"Submarine Geohazards: Mapping, Monitoring, and Modelling"

5 - 16 September 2016

at the MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences and
the IODP Bremen Core Repository, University of Bremen, Germany


The Aim

The major goal is to bring PhD students and young Postdocs in touch with IODP at an early stage of their career, inform them about the exciting research within IODP as (I)ODP and DSDP have been proven to be the most successful internationally collaborative research programs in the history of Earth sciences, and and to prepare them for future participation in IODP expeditions. Such training will be achieved by taking the summer school participants on a “virtual ship” where they get familiarized with a wide spectrum of state-of-the-art analytical technologies and core description and scanning methods according to the high standards of IODP expeditions. In addition, the thematic topic of the summer school will be reviewed by various scientific lectures by the leading experts in the field.

Located on the university campus, MARUM hosts the IODP Bremen Core Repository (BCR), the only IODP core repository in Europe.

Location and Organisation

The ECORD Summer School on “Submarine Geohazards: Mapping, Monitoring, and Modelling” 2016 will take place from 5 to 16 September 2016 at the MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, Bremen University, Germany. It is organized by by Prof. Dr. Katrin Huhn, Head of the group on Modelling of Sedimentation Processes at the MARUM, Prof. Dr. Dierk Hebbeln, Graduate Dean of the Bremen International Graduate School for Marine Sciences (GLOMAR), and by Dr. Ursula Röhl, Head of the IODP Bremen Core Repository (BCR). MARUM and its International Graduate School for Marine Sciences GLOMAR, as well as the BCR jointly offer the unique training possibilities used for this summer school by providing laboratory and seminar facilities.

MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences

The Topic

Submarine landslides and earthquakes as well as subsequent tsunamis are major geohazards that can pose significant risks to coastal populations and to seafloor infrastructures. Improving our understanding of when, where, and how slope failures and earthquakes occur as well as the assessment of their risk potential are among the
most urgent and challenging tasks in Earth sciences. A combination of cutting–edge technologies, including geoscientific mapping, seafloor geodesy, long-term monitoring, sediment coring, and ocean drilling, is needed to gain deeper insights into the interactions among tectonic movements, rock/sediment physical properties, in situ stress, and transient pore pressure. These are potential controlling factors for both
earthquakes and landslides. The ocean drilling initiative is uniquely positioned to elucidate the underlying geologic processes that govern the nature and evolution of submarine landslides and earthquakes.

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Structure of the Summer School

This summer school will combine lab exercises on IODP-style shipboard methodologies ("virtual ship") as well as interactive lectures by world-leading scientists in the field of submarine geohazards. Participation will prepare you for future involvement in IODP and for research work on submarine geohazards, particularly with respect to mapping, monitoring and modelling. The summer school will take advantage of the unique and integrated facilities offered by the IODP Bremen Core Repository and the MARUM laboratories.

The lectures will be grouped in several sub-themes:

  • Geohazards: introduction into the dynamics of earthquakes, submarine landslides, their trigger, failure and transport mechanisms, as well as their geohazard potential, e.g. tsunamigenesis from earthquakes and landslides.
  • Mapping of submarine geohazards: geophysical methods and core analyzing techniques.
  • Monitoring of submarine geohazards: observatories, long-term monitoring.
  • Modelling of submarine geohazards: different modelling techniques – from analogue lab experiment to numerical simulation.

The weekend between the first and the second week will give the participants the possibility to join a field trip on Weekend 10 /11 September 2016. During the Summer School the participants will have the possibility to give a short presentation introducing their own research work.

Potential Lecturers

A. Camerlenghi OGS 
T. Dahm GFZ (Potsdam) 
E. Davis Geological Survey of Canada 
C.B. Harbitz NGI 
K. Huhn MARUM, Bremen 
A. Kopf MARUM, Bremen 
S. Krastel Uni Kiel 
F. Løvholt NGI 
O. Oncken GFZ Potsdam 
U. Röhl MARUM, Bremen 
T. Schwenk Uni Bremen 
M. Strasser Uni Innsbruck 
P. Talling NERC 
H. Villinger Uni Bremen 
C. Waldmann MARUM, Bremen 
and others…  

Copyright: Dr. U. Röhl, MARUM

Copyright: Dr. U. Röhl, MARUM

Application Procedure

To apply, please send your application (Letter of motivation, CV, registration form and one letter of support, combined into a single PDF) to Jutta Bülten in the GLOMAR office (ecord@marum.de). The registration form can be found on the webpage of the summer school (see below). A total of 30 participants can be accepted. The course fee is €150. Travel, accommodation and meals must be covered by the participants. The application deadline is 5 May 2016.

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Requested Documents (combined into a single PDF):

  • Letter of motivation
  • CV
  • Application form, please see left
  • one letter of support


ECORD provides scholarships for students from ECORD member countries to attend ECORD summer schools.

The deadline to apply for an ECORD Scholarship for the summer school is 15 March 2016. Applications should be sent to the ESSAC Office. Please, see how to apply for an ECORD Scholarship under this link: http://www.essac.ecord.org/flyer/Call_Scholarships_2016.pdf

IMPORTANT: Application for an ECORD Scholarship is independent of the application and registration process to an ECORD Summer School.


Accommodation as well as meals have to be covered by the participants directly. We reserved rooms for all participants of the ECORD Summer School in the hostel townside and a few rooms at the hotel 7-things close to the University of Bremen from 4 to 16 September 2016.

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