Dr. Ute WeckmannHelmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
Section 2.2, Geophysical Deep Sounding
Telegrafenberg, E 421
Phone: +49 331 288 2824
Fax: +49 331 288 1266
My main research interest is the application of the magnetotelluric (MT) method in fossil continetntal collision regimes. Of particular interest is the comparison of fossil suture zones with recent ones and to improve our understanding of collisional processes on the entire lithospheric scale.I have studied fossil collision zones in Scotland (Iapetus Suture), Namibia (Damara Belt) and South Africa (Kaapvaal Craton, Namaqua-Natal Mobile Belt and Cape Fold Belt). The existence of electrical anisotropy seems to be characteristic for fossil suture zones. However, MT data over anisotropic structures in the Earth’s crust are strongly distorted so that those data are hardly or not interpretable with tools available at present. Therefore I further developed an imaging method (PNA) which is applicable in presence of electrical anisotropy or strongly heterogeneous subsurface. For an improved data analysis I developed a MT data selection scheme in frequency domain which works if no suitable remote reference sites are available.
I was awarded with the Emmy Noether fellowship (Phase I) from the German Science Foundation (DFG) which I spent at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (Ireland) working on the MT data from the Namaqua-Natal Mobile Belt and conducting further MT exeriments along the Agulhas-Karoo transect of the Inkaba yeAfrica research initiative. The 600km profile with 300 MT site covers continental accretion processes of 1.2 billion years from the southern coast of Africa through the Cape Fold Belt, the Namaqua Natal Mobile Belt onto the Kaapvaal Craton. It is an unrivalled opportunity to study fossil suture zones within the framework of an integrated system Earth approach. The German Science Foundation (DFG) has been funded a junior research group studying fossil suture zones. Currently, the group consists of myself and the PhD students Dipl-Geophys. Xiaoming Chen and Dipl.-Geophys. Sissy Kütter.
Another aspect of my research includes teaching at the Potsdam University und extending the geophysical research fields, covered so far, by the deep sounding method of magnetotellurics.