Marine Geophysik und Hydroakustik

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Krastel

Leiter der Arbeitsgruppe

Otto-Hahn-Platz 1, R. 110
Telefon: +49 431 880-3914
Telefax: +49 431 880-4432

Professor für Marine Geophysik und Hydroakustik

Koordinator des SSP106 Schwerpunktprogrammes: Internationales Kontinentales Bohrprogramm (ICDP)

Research Interests

  • Submarine hazards
  • Slope stabilities and submarine landslides
  • Sediment processes along continental margins
  • Evolution of lakes
  • Evolution of submarine volcanos




since 10/2012 Professor for ‘Marine Geophysics and Hydroacoustics’ Kiel University

03/2008 - 09/2012 Professor for ‘Submarine Hazards at Continental Margins’ GEOMAR, Kiel University

2007 - 2008 ‘Akademischer Rat’ at the ‘Marine Technology/ Environmental Research’ Group of the Department of Geosciences, Bremen Uni

2001 - 2006 ‘Wissenschaftlicher Assistent’ at the ‘Marine Technology/ Environmental Research’ Group of the Department of Geosciences, Bremen Uni

1999 - 2000 Post-Doc at GEOMAR Research Center, Kiel, Germany. Project: ‘Volcanic and geodynamic evolution of the Canary Archipelago and adjacent seamounts’.




12/1999 Ph.D. in earthsciences. Title of thesis: 'Growth processes and destructive events during the evolution of volcanic islands: a case study from the Canary Islands'.

1995 - 1999 Ph.D.-student at the graduate school 'Dynamics of Global Cycles', GEOMAR Research Center, Kiel, Germany

06/1995 MSc (Diplom Geophysiker)

1988 - 1995 Study of Geophysics at Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel, Germany

Expert Activities

  • More than 40 research cruises and expeditions on lakes (several as chief scientists)
  • PI of two scientific drilling projects
  • Member of the IODP Scientific Technology Panel and Site characterization panel
  • Several research stays at foreign universities
  • Teaching since 2001
  • Reviews for scientific journals and projects
  • Convener and presenter at International Meetings
  • Public outreach activities (exhibitions, talks, kids university ect.)

List of Publications



STEVENSON, C. J., P. FELDENS, A. GEORGIOPOULOU, M. SCHӦNKE, S. KRASTEL, D. J. W. PIPER, K. LINDHORST and D. MOSHER (2018). "Reconstructing the sediment concentration of a giant submarine gravity flow." Nature Communications 9(1): 2616.

BÖTTNER, C., F. GROSS, J. GEERSEN, G. CRUTCHLEY, J. MOUNTJOY and S. KRASTEL (2018). "Marine forearc extension in the Hikurangi margin: New insights from high‐resolution 3D seismic data." Tectonics.

CLARE, M., J. CHAYTOR, O. DABSON, D. GAMBOA, A. GEORGIOPOULOU, H. EADY, J. HUNT, C. JACKSON, O. KATZ and S. KRASTEL (2018). "A consistent global approach for the morphometric characterization of subaqueous landslides." Geological Society, London, Special Publications 477: SP477. 415.

ELGER, J., C. BERNDT, L. RÜPKE, S. KRASTEL, F. GROSS and W. H. GEISSLER (2018). "Submarine slope failures due to pipe structure formation." Nature Communications 9(1): 715.

KRASTEL, S., W. LI, M. URLAUB, A. GEORGIOPOULOU, R. WYNN, T. SCHWENK, C. STEVENSON and P. FELDENS (2018). "Mass wasting along the NW African continental margin." Geological Society, London, Special Publications 477: SP477. 436.

LØVHOLT, F., I. SCHULTEN, D. MOSHER, C. HARBITZ and S. KRASTEL (2018). "Modelling the 1929 Grand Banks slump and landslide tsunami." Geological Society, London, Special Publications 477: SP477. 428.

MICALLEF, A., A. CAMERLENGHI, D. GARCIA-CASTELLANOS, D. CUNARRO OTERO, M.-A. GUTSCHER, G. BARRECA, D. SPATOLA, L. FACCHIN, R. GELETTI, S. KRASTEL, F. GROSS and M. URLAUB (2018). "Evidence of the Zanclean megaflood in the eastern Mediterranean Basin." Scientific reports 8(1): 1078.

MICALLEF, A., S. KRASTEL and A. SAVINI (2018). Submarine Geomorphology.

SCHULTEN, I., D. C. MOSHER, S. KRASTEL, D. J. PIPER and M. KIENAST (2018). "Surficial sediment failures due to the 1929 Grand Banks Earthquake, St Pierre Slope." Geological Society, London, Special Publications 477: SP477. 425.

URLAUB, M., J. GEERSEN, S. KRASTEL and T. SCHWENK (2018). "Diatom ooze: Crucial for the generation of submarine mega-slides?" Geology 46(4): 331-334.


CUKUR, D., S. KRASTEL, Y. TOMONAGA, H.-U. SCHMINCKE, M. SUMITA, A. F. MEYDAN, M. N. ÇAĞATAY, M. TOKER, S.-P. KIM and G.-S. KONG (2017). "Structural characteristics of the Lake Van Basin, eastern Turkey, from high-resolution seismic reflection profiles and multibeam echosounder data: geologic and tectonic implications." International Journal of Earth Sciences 106(1): 239-253.

FU, L., M. HEIDARZADEH, D. CUKUR, F. L. CHIOCCI, D. RIDENTE, F. GROSS, J. BIALAS and S. KRASTEL (2017). "Tsunamigenic potential of a newly discovered active fault zone in the outer Messina Strait, Southern Italy." Geophysical Research Letters 44(5): 2427-2435.

GUTSCHER, M.-A., H. KOPP, S. KRASTEL, G. BOHRMANN, T. GARLAN, S. ZARAGOSI, I. KLAUCKE, P. WINTERSTELLER, B. LOUBRIEU and Y. LE FAOU (2017). "Active tectonics of the Calabrian subduction revealed by new multi-beam bathymetric data and high-resolution seismic profiles in the Ionian Sea (Central Mediterranean)." Earth and Planetary Science Letters 461: 61-72.

LINDHORST, K., S. KRASTEL, B. WAGNER and A. SCHUERER (2017). "Evidence for sub-lacustrine volcanic activity in Lake Bolsena (central Italy) revealed by high resolution seismic data sets." Journal of volcanology and geothermal research. Mehr


  • Micallef, A., Krastel, S., Savini, A. (2018) Submarine Geomorphology. Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-57852-1, pp 556.
  • Lamarche, G., Mountjoy, J., Bull, S., Hubble, T., Krastel, S., Lane, E., Micallef, A., Moscardelli, L., Mueller, C., Pecher, I., Woelz, S. (2016) Submarine mass movements and their consequences. 7th International Symposium. Advances in Natural and Technological Research, 41, pp 621.
  • Krastel, S., Behmann, J.-H., Völker, D., Stipp, M., Berndt, C., Urgeles, R., Chaytor, J., Huhn, K., Strasser, M., Harbitz, C.B. (2014) Submarine mass movements and their consequences. 6th International Symposium. Advances in Natural and Technological Research, 37, pp 683.
  • Balzereit, F.; Blume, B.; Knickmeier, K.; Krastel, S.; Visbeck, M. Abenteuer Weltmeere, Cornelsen Verlag, Hrsg: Dietrich, V.; Kleesattel, W.  pp 64, ISBN: 978-3-06-010828-2

Selected Reports

  • Krastel, S. (2016) RV POSEIDON-CRUISE POS496, Malaga – Catania, 24.03.2016 - 04.04.2016, Short Cruise Report: MAGOMET - Offshore flank movement of Mount Etna and associated landslide hazard in the Ionian Sea (Mediterranean Sea) . Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Institute of Geosciences, 8 pp. DOI 10.3289/SCR_POS_496.
  • Krastel, S. (2015) Interaction of large landslides and canyons off NW-Africa. Briand, F. (ed), Submarine canyon dynamics in the Mediterranean and tributary seas - An integrated geological, oceanographic and biological perspective. CIESM Monograph 47, CIESM Publisher, Monaco, 59-69
  • Ceramicola S., Amaro T., Amblas D., Çağatay N., Carniel S., Chiocci F.L., Fabri M.C., Gamberi F., Harris P., Lo Iacono C., Jipa D., Kontoyiannis H., Krastel S., Mascle J., Puig P., Vázquez J.T. and F. Briand (2015) Submarine canyon dynamics - Executive Summary. pp. 7 - 20 In CIESM Monograph 47 [F. Briand ed.] Submarine canyon dynamics in the Mediterranean and tributary seas - An integrated geological, oceanographic and biological perspective, 232 p. CIESM Publisher, Monaco.
  • Krastel, S. and cruise participants (2014) Morphology, processes and geohazards of giant landslides in and around Agadir Canyon, northwest Africa. Cruise No. MSM32 – September 25 – October 30, 2013 – Bremen (Germany) – Southampton (UK) – Cádiz (Spain). MARIAS S. MERIAN-Berichte, MSM32, 53 pp, DFG-Senatskommission für Ozeanographie, DOI: 10.2312/cr_msm32.
  • Krastel, S. and cruise participants (2014) Seismogenic faults, landslides, and associated tsunamis off southern Italy. Cruise No. M86/2 – November 21, 2011 – January 17, 2012 – Cartagena (Spain) – Brindisi (Italy). METEOR-Berichte, M86/2, 49 pp, DFG-Senatskommission für Ozeanographie, DOI: 10.2312/cr_m86_2.
  • Wagner, B., Wilke, T., Krastel, S., Zanchetta, G.,. Sulpizio, R., Reicherter, K., Leng, M.J., Grazhdani, A.,. Trajanovski, S., Francke, A., Lindhorst, K., Levkov, Z., Cvetkoska, A., Reed, J.M.,. Zhang, X., Lacey, J.H., Wonik, T.,Baumgarten, H. (2014) The SCOPSCO drilling project recovers more than 1.2 million years of history from Lake Ohrid. Scientific Drilling, 17, 19-29. mehr