Priv. Doz. Dr. Thomas Walter

Thomas Walter
Priv. Doz. Dr. Thomas Walter
Helmholtzstraße 6/7
Gebäude H 7, Raum 318
14467 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1253
+49 331 288-1204

Funktion und Aufgaben:

ERC Consolidator Group Leader
Head of the volcano-tectonics and -hazards workgroup, Section 2.1 at GFZ Potsdam
Principal investigator of national and international projects
Staff scientist at GFZ Potsdam 
Lecturer (Priv.-Doz.) at University Potsdam

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Head of the ERC group Volcapse
Head of the Volcano-Tectonics group
Initator and Speaker of the AK Volcanology and Physics of Volcanoes workshops
Lead scientist of volcano monitoring in the IPOC network
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Wissenschaftliche Interessen:

My main interest is related to the observation and modelling of volcano and earthquake deformation processes and source characterization. Further interests include the activity of geysers and hydrothermalism, as well as the mechanics and propagation of ruptures. I focus my studies on interacting processes, such as volcano-earthquake interactions, or the relationship between flank motion and magmatism or fluid ascent.

Methods include
Geodesy: analysis of deformation processes by means of modern and innovative geodetic techniques
Computer vision: time lapse and high speed imaging, image cross correlation and particle image velocimetry with application to determine eruption dynamics, flank instability and flow processes
Geophysical remote sensing: Optical and radar satellite data analysis, InSAR, pixel tracking and interpretation
Numerical and lab modelling: Source modelling, boundary element modelling, stress transfer modelling, and analog experimentation


2011 -   Lecturer (Priv.-Doz.) at the University Potsdam
2011     Habilitation, Faculty of Math & Natural Sciences, University Potsdam, FRG 
2009 -    Staff scientist at the GFZ 
2005 – 2010    Young investigator group leader (a DFG Emmy Noether project)
2003 – 2005     Visiting researcher at CSTARS (Center for Advanced Remote Sensing), Miami, USA 
2002 – 2003     Postdoctoral research at Dept. of Volcanology, GEOMAR, Kiel. FRG
2002     PhD, Faculty of Math & Natural Sciences, University Kiel, FRG, summa cum laude 
1999 – 2002     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