Marine Geophysik und Hydroakustik

Dr. Philipp Held

wiss. Mitarbeiter

Otto-Hahn-Platz 1, R. 112
Telefon: +49 431 880-3912
Telefax: +49 431 880-4432

Research Interests

  • Hydro-acoutics (parametric echosounder, multibeam, side scan sonar, water column imaging)
  • Habitat detection
  • Surface and internal waves
  • Scientific software developing


02/2014 – 08/2016 PostDoc at GEOMAR, Dynamic of the Ocean Floor

03/2010 – 02/2014 Ph.D funded by the Cluster of Excellence „The Future Ocean", Kiel University
07/2008 – 07/2009 Diploma-Thesis at German Aerospace Center (DLR)

09/2003 – 07/2009 Diploma in Physics at Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich

09/2002 – 07/2003 Intermediate Diploma in Engineering Physics at  Munich University of Applied Sciences



  • Tina Kunde, Philipp Held, Jens Schneider von Deimling: Ammunition detection using high frequency multibeam snippet backscatter information (2018), Marine Pollution Bulletin
  • Mischa Schönke, Peter Feldens, Dennis Wilken, Svenja Papenmeier, Christhoph Heinrich, Jens Schneider von Deimling, Philipp Held, Sebastian Krastel: Impact of Lanice conchilega on seafloor microtopography off the island of Sylt (German Bight, SE North Sea) (2016), Geo-Marine Letters
  • Jens Schneider von Deimling, Philipp Held, Peter Feldens, Dennis Wilken: Effects of using inclined parametric echosounding on sub-bottom acoustic imaging and advances in buried object detection (2015), Geo-Marine Letters
  • Philipp Held, Philip Kegler, Kerstin Schrottke: Influence of suspended particulate matter on salinity measurements (2014), Continental Shelf Research
  • Philipp Held, Kerstin Schrottke, Alexander Bartholomä: Generation and evolution of high-frequency internal waves in the Ems-estuary, Germany (2013), Journal of Sea Research
  • Stephan Brusch, Philipp Held, Susanne Lehner, Wolfgang Rosenthal, Andrej Pleschachevsky: Underwater Bottom-Topography in coastal areas from TerraSAR-X data (2011), International Journal of Remote Sensing


  • Philipp Held, Florian Gausepohl, Florian Weinberger, Pawel Pocwiardowski, Peter Feldens, Felix Gross, Dennis Wilken, Jens Schneider von Deimling: ECOMAP - Baltic Sea environmental assessments by innovative opto-acoustic remote sensing, mapping and monitoring (2018), GeoHab 2018 Marine Geological & Biological Habitat Mapping
  • Philipp Held, Jens Schneider v. Deimling, Peter Feldens, Dennis Wilken: New method for detection and monitoring of subsea power cables (2016), EGU General Assembly 2016
  • Philipp Held, Kerstin Schrottke: On the dynamics of Internal Waves in the Ems-Estuary (Germany) (2011), 2nd Young Scientist EXCELLENCE CLUSTER CONFERENCE on Marine and Climate Research, 4-5 Oct. 2011 Bremen, Germany


  • The generation and breaking of Internal waves on a lutocline in the Ems estuary (Germany), their hydro-acoustic detectability and their contribution to sediment transport dynamics (PhD thesis)
  • Bestimmung der Unterwasser Bodentopographie und der Höhe brechender Wellen aus TerraSAR-X Daten (Diplomarbeit)


  • RV Alkor - Aug 2018 (AL514) - Baltic Sea - student cruise and natural gas seep detection
  • RV Meteor - Mar/Apr 2018 (M146) - Canary islands -Multichannel Seismic
  • RV Klaashahn - Okt 2017 - Bay of Kiel - (chief scientist) shallow water bathymetry and habitat detection
  • RV Heincke - May 2017 (HE486) - North Sea - laser based seafloor microtopography
  • RV Poseidon - Aug/Sep 2016  (POS504)- North Sea - blow out
  • RV Littorina - Jul 2016 (L16-12 & L16-13) - Eckernförder Bay and Baltic Sea - (chief scientist) natural gas seeps and habitat detection
  • RV Littorina - Okt 2015 (L15-18) - Baltic Sea - (chief scientist) habitat detection mehr