Prof. Dr. Achim Kopf

(Only in German)
1992 Diplom in Geologie Universität Giessen; 1995 Promotion in Geologie, Universität Giessen; 2001 Habilitation, Universität Freiburg

1990-1995 Universität Giessen; 1995-1997 Universität Freiburg; 1998 GEOMAR Forschungszentrum Kiel; 1998-2000 Géosciences Azur-Forschungszentrum, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Frankreich; 2001-2003 SCRIPPS Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, U.S.A.

Professor in Bremen seit 2003

Physiko-chemische Charakteristika von Störungszonen; Entstehung von Erdbeben und Hangrutschungen in Subduktionszonen; Schlammvulkanismus

The field of Geotechnics and Geoengineering includes both the development of seagoing equipment for the measurement of sediment physical properties and the soil mechanical testing of marine sediments in the laboratory. The soil mechanical laboratory is used for education and research. While teaching is dedicated to the fundamentals of engineering geology, research focuses mostly on rock deformation owing to tectonic stress (plate movement, landslides, mud volcanism) and manmade changes (coastal infrastructure such as windparks, etc.). Geotechnical laboratory experiments simulate processes down to several kilometers depth, where direct observations are naturally hampered. Those processes include earthquake nucleation in subduction zones, which represent one of the most devastating threats to society. In order to simulate these processes in the laboratory, critical physical properties have to be measured (i.e. in the seafloor sediments) beforehand.

Working Area

Japan, New Zealand, Chile, Mediterranean Sea, Gibraltar Arc, Azerbaijan, Baltic Sea


Methods include the development and use of equipment to measure pore pressure, temperature, or conductivity of the sediment in situ (i.e. at depth), ring and direct shear testing, consolidometers and permeameters, as well as borehole observatory instruments.


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