24-27 November 2022
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Europe/Berlin timezone

Exploration of sub-marine resources using electromagnetic methods

25 Nov 2022, 09:00
FTU Aula (KIT Campus North)

FTU Aula

KIT Campus North

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Talk Physics talks Physics Talks - Geophysics


Katrin Schwalenberg (Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe)


Electromagnetic (EM) methods have proven useful to explore the electrical properties of the earth and are a standard geophysical tool in ground and airborne measurements, but less often in marine applications. The electrical resistivity which can be derived from EM data depends on various rock properties, such as porosity, permeability, mineral content, nature of pore-fluid, or presence of hydrocarbons. In this paper we touch three applications of EM methods for marine resource exploration. The first one is the exploration of seafloor massive sulfides which form as a result of hydrothermal activity at mid-ocean ridges. BGR has developed a customized deep-sea EM platform (Golden Eye) which is used in the German license areas for polymetallic sulfide exploration in the Indian Ocean. The second application is the exploration of submarine gas hydrates, a naturally occurring, solid form of compromised methane gas that forms in continental slope sediments, which is considered as a possible future unconventional energy resource. The third one are offshore aquifers that have formed during the last glacial maximum when sea levels have been about 100 m lower than today. Such fresh water aquifers have been identified in shallow sediments up to 40 km offshore from todays coastlines, and are currently investigates as a sustainable water resource in population-rich und agriculture-intensive coastal regions.

Category Geophysics

Primary author

Katrin Schwalenberg (Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe)


Hendrik Müller (Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe) Romina Gehrmann (Dalhousie University, Canada) Marion Jegen (GEOMAR- HelmholtZentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel) Amir Haroon (GEOMAR- HelmholtZentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel) Sebastian Hölz (GEOMAR- HelmholtZentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel)

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