Dr. Morelia Urlaub

 

Dynamics of the Ocean Floor | Marine Geodynamics

Office:

Room: 8C-208

Phone: +49 431 600-2638

Email: murlaub(at)geomar.de

 

Address:

Wischhofstraße 1-3

24148 Kiel, Germany

Scientific Interests

  • Submarine geohazards
  • Submarine landslides and slope stability
  • Fluid flow and deformation in continental slopes
  • Numerical modelling
  • Sediment mechanics

Education and Career

  • since 06/2013 Research Scientist, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
  • 01/2013 - 03/2013 Postdoc, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, UK
  • 12/2012 Ph.D., University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • 04/2009 M.Sc. 'Marine Geosciences', Universität Bremen, Germany
  • 07/2006 B.Sc. 'Geosciences', Universität Bremen, Germany
  • 08/2002 - 07/2003 Teacher, The Village School, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Current Projects

2016-2018  MAGOMET - Marine geodesy for offshore monitoring of Mount Etna (PI)

2016-2018 Ritter Island, BMBF (Co-PI).

2016-2017 "Towards real-time assessment of marine hazards: Testing the feasibility of seafloor displacement measurements for monitoring submarine landslides", Future Ocean (PI).

2016-2017 "Testing trigger mechanisms for mass failures along the Northeast Atlantic margin", DAAD

2016-2017  "From Hazard Analysis to an integrative Risk Assessment: Can we do better?", Future Ocean (Co-PI)

 

 

Selected media pieces

New Scientist: The tiny creatures that cause giant 'landslides'

Nature Research Highlights: The slippery cause of huge underwater landslides

Geological Society of America: Tiny fossils, huge slides: Are diatoms the key to Earth's biggest slides?

AGU Landslide Blog: Diatom ooze: the weak link in submarine landslides?

Der Standard: Tsunamigefahr am Mittelmeer: Ätnas Ostflanke in Bewegung

Earth System Knowledge Platform: Landslides and tsunami at Etna

 

 

Article in a Scientific Journal - peer-reviewed

Number of items: 20.

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Bellwald, B., Urlaub, M. , Hjelstuen, B. O., Sejrup, H. P., Sørensen, M. B. , Forsberg, C. F. and Vanneste, M. (2019) NE Atlantic continental slope stability from a numerical modeling perspective. Quaternary Science Reviews, 203 . pp. 248-265. DOI 10.1016/j.quascirev.2018.11.019.

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Urlaub, M., Petersen, F., Gross, F., Bonforte, A., Puglisi, G., Guglielmino, F., Krastel, S., Lange, D. and Kopp, H. (2018) Gravitational collapse of Mount Etna’s southeastern flank. Open Access Science Advances, 4 (10). eaat9700. DOI 10.1126/sciadv.aat9700.

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Urlaub, M. , Petersen, F. , Gross, F. , Bonforte, A. , Puglisi, G. , Guglielmino, F. , Krastel, S., Lange, D. and Kopp, H. (2018) Gravitational collapse of Mount Etna’s southeastern flank. Open Access Science Advances, 4 (10). eaat9700. DOI 10.1126/sciadv.aat9700.

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Li, W., Krastel, S., Alves, T. M., Urlaub, M., Mehringer, L., Schürer, A., Feldens, P., Gross, F., Stevenson, C. J. and Wynn, R. B. (2018) The Agadir Slide offshore NW Africa: Morphology, emplacement dynamics, and potential contribution to the Moroccan Turbidite System. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 498 . pp. 436-449. DOI 10.1016/j.epsl.2018.07.005.

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Urlaub, M., Geersen, J., Krastel, S. and Schwenk, T. (2018) Diatom ooze: Crucial for the generation of submarine mega-slides?. Open Access Geology, 46 (4). pp. 331-334. DOI 10.1130/G39892.1.

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Micallef, A., Camerlenghi, A., Garcia-Castellanos, D., Cunarro Otero, D., Gutscher, M. A., Barreca, G., Spatola, D., Facchin, L., Geletti, R., Krastel, S., Gross, F. and Urlaub, M. (2018) Evidence of the Zanclean megaflood in the eastern Mediterranean Basin. Open Access Scientific Reports, 8 (1078). DOI 10.1038/s41598-018-19446-3.

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Li, W., Alves, T. M., Urlaub, M., Georgiopoulou, A., Klaucke, I., Wynn, R. B., Gross, F., Meyer, M., Repschläger, J., Berndt, C. and Krastel, S. (2017) Morphology, age and sediment dynamics of the upper headwall of the Sahara Slide Complex, Northwest Africa: Evidence for a large Late Holocene failure. Open Access Marine Geology, 393 . pp. 109-123. DOI 10.1016/j.margeo.2016.11.013.

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Micallef, A., Watt, S., Berndt, C., Urlaub, M., Brune, S., Klaucke, I., Böttner, C., Karstens, J. and Elger, J. (2017) An 1888 Volcanic Collapse Becomes a Benchmark for Tsunami Models. Open Access Eos: Earth & Space Science News, 48 . DOI 10.1029/2017EO083743.

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Gross, F., Krastel, S., Geersen, J., Behrmann, J. H., Ridente, D., Chiocci, F. L., Bialas, J., Papenberg, C., Cukur, D., Urlaub, M. and Micallef, A. (2016) The limits of seaward spreading and slope instability at the continental margin offshore Mt Etna, imaged by high-resolution 2D seismic data. Open Access Tectonophysics, 667 . pp. 63-76. DOI 10.1016/j.tecto.2015.11.011.

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Pope, E., Talling, P. J., Urlaub, M., Hunt, J. E., Clare, M. A. and Challenor, P. (2015) Are large submarine landslides temporally random or do uncertainties in available age constraints make it impossible to tell?. Marine Geology, 369 . pp. 19-33. DOI 10.1016/j.margeo.2015.07.002.

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Urlaub, M., Talling, P. J., Zervos, A. and Masson , D. G. (2015) What causes large submarine landslides on low gradient (<2°) continental slopes with slow (∼0.15 m/kyr) sediment accumulation?. Open Access Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 120 (10). pp. 6722-6739. DOI 10.1002/2015JB012347.

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Urlaub, M., Talling, P. and Clare, M. (2014) Sea-level - induced seismicity and submarine landslide occurrence: Comment. Open Access Geology, 42 (6). e337. DOI 10.1130/G35254C.1.

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Talling, P., Clare, M., Urlaub, M., Pope, E., Hunt, J. and Watt, S. (2014) Large Submarine Landslides on Continental Slopes: Geohazards, Methane Release, and Climate Change . Oceanography, 27 (2). pp. 32-45. DOI 10.5670/oceanog.2014.38.

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Crutchley, G. J., Karstens, J., Berndt, C., Talling, P. J., Watt, S. F. L., Vardy, M. E., Hühnerbach, V., Urlaub, M., Sarkar, S., Klaeschen, D., Paulatto, M., LeFriant, A., Lebas, E. and Maeno, F. (2013) Insights into the emplacement dynamics of volcanic landslides from high-resolution 3D seismic data acquired offshore Montserrat, Lesser Antilles. Marine Geology, 335 . pp. 1-15. DOI 10.1016/j.margeo.2012.10.004.

Urlaub, M., Talling, P. J. and Masson, D. G. (2013) Timing and frequency of large submarine landslides: implications for understanding triggers and future geohazard. Open Access Quaternary Science Reviews, 72 . pp. 63-82. DOI 10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.04.020.

Watt, S. F. L., Talling, P. J., Vardy, M. E., Heller, V., Hühnerbach, V., Urlaub, M., Sarkar, S., Masson, D. G., Henstock, T. J., Minshull, T. A., Paulatto, M., LeFriant, A., Lebas, E., Berndt, C., Crutchley, G. J., Karstens, J., Stinton, A. J. and Maeno, F. (2012) Combinations of volcanic-flank and seafloor-sediment failure offshore Montserrat, and their implications for tsunami generation. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 319 . pp. 228-240. DOI 10.1016/j.epsl.2011.11.032.

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Watt, S. F. L., Talling, P. J., Vardy, M. E., Masson, D. G., Henstock, T. J., Hühnerbach, V., Minshull, T. A., Urlaub, M., Lebas, E., Le Friant, A., Berndt, C., Crutchley, G. J. and Karstens, J. (2012) Widespread and progressive seafloor-sediment failure following volcanic debris avalanche emplacement: Landslide dynamics and timing offshore Montserrat, Lesser Antilles. Marine Geology, 323-325 . pp. 69-94. DOI 10.1016/j.margeo.2012.08.002.

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Urlaub, M., Schmidt-Aursch, M., Jokat, W. and Kaul, N. (2009) Gravity crustal models and heat flow measurements for the Eurasia Basin, Arctic Ocean. Marine Geophysical Researches, 30 (4). pp. 277-292. DOI 10.1007/s11001-010-9093-x.

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Book Chapter

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Number of items: 6.

2018


Krastel, S., Li, W., Urlaub, M., Georgiopoulou, A., Wynn, R. B., Schwenk, T., Stevenson, C. and Feldens, P. (2018) Mass wasting along the NW African continental margin. In: Subaqueous Mass Movements and Their Consequences: Assessing Geohazards, Environmental Implications and Economic Significance of Subaqueous Landslides. , ed. by Lintern, D. G.. Geological Society Special Publication, 477 . Geological Society, London, Chapter 36. DOI 10.1144/SP477.36.


Riedel, M., Cote, M. M., Urlaub, M., Geersen, J., Scholz, N. A., Naegeli, K. and Spence, G. D. (2018) Slope failures along the deformation front of the Cascadia margin: linking slide morphology to subduction zone parameters. In: Subaqueous Mass Movements and Their Consequences: Assessing Geohazards, Environmental Implications and Economic Significance of Subaqueous Landslides. , ed. by Lintern, D. G.. Geological Society Special Publication, 477 . Geological Society, London, Chapter 33. DOI 10.1144/SP477.33.

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Clare, M. A., Chaytor, J., Dabson, O., Gamboa, D., Georgiopoulou, A., Eady, H., Hunt, J., Jackson, C., Katz, O., Krastel, S., Leon, R., Micallef, A., Moernaut, J., Moriconi, R., Moscardelli, L., Mueller, C., Normandeau, A., Patacci, M., Steventon, M., Urlaub, M., Voelker, D., Wood, L. and Zane, J. (2018) A consistent global approach for morphometric characterisation of subaqueous landslides. Open Access In: Subaqueous Mass Movements and Their Consequences: Assessing Geohazards, Environmental Implications and Economic Significance of Subaqueous Landslides. . Geological Society of London Special Publications, 477 . Geological Society, London, Chapter 15. DOI 10.1144/SP477.15.

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Urlaub, M. and Villinger, H. (2018) Combining in situ monitoring using seabed instruments and numerical modelling to assess the transient stability of underwater slopes. In: Subaqueous Mass Movements and Their Consequences: Assessing Geohazards, Environmental Implications and Economic Significance of Subaqueous Landslides. , ed. by Lintern, D. G.. Geological Society of London Special Publications, 477 . Geological Society, London, Chapter 8. DOI 10.1144/SP477.8.

2014

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Urlaub, M., Talling, P. and Zervos, A. (2014) A Numerical Investigation of Sediment Destructuring as a Potential Globally Widespread Trigger for Large Submarine Landslides on Low Gradients. In: Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences: 6th International Symposium. . Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, 37 . Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 177-188. ISBN 978-3-319-00971-1 DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-00972-8_16.

2012

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Urlaub, M., Talling, P. J., Zervos, A., Masson, D. G. and Clayton, C. I. (2012) How Do ∼2° Slopes Fail in Areas of Slow Sedimentation? A Sensitivity Study on the Influence of Accumulation Rate and Permeability on Submarine Slope Stability. Open Access In: Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences. , ed. by Yamada, Y., Kawamura, K., Ikehara, K., Ogawa, Y., Urgeles, R., Mosher, D., Chaytor, J. and Strasser, M.. Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, 31 . Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands, pp. 277-287. ISBN 978-94-007-2161-6 DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-2162-3_25.

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