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Launch of SLATE webinar series
(via ZOOM)


Have you ever wondered how failure planes of submarine landslides work? What happens inside a submarine channel? Or how the 2018 Anak Krakatoa Tsunami developed? Look no further! The SLATE webinar series bursts the most recent findings in submarine landslide research.

Research Expedition JC187 to the Congo Canyon
ESR 10, ESR 5, News

Kate and Maarten (ESRs 5 & 10) participated on research expedition JC187 to study submarine mass movements in this submarine canyon.

The EGU GA 2020 - a little different
@ Sharing Geoscience Online (4-8 May)

ESR 10, ESR 2, ESR 4, ESR 5, ESR 6, ESR 9, News

The biggest geoscience conference in Europe went online this year - but did it work? Read what our ESRs thought about this year’s EGU General Assembly, as conveners, authors/presenters and visitors.

4th Annual SLATE Workshop -
a virtual experience

News, Workshops

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and related mesures for social distancing, the 4th Annual SLATE Workshop was organized as a 2-day "virtual" core workshop (24-25 March 2020). Up to 33 participants joined this improvised workshop featuring ESR presentations, SB meeting and a "virtual" get-together...

Thomas' secondment at ICM - CSIC in Barcelona
ESR 13, News, Secondments

Read the blog post from Thomas about his secondment in Barcelona, Cataluña. Working abroad, building a network, and enjoying the culture.

Recap of 2019
ESR 9, General, Miscellaneous, News, Secondments

A year full of setbacks and progress, re-adjustments and developments, learning and new discoveries, but most importantly exciting science: Ricarda recalls her experiences of 2019.


Ting-Wei’s secondments
@ NGI and IFREMER (second term)

ESR 7, News, Secondments

Ting-Wei went back to NGI (1 month) and IFREMER (2 months) to complete her demanding series of cyclic and monotonic triaxial tests, and to work on a manuscript.

Maarten's secondment at the University of Innsbruck, Austria
ESR 10, General, News, Secondments

Maarten went on secondment at the University of Innsbruck during the summer of 2019. Read about his experience here!

Bologna Workshop - A discovery of turbidites or maybe more?
@ CNR-ISMAR Bologna, Italy (15 - 21 September 2019)

ESR 13, ESR 9, General, News

What are turbidites? What do they look like? And why should we care? Find out what our ESRs discovered during their third annual SLATE meeting and what else happened during the week in Bologna.

SLATE at the 2019 European Researchers’ Night
ESR 1, ESR 3, News, Outreach

Rachel (ESR1) and Tugdual (ESR3) participated at the 2019 European Researchers' Night in their host countries of Germany and Italy. Read about their experiences in communicating science to the general public.

3rd Annual SLATE Workshop
@ ISMAR Bologna, Italy

News, Workshops

The 3rd Annual SLATE Workshop took the participants to ISMAR Bologna close to the Northern Apennines in Italy (15-21 September 2019). This years' focus was on the internal structures of submarine mass transport deposits as preserved in terrestrial outcrops.

Maddalena´s 3-month secondment at MARUM, Bremen
ESR 15, News, Secondments

Maddalena´s blog on her 3-month secondment at MARUM, Bremen. During her stay she worked on advanced geotechnical analysis of Lake Lucerne cores.

921 (ChiChi) Earthquake 20th anniversary special topic
ESR 7, Miscellaneous, News

Ting-Wei translated a video that reviewed the "921 Earthquake" in Taiwan, and how the Taiwanese people progressed in the passed 20 years.

Thomas' secondment at Durham University
ESR 13, News, Secondments

Read the blog post from Thomas about his secondment in Durham, UK. Working abroad, building a network, and socialising.

Kate's 4-month secondment at NGI, Oslo
ESR 5, News, Secondments

Kate's blog on her 4-month secondment in Oslo. Learn more about numerical modelling of turbidity currents; work at NGI and life in Norway!

Impressions from the EGU 2019
@ Vienna, Austria (07 – 12 April 2019)

Conferences, ESR 1, ESR 12, ESR 13, ESR 14, ESR 15, ESR 2, ESR 3, ESR 4, ESR 5, ESR 6, ESR 7, ESR 8, ESR 9, News

ESRs share their experience at the EGU General Assembly 2019 hosted in Vienna, Austria. Posters, oral presentations, PICOs and much more.

Report of Ting-Wei's 2nd secondment
@ NGI, Oslo, Norway

ESR 7, News, Secondments

Read about Ting-Wei's experience of conducting cyclic triaxial tests in the world-famous geotechnical lab of the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) during her secondment in May and June, 2019.

Rachel's secondments to
Durham, Southampton and Oslo

ESR 1, News, Secondments

Between September 2018 and January 2019, Rachel went on secondments to Durham, Southampton and Oslo (twice) to work with seismic data and cores, and to continue her work on the Tampen Slide, offshore Norway.

Ifremer 2nd part
ESR 3, News, Secondments

Ifemer 2nd part-Tugdual Gauchery         My second stay at Ifremer (Best, France), with my co-supervisor Antonio Cattaneo, lasted one month from 15/04 to the 15/05/2019 and aimed to work on the first manuscript. This tight collaboration with Antonio and other experts from Ifremer helped in the writing process. The manuscript deals with […]

Monika's secondment
@CAU Kiel

ESR 11, News, Secondments

In February, Monika went on secondment to Kiel to do seismics and discuss science. This was her 4th stay at the CAU, so it almost felt like home - read here about her experiences!

Monika's participation in the Annual Meeting of the DGG
Conferences, ESR 11, News

In March, Monika presented her project at the Annual Meeting of the German Geophysical Society (DGG - Deutsche Geophysikalische Gesellschaft). Read here about her experiences!

Matti's short visit at RWTH Aachen
@ RWTH Aachen, Germany

ESR 14, News

In autumn 2018, Matthias (ESR14) visited Julia Kowalski at RWTH Aachen for a discussion on numerical methods for landslide simulation and its challenges, especially regarding surface meshing on natural terrain. Read about two days of intensive hacking!

Maarten's experience of the AGU 2018
@Washington, D.C., USA

Conferences, ESR 10, News

Maarten (ESR 10) attended the biggest geosciences conference in the world: the AGU Fall Meeting. The conference was held from 10 to 14 December 2018 in Washington, D.C., USA. Maarten presented a poster and attended a wide variety of other sessions. Read about his experiences here!

ESRs' experiences of the BSRG2018
@ Edinburgh, Scotland (18-19 Dec 2018)

Conferences, ESR 10, ESR 5, ESR 9, News

Kate (ESR5), Ricarda (ESR9) and Maarten (ESR10) participated at the British Sedimentological Research Group Annual Group Meeting (BSRG AGM 2018), which was held the 19th and 20th of December 2018 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Read about their experiences of this conference here!

Expedition to Bute Inlet, PART II
@ CCGS Vector

ESR 10, News

Maarten participated on the second part of a set of two research cruises to Bute Inlet, British Columbia, Canada on the CCGS Vector. Maarten studies real-time turbidity currents, a type of submarine flow that can be the result of landslides, that occur on the bottom of this fjord.

Monika's report on the Tuaheni landslide workshop
ESR 11, News, Secondments

Communication and networking is important to advance scientific results. On this account, researchers have gathered in Kiel to discuss newest developments concernig the Tuaheni landslide complex. Here, Monika reports on her participation in this workshop.


What is PhD life like beyond the science? –
behind the scenes @ Durham University, UK

ESR 5, News

Beside studying the submarine environment in a variety of ways, we all have been relocated as part of the EU programme. We live in countries we have not lived in before for extended amounts of time. So, besides the science side of our PhDs, we also get to explore and discover new countries and their cultures!

GLOMAR - the Bremen International Graduate School of Marine Sciences
Courses, ESR 11, ESR 7, ESR 9, News

Graduate schools can provide PhD students valuable support in a variety of ways. In this blog, Ting-Wei (ESR 7), Ricarda (ESR 9) and Monika (ESR 11) introduce GLOMAR, the international graduate school for marine sciences in Bremen. Read more about networking opportunities, seminars and offered courses!

Tugdual's 1st secondment
@ IFREMER, Brest, France

ESR 3, News, Secondments

In early October, Tugdual (ESR 3) went on a secondment to IFREMER in Brest, France, in order to perform grain size analysis of the sortable silt fraction (10-63 µm) on two 9 and 11 m long piston cores. The analyses should help to shed light on present and past bottom-currents at the Gela Basin offshore Sicily.

Lake Lucerne Workshop -
expert courses

Courses, ESR 11, ESR 12, ESR 2, News

Being a scientist does not only mean doing hard science everyday - it also requires presenting it to the public. In this third post in the 'Lake Lucerne Workshop' series Jonny (ESR2), Monika (ESR11) and Will (ESR12) share their experience of the expert courses on science communication.

Rachel's research stay
@ VBPR, Oslo

ESR 1, News, Secondments

Rachel (SLATE ESR 1) visited VBPR in Oslo from 27-31 August 2018 to begin working on a high-resolution 3D seismic data from the headwall region of the Tampen Slide, offshore of Norway, which was recently collected by TGS.

Lake Lucerne Field Trip -
Let's get muddy!

ESR 1, ESR 13, ESR 14, News

During our 2nd annual workshop, the ESRs investigated three different landslide events at Lake Lucerne, Switzerland. In the second blog of the ‘Lake Lucerne Workshop’ series Rachel (ESR1), Thomas (ESR13) and Matthias (ESR14) share their experience on project planning as well as mapping, coring and analysing the data.

Lake Lucerne Workshop -
why do we actually meet?

ESR 5, ESR 8, News

What happens behind the curtain at an annual SLATE workshop? Starting off a series of blog posts on the recent gathering at Lake Lucerne, Kate (ESR5) and Stefano (ESR8) not only provide insight regarding the scientific activities, but as well point out additional benefits of such an event for the ESR students.

2nd Annual SLATE Workshop
@ EAWAG Kastanienbaum, Switzerland

News, Workshops

The 2nd Annual SLATE Workshop took the participants to the EAWAG Kastanienbaum at the shore of Lake Lucerne in Switzerland (9-16 September 2018). A 2-day technical workshop introduced the ESRs to various aspects of on- and offshore mass movements, earthquake-triggered landslides, mass-movement triggered tsunami and their deposits.

ESRs' experiences of the ISC2018
@ Québec, Canada (12-17 August 2018)

Conferences, ESR 10, ESR 4, ESR 6, News

Shray (ESR4), Davide (ESR6) and Maarten (ESR10) participated at the International Sedimentological Congress (ISC) 2018, which was held from 13-17 August in Québec, Canada. Organised every four years by the International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS), they took the chance to present their projects to a large audience. Read more about their experience…

Maarten's participation in BSRG workshop
@ University of Liverpool, UK

ESR 10, News

In order to broaden his sedimentological skillset outside of his own PhD project, Maarten took the opportunity to attend the “Sandstone Petrography and Diagenesis” workshop offered by the British Sedimentological Research Group (BSRG) at the University of Liverpool. Read more about his experience in microscopically analysing sandstones.

Monika’s short research stay in Kiel
@ Christian-Albrechts-Universität (CAU)

ESR 11, News, Secondments

In order to discuss the modelling results of gas flow in a porous medium acquired during her recent stay at Migris AS in Trondheim, Monika conducted a short research stay at the CAU in Kiel – helping her to improve previous interpretations and to adequately represent gas flow in her landslide model.

Impressions from the CPT18 conference
@ Delft, the Netherlands (21-22 June 2018)

Conferences, ESR 8, News

Stefano recently attended the 4th International Symposium on Cone Penetration Testing (CPT18) at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Here he is sharing a review about the conference in general and his scientific contribution to this event, an application of the Bayesian approach to the friction angle evaluation in sand!

Monika reports on her research stay
@ Migris AS, Trondheim, Norway

ESR 11, News, Secondments

With the aim of simulating migration of free gas within the Tuaheni Landslide Complex offshore New Zealand, Monika recently conducted a research stay at Migris AS in Trondheim, Norway. The results serve as input data for a geomechanical model investigating slope stability for different scenarios.

Maddalena’s report on her 1st secondment
@ MARUM / University of Bremen

ESR 15, News, Secondments

Maddalena just returned from the first part of her secondment at MARUM, Bremen. During her week-long stay under the supervision of Dr. Sylvia Stegmann, she processed and interpreted CPT data from the recent SNF Sinergia Project campaign at Lake Lucerne. Read more about it in tihis report!

Ricarda's report on her 2nd secondment
@ NOCS / University of Southampton

ESR 9, News, Secondments

After a first, shorter secondment at NOCS and the University of Southampton in February, Ricarda returned to Southampton in May to continue her work on µCT (micro-Computed Tomography) data, focussing in particular on data from the AFEN Slide (UK) and the FInneidfjord Slide (Norway).

Impressions from the INSIGHT cruise
@ RV Sarmiento de Gamboa

ESR 12, ESR 2, ESR 6, News

To acquire data for their individual ESR projects, William, Jonathan and Davide recently participated in Leg 1 of the INSIGHT cruise in the Gulf of Cádiz. Read more about their experience and tasks during the expedition and the scientific impact for their own research. They imaged and sampled the seafloor and its subsurface to better understand the earthquake and tsunami hazard in the Gulf of Cadiz.

Expedition to Bute Inlet and Knight Inlet
@ CCGS Vector

ESR 10, ESR 5, News

Kate and Maarten were fortunate enough to be part of a major coordination effort to explore turbidity currents in two fjords in British Columbia, Canada. They share their experience on board of CCGS Vector exploring these fascinating submarine mass flows in an equally fascinating landscape.

Review of ECORD Training Course 2018
@ MARUM, Bremen, Germany

ESR 11, ESR 2, ESR 3, ESR 4, ESR 6, ESR 7, ESR 9, News

From 23rd to 27th April, a group of seven SLATE ESRs participated in the ECORD Training Course 2018, which took place at MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, Bremen. This one-week course provided a "Virtual Ship Experience" and prepared the young researchers for sailing in an offshore drillship expedition.

Tugdual's research stay with ENI
@ ENI, Milan, Italy

ESR 3, News, Secondments

After my participation to the conference in Victoria (British Columbia), I had the chance to accompany my supervisor (Marzia Rovere) and 3 people from ISMAR to the Eni laboratories in Milan. As they are involved in the SPOT Project (Potentially Triggerable Offshore Seismicity and Tsunamis, ABSTRACT), they had a special authorization to access the data room for a limited time (2 weeks). My supervisor made the demand if I also could have the access to some of the data for my PhD.

Review of the 8th ISSMMTC conference
@ Victoria, Canada (7-9 May 2018)

ESR 1, ESR 10, ESR 15, ESR 3, ESR 5, News

Rachel, Tugdual and Maddalena share their experience of the 8th International Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences (ISSMMTC) hosted in Victoria, Canada! This bi-/triannual conference supported by UNESCO's International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) was a great opportunity for our young scientists to come together and discuss the latest in the growing field of submarine landslide research.

Ricarda's report on her 1st secondment
@ NOCS / University of Southampton

ESR 9, News, Secondments

In my PhD project, I investigate factors that pre-condition submarine slopes to fail. I focus on the characterisation of the material near the basal failure planes of different slides and the material’s behaviour prior and during the initial stages of slope failure. The processes occurring prior and during failure are still poorly understood, as they cannot be directly observed or monitored, at least not on a grain-scaled level.

Tugdual shares his EGU 2018 experience
@ Vienna, Austria

Conferences, ESR 3, News

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is the biggest meeting of geoscientists in Europe. During 1 week, more than 15,000 scientists gathered to exchange and to present their work in front of the worldwide scientific community. This conference was my first participation in a conference and was a great opportunity to present my work and get feedbacks.

Rachel's report on her 1st secondment
@ University of Malta (UM), Malta

ESR 1, News, Secondments

I am a doctoral student within the project SLATE and am based at Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany. My research is primarily centred on the quantitative description and analysis of submarine landslides using geophysical and hydroacoustic data. Compared to their terrestrial counterparts, submarine landslides are poorly studied; this is a direct consequence of lower (and more variable) data resolution compared to terrestrial data, and artefacts related to the overlying water column. These factors make quantitative analysis of submarine landslides challenging, and so the majority of studies rely on a qualitative approach.

Monika's report on her 1st secondment
@ Christian-Albrechts-Universität (CAU), Kiel, Germany

ESR 11, News, Secondments

The European training network SLATE brings together young scientists that are focused on studying submarine landslides, which are underwater mass movements. We use different methods to dig deeper into the questions of why, how and when landslides happen. My preferred method is numerical modelling in which I use computer programs to rebuild an underwater slope. Then I run a number of tests to figure out what makes this slope unstable and eventually break. The goal of this approach is to draw conclusions for landslides in general.

Maddalena's Lake Lucerne campaign
@ Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

ESR 15, News

In March 2018, Maddalena took part in a cone penetration testing (CPT) and core campaign in Lake Lucerne, Switzerland. Since one of the aims of her project is to focus on the geotechnical characterization of landslide deposits in lake basins, using Lake Lucerne as natural laboratory has been a great opportunity for her to approach the CPT method and to acquire useful data on which she will work in the next years.


Tugdual celebrating "Saint Barbara" day
@ UniLaSalle Beauvais, France

ESR 3, News, Outreach

Saint Barbara at UniLaSalle Beauvais, France Outreach activity by Tugdual Gauchery (ESR3) | 02/12/2017 Saint Barbara or simply “Barbara Day”, also known as “Barbarafest”, is the patron saint of armourers, miners, and generally of people who work with explosives and/or in the mountains including – by extension – the geologists/volocanologist /geophysicists. For this occasion, every […]

SLATE Expert Course @ Kickoff-Workshop
Geophysical mapping of submarine landslides

Courses, News

Geophysical mapping techniques provide an essential tool for the discovery of natural energy resources (oil/gas), but are widely applied to scientific problems such as climate research and hazard/risk analysis as well. Acquired datasets proof especially valuable in the recognition of submarine landslides and provide fundamental help in the interpretation of their mechanisms. The course gives a general introduction into standard mapping techniques and provides examples for their practical application at sea. Type datasets from various locations are used as examples for interpretative analyses followed by a practical excercise.

SLATE Expert Course @ Kickoff-Workshop
Maps for publications – an introduction to GMT

Courses, News

Generic Mapping Tools (GMT) are a freely available package containing numerous command-line programmes useful for generating a wide range of figures. As the name suggests, the tools are particularly well adapted to creating maps or other geo-referenced plots and come with a comprehensive collection of free GIS data, such as coast lines, rivers, political boundaries and coordinates of other geographic objects. The course gives a general introduction into the tools application and focusses on a workflow for the production of simple and advanced maps (e.g. for publications, proposals, talks, cruise reports).

1st Annual SLATE Workshop (20-25 November 2017)
@ MARUM, Bremen, Germany

News, Workshops

ESRs, PIs, associated partners and invited international experts came together in November 2018 for the 1st Annual SLATE Workshop, which took place at MARUM, University of Bremen, Germany. The kick-off workshop introduced and discussed research and training aims within the SLATE project, while providing the novice ESRs with a state-of-the-art review of submarine landslide research as well as technical workshops and expert courses to create a common working base. Further emphasis was put on the establishment of contacts between the partners and the development of strong research synergies that will continue throughout (and hopefully beyond) the life cycle of the SLATE project.

1st SLATE Supervisory Board meeting (15-16 March 2017)
@ MARUM, Bremen, Germany

News, Workshops

The 1st Supervisory Board meeting of the International Training Network SLATE was successfully held at MARUM, Bremen, on 15-16 March 2018. PIs and associated partners of the project, funded by the European Union's EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, came together in order to discuss and finalize the aims and structure of the project as well as the roadmap for the upcoming recruitment phase. The main focus of the two-day meeting was set on the following topics