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Geological Remote Sensing

Information about the establishment of the field of geological remote sensing at the LMU by Professor Bodechtel may be found on his webpage (Link - under construction).

Geological Remote Sensing Group

The Geological Remote Sensing and 3D Modeling Laboratory is the main facility where all members of the Geological Remote Sensing Research Group conduct a significant part of their research.



Anke FriedrichSara CarenaSimon KüblerStefanie RiegerChristina PlattnerAmir AbolghasemUlrich Münzer

Active Projects

Joint German-Tschec Science Foundation grant (DFG), 2020-2023/ongoing (Friedrich, Heuss-Aßbichler): Vertical Motion of Salt Diapirs in the southern Zagros, Iran, and formation of cap rock.

Bayerisch-Tschechische Hochschulagentur (BTHA) – Förderprogramm, BTHA-AP-2019-12 (Rieger), 2019: Salt diapirs in Iran as perfect laboratories of salt tectonics.

DFG Project no. 415709844 (Friedrich), 2018 - 2019: Sample collection and processing of cuttings from the currently running geothermal deep-drilling well BRUCK-GT-001 (Quaternary to Upper Jurassic, Eastern Molasse Basin, Bavaria).

Iranian Government, through the Faculty of Surveying and Geospatial Engineering, The University of Tehran, MoU (Friedrich, Abolghasem), 2015 – ongoing: Active Tectonics in the Makran Subduction Zone.

DFG Project no. 244750349 (Plattner), 2013 – ongoing: Analysis of tectonic and magmatic stresses controlling volcanic spreading over multiple time scales. A case study from Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, USA.

Closed Projects

DFG Project no. 408273939 (Carena), 2018 - 2022: 3D Geometry and Kinematics of the Taiwan Arc-Continent Collision from 3D Mapping.

DLR GEO 0100 (Münzer), 2007 – 2018: Monitoring of glaciovolcanic interactions in Iceland utilizing TerraSAR-X - Continuation and enhancement of the existing SAR-based hazard observation.

BayFor project BayIntAn_LMU_2018_48, (Abolghasem), 2018: Erweiterung des neu installierten Iran-Makran GPS Permanent-Netzwerkes Richtung Oman zur Analyse tektonischer Bewegungsraten und der Untersuchung regionaler Erdbebengefährdung.

Bay. Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Infrastruktur, Verkehr u. Technologie, (Münzer), 2017 – 2018: AlpSenseBench (Alpine Remote Sensing of climate-induced natural hazards).

HGF Alliance, "Remote Sensing and Earth System Dynamics", Project WP-G9 (Friedrich), 2012 - 2017: Geological context of geodetically active and seismically inactive regions: earthquake recurrence, slip-rate variability and implications for potentially active faults and their associated hazards.

BayFor project BayIntAn_LMU_2017_95 (Abolghasem), 2017: Erweiterung des neu Installierten Iran-Makran GPS Permanent-Netwerks Richtung Oman zur Analyse tektonischer Bewegungsraten und der Untersuchung regionaler Erdbebengefährung.

BayFor project BayIntAn_LMU_2016_39 (Abolghasem), 2016: Bilateral Int. funding: Installation of a New Permanent GPS Network, SE Iran.

Bay. Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Infrastruktur, Verkehr u. Technologie, RESA ID 619 (Münzer) 2012 – 2016: IsViews (Iceland subglacial Volcanoes interdisciplinary early warning system). Anwendung neuer Methoden mit hochauflösenden Fernerkundungsdaten (TerraSAR-X; TanDEM-X, HRSC) zur Früherkennung erneuter subglazialer Vulkanausbrüche auf Island

DFG Project no. 30265520 (Carena), 2007 - 2013: The strength of faults derived from 3D fault imaging and tectonic computer simulations of the lithosphere.

DFG Project no. 5403579 (Friedrich), 2007 – 2013: Active intraplate deformation in central Europe: paleoseismology of the Lower Rhine Embayment.

ESA, AO-ID 3587 (Münzer), 2007-2012: SAR-based hazard monitoring in Iceland utilizing L, C-, and X-band data.

Bay. Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung u. Kunst, Sonderprogramm „Forschungsförderung“ (Münzer), 2009: AlpGEOS (Alpine Geological Earth Observation System).

NASA RC 22 (Münzer), 2007 – 2009: GLIMS-Iceland, inventory and Web-GIS database of glacier dynamics using optical ASTER imagery.

ESA AO 4295 (Münzer), 2007 – 2009: GLIMS-Iceland, inventory and Web-GIS database of glacier dynamics using optical Spot imagery.

DFG Project no. 48513770 (Guest) 2007 – 2008: Spatial and temporal evolution of intracontinental shear zones: The Stateline fault system, Eastern California Shear Zone (USA).

ESA, AO-ID 142 (Münzer), 2003 - 2009: Hazard Assessment and Prediction – Long-term Observation of Icelandic Volcanoes and Glaciers Using ENVISAT-ASAR and Other Radar Data.



List of publications (2007 - 2021) by current and former members of the Geological Remote Sensing and 3D Modeling Lab, related to one or more of the projects listed above, or for which work was carried out using lab facilities.

  • Long-lived afterslip of the 2013 Mw 6.1 Minab earthquake detected by Persistent Scatterer Interferometry along the Irer fault (western Makran-Zagros transition zone, Iran). By: Plattner, C., Parizzi, A., Carena, S., Rieger, S., Friedrich, A.M., Abolghasem, A., DeZan, F., GEOPHYSICAL JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL, 229(1), DOI: 10.1093/gji/ggab456.
  • Quantifying rates of "rifting while drifting" in the southern Gulf of California: The role of the southern Baja California microplate and its eastern boundary zone. By: Umhoefer, P., Plattner, C., and Malservisi, R., LITHOSPHERE, 12(1), 122-132, doi:10.1130/L1132.1, Published 2020
  • Rift Dynamics and Archaeological Sites: Acheulean Land Use in Geologically Unstable Settings. By: Kübler, S., Bailey, G., Rucina, S., Devés, M., and King, G.C.P., In: Landscapes of Human Evolution, ARCHAEOPRESS ARCHAEOLOGY, doi:10.2307/j.ctvx5w983.8, Published: 2020
  • Analysis of geological hiatus surfaces across Africa in the Cenozoic and implications for the timescales of convectively-maintained topography., By: Carena, S., Bunge, H.-P., and Friedrich, A.M., CANADIAN JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES, Published: 2019
  • The effects of stress changes on time-dependent earthquake probabilities for the central Wasatch fault zone, Utah, USA. By: Verdecchia, A., Carena, S., Pace, B., and DuRoss, C.B., GEOPHYSICAL JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL, 219, 1065-1081. doi:10.1093/gji/ggz336, Published: 2019
  • Tectonic geomorphology and soil edaphics as controls on animal migrations and early human settlement and dispersal. By: Kübler, S., King, G.C.P., Devés, M., Inglis, R., Bailey, G., In: Rasul and Stewart (eds.) Geological Setting, Palaeoenvironment and Archaeology of the Red Sea. Springer International. Published: 2019.
  • Vertical-displacement history of an active Basin and Range fault based on integration of geomorphologic, stratigraphic, and structural data By: Carena, S.; Friedrich, A. M., GEOSPHERE Volume: 14 Issue: 4 Pages: 1657-1676 Published: 2018
  • Historical coseismic surface deformation of fluvial gravel deposits, Schafberg fault, Lower Rhine Graben, Germany. By: Kubler, S.; Friedrich, A. M.; Gold, R. D.; et al., INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES Volume: 107 Issue: 2 Pages: 571-585 Published: 2018
  • The effect of inflation on the morphology-derived rheological parameters of lava flows and its implications for interpreting remote sensing data - A case study on the 2014/2015 eruption at Holuhraun, Iceland. By: Kolzenburg, S., Jaenicke, J., Münzer, U., Dingwell, D.B., JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH, Published: 2018.
  • Apparent Late Quaternary Fault-Slip Rate Increase in the Southern Lower Rhine Graben, Central Europe. By: Gold, R. D.; Friedrich, A.M; Kuebler, S.; et al., BULLETIN OF THE SEISMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA Volume: 107 Issue: 2 ,Pages: 563-580 Published: 2017
  • Pulsed strain release on the Altyn Tagh fault, northwest China. By: Gold, R. D.; Cowgill, Eric; Arrowsmith, J. Ramon; et al., EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS Volume: 459 Pages: 291-300 Published: 2017
  • Coulomb stress evolution in a diffuse plate boundary: 1400 years of earthquakes in eastern California and western Nevada, USA. By: Verdecchia, A., and S. Carena, TECTONICS, 35. DOI: 10.1002/2015TC004091. Published 2016
  • Nepal at Risk: Interdisciplinary Lessons Learned from the April 2015 Nepal (Gorkha) Earthquake and Future Concerns. By: Catlos, E. J., Friedrich, A. M., Lay, T., Elliott, J., Carena, S., Upreti, B. N., DeCelles, P., Tucker, B. and Bendick, R., GSA TODAY, Volume 26, Issue 6, Pages 42–43. Published 2016.
  • Edaphic and Topographic Constraints on Exploitation of the Central Kenya Rift by Large Mammals and Early Hominins. By: Kübler, S., Rucina, S., Reynolds, S., Owenga, P., Bailey, G., and King, G. C. P., OPEN QUATERNARY, Volume 2, Issue 5, pages 1–18, Published 2016.
  • Active faulting in a populated low-strain setting (Lower Rhine Graben, Central Europe) identified by geomorphic, geophysical and geological analysis. By: Kübler, S., Streich, R., Lück, E., et al., GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON SPECIAL PUBLICATIONS, 432, Published: 2016
  • Animal movements in the Kenya Rift and evidence for the earliest ambush hunting by hominins. By: Kübler, S.; Owenga, P.; Reynolds, S. C.; et al., SCIENTIFIC REPORTS Volume: 5 Article Number: 14011 Published: 2015
  • Space geodetic observation of the deformation cycle across the Ballenas Transform, Gulf of California. By: Plattner, C.; Malservisi, R.; Amelung, F., Dixon, T.H., Hackl, M., Verdecchia, A., et al., JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SOLID EARTH Volume: 120 Issue: 8 Pages: 5843-5862 Published: 2015
  • Insights from Earth Sciences into Human Evolution studies: The example of prehistoric landscape use in Africa and the Levant. By: Deves, Maud H.; Reynolds, Sally; King, G. C. P.; et al., COMPTES RENDUS GEOSCIENCE Volume: 347 Issue: 4 Pages: 201-211 Published: 2015
  • One hundred and fifty years of Coulomb stress history along the California-Nevada border, USA. By: Verdecchia, A., and S. Carena, TECTONICS, 34(2), 213-231. doi:10.1002/2014TC003746. Published: 2015.
  • Remote Sensing of mountain glaciers and ice caps in Iceland. By: Sigurdsson, O., Williams, R.S., Martinis, S., Münzer, U., In. Kargel, J.S. et al (eds) Global Lande Ice Measurements from Space, Chapter 18, Springer Praxis Books, doi: 10.1007/978-3-540-798187_18. Published: 2014.
  • The late Miocene to Holocene erosion pattern of the Alpine foreland basin reflects Eurasian slab unloading beneath the western Alps rather than global climate change. By: Baran, R.; Friedrich, A. M.; Schlunegger, Fritz, LITHOSPHERE Volume: 6 Issue: 2 Pages: 124-131 Published: 2014
  • Crust-mantle boundaries in the Taiwan-Luzon arc-continent collision system determined from local earthquake tomography and 1D models: Implications for the mode of subduction polarity reversal. By: Ustaszewski, K., Wu, Y.-M., Suppe, J., Huang, H.-H., Huang, C.-H., Carena, S., TECTONOPHYSICS Volume: 578 Special Issue: SI Pages: 31-49 Published: 2012
  • Tectonic erosion and the removal of forearc lithosphere during arc-continent collision: Evidence from recent earthquake sequences and tomography results in eastern Taiwan. By: J.B.H. Shyu, YM Wu, CH Chang, HH Huang, JOURNAL OF ASIAN EARTH SCIENCES, Volume 42, Issue 3, Pages 415-422, Published 2011
  • High-resolution spatial rupture pattern of a multiphase flower structure, Rex Hills, Nevada: New insights on scarp evolution in complex topography based on 3-D laser scanning. By: Baran, R.; Guest, B.; Friedrich, A. M., GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA BULLETIN Volume: 122 Issue: 5-6 Pages: 897-914 Published: 2010
  • NRT-Monitoring am Vulkanausbruch Eyjafjallajökull (Island) mit TerraSAR-X. By: Münzer U., Mayer C., Reichel L., Runge H., Fritz T., Rossi C., Gudmundsson Á., PHOTOGRAMMETRIE, FERNERKUNDUNG, GEOINFORMATION PFG 5:339 - 354, DOI: 10.1127/1432-8364/2010/0060. Published 2010.
  • The strength of faults in the crust in the western United States. By: Carena, S.; Moder, C., EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS Volume: 287 Issue: 3-4 Pages: 373-384 Published: 2009
  • Feed forward neural network and interpolation function models to predict the soil and subsurface sediments distribution in Bam, Iran. By: Rezaei, K., Guest, B., Friedrich, A., Fayazi, F., Nakhaei, M., Beitollahi, A., and Aghda, S. M. F., ACTA GEOPHYSICA, v. 57, no. 2, p. 271-293. Published 2009.
  • Soil and sediment quality and composition as factors in the distribution of damage at the December 26, 2003, Bam area earthquake in SE Iran (M (s)=6.6). By: Rezaei, K.; Guest, B.; Friedrich, A.; et al., JOURNAL OF SOILS AND SEDIMENTS Volume: 9 Issue: 1 Pages: 23-32 Published: FEB 2009
  • Geomorphology of the southernmost Longitudinal Valley fault: Implications for evolution of the active suture of eastern Taiwan. By: J.B.H. Shyu, K Sieh, YG Chen, RY Chuang, Y Wang, LH Chung, TECTONICS, Volume 27, Issue 1, Published 2008.
  • Imprints of subglacial volcanic activity on a glacier surface – SAR study of Katla volcano (Iceland). By: Scharrer, K., Spieler, O., Mayer, Ch., Münzer, U., BULL. VOLCANOL., DOI 10.1007/s00445-007-0164-z, Published 2007.
  • Effects of ashlayers of the 2004 Grímsvötn eruption on SAR backscatter in the accumulation area of Vatnajökull. By: Scharrer, K., Mayer, Ch., Nagler, T., Münzer, U., Gudmundsson, A., ANNALS OF GLACIOLOGY 45: 189- 196, Published 2007.


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