Prof. Dr. Mahdi Motagh

Mahdi Motagh
Prof. Dr. Mahdi Motagh
Group Leader
Building A 17, Room 20.24
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1197
+49 331 288-1192

Function and Responsibilities:

Professor for "Radar Remote Sensing" at Leibniz University Hannover and GFZ
Leader of the working group 'Radar and optical remote sensing for geohazards' at GFZ

Research Interests:

  • Imaging Geodesy and InSAR technique
  • Active tectonics and fault zone processes from remote sensing and geodetic data
  • Land subsidence and human-induced geohazards
  • Mass movement and landslide


04.2017-present  Professor for Radar Remote Sensing at Leibniz University Hannover and GFZ
11.2011-04.2017 Senior Research Scientist, Department of Geodesy, GFZ
09.2009-11.2011 Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Department of Geodesy (section 1.4), GFZ
06.2007-09.2009 Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Department of Geophysics (section 2.1), GFZ
11.2003-06.2007 PhD student, Department of Geophysics (GFZ) and University of Potsdam, Germany
10.2002-11.2003 Research Assistant, Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry, University of Braunschweig, Germany
10.2000-06.2002 Part-time Instructor at the Department of Surveying and Geomatics Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran

Research Training and Lecturing Cooperation:
02.2016-present  Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
06.2015-present  Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
04.2015-present  GNSS Research Center, Wuhan University, China
09.2013-present  International Summer School at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany  

Graduate Student and Postdoc Opportunities:

If you have a master or PhD and are interested in doing research in areas of radar remote sensing and imaging geodesy for geoscience and engineering applications, please contact me at motagh(at) I am happy to assist and discuss applications and opportunities for research fellowships and projects (DAAD, DFG, BMBF,…). Students with a B.Sc. degree in surveying, geodesy, geoinformatics, civil engineering or related fields are encouraged to apply for the international master program of Geodesy and Geoinformatics at Leibniz Universität Hannover.


PhD in Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Potsdam University, Germany (conferred 2007), Thesis title “Tectonic and non-tectonic deformation monitoring using Satellite Radar Interferometry”
Master of Science in Geodesy, Department of Surveying and Geomatics Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran (conferred 2000 with First Class Honors) , Thesis title “Comparison of 5 methods for modification of Stokes' Integral”
Bachelor of Science in Surveying Engineering, Department of Surveying and Geomatics Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran (conferred 1997 with First Class Honors)


DFG Research grant ' A remote sensing / radar satellite interferometric (InSAR) time series analysis of volcanoes in Chile, and how the seismic cycle influences magma chamber in- and deflation


SAR-EDU: Radar Remote Sensing Education Initiative

Helmholtz Alliance: Remote Sensing and Earth System Dynamics (WP: G4/G8)

Imaging Geodesy and Infrastructure Monitoring (IGIM)