Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Lars Rüpke

  Research Devision 4: Dynamik des Ozeanbodens
  Research Unit: Magmatische und hydrothermale Systeme

  Room: 12-227
  Phone: +49 431 600-2845
  Fax: +49 431 600-2941
  E-Mail: lruepke(at)

  Wischhofstraße 1-3 
  D-24148 Kiel

Education and career

  • since 10.07 W2 Professor at GEOMAR and the cluster of excellence The Future Ocean.
  • Head of the Seafloor Modeling Group 
  • 01.06 - 09.07 Senior Researcher and coordinator of the Geodynamics group at PGP, Oslo.
  • 04.05 - 12.05 Scientist at PGP, Oslo.
  • 06.04 - 03.05 Scientist at IFM-GEOMAR.
  • 07.00 - 05.04 PhD thesis "Effects of Plate Subduction on Earth's Deep Water Cycles" at IFM-GEOMAR. Supervisors: Prof. Jason Phipps Morgan and Prof. Matthias Hort
  • 06.00 DEA (MSc) in "Marine Geosciences" at IUEM in Brest. Option: "Geophysics"


  • 2013 Outstanding reviewer award - Geophysical Journal International
  • 2007 Most cited paper award - Earth and Planetary Science Letters
  • 2006 Best thesis in section E of the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft und nomination for the young scientist award
  • 2005 Karl Zoeppritz award from the german geophysical society (DGG)
  • 2005 Faculty award from the natural sciences faculty, Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel
  • 2000 Best graduate, DEA Geosciences Marines, Brest

Scientific Interest


  • Simulations of geological Processes
  • Geological resources at the seafloor (The Future Ocean
  • Hydrothermal systems
  • Basin analysis and passive continental margins 
  • Subduction zones (SFB 574)
  • Geodynamics and mantle convection
  • State of the ocean - world ocean review


Interested in publication statistics? Have a look at my google scholar account. 

  • Grevemeyer, I., Rupke, L. H., Morgan, J. P., Iyer, K., and Devey, C. W., (2021), Extensional tectonics and two-stage crustal accretion at oceanic transform faults: Nature, v. 591, no. 7850, p. 402-407, DOI:10.1038/s41586-021-03278-9
  • Guo, Z., Rüpke, L., and Tao, C. (2020), HydrothermalFoam v1.0: a 3-D hydro-thermo-transport model for natural submarine hydrothermal systems, Geosci. Model Dev. Discuss.,
  • Vehling F.,Hasenclever J., Rüpke LH. (2020):  Brine Formation and Mobilization in Submarine Hydrothermal Systems: Insights from a Novel Multiphase Hydrothermal Flow Model in the System H2O–NaCl, Transport in Porous Media,
  • Peshkov G, Chekhonin E., Rüpke LH., Musikhin K., Bogdanov O., Myasnikov A. (2020): Impact of differing heat flow solutions on hydrocarbon generation predictions: A case study from West Siberian Basin,
  • Guo Z., Rüpke LH., Fuchs S., Iyer K. , Hannington MD., Chen C., Tao C., Hasenclever J. (2020): Anhydrite‐assisted hydrothermal metal transport to the ocean floor–insights from thermo‐hydro‐chemical modeling, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth,
  • Burwicz E. and Rüpke LH (2019): Thermal State of the Blake Ridge Gas Hydrate Stability Zone (GHSZ)—Insights on Gas Hydrate Dynamics from a New Multi-Phase Numerical Model, Energies 2019, 12(17), 3403,
  • Quirk D. and Rüpke L (2018): Melt-induced buoyancy may explain the elevated rift-rapid sag paradox during breakup of continental plates, Nature Scientific Reports, 8, 9985, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-27981-2
  • Köhler P, Knorr G,  Stab L, Ganoposlky A, de Boer B, van de Wal R, Barker S, Rüpke L (2018): The effect of obliquity‐driven changes on paleoclimate sensitivity during the late Pleistocene, Geophysical Research Letters (accepted), DOI: 10.1029/2018GL077717
  • Elger, J., C. Berndt, L. Rüpke, S. Krastel, F. Gross, W. H. Geissler (2018): Submarine slope failure due to pipe structure formation. Nature Communications,
  • Karstens J, Haflidason H, Becker L, Berndt C, Rüpke LH, Planke S, Liebetrau V, Schmidt M,  Mienert J (2018): Glacigenic sedimentation pulses triggered postglacial gas hydrate dissociation, Nature Communications, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03043-z
  • Vehling F, Hasenclever J,  Rüpke LH (2017): Implementation Strategies for Accurate and Efficient Control Volume-Based Two-Phase Hydrothermal Flow Solutions, Transport in Porous Media,
  • Souche A, Schmid DW, Rüpke LH (2017): Interrelation between surface and basement heat flow in sedimentary basins, AAPG Bulletin, v. 101, No. 10 (October 2017), P. 1697-1713, DOI: 10.1306/12051615176
  • Hasenclever J, Knorr G, Rüpke LH, Köhler P, Morgan JP, Garofalo K, Barker S, Lohmann G, Hall I (2017): Sea level fall during glaciation stabilized atmospheric CO2 by enhanced volcanic degassing, Nature Communications,doi:10.1038/ncomms15867
  • Rüpke LH and Hasenclever J (2017): Global rates of mantle serpentinization and H2 production at oceanic transform faults in 3-D geodynamic models, GRL, DOI: 10.1002/2017GL072893
  • Andersen C, Theissen-Krah S, Hannington M, Rüpke LH, Petersen S (2017): Faulting and off-axis submarine massive sulfide accumulation at slow spreading mid-ocean ridges: A numerical modeling perspective, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 18, doi:10.1002/2017GC006880
  • Iyer K, Schmid DW,  Rüpke LH, Skeie JE, Karlsen F, Hartz EH (2017): Importance of evolving fault seals on petroleum systems: Southern Halten Terrace, Norwegian Sea, AAPG Bulletin, in press
  • Morgan JP, Rüpke LH, White WM (2016): The current energetics of Earth's interior: a gravitational energy perspective, Frontiers in Earth Sciences - Structural Geology and Tectonics, doi:10.3389/feart.2016.00046
  • Theissen-Krah S., Rüpke LH., Hasenclever J. (2016): Modes of crustal accretion and their implications for hydrothermal circulation, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 43, Numb 3, 1124-1131(8), doi:10.1002/2015GL067335
  • Andrés-Martinez M.,  Morgan JP., Pérez-Gussinyé M., Rüpke LH (2015): A new free-surface stabilization algorithm for geodynamical modelling: theory and numerical tests, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors,Vol. 246, 41-51, doi : 10.1016/j.pepi.2015.07.003,
  • Kretschmer K., Biastoch A., Rüpke LH., Burwicz E. (2015): Modeling the fate of methane hydrates under global warming, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 29, doi:10.1002/2014GB005011
  • Andersen C., Rüpke LH., Hasenclever J., Grevemeyer I., Petersen S. (2015): Fault geometry and permeability contrast control vent temperatures at the Logatchev 1 hydrothermal field, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Geology, doi: 10.1130/G36113.1
  • Hasenclever J., Theissen-Krah S., Rüpke LH., Morgan JP., Iyer K., Petersen S., Devey CW. (2014): Hybrid shallow on-axis and deep off-axis hydrothermal circulation at fast-spreading ridges, Nature, Vol 508, Issue 7497, doi:10.1038/nature13174
  • Iyer K., Rüpke LH., Galerne CY. (2013): Modeling fluid flow in sedimentary basins with sill intrusions: Implications for hydrothermal venting and climate change, G-cubed, Vol 14, Issue 12, doi: 10.1002/2013GC005012
  • Rüpke LH., Schmid DW., Perez-Gussinye M., Hartz E. (2013): Interrelation between rifting, faulting, sedimentation, and mantle serpentinization during continental margin formation—including examples from the Norwegian Sea, G-cubed, Vol 14, Issue 10, doi: 10.1002/ggge.20268
  • Iyer I., Rüpke LH., Morgan JP., Grevemeyer I. (2012): Controls of faulting and reaction kinetics on serpentinization and double Benioff zones, G-cubed, Vol. 13, Issue 9, doi: 10.1029/2012GC004304
  • Wallmann K., Pinero E., Burwicz E., Haeckel M., Hensen C., Dale A., Rüpke LH. (2012): The Global Inventory of Methane Hydrate in Marine Sediments: A Theoretical Approach, Energies, 5(7), 2449-2498; doi:10.3390/en5072449
  • Bani-Hassan N., Iyer K., Rüpke LH., Borgia A. (2012): Controls of bathymetric relief on hydrothermal fluid flow at mid-ocean ridges, G-cubed, Vol. 13, doi:10.1029/2012GC004041
  • Theissen-Krah S., Iyer K., Rüpke LH., Phipps Morgan J. (2011): Coupled mechanical and hydrothermal modeling of crustal accretion at intermediate to fast spreading ridges, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol 311, 3-4, 275-286, pdf
  • Hasenclever J., Phipps Morgan J., Hort M., Rüpke LH. (2011): 2D and 3D numerical models on compositionally buoyant diapirs in the mantle wedge, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2011.08.043
  • Burwicz E., Rüpke LH., Wallmann K. (2011): Estimation of the global amount of submarine gas hydrates formed via microbial methane formation based on numerical reaction-transport modeling and a novel parameterization of Holocene sedimentation, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Vol 75, Issue 16, 4562-4576, doi:10.1016/j.gca.2011.05.029
  • Biastoch, A., Treude T., Rüpke LH., Riebesell U., Roth C., Burwicz EB., Park W., Latif M., Böning C., Madec G., Wallmann K. (2011): Rising Arctic Ocean temperatures cause gas hydrate destabilization and ocean acidification, Geophysical Research Letters, 38, L08602, doi:10.1029/2011GL047222
  • Beuchert MJ., Podladchikov YY., Simon NSC., Rüpke LH. (2010): Modeling of craton stability using a viscoelastic rheology, Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, B11413, doi:10.1029/2009JB006482
  • Iyer K., Rüpke LH., and Phipps Morgan J. (2010): Exploring the feedbacks between mante hydration and hydrothermal convection at ocean spreading centers - new insights from numerical modeling, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 296, 34-44, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.04.037
  • Rüpke LH., Schmid DW., Hartz E., and Martinsen B. (2010): Basin modeling of a transform margin setting: structural, thermal, and hydrocarbon evolution of the Tano Basin, Ghana, Petroleum Geoscience, Vol. 16, Nr. 3, pp. 283-298
  • Theißen S. and Rüpke LH. (2009) Feedbacks of sedimentation on crustal heat flow - new insights from the Voring Basin, Norwegian Sea. Basin Research, pdf
  • John T., Medvedev S., Rüpke LH., Andersen TB., Podladchikov YY., Austrheim H. (2009): Generation of intermediate-depth earthquakes by self-localizing thermal runaway. Nature Geoscience, Vol. 2, pp. 137-140 doi:10.1038/ngeo419
  • Rüpke LH., Schmalholz S., Schmid D., Podladchikov Y. (2008): Automated thermotectonostratigraphic basin reconstruction: Viking Graben case study. AAPG Bulletin, v.92, no.3 (March 2008), pp. 309-326pdf
  • Phipps Morgan J., Hasenclever J., Hort M., Rüpke LH.,Parmentier E.M. (2007): On subducting slab entrainment of buoyant asthenosphere. Terra Nova, Vol 19, No. 3, 167-173,doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3121.2007.00737.x pdf
  • Marschall H., Altherr R., Rüpke LH. ( 2007 ): Squeezing out the slab – modelling the release of Li, Be and B during progressive high-pressure metamorphism. Chemical Geology, Vol. 239, 323-335, doi:10.16/j.chemgeo.2006.08.008 pdf
  • Rüpke LH., Phipps Morgan J., Dixon J. (2006): Implications of Subduction Rehydration for Earth's Deep Water Cycle. in Earth's Deep Water Cycle. AGU Geophysical Monograph Series 168. pdf
  • Rüpke LH. and Phipps Morgan J. (2006): Neptun, Pluto und die tiefen Wasserkreisläufe unseres Planeten Erde. in Expedition Erde.
  • Joedicke H., Jording A., Ferrari L., Arzate J., Mezger K., Rüpke LH. (2006): Fluids release from the subducted Cocos plate and partial melting of the crust deduced from magnetotelluric studies in Southern Mexico: Implications for the generation of volcanism and subduction dynamics. Journal of Geophysical Research. 111(B08102), doi:10.1029/2005JB003739. pdf
  • Rüpke LH., Phipps Morgan J., Hort M., Connolly J. (2004): Serpentine and the subduction zone water cycle. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 223:17-34. pdf
  • Rüpke LH. and Hort M. (2004): The impact of side wall cooling on the thermal evolution of lava lakes. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 131:165-176. pdf
  • Rüpke LH.: Effects of Plate Subduction on Earth's Deep Water Cycles. Unpublished doctorate thesis, Universität Kiel, 2004
  • Duggen S., Hoernle K., v. d. Bogaard P., Rüpke LH., Phipps Morgan J. (2003): Deep roots of the Messinian salinity crisis. Nature. 422:602-606, doi:10.1038/nature01553
  • Rüpke LH., Phipps Morgan J., Hort M., Connolly J. (2002): Are the regional variations in Central American arc lavas dues to different basaltic versus peridotitic slab sources of fluids?. Geology. 30(11):1035-1038. pdf
  • Urbanski N., Voege M., Seyfried R., Rüpke LH., Petersen T., Hanebuth T., Hort M. (2002): Fifteen days of continuous activity survey at Stromboli volcano, Italy, in late September 2000: Doppler radar, seismicity, infrared, soil humidity, and mapping of the crater region. International Journal of Earth Sciences. 91(4):712-722. pdf