Marine Geophysics and Hydroacoustics

Dr. Katja Lindhorst

Scientific Staff, ICDP Koordination

Otto-Hahn-Platz 1, R. 113
Phone: +49 431 880-4699
Telefax: +49 431 880-4432

Research Interests

  • Acquisition, Processing, and Interpretation of 2D Multichannel seismic reflection data
  • Sedimentary and Tectonic Evolution of Ancient  Lake Ohrid and its sister lake Prespa (Macedonia/Albania)
  • Reconstruction of sub-lacustrine volcanic activity in Lake Bolsena using high resolution seismic data sets
  • Mapping and Analysing Mass Movement Deposits (the Grand Banks Event) offshore Newfoundland within the Laurentian Fan
  • Sedimentary processes and Mass Movement Deposits along the Western Australian Margin


since 03/2017 ICDP Germany coordination office


since 02/2013 Postdoc at CAU Kiel, Marine Geophysics and Hydroacoustic


01/2012 - 01/2013 Postdoc at GEOMAR, Kiel (01/11 - 01/12 parental leave)


06/2008 - 12/2011 Ph.D. study at GEOMAR, Kiel


2005 - 05/2008 M.Sc. Marine Geoscience at University of Bremen (01/07 - 06/07 University of California, Santa Cruz)


2002 - 2005 B.Sc. Geoscience at University of Bremen


1999 - 2002 Study of Computer Science at University of Bremen (Vordiplom 2001)



9/2019 Hydroacoustic mapping of Lake Sary-Chelek (Kyrgystan)


5/2019 - 6/2019 M155 (RV Meteor), Pointe-á-Pitre (Gouadeloupe) - Mindelo (Cape Verde), Fogo, the tsunamigenic flank collapse of Fogo volcano, Cape Verde Islands


03/2018-04/2018 M146 HESSE HEnry Seamount Seepage Exploration, Canary Islands


11/2017 Seismic Reflection Survey at Lake Constance, Germany


5/2017 SO257 (RV Sonne), Darwin to Fremantle (Australia), WACHEIO, Western Australian Climate History from Eastern Indian Ocean Sediment Archives, 2D Multichannel Seismic Acquisition and Hydroacoustics


9/2016 MSM58 (RV Merian), Reykjavik (Island) - Pt. Delgada (Azores - Portugal)


2/2016 MSM51/1 - 3/2017 MSM62 (RV Merian), Kiel, LISA (Littorina Stadium Anoxia), Baltic Sea, Sedimentechosounder


9/2015-10/2015 MSM47 (RV Merian), St. John's (Newfoundland) to Pt. Delgada (Azores - Prtugal), Geomorpholgy, processes and geohazards of giant submarine landslides and tsunami generation capacity, as recorded in the sedimentary record of the only historic slide of this kind: the 1929 Grand Banks landslide of the Canadian Atlantic continental margin, 2D Multichannel seismics and hydroacoustics


05/2014 CALAQUAKE-2014 (RV Urania), Ionian Sea, CALabrian Arc subduction complex: active faults, historical earthQUAKEs and turbidites


6/2013 Acquisition of seismic data at Lake Prespa, Macedonia

4/2013 - 6/2013 Participation on ICDP (International Continental Drilling Project) SCOPSCO at Lake Ohrid, Macedonia, Borehole logging, operating seismic source (GI-Gun), Multi Sensor Core Logger (MSCL)

9/2012 Seismic Reflection Survey at Lake Bolsena, Italy

7/2010 Participation on ICDP (International Continental Drilling Project) PALEOVAN at Lake Van, Turkey, Borehole logging, operating seismic source (GI-Gun)

6/2010 SO206 (RV Sonne), continental margin off Costa Rica,
3D/2D Reflection seismic, Sediment echosounder, Bathymetry

9/2009 - 10/2009 Multibeam and sediment echosounder survey at Lake Ohrid (Macedonia/Albania)
chief scientist, BLOSSOM,

5/2009 M78/3a (RV Meteor), Montevideo – Rio del la Plata Geophysics,
Acquisition of 2D multichannel seismic data

6/2008 Pre-Site 2D Multichannel Seismic Survey at Lake Ohrid (Macedonia/Albania) for the Scientific Collaboration On Past Speciation Conditions in Ohrid ( SCOPSCO) drilling project

7/2006 BENGAL SEA LEVEL SO188 (RV Sonne),
student assistant for the multichannel reflection seismic and bathymetric group

2/2006 - 4/2006 ANTXXIII/4 (RV Polarstern),
Reflection Seismics, Hard Rock Geology, Amundsen Sea (Antarctica)
student assistant for reflection seismic group

4/2005 - 5/2005 AISTEK I, SO182 (RV Sonne), Cape Town, South Africa,
student assistant within hydroacoustic group, operating the PARASOUND (sediment echosounder)


  • R. Barrett, E. Lebas, R. Ramalho, I. Klaucke, S. Kutterolf, A. Klügel, K. Lindhorst, F. Gross, S. Krastel. (in press) Revisiting the tsunamigenic volcanic flank-collapse of Fogo Island in the Cape Verdes, offshore West Africa, Submarine Mass Movements and their Consequences, Geological Society of London Special Publication
  • Klügel, A., K. Bachmann, R. Barrett, H. Büttner, T. Fleischmann, E. Fraile Nuez, P. Held, H. Jähmlich, N. Kaul, L. Kramer, S. Krastel, K. F. Lenz, K. Lindhorst, G. Meinecke, Melcher, A.C., , A. Raeke, J. Renken, H. Rentsch, M. Römer, J. N. Schmidt, U. Spiesecke, N. Stange, A. Strack, H. Villinger and P. Wintersteller (2018). "Meteor Fahrtbericht/Cruise Report M146, Henry Seamount Seepage Exploration (Hesse), Recife (Brazil)-Las Palmas De Gran Canaria (Spain), March 17-April 16, 2018."
  • Stevenson, C. J., Feldens, P., Georgiopoulou, A. ,Schönke , M., Krastel S., Piper, D. J. W., Lindhorst K. and Mosher D. (2018). "Reconstructing the sediment concentration of a giant submarine gravity flow." Nature Communications 9(1): 2616.
  • Lindhorst, K., Krastel, S., Wagner, B., Schuerer, A., 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.
  • Wagner, B., Wilke, T., Krastel, S., Zanchetta, G., Sulpizio, R., Reicherter, K., Leng, M. J., Grazhdani, A., Trajanovski, S., Francke, A., Lindhorst, K. et al. (2014). The SCOPSCO drilling project recovers more than 1.2 million years of history from Lake Ohrid, Sci. Dril., 17, 19-29, doi:10.5194/sd-17-19-2014
  • Lindhorst, K., Krastel, S., Papenberg, C., Heidarzadeh, M., (2014) "Modeling Submarine Landslide-Generated Waves in Lake Ohrid, Macedonia/Albania." In: Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences: 497-506).
  • Lindhorst, K., Krastel, S., Reicherter, K., Stipp, M., Wagner, B. and Schwenk, T. (in press). "Tectonic and Sedimentary Evolution of Lake Ohrid (Albania/Macedonia)." Basin Research
  • Wagner, B., Francke, A., Sulpizio, R., Zanchetta, G., Lindhorst, K., Krastel, S., Vogel, H., Rethemeyer, J., Daut, G., Grazhdani, A., Lushaj, B., Trajanovski, S. (in press): Possible earthquake trigger for 6th century mass wasting deposit at Lake Ohrid (Macedonia/Albania). Climate of the Past.
  • Lindhorst, K., Gruen, M., Krastel, S., Schwenk, T. (2012). "Hydroacoustic Analysis of Mass Wasting Deposits in Lake Ohrid (FYR Macedonia/Albania)." Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences: 245-253.
  • Reicherter, K., Hoffmann, N., Lindhorst, K., et al. (2011). "Active basins and neotectonics: morphotectonics of the Lake Ohrid Basin (FYROM and Albania)." Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften 162(2): 217-234.
  • Lindhorst, K., Vogel, H. et al. (2010). " Stratigraphic analysis of lake level fluctuations in Lake Ohrid: an integration of high resolution hydro-acoustic data and sediment cores." Biogeosciences 7, 3531-3548.