• Cascadia Basin, NE Pacific

  • Bengal Fan, Indian Ocean

  • Baltic Sea

  • Lake Nam Co, Tibet

  • Wind Farm Soil Investigration, Baltic Sea

  • Zapiola Drift, Argentine Basin

  • Makran Accretionary Margin

  • North Sea Frisian Islands

Marine Geophysics: Seismic and Acoustic Imaging of ...

... Depositional Processes - Sedimentary Structures - Active Margin Tectonics - Volcanism - Geohazards - Salt Tectonics - Fluid Seepage - Gas Hydrates - Mass ​Wasting - Paleoceanography - Glaciations in Baltic and North Sea - Sequence Stratigraphy - Wind Farm Soil Investigation - Seismic Inversion - Cable and Boulder Detection - High   Resolution 3D Seismic - Lake Research - Continental Drilling - Ocean Drilling - Water Column - Seismic Oceanography


Highlights of 30 years - Track Record of MTU
Research Themes - of Projects and Cooperations
Study Regions Worldwide - Focus Regions of MTU Studies and Cooperations
Projects - funded by DFG, DBMF, BMWi & others
Technology Development - Our Software and Hardware
Software Tools - open source, commercial and custom-made
Biologic Impact of Seismic

Irish Sea - summer 2024

SOxxx - 19.2.-4.4.2024 Bengal Shelf - Cochin-Kochi

AL602 - 17.-30.9.2023 Baltic Sea - Kiel - Kiel

ATAIR - spring 2023

AL581 - 13.-26.9.2022 Baltic Sea - Kiel-Sassnitz-Sassnitz-Kiel

ATAIR014 - 13.6.-23.6.2022 North Sea - Bremerhaven-Bremerhaven

MSM107 - 18.5.-3.6.2022 Bremerhaven - Tromsö

We are contributing to more than 20 lectures and courses in the Bachelor and Master Programs of the Department of Geosciences

Our focus is on seismoacoustic data acquisition, processing and interpretation and sedimentary processes from meter to margin scale.

Practical computer courses are given in seismic processing and interpretation and field acquisition as well as multibeam and side scan sonar processing.

Upcoming Winter Courses with MTU  Contributions >>> more

Xing, Junhui, Spiess V. (2022) Late Miocene-Quaternary Sedimentary Environment Evolution of the Kerch Seep area, Black Sea. Marine Geology

Römer-Stange et al. (2022) Boulder Detection in the Shallow Sub-Seafloor by Diffraction Imaging with Beamforming on Ultra-High Resolution Seismic Data - A Feasibility Study

Andresen et al. (2022) Seismic morphologies of submerged late glacial to early Holocene landscapes at the eastern Dogger Bank, central North Sea Basin – implications for geo-archaeological potential

We are hosting seismic and acoustic data from more than 100 expeditions since 1986 carried out or contributed by members of the MTU working group.

The data can be shared on request for further scientific work and cooperation.

The data mangement and visualization system SESAM is under construction.


  • Cable Detection
  • Synthetic Coring - Seismic Inversion
  • Wind Farm Soil Investigations
  • Himalayan Erosional Fluxes and Bengal Fan Sediment Budget
  • Lake Issyk Seismic Stratigraphy and Tectonics
  • Campi Flegrei 3D Deep Seismic Imaging
  • ICDP Nam Co Drilling

About Us ...

... we are a small working group of enthusiastic (mostly young) scientists, who like to visit the world’s oceans on research vessels for the search of new scientific problems, which can be solved with geophysical methods.

The small staff around the leading professor (Volkhard Spiess) with a senior scientist (Tilmann Schwenk), our technical specialist (Hanno Keil) and a secretary (Angela Friedeberg), started work in 1994 as one of currently 21 working groups in the Department of Geosciences (GeoB) at the University of Bremen. See also staff info about all our project researchers.       

Our research focus is seismics, hydroacoustics, data management and all kinds of interdiscplinary Earth science projects, where geophysical imaging can contribute to. The infrastructure available in our group includes marine streamers, echosounders, data acquisition systems and software for processing, interpretation and data handling and management.   

Teaching covers the whole range of geophysical education on undergraduate and graduate level within the bachelor and master programs of Geosciences (in German and English) and Applied and Marine Geosciences (in English).