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Priv. Doz. Dr. Michael Riedel

Section 2.5: Geodynamic Modelling

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Heinrich-Mann-Allee 18/19
Building HMA 18/19, room 507
14473 Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 288-28848
e-mail: michael.riedel(at)


About the person

Research Interests:

mantle-lithosphere interaction, subduction zones, nonlinear dynamics, mineral phase transformations & metastability, high-pressure experiments, numerical modeling, data visualization

Selected Publications (click here for full list):

S. Yoshioka, Y. Torii, and M. R. Riedel (2015): Impact of Phase Change Kinetics on the Mariana Slab Within the Framework of 2-D Mantle Convection, Phys. Earth Planet. Int., 240, pp. 70-81. doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2014.12.001

S.-I. Karato, M. R. Riedel, and D. A. Yuen (2001): Rheological structure and deformation of subducted slabs in the mantle transition zone: implications for mantle circulation and deep earthquakes, Phys. Earth Planet. Int., 127 (1-4), pp. 83-108. doi:10.1016/S0031-9201(01)00223-0

M. R. Riedel and S.-I. Karato (1997): Grain-size evolution in subducted oceanic lithosphere associated with the olivine-spinel transformation and its effects on rheology, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 148 (1-2), pp. 27-43. doi:10.1016/S0012-821X(97)00016-2

R. Däßler, D. A. Yuen, S.-I. Karato, and M. R. Riedel (1996): Two-dimensional thermo-kinetic model for the olivine-spinel phase transition in subducting slabs, Phys. Earth Planet. Int., 94 (3-4), pp. 217-239. doi:10.1016/0031-9201(95)03103-0

M. R. Riedel and S.-I. Karato (1996): Microstructural development during nucleation and growth, Geophys. J. Int., 125 (2), pp. 397-414. doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.1996.tb00007.x

M. R. Riedel and C. Janssen (1995): A New Shear Apparatus for Experimental Deformation of Rocks Under the Microscope, J. Struct. Geol., 17 (3), pp. 455-457. doi:10.1016/0191-8141(94)00097-J

M. R. Riedel (1994): Das Paradigma der Selbstorganisation, in: Weltbild - Weltordnung: Perspektiven für eine zerbrechliche und endliche Erde, W. Hofkirchner (ed.), agenda Verlag, Münster, pp. 51-66. pdf

S. Franck, and M. R. Riedel (1991): The evolution of a global magma ocean with olivine flotation, Earth, Moon, and Planets, 54 (1), pp. 59-65. doi:10.1007/BF00055047

R. Däßler and M. R. Riedel (1991): First Evidence of Spinodal Decomposition in the Diamond Anvil Cell, phys. stat. sol. (b), 165, pp. K1-K4. doi:10.1002/pssb.2221650128

M. R. Riedel and R. Däßler (1990): Pressure-Induced Nucleation and Growth-Processes in the Diamond Anvil Cell, J. Cryst. Growth, 90 (4), pp. 695-704. doi:10.1016/0022-0248(90)90045-M

Recent Abstracts (click here for more):

M. R. Riedel, S.-I. Karato, and D.A. Yuen (2016): Viscous Dissipation and Criticality of Subducting Slabs, contribution EGU2016-16133, EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, April 18-22, talk.

M. R. Riedel and S. Yoshioka (2015): Impact of Olivine - Spinel Phase Change Kinetics on the Deformation of the Mariana Slab, contribution A4-03, GeoBerlin 2015, Annual Meeting of DGGV and DMG, Berlin, Germany, October 4-7, talk.


1981: Diploma in Low Temperature Physics, University of Jena
1984: Dr. rer. nat. in Solid State Physics, University of Jena
1997: Habilitation in Geophysics, Potsdam University