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Marine Engineering Geology

Leader: Tobias Mörz

Welcome to the pages of the Marine Engineering Geology working group. Our young, practice-oriented, interdisciplinary research area combines aspects of soil mechanics, coastal and hydraulic engineering, geotechnical engineering, sedimentology, mineralogy, geochemistry and marine geology.

Basic research

In basic research, questions of sediment mechanics and shelf geology are described and quantified with the help of engineering-geological, geotechnical, sedimentological and geophysical methods. Examples are the determination of relative stratigraphies with the help of the degree of compaction, the assessment of slope stabilities, and the measurement of hydraulic permeabilities of coasts and shelf sediments. The North Sea and its complex quaternary past is another focus where classic methods of marine geophysics and soil exploration results from coring and cone penetration data are employed to advance our knowledge of stratigraphy, transgression, paleo landscape and hydraulic drainage development.

Applied focus

In our strongly applied orientation we focus on 3 topics:

Development and construction of new innovative methods of geotechnical soil exploration in the field (e.g. seabed and onshore cone penetration equipment for DIN-ISO and advanced in situ testing).

Construction, development, and operation of innovative geotechnical test rigs for the characterization of sediment samples in the laboratory (for example, Germany's only triaxial CPT test chamber with B1-B5 boundary conditions).

Use of calibrated numerical models to simulate complex soil-construction interactions.

With regard to Transfer and interface to application, we offer multidisciplinary scientific support and attendance of geotechnical pilot projects and large-scale industrial construction. The focus here is on renewable energies and their offshore and onshore implementation (e.g. Offshore Windfarm geotechnics).

To contact us, please get in touch with our secretary:

  • Slope and rise of the West Antarctic Peninsula
  • continental slope offshore Central America
  • applied geotechnical onshore and offshore field studies in Germany and Europe
  • Development of geotechnical measurement instruments


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Areas of activity

Clay and moon blamed for Omokoroa slips
Pho­to: An­d­rey War­ner
2016 International Symposium on Marine Engineering Geology (ISMEG2016)
21-23 October, 2016,Qingdao, China



Prof. Dr. Tobias Mörz


  • geotechnical characterization of the subsoil from wind park areas
  • rebuilding from the east harbor of Bremerhaven - Germany
  • analog modeling of Seepage in granular and kohesiven sediments
  • Distinkte element modeling of gas hydrate sediments
  • Slope and rise of the West Antarctic Peninsula
  • construction of a dynamic triaxial apparat (more...)
  • field study and finite element analysis of the Central America continental slope (more...)
  • mud-diapirismus and volcanism int front of the coast of Costa Rica and Nicaragua
  • "GOST" an autonomic Tool for deepsee penetration test (more...)
  • WaveRider 2009 (more...)
  • INTERCOAST IC 4 - Integrated Coastal Zone and Shelf-Sea Research "Geotechnical characterization of cohesive weak layers with in situ testing (IC4)"
  • Summer Student Fellowship Program
  • Shear strength and consolidation testing
  • determination of sedimentphysical parameters by means of logging and laboratory testing, sedimentary and structural characterisation of sediments (grain-size analysis, X-ray tomography).
  • Lab tests prior to geotechnical and constructional field projects.