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Mediterranean: Liguria, Gulf of Naples, Crete

Marine geophysical research in the Mediterranean was related to drilling plans for the IODP program on the Ligurian Margin, in the Gulf of Naples and near Crete.

On the Ligurian Margin, the target had been processes of slope instability, as the Nice Airport Landslide on the shelf as well as slope instabilities, which could be initiated by earthquakes, overloading or groundwater flow. Two seismic survey on R/V  Meteor Cruise M73/1 and R/V Poseidon Cruise POS500 waere targeting potential drilling locations.

In the Gulf of Naples, the offshore part of the Campi Flegrei caldera was survey during cruises with R/V Urania and R/V  Minerva. There the processes of caldera formation, intensse volcanism, magma chamber evolution and ring fault deformation was studied.

Gulf of Naples

Publications Gulf of Naples

Sacchi, Marco, Marco, Passaro S., Molisso F., Matano F., Steinmann L., Spiess V., Pepe F., Corradino M., Caccavale M., Tamburrino S., Esposito G., Vallefuoco M., Ventura G. (2020) The holocene marine record of unrest, volcanism, and hydrothermal activity of Campi Flegrei and Somma–Vesuvius. Vesuvius, Campi Flegrei, and Campanian Volcanism, 435-469,

Sacchi, Marco, De Natale G., Spiess V., Steinmann L., Acocella V., Corradino M., de Silva S., Fedele A., Geshi N., Kilburn C., Insinga D., Jurado MJ., Molisso F., Petrosino P., Passaro S., Pepe F., Porfido S., Scarpati C., Schmincke HU., Somma R., Sumita M., Tamburrino S., Troise C., Vallefuoco M., Ventura G. (2019) A roadmap for amphibious drilling at the Campi Flegrei caldera: Insights from a MagellanPlus workshop. Scientific Drilling 26, 29-46,

Steinmann, Lena, Spiess V., Sacchi M. (2018) Post-collapse evolution of a coastal caldera system: Insights from a 3D multichannel seismic survey from the Campi Flegrei caldera (Italy). Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 349, 83-98, (PDF)

Violante, Crescenzo, Sacchi, M.  Spiess, V.  Steinmann, L. (2017) Seafloor Response to Large Volcanic Activity and Geohazard Implications in Naples Bay, Southern Italy. Offshore Site Investigation Geotechnics 8th International Conference Proceeding, 11, 265-275,

Steinmann, Lena, Spiess V., Sacchi M. (2016) The Campi Flegrei caldera (Italy): formation and evolution in interplay with sea-level variations since the Campanian Ignimbrite eruption at 39 ka. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 327, 361-374,

Steinmann, Lena (2016) Reconstruction of volcano-tectonic processes in interplay with sedimentary deposition in the Gulf of Naples (Italy) using a seismoacoustic dataset. Dissertation, xx. pp..

Master Theses

Bessong, Manga (2017) Investigation of the Interplay between Tectonism, Volcanism and Mass Wasting on the Tyrrhenian Margin using a Multichannel Seismic Dataset

Metzen, Jan (2008) Volcanic Features & Sedimentary Interplay in Pozzuoli Bay and offshore Herculaneum, Italy, investigated with high-resolution marine seismics


Publications Crete

Strozyk Frank, Strasser M., Krastel S., Meyer,M., Huhn K. (2010) Reconstruction of retreating mass wasting from progressive slope steepening of the northeastern Cretan margin, eastern Mediterranean. Marine Geology. 271, 44-54,

Strozyk, Frank, Huhn K., Strasser M., Krastel S., Kock I., Kopf A. (2009) New evidence for mass wasting at the NE Cretan slope: a multi-stage slide complex from the eastern Mediterranean. Marine Geology, 263, 97-107,

Kopf, Achim, Stegmann S., Krastel S., Förster A., Strasser M., Irving M. (2007) Marine deepwater free fall CPT measurements for landslide characterisation off Crete, Greece (Eastern Mediterranean Sea). Part 2: Initial data from the western Cretan Sea. In Lykousis, V., Sakellariou, D., Locat, J. (eds) Submarine mass movements and their consequences. Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, Springer, 199-208,

Ligurian Margin