in Environmental Science from the Euro-Mediterranean and Surrounding Regions, Springer CAJG Proceedings, 12-15 Nov, Hammamet, Tunisia, 2019.
  • Al-Halbouni, D., E. P. Holohan, A. Taheri, M. P. J. Schöpfer, S. Emam, T. Dahm, ’Geomechanical modelling of sinkhole development using Distinct Elements: Model verification for a single void space and application to the Dead Sea area’, Solid Earth, 9, pp. 1341-1373, doi.org/10.5194/se-9-1341-2018, 2018.
  • Polom, U., H. Alrshdan, D. Al-Halbouni, T. Dahm, A. Sawarieh, M. Y. Atallah, C. M. Krawczyk, ’Shear wave reflection seismics yields subsurface dissolution and subrosion patterns: application to the Ghor Al-Haditha sinkhole site, Dead Sea, Jordan’, Solid Earth, 9, pp. 1079-1098, doi.org/10.5194/se-9-1079-2018, 2018.
  • Al-Halbouni, D., E.P. Holohan, L. Saberi, H. Alrshdan, A. Sawarieh, D. Closson, T. Walter, T. Dahm, ’Sinkholes, subrosion and subsidence revealed by a Close-Range Photogrammetry survey’, Geomorphology, 285, pp. 305-324, doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.02.006, 2017.
  • Kottmeier, C., A. Agnon, D. Al-Halbouni, P. Alpert + 24 authors of DESERVE, ’New perspectives on interdisciplinary earth science at the Dead Sea : the DESERVE project’, Science of the Total Environment, vol: 544 pp. 1045-1058, doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.12.003, 2016.
  • Dahm, T., S. Heimann, S. Cesca, E.P. Holohan, D. Al-Halbouni, P. Jousset, ’Beiträge der Seismologie zur Untersuchung der Bruchmechanik von Erdfällen, Stollen- und Kaldera-Einstürzen’, DGG Conference Proceedings, Hannover, 2015.
  • Al-Halbouni, D., ’The European Alps as an interrupter of the Earth’s conductivity structures’, Solid Earth Disc., 5, pp. 1031-1079, doi.org/10.5194/sed-5-1031-2013, 2013.
  • Brauchler, R., R. Hu, T. Vogt, D. Al-Halbouni, T. Heinrichs, T. Ptak, M. Sauter, ’Cross-well slug interference tests: An effective characterization method for resolving aquifer heterogeneity’, Journal of Hydrology, 384, 1-2, pp. 33-45, doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2010.01.004, 2010.