Dipl. Ing Peter Urban

Research Division 2: Marine Biogeochemistry
Research Unit: Marine Geosystems
- DeepSea Monitoring Group -

Room: 8A-214
Phone: +49 431 600-2571
Fax: +49 431 600-132116
Email: purban(at)

Wischhofstraße 1-3
D-24148 Kiel


I am a PhD student at GEOMAR and investigate possibilities and applications of active hydroacoustic systems to detect, monitor and quantify marine gas bubble releases with focus on water column imaging multibeam systems (see also DSM Worktopics: Hydroacoustic detection, quantification and monitoring of free gas release).

Research Interests

  • Multibeam water column imaging for bubble/seep investigations
  • Hydroacoustic inversion techniques for bubble gas flow estimates


University of Rostock, Germany (Dipl.-Ing. 04.2013)
Electrical engineering with specialization in communications technology

Research Cruises

  • 30.03. - 27.05.2019 - SO268/2 - R/V Sonne – CCZ, Pacific Ocean
  • 24.09. - 28.09.2018 - F.S. Robert Lauterborn – Lake Constance
  • 03.06. - 22.06.2018 - TAN1806-QUOI – R/V Tangaroa – New Zealand
  • 06.03. - 08.03.2018 - Cruise 18-140 – R/V Simon Stevin– North Sea
  • 12.12. - 22.12.2017 - M143 – R/V Meteor – Black Sea
  • 27.08. - 09.09.2016 - POS504 – F.S. Poseidon – North Sea
  • 20.10. - 04.11.2014 - AL447 – F.S. Alkor – Baltic Sea
  • 08.10. - 25.10.2013 - HH13_CAGE_JM – FF Helmer Hanssen - Arctic Ocean
  • 02.09. - 08.09.2013 - 64PE376-1 – R/V Pelagia – North Sea
  • 17.06. - 04.07.2011 - 64PE340 – R/V Pelagia – North Sea
  • 09.03. - 05.04.2011 - SO214-1 – R/V Sonne – Hikurangi Margin, New Zealand

Publications (peer-reviewed)

  • Urban, P., Köser, K. and Greinert, J. (2016), Processing of multibeam water column image data for automated bubble/seep detection and repeated mapping. Limnol. Oceanogr. Methods. doi: 10.1002/lom3.10138

Conference Abstracts

Lamarche, G., Ladroit, Y., Le Gonidec, Y., Lucieer, V.L., Weber, T., Gaillot, A., Gerring, P., Heffron, E., Lassalle, C., Mitchell, G., Nau, A., Pallentin, A., Poncellet, C., Quinn, W., Ray, C., Spain, E., Urban, P., Watson, S.J., Wilson, K. and Weidner, E., 2019. Quantitative ocean-column acoustic imaging over the Calypso hydrothermal vent field, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. First results from the R.V. Tangaroa QUOI Voyage, in Ryabchuk, D. (Ed.) GeoHab Annual Conference, Saint Petersburg. 13-16 May 2019.

Lamarche, G and Ladroit, Y and Le Gonidec, Y and Lucieer, V and Weber, T and Gaillot, A and Gerring, P and Heffron, E and Lassalle, C and Mitchel, G and Nau, A and Pallentin, A and Poncelet, C and Quinn, W and Ray, C and Spain, E and Urban, P and Watson, S and Wilson, K and Weidner, E, Quantitative ocean-column acoustic imaging over the Calypso Hydrothermal Vent Field, Bay of Plenty: first results from R.V. Tangaroa TAN1806-QUOI Voyage, Abstracts from the New Zealand Geosciences Conference, 27-29 November 2018, Napier, New Zealand (2018) [Conference Extract]

Lamarche, G and Le Gonidec, Y and Lucieer, VL and Lurton, X and Greinert, J and Dupre, S and Nau, A and Heffron, E and Roche, M and Ladroit, Y and Urban, P, In situ quantitative characterisation of the ocean water column using acoustic multibeam backscatter data, AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, 11-15 December 2017, New Orleans, USA (2017) [Conference Extract]

Urban P., Peschke E., Schmidt and G., Greinert, J. (2017) Towards Quantitative Estimates of Marine Gas Bubble Streams in Water Column Imaging Multibeam Systems [Talk] in: DAGA 2017 – 43. Deutsche Jahrestagung für Akustik 06.-09.03.2017, Kiel

Richner, D., Niemann, H., Steinle, L., Schneider von Deimling, J., Urban, P., Hoffmann, J.,Schmidt, M., Treude, T. und Lehmann, M. (2016) Short-term variations of methane concentrations and methanotrophic activity in a coastal inlet (Eckernförde Bay, Germany) [Poster] In: EGU General Assembly 2016, 17.-22.04.2016, Vienna, Austria .

Urban, P., Köser, K., Weiß, T. und Greinert, J. (2015) Acoustic mapping of shallow water gas releases using shipborne multibeam systems [Poster] In: EGU General Assembly 2015, 12.–17.04.2015 , Vienna, Austria .

Urban, P., Schneider von Deimling, J. und Greinert, J. (2015) Lander based hydroacoustic monitoring of marine single bubble releases in Eckernförde Bay utilizing the multibeam based GasQuant II system [Poster] In: EGU General Assembly 2015, 12.–17.04.2015 , Vienna, Austria .

Scandella, B., Urban, P., Delwiche, K., Greinert, J., Hemond, H., Ruppel, C. D. and Juanes, R. (2013) Quantifying methane flux from lake sediments using multibeam sonar [Poster] In: AGU Fall Meeting 2013, 09.-13.12.2013, San Francisco, USA .

De Haas, H., Greinert, J., Urban, P. and van Gaever, P. (2012) Listen to the bubbles, see the bubbles, chatch the bubbles: Methane seepage in the North Sea [Talk] In: Nederlands Aardwetenschappelijk Congres 11, 29-30.03.2012, Veldhoven, The Netherlands .