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Research Diversity of MTU in 3 decades

​Our working group was established in the course of the builtup of the department of Geosciences since 1987. After the first 5 professorships started in 1986, a new round led to a total of 10 professors, in particular to strenghten the geophysics education and allow to establish a full geophysics diploma eduction.

The new professorship for Marine Technology/Environmental Research was awarded to Volkhard Spieß in 1996, and a focus on seismic and acoustic imaging was expected with a technological component.

Between 1986 and 1992, one focus of geophysical research (Working Group Marine Geophysics, Bleil/Spiess) was already dedicated to develop digital data acquisition methods both in the lab, but also for use on vessels. A key activity was the development of the ParaDigMA Digital Data Acquisition System to routinely acquire digital echosounder data for the first time worldwide. During this period, all large German research vessels had been equipped with the ParaDigMA System. The results of this work have been summarized in the habilitation thesis of Volkhard Spieß.

With the establishment of the new professorship, also high resolution seismic research became part of the GeoB research profile. A complete multichannel seismic equipment could be purchased and upgraded during the last 3 decades, and in total more than 100 multichannel seismic cruises have been carried out by the MTU working group. In addition we supported numerous colleagues with our expertise in the ship's operation of Parasound and Multibeam System onboard the large German research vessels.

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​Achievements of MTU during the last 30 years


We have received funding for  over 60 projects via DFG, BMBF, BMWi and other sources

Study Regions

​We have globally worked in smaller and larger projects, see our overview of study regions

Themes and Processes

​Overview of geologic processes and themes we have covered in various projects, expeditions and publications

Technology Development

​We have carried out a number of dedicated development projects for both software and hardware, which are explained here

Software Tools

Here you find a list of software packages we are using in teaching and research, and we give an overview about custom-made software we have developed during the last 30 years

Marine Life and Sound

Seismic instruments generate sound, which can have quite intensity. We take care of this by adjusting our operation to marine life as much as possible.


Our legacy is the wealth of seismic and acoustic data, which we had collected the last 3 decades. We are hosting those data and can make them available on request

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