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Dr. Gerhard Bartzke

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Modelling of Sedimentation Processes


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MARUM II, 3010

Gerhard Bartzke


Kluger, M.O., Bartzke, G. A practical guideline how to tackle interdisciplinarity - A synthesis from a post-graduate group project. Humanit Soc Sci Commun 7, 47 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1057/s41599-020-00540-9.

Xu, P, Wang, L, Xu, J, Wang, Z, Ahmerkamp, S, Bartzke, G, Wu, M, Han, J and Zhu, H (2024) Effects of porous structures on point source dispersion across the sediment–water interface. AQUA — Water Infrastructure, Ecosystems and Society, 73(1). 114-130. doi:10.2166/aqua.2024.289

Bartzke, G, Fourtakas, G, Canelas, R, Rogers, BD and Huhn, K (2021) Simulation of flow past a sphere on a rough bed using smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH). Computational Particle Mechanics. doi:10.1007/s40571-021-00417-x

Bartzke, G, Siemann, L, Büssing, R, Nardone, P, Koll, K, Hebbeln, D and Huhn, K (2021) Investigating the prevailing hydrodynamics around a cold-water coral colony using a physical and a numerical approach. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8. doi:10.3389/fmars.2021.663304

Kluger, MO and Bartzke, G (2020) A practical guideline how to tackle interdisciplinarity—A synthesis from a post-graduate group project. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 7(1). doi:10.1057/s41599-020-00540-9

Le Minor, M, Bartzke, G, Zimmer, M, Gillis, L, Helfer, V and Huhn, K (2019) Numerical modelling of hydraulics and sediment dynamics around mangrove seedlings: Implications for mangrove establishment and reforestation. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 217. 81-95. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2018.10.019

Bartzke, G, Huhn, K and Bryan, KR (2017) A computational investigation of the interstitial flow induced by a variably thick blanket of very fine sand covering a coarse sand bed. Geo-Marine Letters, 37(5). 457-474. doi:10.1007/s00367-017-0502-x

Bartzke, G, Schmeeckle, MW, Huhn, K and Dey, S (2017) Understanding heavy mineral enrichment using a three-dimensional numerical model. Sedimentology, 65(2). 561-581. doi:10.1111/sed.12392

Bartzke, G, Kuhlmann, J and Huhn, K (2016) Flow above and within granular media composed of spherical and non-spherical particles – using a 3D numerical model. Continental Shelf Research, 117. 67-80. doi:10.1016/j.csr.2016.02.006

Bartzke, G, Podszun, L and Huhn, K (2016) On the role of fluid infiltration into gravel dunes — Using a 3D numerical model. Marine Geology, 380. 231-244. doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2016.04.013

Staudt, F, Bartzke, G and Huhn, K (2016) A numerical micro-scale model of the flow inside a sediment matrix. Proceedings of the 7th International Short Course/Conference on Applied Coastal Research (SCACR2015).

Bartzke, G and Huhn, K (2015) A conceptual model of pore-space blockage in mixed sediments using a new numerical approach, with implications for sediment bed stabilization. Geo-Marine Letters, 35(3). 189-202. doi:10.1007/s00367-015-0399-1 PANGAEA Supplementary Data

Bartzke, G, Podszun, L and Huhn, K (2014) On the role of fluid infiltration on bedform evolution. Coastal Engineering Proceedings, 1(34). 29. doi:10.9753/icce.v34.sediment.29

Bartzke, G, Bryan, KR, Pilditch, CA and Huhn, K (2013) On the stabilizing influence of silt on sand beds. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 83(8). 691-703. doi:10.2110/jsr.2013.57 PANGAEA Supplementary Data

Bartzke, G (2012) A numerical approach to quantify selective sorting of heavy-mineral assemblages. In: Sorial, G and Hong, J (eds.) Science and Technology. American Science Press, Houston, 378-384.

PhD Thesis: Bartzke, G. (2013), Micro Scale Sediment-Fluid Interactions, http://nbn-resolving.de/ urn:nbn:de:gbv:46-00103388-10.

Selected National and International Conference Attendances (until now)

  • SPH 2016, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  • EGU 2016, European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria
  • INTERCOAST, workshop 2016, University of Waikato, Tauranga, New
  • CFDEM 2015, training workshop, Linz, Austria
  • EGU 2015, European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria
  • CoastDoc 2014, Bremen, Germany - Host and Organizer
  • ICCE 2014, International Conference on Coastal Engineering, Seoul, Korea
  • EGU 2014, European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria
  • DGG 2014, Jahrestagung der Deutschen Geophysikalische Gesellschaft, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • CoastDoc 2013, Hannover, Germany
  • SPLASHCOS 2013, Under The Sea: Archeology And Palaeolandscapes Conference, Szczecin, Poland
  • SPH 2013, workshop, Manchester, England
  • ICCE 2012, International Conference on Coastal Engineering, Santander, Spain
    (Awarded poster presentation: outstanding poster award, 2nd place)
  • EST 2012, International Conference of Environmental Science and Technology, Houston, USA
  • INTERCOAST, workshop, 2012, Universität Bremen, Germany
  • DGG 2011, Jahrestagung der Deutschen Geophysikalische Gesellschaft, Köln, Germany
  • Coastal Marine Seminar Series II, 2011, University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • INTERCOAST, workshop, 2011, Universität Bremen, Germany
  • Cluster Conference 2011, Universität Bremen, Germany
  • INTERCOAST, workshop 2010, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

Selected Expeditions and Research Activities

January 2017Promotion of the MARUM and the Universität Bremen, at the Openship event of the RV Sonne, Auckland, New Zealand
April 2016Representation of the MARUM and the Universität Bremen at the EGU conference, Vienna
October - November 2014Research stay at the Arizona State University (ASU), USA at the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
May 2014Organization and hosting of the 4th International COASTDOC conference (hosted in 2014 at the Universität Bremen, Germany)
June 2013School project in collaboration with the primary school – Grundschule am Baumschulenweg, Bremen, Germany
March 2013RV Poseidon P451-2 cruise, Shipboard training on RV Poseidon in the Gulf of Cádiz, Spain
April - September 2011Seven months research stay in New Zealand at the University of Waikato, Hamilton
February - April 2010Tree months research stay in New Zealand at the University of Waikato, Hamilton
Further expeditionsGeodynamics of the Central Swiss Alps (CH); Exploration Geology (D); Profiling the Alps (CH, A, D, I ); Zermatt: Geology und Mineralogy (CH); Palaeontology of the Northern Kalkalps (A, D); Mapping Expedition to near Oslo (N); Mapping Expedition Crossing the Hunsrück (D), Mapping expedition near Montpellier (F); Internship at the German Geological Survey, Dep. of Georisks, Munich (D)

Selected Expert Courses

2010 – Until nowCFD and DEM Simulations in Geosciences, Waves, Tides and Shallow – Water Processes, Research Funding and Career Development, Statistical Methods in Geosciences, Scientific writing for natural scientists, GMT & Arc GIS, Python, Fortran, Matlab, Cuda, C++, Science Communication in Times of PowerPoint, OpenFoam and LIGGGTHS, FLAC and PFC, and SPH in Use

Research Interests

Numerical modelling of turbulences, waves, currents and particle interactions; Numerical modelling of granular materials; Numerical quantification of heavy mineral erosion, enrichment and placer generation; Development of simulation techniques of characterizing particle and fluid interactions; Characterisation of sediment erosion by analogue, laboratory based experiments (flume channel).