Dr. Horst Kämpf

Horst Kämpf
Dr. Horst Kämpf
Building B, Room 421
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1432

Research Interests:

  • importance of CO2 in magmatic induced geodynamic processes
  • stable isotope geochemistry
  • maar-diatreme volcanism
  • structure, composition and geodynamics of lithospheric mantle
  • deep biosphere in conduits of ascending CO2


2016 retirement, now guest scientist, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

1992-2016 senior scientist, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

1978-1991 research associate, Central Institute for Physics of the Earth Potsdam (ZIPE)

1973-1978 assistant lecturer, Freiberg Mining Academy


1973 Diplom Geologe, Freiberg Mining Academy
1982 Dr. rer. nat., Freiberg Mining Academy 


2011 – 2018: Quaternary palaeovolcanic structures and active magmatic CO2 degassing in the western Eger Rift.

2014 – 2017: Indications for recent magmatic unrest (2000 - 2016) in the western Eger Rift area (Czech Republic).

2010 – 2013: Comparative gravimetric, geomagnetic and geologic investigations of the Ebersbrunn diatreme and the Triasscholle near Greiz.

2005 – 2010: The different degassing behaviour of upper mantle-derived fluids in the western Eger rift area - a contribution to find an optimal ICDP location.

2007 – 2008: Supposed Mytina maar (Czech Republic) – combined geophysical and geological surveys.  

2007 – 2008: Characteristics of CO2 degassing at Diffuse Degassing Zones of the seismically active Pocatky-Plesna fault using botanical, geochemical and isotope geochemical methods.

2002 – 2004: Seismic and petrological studies of the lithosphere in the earthquake swarm region Vogtland/NW Bohemia.

1996 – 1998: Evaluation of convectively driven heat flow by quantitative CO2 flow analysis near the KTB location.

1992 – 1995: Active subcontinental mantle volatile system in the western Eger Rift, Central Europe: Gas flux, isotopic (He, C, and N) and compositional fingerprints.