Dr. Karen Strehlow

Research Interests

  • Volcanic hazards
  • Volcano monitoring, in particular using drones
  • Submarine explosive eruptions
  • Mathematical modelling of volcanic processes

Education and career

Since 2016: GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany


Research in volcanic hazards, including: 

  • Setup of a GEOMAR Volcanology drone group for volcano monitoring (Drone group)
  • IODP Expedition 376: Drilling into the submarine Brothers Caldera (IODP 376)
  • RV Meteor cruise M141: Volcanism of the Azores
  • Project "Pyrotraces" (Co-PI): Investigation of temperature distributions in pyroclastic flows, funded by the Volkswagen foundation (Pyrotraces)

Public outreach regarding volcanic hazards, e.g. within the "Earth System Knowledge Platform" (www.eskp.de)


  • Co-reader for the lecture "Introduction to Volcanology"
  • Co-organiser for the seminar "Magmatic Systems"


2013-2016: University of Bristol, UK

PhD in Geology

Thesis: "Aquifers in volcanic regions: Monitoring capabilities and hazards"

Earning a "Faculty of Science Commendation" awarded by the University of Bristol


2006-2012: Christian-Albrechts-Universität and GEOMAR Kiel, Germany

Diplom (MSc equivalen) in Geology/Paleontology

Thesis: "Magmatic evolution and eruption history of 2900 years old plinian Alpehue Tephra, Sollipulli Caldera, Southern Chile"


2005-2007: Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany

Vordiplom (BSc equivalent) in Mathematics



  • Civico, R.; Ricci, T.; Scarlato, P.; Andronico, D.; Cantarero, M.; Carr, B.B.; De Beni, E.; Del Bello, E.; Johnson, J.B.; Kueppers, U.; Pizzimenti, L.; Schmid, M.; Strehlow, K.; Taddeucci, J. (2021) Unoccupied Aircraft Systems (UASs) Reveal the Morphological Changes at Stromboli Volcano (Italy) before, between, and after the 3 July and 28 August 2019 Paroxysmal Eruptions. Remote Sens.13, 2870. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13152870
  • Arens, F., Gottsmann, J., Strehlow, K., Hickey, J., and Kilgour, G. (2020) Electrokinetic contributions to self-potential signals from magmatic stressing. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 21(12), e2020GC009388, https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GC009388
  • Merz, B., Kuhlicke, C., Kunz, M., Pittore, M., Babeyko, A., Bresch, D.N., Domeisen, D.I.V., Feser, F., Koszalka, I., Kreibich, H., Pantillon, F., Parolai, S., Pinto, J.G., Punge, H.J., Rivalta, E., Schröter, K., Strehlow, K., Weisse, R., and Wurpts, A. (2020) Impact Forecasting to Support Emergency Management of Natural Hazards. Reviews of Geophysics, 58(4), e2020RG000704, https://doi.org/10.1029/2020RG000704
  • Strehlow, K., Gottsmann, J., Rust, A., Hautmann, S., and Hemmings, B. (2020) The influence of long- and short-term volcanic strain on aquifer pressure: a case study from Soufrière Hills Volcano, Montserrat (W.I.). Geophysical Journal International, ggaa354, https://doi.org/10.1093/gji/ggaa354
  • de Ronde,  C.E.J., Humphris, S.E., Höfig, T.W., Reyes, A.G., and the IODP Expedition 376 Scientists (including Strehlow, K.) (2019) Critical role of caldera collapse in the formation of seafloor mineralization: The case of Brothers volcano. Geology 47(8):762-766, https://doi.org/10.1130/G46047.1
  • de Ronde, C.E.J., Humphris, S.E., Höfig, T.W., and the Expedition 376 Scientists (including Strehlow, K.) (2019) Brothers Arc Flux. Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program, 376: College Station, TX (International Ocean Discovery Program), https://doi.org/10.1130/G46047.1
  • Strehlow, K. (2018) Aquifers in volcanic regions: Monitoring capabilities and hazards. In: Papale et al. (Editors), Numerical, Experimental and Stochastic Modelling of Volcanic Processes and Hazards. Pacini Editore, Pisa, Italy, ISBN: 978-88-6995-428-3
  • Strehlow, K., Sandri, L., Gottsmann, J.H., Kilgour, G., Rust, A.C., and Tonini, R.(2017) Phreatic eruptions at crater lakes: Occurrence statistics and probabilistic hazard forecast. Journal of Applied Volcanology, 6 (4), https://doi.org/10.1186/s13617-016-0053-2
  • Montanaro, C., Scheu, B., Gudmundsson, M.T., Vogfjörd, K., Reynolds, H.I., Dürig, T., Strehlow, K., Rott, S., Reuschle, T., and Dingwell, D.B. (2016) Multidisciplinary constraints of hydrothermal explosions based on the 2013 Gengissig lake events, Kverkfjöll volcano, Iceland. EPSL, 434:308-319, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2015.11.043
  • Strehlow, K., Gottsmann, J.H., and Rust, A.C. (2015) Poroelastic responses of confined aquifers to subsurface strain and their use for volcano monitoring. Solid Earth, 6:1207-1229, https://doi.org/10.5194/se-6-1207-2015

Reseach Division 4: Dynamics of the Ocean Floor

 RU Magmatic and Hydrothermal Systems


 Room: 8A-217

 Phone: +49 431 600-2568

 Email: kstrehlow(at)geomar.de


 Wischhofstraße 1-3

 D-24148 Kiel