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Marine Engineering Geology

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).



Prof. Dr. Tobias Mörz
Phone 0421 218 65840
MARUM I - Room 2210

Sabine Sawitzki
Phone 0421 218 65510
MARUM I - Room 2250



Work Areas

  • Applied geotechnical onshore and offshore field studies in Germany and Europe
  • Development, construction and operation of innovative geotechnical onshore and offshore exploration technologies (Seabed CPT GOST, Vibro-Crawler, Vibro CPTu)
  • Quaternary geology of the southern and central North Sea
  • Site investigation and evaluation for offshore wind energy projects
  • Development, construction and operation of innovative geotechnical laboratory test stands (CPT calibration stand, dynamic triaxial test stand)
  • Geotechnical laboratory experiments
  • In situ calibration of geotechnical survey methods (logging)
  • Numerical modeling and analysis of large-scale deformations in geotechnical engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering and clay mineralogy - Factors for the sensitivity analysis of slopes
  • Special drilling for undisturbed geotechnical sampling
  • West Antarctic continental slope with upstream floats
  • Pacific continental slope off Central America
  • Development of geotechnical measuring instruments


  • 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.


We proudly communicate that the MARUM - Research Faculty and Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University Bremen and our Working Group Marine Engineering Geology have entered into a collaboration with Deltares Unit GEO-Engineering, the Dutch independent institute for applied research in the fields of water, subsurface and infrastructure.

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Based on the existent academic relationships between the University of Bremen, MARUM, and Deltares, it is intended to deepen the collaboration in research in the fields of numerical and physical modeling in geotechnical engineering (more...)

Current Topics

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Clay and moon bla­med for Omo­ko­roa slips

Ein Artikel aus dem New Zealand Herald


Pho­to: An­d­rew War­ner

"For­scher ver­öf­fent­li­chen Ar­ti­kel über neue Par­ti­kel, die dazu bei­tra­gen könn­ten, Erd­rut­sche zu ver­hin­dern"
Wel­che Rol­le spie­len Ton­mi­ne­ra­le und de­ren Be­schaf­fen­heit in Ge­gen­den, wo es öf­ter Hang­rut­schun­gen gibt? Max Oke Kluger, Dok­to­rand in der Gra­du­ier­ten­schu­le IN­TER­CO­AST vom MARUM – Zen­trum für Ma­ri­ne Um­welt­wis­sen­schaf­ten der Uni­ver­si­tät Bre­men, hat mit Kol­le­gin­nen und Kol­le­gen ei­nen Erd­rutsch in ab­ge­la­ger­ten Vul­kan­aschen in Neu­see­land un­ter­sucht und de­ren Be­stand­tei­le im La­bor ana­ly­siert. Da­bei ha­ben sie eine neu­ar­ti­ge Struk­tur der so ge­nann­ten Hal­loy­sit-Ton­par­ti­kel ent­deckt. Die­se ist wahr­schein­lich da­für ver­ant­wort­lich, dass sich die Erd­mas­sen wäh­rend ei­nes Hang­rut­sches wie eine Flüs­sig­keit ver­hal­ten. Die Er­geb­nis­se hat das Team jetzt in der ak­tu­el­len Aus­ga­be der Zeit­schrift Geo­lo­gy ver­öf­fent­licht.