Priv. Doz. Dr. Thomas Walter

Thomas Walter
Priv. Doz. Dr. Thomas Walter
Group Leader
Helmholtzstraße 6/7
Building H 7, Room 318
14467 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1253
+49 331 288-1204

Function and Responsibilities:

Head of the volcano-tectonics and -hazards workgroup, Section 2.1 at GFZ Potsdam
Staff scientist at GFZ Potsdam 
Lectures (Priv.-Doz.) at University Potsdam

Major projects/responsibilities:

ERC Consolidator Group Leader (Volcapse group)
Emmy Noether Group Leader (Volcano-Tectonics group )
Speaker of the Germany Geophyical Union (DGG) AK Volcanology and
Initator and co-lead of the Physics of Volcanoes workshops
Lead scientist of volcano monitoring in the IPOC network
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Research Interests:

My main interest is related to the observation and modelling of volcano and earthquake deformation processes and source characterization. I am combining remote sensing techniques with geophysical and geodetic field observations. Synthetic apertur radar (SAR and InSAR) and high resolution photogrammetry and UAV techniques (pixel tracking, structure from motion) are of great value for studying volcanic processes, such as lava dome growth and eruption initiation, or structural and gravitational instability. While I am placing seismometers or tilt instruments at safe distance to volcanoes, eyes from satellites and drones allow deep views into the craters. I focus my studies on interacting processes, such as volcano-earthquake interactions, or the relationship between flank motion and magmatism or fluid ascent. Modelling of these processes using the boundary element methods, stress transfer and analog experiments allow testing parameters and understanding complexities.


2015 -   ERC Consolidator Group Leader
2011 -   Lecturer (Priv.-Doz.) at the University Potsdam, FRG
2011 -   Habilitation, Faculty of Math & Natural Sciences, University Potsdam, FRG 
2009 -    Permanent Staff scientist at the GFZ 
2005-10 - Young investigator group leader (DFG Emmy Noether project)
2003-05 - Visiting researcher at CSTARS (Center for Advanced Remote Sensing), Miami, USA 
2002-03 - Postdoctoral research at Dept. of Volcanology, GEOMAR, Kiel. FRG
2002 -   PhD, Faculty of Math & Natural Sciences, University Kiel, FRG, summa cum laude 
1999- 02 - PhD student at the University Kiel, FRG
1999 -   MSc in Geology, Structure and Tectonics Group, Univ. Freiburg, FRG


Seeking a topic for a PhD, Master or Bachelor thesis? Are you interested in collaboration?
If you have strong interests in volcanoes, interacting hazards, volcano-tectonics, photogrammetric, radar remote sensing and computing, and seek new challenges, please contact me and we find a project for you!


•    2015    ERC Consolidator
•    2010 and 2013    Science photography award, 1st price. GFZ Potsdam, Germany
•    2007     HGF Initiative and Networking Fund for early-stage researchers, Germany
•    2007     Most cited author award Elsevier 
•    2006     Hans – Cloos – Price of the German Geological Union
•    2005     Emmy-Noether Award, German Science Foundation 
•    2002     Dissertation with „summa cum laude“
•    2001-2011 Various poster prizes at national and international conferences