University of Hamburg – Institute for Geology

At the Institute for Geology two working groups have a focus in sedimentary geology: Sedimentology and Sequence Stratigraphy as well as Geology in the Earth System.

Currently the following research topics are covered in

  • Carbonate sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy
  • Sedimentary climate archives of the coastal zone (dunes, beaches)
  • Sedimentology of carbonate-dominated drift-systems
  • Geobiology
  • Geomicrobiology
  • Organic Geochemistry

Analytical equipment in the field of sedimentary geology:

  • GPR (GSSI SIR-3000, -4000, Antennas: 40, 2x100, 200, 270, 400 MHz)
  • Grain-size determination (Laser particle-size analyzer Sympatec Helos KF, Sedigraph III Plus 5125)
  • Carbonate analytic (Leco DR-144)
  • Terrestrial Laserscanner (Ilris 3D) and UAVs for SfM
  • Digital  multi-channel  reflection seismics  (Hydroscience  Technologies Inc.)   
  • Shallow-water seismics (Applied Acoustics Sparker-system)
  • Interferometric multibeam (Bathyswath)
  • Differental GPS (Leica GS09)
  • Software (SeisSpace/ProMAX, Petrel, KingDom Suite, Pix4D, Radan, Qimera, Fledermaus etc.)
  • Organic geochemistry laboratories including GC, GC-MS, HPLC-MS, and GC-irm-MS

Regional focus of sedimentary geology research
Indian Ocean, Caribbean, Mediterranean area, Antarctica & Arctic, North Sea area

Study offer
B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Geosciences
Seismic data acquisition
Seismic data  processing and interpretation
Hydroacoustic habitat mapping


Prof. Dr. Christian Betzler        
Institut für Geologie     
Universität Hamburg   

Prof. Dr. Jörn Peckmann
Institut für Geologie     
Universität Hamburg

Context Column

Submarine landscape in the Maldives archipelago with drowned Miocene barrier reefs and atolls. Betzler et al., 2013, Basin Research.


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