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Dr. Christoph Waldmann

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Marine Technology


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MARUM I, 1470

Christoph Waldmann

Research Work

My research projects refer to the development of new methods of the efficient, long-term observation of processes in the sea. The work covers the range starting from hydro-acoustic methods and instruments, e.g., to the quantification of bubble streams, about optical methods for measuring basic parameters in the water column up to mobile and stationary observation platforms. In the following topical works are listed:

Ocean Observatories

Long time stations for the continuous observation of changes of the marine environment receive in the course of the investigation of the effects of the climate change a growing attention. At the European level there are a number of initiatives (ESONET, EMSO) that aim at the establishment and crosslinking of long time ocean observing stations. The technical implementation poses special challenges, because suitable infrastructures have a high degree of complexity. A big number (~ 100) of underwater sensors and instruments continuously send data to a central station which has to provide a reliable communication link to a land station. The architecture of the data processing and long time data storage must follow principles that allow for a quick access and a wide use.

Wheeled Underwater Vehicle CMOVE

The underwater vehicle CMOVE serves as a platform for measurements close to the seabed. CMOVE is of particular interest to carry out measurements of the microbial activity in the surface sediment and for this microelectrodes are used. Within the scope of the alliance HGF ROBEX it is planned to utilise the concept of CMOVE for geophysical measurements in the seabed. For this purpose a group of CMOVE vehicles will be synchronically piloted across the seabed where the positions of the single vehicles have to be recorded exactly.
Relevant projects - alliance HGF ROBEX

Curriculum Vitae

2006 - 2007Doherty Visiting Professor at the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL, USA
Since 1996Senior Scientist at the University of Bremen, MARUM
1993 - 1996Associate Scientist at the University of Kiel, Institute of Applied Physics
1989 - 1992Postdoc at the Alfred- Wegener- Institute of Polar- and Marine Research, Bremerhaven
1987Guest investigator at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, USA
1985 - 1988DFG Postdoc Fellow
1985PhD in Physics at the University of Kiel
1981Diploma Degree in Physics at the University of Kiel
1977Intermediate Diploma in Physics at the University of Munich
1975Enrollment in Physics at the University of Munich


EC funded Projects

2012 - 2015 Coordinator of the COOPEUS Project "Connecting Research Infrastructures" www.coopeus.eu
2012 - 2015 TROPOS "Modular Multi-use Deep Water Offshore Platform Harnessing and Servicing Mediterranean, Subtropical and Tropical Marine and Maritime Resources"
2009 - 2013 SENSEnet "International Sensor Development Network"
2009 - 2012 HYPOX "In Situ Monitoring of Oxygen Depletion Associated with Hypoxic Ecosystems of Coastal and Open Seas, and Land-Locked Water Bodies"
2008 - 2012 PROVISG "Planetary robotics vision ground processing"
2008 - 2012 EMSO "European multidisciplinary seafloor observatory"
2007 - 2011 ESONET "European Seas Observatory Network"
2005 - 2009 CARBOOCEAN "Marine carbon sources and sinks assessment"
2005 - 2007 EXOCET/D "EXtreme ecosystem studies in the deep OCEan: Technological Developments"

Nationally funded Projects

2010 - 2012 Sino-German Seafloor Experiment Network (BMBF)
2002 - 2005 MUCOM Mobile data communication in water (BMWi)
2002 - 2006 MOVE Development and Construction of a remotely controlled Mobile Vehicle (MObile VEhicle) for Deep Sea Research (BMBF)

Selected Publications

  • WALDMANN, C., Diepenbroek, M., Visser, U., Schindler, U., Semantic Infrastructure for Marine Geosensor Networks, Geosensornetzwerke, GI-Tage, Münster, 22-24. Juni 2005

    L. Richter (1), M. Bergenthal (2), A. Grzesik (1), F. Kirchner (3), D. Spenneberg (3), C. WALDMANN,
    Cooperative Mobile Systems for Ocean Floors, Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 7, 08496, 2005, SRef-ID: 1607-7962/gra/EGU05-A-08496, 2005

    WALDMANN, C:, Richter, L., Traction Properties of the Wheels of an Underwater Crawler on Different Soils, OCEANS 2007, Vancouver, Sep 29th -Oct 4th, 2007

    Pearlman, J. ; Holt, S. ; Waldmann, C., Creation and operation of a global earth observation system of systems, IEEE OCEANS 2008, Quebec, Kanada, Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/OCEANS.2008.5151839, 2008

    Delory, E.,WALDMANN,C., Fredericks,J.,A proposed architecture for marine mammal tracking from globally distributed ocean acoustic observatories, PASSIVE’08, Hyères, French Riviera, France, October 14-17, 2008

    WALDMANN, C., Nikolovska, A., Acoustic Detection of Ice Cracking Events, PASSIVE 08 conference, Hyeres, France, Oct 14-17,2008

    O'Reilly, T.C. ; Headley, K. ; Edgington, D.R. ; Rueda, C. ; Lee, K. ; Song, E. ; Zedlitz, J. ; del Rio, J. ; Toma, D. ; Manuel, A. ; Delory, E. ; Waldmann, C. ; Fairgrieve, S. ; Bermudez, L. ; Bridger, E. ; Bogden, P. ; Amirault, A., IEEE OCEANS 2009, Bremen, Germany, Digital Object Identifier:10.1109/OCEANSE.2009.5278251, 2009

    Puillat I. , Person R., Leveque C., Drogou JF. Diepenbroek M., Garreau P., WALDMANN C. and Auffret Y., Standardization prospective in ESONET NoE and a possible implementation on the ANTARES Site, Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A, 602: 240–245, 2009

    William Burnett, Richard Crout, Mark Bushnell, Julie Thomas, Janet Fredricks, Julie Bosch, Christoph Waldmann, "Quality Assurance of Real-Time Ocean Data: Evolving Infrastructure and Increasing Data Management to Monitor the World's Environment" in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 2), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.12, 2010

    Waldmann, C. ; Bergenthal, M., CMOVE- a versatile underwater vehicle for seafloor studies, OCEANS 2010, Seattle, USA, Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/OCEANS.2010.5664261, 2010

    WALDMANN, C. et al. Assessment of sensor performance, Ocean Sci., 6, 235–245, http://www.ocean-sci.net/6/235/2010/os-6-235-2010.pdf, 2010

    WALDMANN, C., Implementation of Sensor Networks in Marine Sciences, DFG Rundgespräch “GEOSENSORNETZE”, Hannover, Februar 2010

    Michel, A., Favali, P., Piatteli, P., Miranda, J., Waldmann, C., Listening to the Deep-Ocean Environment (LIDO): an ESONET Initiative for the Real-Time Monitoring of Geohazards and Marine Ambient Noise, EGU General Assembly, 2010

    Ruhl, H. A., André, M., Beranzoli, L., Çağatay, M. N., Colaço, A., Cannat, M., Dañobeitia, J. J., Favali, P., Géli, L., Gillooly, M., Greinert, J., Hall, P. O. J., Huber, R., Karstensen, J., Lampitt, R. S., Larkin, K. E., Lykousis, V., Mienert, J., Miguel Miranda, J., Person, R., Priede, I. G., Puillat, I., Thomsen, L. und WALDMANN, C., Societal need for improved understanding of climate change, anthropogenic impacts, and geo-hazard warning drive development of ocean observatories in European Seas Progress in Oceanography, 91 (1). pp. 1-33. DOI 10.1016/j.pocean.2011.05.001, 2011

    Favali, P. ; Beranzoli, L. ; Rolin, J. ; Waldmann, C. ; Gillooly, M. ; Danobeitia, J.J. ; Hall, P.O.J. ; Likousis, V. ; Ruhl, H.A. ; Mienert, J. ; de Miranda, J.M.A. ; Cagatay, N.M. ; Greinert, J., EMSO: European multidisciplinary seafloor observatory, Underwater Technology (UT), 2011 IEEE Symposium on and 2011 Workshop on Scientific Use of Submarine Cables and Related Technologies (SSC), Digital Object Identifier:10.1109/UT.2011.5774156, 2011

    Janssen, F., Fischer, J., Friedrich, J., Holtappels, M.,Lavik, G., Lichtschlag, A., Sergeeva, N., Waldmann, C., Wenzhoefer, F., Antje Boetius, A., Oxygen conditions and biogeochemical responses in Black Sea ecosystems: Investigations by the EU-Project HYPOX, Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 13, EGU2011-9354, 2011

    A. Colaco, A., Blandin, J., Cannat, M., Carval, T., Chavagnac, V., Connelly, D., Fabian, M., Ghiron, S., Goslin, J., Miranda, J.M., Reverdin, G., Sarrazin, J., Waldmann, C., Sarradin, P.M., MoMAR-D: a technological challenge to monitor the dynamics of the Lucky Strike vent ecosystem, ICES Journal of Marine Science, 68(2), 416–424. doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsq075, 2011

    WALDMANN , C., Ocean sensing is influenced by platform, Physics Today, Vol. 65, No.4, ISSN 0031-9228 (print) , http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.1504, April 2012

    Janssen, F., Waldmann, C., Boetius, A., and the HYPOX project Team Hypoxia monitoring activities within the FP7 EU-project HYPOX: diverse approaches to understand a complex phenomenon, Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 14, EGU2012-9136, EGU General Assembly 2012

    Uwe Send, George Fowler, Greg Siddall, Brian Beanlands, Merle Pittman, Christoph WALDMANN, Johannes Karstensen, and Richard Lampitt, SeaCycler: A moored open-ocean profiling system for the upper ocean in extended self-contained deployments, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 2012 ; e-View
    doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JTECH-D-11-00168.1, 2012

    Friedrich, J., Janssen, F., Aleynik, D., Bange, H. W., Boltacheva, N., Çağatay, M. N., Dale, A. W., Etiope, G., Erdem, Z., Geraga, M., Gilli, A., Gomoiu, M. T., Hall, P. O. J., Hansson, D., He, Y., Holtappels, M., Kirf, M. K., Kononets, M., Konovalov, S., Lichtschlag, A., Livingstone, D. M., Marinaro, G., Mazlumyan, S., Naeher, S., North, R. P., Papatheodorou, G., Pfannkuche, O., Prien, R., Rehder, G., Schubert, C. J., Soltwedel, T., Sommer, S., Stahl, H., Stanev, E. V., Teaca, A., Tengberg, A., Waldmann, C., Wehrli, B., and Wenzhöfer, F.: Investigating hypoxia in aquatic environments: diverse approaches to addressing a complex phenomenon, Biogeosciences, 11, 1215-1259, 2014, doi:10.5194/bg-11-1215-2014
CMOVE im Einsatz im Schwarzen Meer von Bord MERIAN (MSM_15) mit Sensorik des Max- Planck-Instituts für Marine Mikrobiologie