Marine Geophysics and Hydroacoustics

Dr. Xishuang Li

Scientific Staff

Otto-Hahn-Platz 1, R. 14
Phone: +49 431 880-5791
Telefax: +49 431 880-4432

Research Interests

  • Geological processes on continental shelves and slopes
  • Seabed characterization and offshore geo-hazard mapping
  • Quantitative analysis/interpretation of bathymetric data, chirp or seismic data



Through this time of study at Institute of Geoscience, Kiel University, Germany, I hope to expand my horizon, improve my knowledge and conduct a cooperative study on the geological processes on the northern continental slope of the South China sea. The objectives of the  planned works are to figure out the origin of small slope-confined canyons and their migration and to reveal that how sea-level controlled/affected the canyons’ morphology and evolution, as well as to prepare joint publications.


Professional Experiences

Currently: Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Geosciences in Kiel in Marine Geophysics and Hydroacoustic Group

Dec. 2009 – Present: Associate researcher, First Institute of Oceanography, SOA

Dec. 2004 – Dec. 2009: Assistant researcher , First Institute of Oceanography, SOA

Aug. 2002 – Dec. 2004: Assistant Research Fellow, First Institute of Oceanography, SOA



Sept. 2003–July 2008: PhD in marine geology at College of Earth Sciences, Ocean University of China.

Sept. 1999 – July 2002: Master of Science in marine geology at College of Earth Sciences, Ocean University of China

Sept. 1995 – July 1999: Bachelor of Science in petroleum prospecting at Department of Fossil Energy, Changchun College of Geology, China

Research and Teaching Experiences

  1. 2016-2019, Project leader, Experimentation of a new type AUV at lake and sea. (State Key Project)
  2. 2009-2015, Vice project Leader, Research on geohazards in northern continental slope in South China Sea and risk assessment. (National Science and Technology Major Project)
  3. 2009-2010, Project leader, Research on China’s offshore seismic sequences since LGM.(State Offshore Environment Investigation and Research Project)
  4. 2007-2009, Project leader, Active structures in the Bohai Sea since late Pleistocene.(NSFC)


2013 – Present, co-supervisor of 1 master graduate student and 1 doctoral graduate student.

List of Publications

Invited Book and Chapter

Shi X., Liu Y., Li X., et al., 2014. China’s Offshore Marine Geology: seismic sequences since last LGM. Ocean Press, Beijing, China.


  • (1) Feng Z., Liu B., Zhao Y., Li X., Olusegun A. D., Li J., Si S., 2017. Structure, distribution, and evolution history of the Early Holocene erosional mud ridge system on the inner East China Sea shelf near the Yangtze River estuary. Geomorphology, 283:173-188
  • (2) Zhou Q., Li X., (corresponding author) Xu Y., Liu L., Gao S., Zhou H., Li T., 2017. A rapid method to recognize submarine landslides based on the principle of water depth gradient: A case of Baiyun deep-water area, north slope of the South China Sea. Acta oceanologica sinica, 39(1):138-147 (in Chinese)
  • (3) Feng Z., Liu B., Zhao Y., Li X., Li J., Si S., 2016. Spatial and temporal variations and controlling factors of sediment accumulation in the Yangtze River estuary and its adjacent sea area in the Holocene, especially in the Early Holocene. Continental Shelf Research,125 :1-17
  • (4) Li X., Zhao Y., Feng Z., Liu C., Xie Q., Zhou Q., 2016. Quaternary seismic facies of the South Yellow Sea shelf: depositional processes influenced by sea-level change and tectonic controls. Geological Journal, 51(Suppl.):177-195
  • (5) Li X., Zhou Q., Su T., Liu L., Gao S., Zhou S., 2016. Slope-confined submarine canyons in the Baiyun deep-water area, northern South China Sea: variation in their modern morphology. Marine Geophysics Research,37:95-112 mehr