Marine Geophysics and Hydroacoustics

Dr. Philipp Held

Scientific Staff

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

Research Interests

  • Hydro-acoutics (parametric echosounder, multibeam)
  • Habitat monitoring
  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 (diploma thesis)


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