Dynamics of the Ocean Floor

The Research Division Dynamics of the Ocean Floor has two Research Units: Magmatic and Hydrothermal Systems and Marine Geodynamics.

Contact

Head of the Research Division:

Prof. Dr. Colin Devey
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
East shore campus
Wischhofstraße 1-3 
D-24148 Kiel
Germany
Phone: +49-431-600-2357
Fax: +49-431-600-2924
e-mail: cdevey(at)geomar.de

Personal Assistent/Office Management:
Jasmin Mögeltönder
Phone: +49-431-600-2271
e-mail: jmoegeltoender(at)geomar.de

Anne Völsch
Phone: +49-431-2271
e-mail: avoelsch(at)geomar.de

Publications

Overview

The research focus is on the geological-geophysical survey of the ocean floor and the margins of the ocean basins. The core topics include processes of formation, development, alteration and subduction of the oceanic lithosphere and the associated effects on the environment, for example on the climate and the emergence of natural hazards.

These research topics are addressed in three geotectonic areas:

  • Divergent plate margins: Formation of the ocean floor and the ocean basins
  • Convergent plate margins: the subduction engine
  • Tectonic and magmatic processes in the intraplate zone: Conversion of oceanic plates

Significant research emphasis is placed on:

  • Marine natural hazards: earthquakes, volcanoes, slope stability, submarine landslides, and tsunamis
  • Seafloor resources: Gas hydrates and polymetallic massive sulphides
  • Introduction of volatiles into the atmosphere and hydrosphere

RD4 News

[Translate to English:] Das neuseeländische Forschungsschiff Tangaroa, mit dem ein Reihe von Expeditionen durchgeführt wurden. Foto: C. Timm, GEOMAR.
16.09.2019

Complex Movement of Plates decoded

New Zealand-German study delivers new insights into the works of southwest Pacific submarine volcanism

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The Caldera of Ilopango in El Salvador. In the background you can see the San Vicente Stratovolcano. The bright deposits in the foreground are from the eruption in 539. Image: Armin Freundt/GEOMAR.
23.08.2019

Eruption in El Salvador intensified late antique climate crisis

Research on the chronology of Central American volcanoes solves global mystery

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