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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Klaus Reicherter

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since 2006 Professor für Neotektonik und Georisiken (Neotectonics and Natural Hazards) at RWTH Aachen University

2004/05 Professor for Structural Geology at Univ. Hannover
2003 to 2005 Professor for Structural Geology at Univ. Leipzig
2002 Privatdozent at Univ. Hamburg
1996 to 2002 Assistant professor at Univ. Hamburg
1993 to 1996 researcher at Geologischer Dienst Baden-Württemberg

committees and teaching

2016 vice-president VAG e.V. link
2012-2014 scientific director of the Geoverbund ABC/J link
since 2012 (until 2019) panel member and speaker of the DFG-Fachkollegium Referat 314 link
since 2012 teaching in the KaVoMA career link
2011-2015 Vice-president of the INQUA Focus Group: Paleoseismology and active tectonics link
2013 visiting ERASMUS professor at Stockholm Univ. (Sweden)
since 2011 visiting ERASMUS professor at Liege Univ. (Belgium)
since 2010 "fly-in" professor at GUTech Muscat, Oman
since 2009 board of directors Geoverbund ABC/J link
since 2009 head of the board of examinations MSc Georessourcenmanagement
since 2009 board of examinations BSc Georessourcenmanagement
since 2007 head of the board of excursions of the Lehreinheit Angewandte Geowissenschaften (applied geosciences), since 2011 "acting"

scientific career

2002 venia legendi "Geology" at Univ. Hamburg
2001 Habilitation in Geology at Univ. Hamburg „Neotectonics and paleoseismology of the northern Gibraltar Arc“
1994 PhD thesis „The Mesozoic tectono-sedimentary evolution of the central Betic Seaway (External Betic Cordillera, southern Spain) at Univ. Tübingen
1989 Diploma in Geology and Paleontology at Univ. Tübingen
1983 Geology and Paleontology at Univ. Tübingen

publications (peer-reviewed and others)


Mason, J., Schneiderwind, S., Pallikarakis, A., Wiatr, T., Mechernich, S., Papanikolaou, I., & Reicherter, K. 2016. Fault structure and deformation rates at the Lastros-Sfaka graben, Crete. Tectonophysics, 683, 216-232. doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2016.06.036

Schneider, B., Hoffmann, G., Reicherter, K., 2016. Scenario-based tsunami risk assessment using a static flooding approach and high-resolution digital elevation data: An example from Muscat in Oman. Glob. Planet. Change, 139, 183-194.

Schneiderwind, S., Mason, J., Wiatr. T., Papanikolaou, I.D., Reicherter, K., 2016. 3-D visualisation of palaeoseismic trench stratigraphy and trench logging using terrestrial remote sensing and GPR – a multiparametric interpretation. Solid Earth, 7(2), 323-340.Solid Earth, 7(2), 323-340.

Höbig, N., Mediavilla, R., Gibert, L., Santisteban,J.I., Cendón, D.I., Ibáñez, J., Reicherter, K., 2016. Palaeohydrological evolution and implications for palaeoclimate since the Late Glacial at Laguna de Fuente de Piedra, southern Spain. Quaternary International, 407, 29-46.

Kehl, M., Burow, C., Cantalejo, P., Henselowsky, F., Klasen, N., Linstädter, J., Medianero, F.J., Pastoors, A., Ramos, J., Reicherter, K., Schmidt, C., Weniger, G.-Chr.: Site formation and chronology of the new Palaeolithic site Sima de Las Palomas de Teba, Southern Spain. Quaternary Research, 85, 313-331.

Lacey, J.H., Leng, M.J., Höbig., N., Reed, J.M., Valero-Gares, B., Reicherter, K., 2016. Western Mediterranean climate and environment since Marine Isotope Stage 3: a 50,000-year record from Lake Banyoles, Spain. Journal of Paleolimnology, 55, 2, 113-128.

Grützner, C., Schneiderwind, S., Papanikolaou, I.D., Deligiannakis, G., Pallikarakis, A., Reicherter, K., 2016. New constraints on extensional tectonics and seismic 1 hazard in northern Attica, Greece - the case of the Milesi Fault. Geophys. J. Int. (January, 2016) 204 (1): 180-199 doi:10.1093/gji/ggv443.

Grützner, C., Fischer, P., Reicherter, K., 2016. Holocene surface ruptures of the Rurrand Fault, Germany – insights from paleoseismology, remote sensing and shallow geophysics. Geophysical Journal International, 204 (3): 1662-1677; doi: 10.1093/gji/ggv558

Silva, P.G., Reicherter, K., Giner-Robles, J.L., Rodríguez-Pascua, M.A., Grützner, C., García Jiménez, I., Carrasco García, P., Pérez López, R., 2015. Arqueosismología del Conjunto Arqueológico Romano de Baelo Claudia (Cádiz, Sur de España): Estado de la cuestión. Baelo II. Jornadas Int.


Rudersdorf, A., Hartmann, K., Yu, K., Stauch, G., Reicherter, K., 2015. Seismites as indicators for Holocene seismicity in the northeastern Ejina Basin, Inner Mongolia. In: Landgraf, A., Kuebler, S., Hintersberger, E. & Stein, S. (eds) Seismicity, Fault Rupture and Earthquake Hazards in Slowly Deforming Regions. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 432,

Papanikolaou, I.D., van Balen, R., Silva, P.G., Reicherter, K., 2015. Geomorphology of Active Faulting and seismic hazard assessment: New tools and futre challenges. Geomorphology, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.02.024

Akita, L.G., Frenzel, P., Haberzettl, T., Kasper, T., Junbo, W., Reicherter, K., 2015. Lacustrine ostracods as indicators of subaqueous mass movements - an example from a large brackish lake, Tangra Yumco, Tibetan Plateau, China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 419, 60–74.

Hoffmann, G., Grützner, C., Reicherter, K., Preusser, F., 2014. Geo-archaeological evidence for a Holocene extreme flooding event within the Arabian Sea (Ras al Hadd, Oman). Quaternary Science Reviews, 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.09.033.

Koster, B., Vött, A., Mathes-Schmidt, M., Reicherter, K., 2015. Geoscientific investigations in search of tsunami deposits in the environs of the Agoulinitsa Peatland, Kaiafas Lagoon and Kakovatos (Gulf of Kyparissia, western Peloponnese, Greece) ZfG Suppl., 59, 125-156.

Mason, J. Papanikolaou, I.D., Reicherter, K., 2015: The Lapithas Mountain faults and nearby archaeological damage, western Peloponnese, Greece. ZfG Suppl., 59, 189-213.


Koster, B., Reicherter, K., 2014. Sedimentological and geophysical properties of a ca. 4000 year old tsunami deposit in southern Spain. Sedimentary Geology, 314, 1-16.

Wiatr, T., Papanikolaou, I., Fernández-Steeger, T., Reicherter, K., 2014. Bedrock fault scarp history: Insight from t-LiDAR backscatter behaviour and analysis of structure changes. Geomorphology, 228, 421-431.

Akita, L.G., Frenzel, P., Haberzettl, T., Kasper, T., Wang, J., Reicherter, K., 2014 Lacustrine ostracods as indicators of subaqueous mass movements - an example from a large brackish lake, Tangra Yumco, Tibetan Plateau, China. Paleo3, accepted

Hoffmann, G., Reicherter, K., 2014. Reconstructing Anthropocene extreme flood events by using litter deposits. Global and Planetary Change, 123, 22-28.

Kehl, M., Eckmeier, E., Franz, S. O., Lehmkuhl, F., Soler, J., Soler, N., Reicherter, K., Weniger, G.-C., accepted 2014: Sediment sequence and site formation processes at the Arbreda Cave, NE Iberian Peninsula, and implications on human occupation and climate change during the Last Glacial, Clim. Past Discuss., 10, 1053-1100, doi:10.5194/cpd-10-1053-2014.

Wagner, B., Wilke, T., Krastel, S., Zanchetta, G., Sulpizio, R., Reicherter, K., Leng, M., Grazhdani, A., Trajanovski, S., Francke, A., Lindhorst, K., Levkov, Z., Cvetkoska, A., Reed, J.M., Zhang, X., Lacey, J.H., Wonik, T., Baumgarten, H., Vogel, H., 2014. The SCOPSCO drilling project recovers more than 1.2 million years of history from Lake Ohrid. Sci. Dril., 17, 19-29; doi:10.5194/sd-17-19-2014.

Koster, B., Hoffmann, G., Grützner, C., Reicherter, K., 2014. Ground penetrating radar facies of inferred tsunami deposits on the shores of the Arabian Sea (Northern Indian Ocean). Marine Geology, DOI: 10.1016/j.margeo.2014.03.002.

Lindhorst, K., Krastel, S., Reicherter, K., Stipp, M., Wagner, B., Schwenk, T., 2014. Sedimentary and tectonic evolution of Lake Ohrid (Macedonia/Albania). Basin Research,DOI: 10.1111/bre.12063, Accepted manuscript online: 10 FEB 2014

Wagner, B., Wilke, T., Krastel, S., Zanchetta, G., Sulpizio, R., Reicherter, K., Leng, M., Grazhdani, A., Trajanovski, S., Levkov, Z., Reed, J., Wonik, T., 2014. More than one million years of history in Lake Ohrid cores. EOS, 95, 3: 25-32.


Hürtgen, J., Rudersdorf, A., Grützner, C., Reicherter, K., 2013. Morphotectonics of the Padul-Nigüelas Fault Zone, Southern Spain. Annals of Geophysics 56, 6, S0679; doi:10.4401/ag-6208.

Silva, P.G., Rodríguez-Pascua, M.A., Giner-Robles, J.L., Pérez-López, R., Reicherter, K., Bardaji, T.,Goy, J.L., Zazo, C., 2013. Geological and Archaeological effects of the AD 1504 Carmona Earthquake(Guadalquivir valley, South Spain): preliminary data on probable seismic sources. Cuaternario y Geomorfología 27(3-4), 109-125.

Grützner, C., Ruano, P., Jabaloy, A., Galindo-Zaldívar, J., Becker-Heidmann, P., Sanz de Galdeano, C., Rudersdorf, A., Reicherter, K., 2013. Late Holocene rupture history of the Ventas de Zafarraya Fault (Southern Spain). Cuaternario y Geomorfología 27(3-4), 52-61.

Vött, A., Reicherter, K., Papanikolaou, I.,, 2013. Reconstructing and modeling palaeotsunami events by multi proxy geoscientific_analyses. 1-4 Reconstruction and Modeling of Palaeotsunami events: Multi-proxy Approaches, Geophysical Studies, Numerical Simulations. Eds.: Andreas Vött; Klaus Reicherter; Ioannis Papanikolaou. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, Supplementbände - Volume 57, 4: 1-4.

Hadler, H., Vött, A., Koster, B., Mathes-Schmidt, M., Mattern, T., Ntageretzis, K., Reicherter, K., Willershäuser, T., 2013. Multiple late-Holocene tsunami landfall i in the eastern Gulf of Corinth recorded in the palaeotsunami geo-archive at Lechaion, harbour of ancient Corinth (Peloponnese, Greece). Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie Suppl. Issue, 57 (4), 139-180, DOI: 10.1127/0372-8854/2013/S-00138.

Mathes-Schmidt, M., Schwarzbauer, J., Papanikolaou, I., Syberberg, F., Thiele, A., Wittkopp, F., Reicherter, K. 2013. Geochemical and micropaleontological investigations of tsunamigenic layers along the Thracian Coast (Northern Aegean Sea, Greece). Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie Suppl. Issue, 57 (4), 5-27. download

Koster, B., Hadler, H., Vött, A., Reicherter, K., 2013. Application of GPR for visualising spatial distribution and internal structures of tsunami deposits – Case studies from Spain and Greece Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie Suppl. Issues 57 (4), 29-45. DOI: 10.1127/0372-8854/2013/S-00151.

Hoffmann, G., Rupprechter, M., Al Balushi, N., Grützner, C., Reicherter, K., 2013: The impact of the 1945 Makran tsunami along the coastlines of the Arabian Sea (Northern Indian Ocean) – a review. – Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie. DOI:10.1127/0372-8854/2013/S-00134

Wiatr, T., Reicherter, K., Papanikolaou, I., Fernandez-Steeger, T., Mason, J., accepted. Slip vector analysis with high resolution t-LiDAR scanning. Tectonophysics, in press, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2013.07.024

Hoffmann, G., Reicherter, K., Wiatr, T., Grützner, C., Rausch, T., 2013. Block and boulder accumulations along the coastline between Fins and Sur (Sultanate of Oman): tsunamigenic remains? Natural Hazards, 65, 851–873, DOI:10.1007/s11069-012-0399-7.

Nguyen, H.T., Wiatr, T., Fernández-Steeger, T.M., Reicherter, K., Rodrigues, D.M.M., Azzam, R., 2012. Landslide hazard and cascading effects following
the extreme rainfall event on Madeira Island (February 2010). Natural Hazards 2013, 65, 635–652, DOI: 10.1007/s11069-012-0387-y.


Grützner, C., Reicherter, K., Hübscher, C., Silva, P.G., 2012: Active faulting and neotectonics in the Baelo Claudia area, Campo de Gibraltar (southern Spain). Tectonophysics, 554-557, 127–142.

Reicherter, K., 2012. Active tectonics in the northern Tangra Yum Co Basin (central Tibet, VR China). Quaternary International, 279–280: 396-397.

Höbig, N., Weber, M.E., Kehl, M., Weniger, G.C., Julià, R., Melles, M., Fülöp, R.-H., Vogel, H., Reicherter, K. (2012): Lake Banyoles (northeastern Spain): A Last Glacial to Holocene multi-proxy study with regard to environmental variability and human occupation. Quaternary International, In Press, Corrected Proof, available online 29 May 2012. DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2012.05.036

Hoffmann, N., Reicherter, K., Grützner, C., Hürtgen, J., Rudersdorf, A., Viehberg, F.A., Wessels, M., 2012. Quaternary coastline evolution of Lake Ohrid (Macedonia/Albania). Cent. Eur. J. Geosci. 4(1), 94-110, DOI: 10.2478/s13533-011-0063-x

Vadillo, I., Benavente, J., Neukum, C., Grützner, C., Carrasco, F., Azzam, R., Liñán, C., Reicherter, K., 2012. Surface Geophysics and borehole inspection as an aid to characterizing karst voids and vadose ventilation patterns (Nerja research site, S. Spain). Journal of Applied Geophysics, Volume 82, July 2012, pp. 153-162. DOI: 10.1016/j.jappgeo.2012.03.006

Leitholz, E., Zielhofer, C., Berg-Hobohm, S., Schnabl, K., Kocky-Hermanns, B., Bussmann, J., Härtlich, J.W., Reicherter, K., Unger, K., 2012. Fossa Carolina: The first attempt to bridge the Central European watershed - a review, new findings, and geoarchaeological challenges. Geoarchaeology 27, 88-104.


Reicherter, K., Hoffmann, N., Lindhorst, K., Krastel, S., Fernández-Steeger, T., Grützner, C., Wiatr, T., 2011. Active basins and neotectonics: morphotectonics of the Lake Ohrid Basin (FYROM and Albania). Z. dt. Ges. Geowiss., 162/2: 217-234.

Rodríguez-Pascua, M.A., Pérez-López, R., Giner-Robles, J.L., Silva, P.G., Garduño-Monroy, V.H., Reicherter, K., 2011. A comprehensive classification of Earthquake Archaeological Effects (EAE) in archaeoseismology: Application to ancient remains of Roman and Mesoamerican cultures. Quaternary International, doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2011.04.044.

Fernández-Steeger, T., Grützner, C., Reicherter, K., Schaub, A., 2011. Aquisgrani terrae motus factus est (part 1): The Aachen cathedral (Germany) built on weak ground? Quaternary International, doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2011.05.004.

Reicherter, K., Schaub, A., Fernández-Steeger, T., Grützner, C., Kohlberger-Schaub, T., 2011. Aquisgrani terrae motus factus est (part 2): Evidence for medieval earthquake damage in the Aachen Cathedral (Germany). Quaternary International, doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2011.05.006.

Hoffmann, G., Reicherter, K., 2011. Soft-sediment deformation of Late Pleistocene sediments along the southwestern coast of the Baltic Sea (NE Germany). Int. J. Earth Sci., DOI: 10.1007/s00531-010-0633-z, available online.


Grützner, C., Reicherter, K., Silva, P.G., 2010. Comparing semiquantitative logic trees for archeoseismology and paleoseismology: the Baelo Claudia (southern Spain) case study. GSA Spec. Vol. 471: 129-144.

Hoffmann, N., Reicherter, K., Fernández-Steeger, T., Grützner, C., 2010. Evolution of ancient Lake Ohrid: a tectonic perspective. Biogeosciences, doi: 10.5194/bg-7-3377/2010.

Reicherter, K., Vonberg, D., Koster B., Fernández-Steeger T., Grützner C., Mathes-Schmidt, M., 2010. The sedimentary inventory of the 1755 Lisbon tsunami along the southern Gulf of Cádiz (southwestern Spain). Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie Vol. 54, Suppl. 3, 147-173.

Reicherter, K., Papanikolaou, I., Roger, J., Mathes-Schmidt, M., Papanikolaou, D., Rössler, S., Grützner, C., Stamatis, G., 2010. Holocene tsunamigenic sediments and tsunami modelling in the Thermaikos Gulf area (northern Greece). Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie Vol. 54, Suppl. 3, 99-126.

Just, J., Hübscher, C., Betzler, C., Lüdmann, T., Reicherter, K., 2010. Erosion of continental margins in the western Mediterranean due to sea-level stagnancy during the Messininan reflooding. Geo-Marine Letters, doi 10.1007/s00367-010-0213-z.


Reicherter, K., Michetti, A.M., Silva, P.G., 2009. Introduction. In: Reicherter, K., Michetti, A.M., Silva, P.G. (eds.), 2009. Paleoseismology: Historical and prehistorical records of earthquake ground effects for seismic hazard assessment. J. Geol. Soc. London Spec. Publ., 316: 1-10.

Silva, P.G., Reicherter, K., Grützner, C., Bardají, T., Lario, J., Goy, J.L., Zazo, C., Becker-Heidmann, P., 2009. Surface and subsurface paleoseismic records at the ancient Roman City of Baelo Claudia and the Bolonia Bay area, Cádiz (South Spain). In: Reicherter, K., Michetti, A.M., Silva, P.G. (eds.), 2009. Paleoseismology: Historical and prehistorical records of earthquake ground effects for seismic hazard assessment. J. Geol. Soc. London, Spec. Publ., 316: 93-121.

Reicherter, K., Becker-Heidmann, P., 2009. Tsunami Deposits in the Western Mediterranean: Remains of the 1522 Almería Earthquake? In: Reicherter, K., Michetti, A.M., Silva, P.G. (eds.), 2009. Paleoseismology: Historical and prehistorical records of earthquake ground effects for seismic hazard assessment. J. Geol. Soc. London, Spec. Publ., 316: 217-235.

Sippel, J., Scheck-Wenderoth, M., Reicherter, K., Mazur, S., 2009. Paleostress states at the south-western margin of the Central European Basin System - application of fault-slip analysis to unravel a polyphase deformation pattern. Tectonophysics 470, 1-2, 129-146.

Van Gent, H., Back, S., Urai, J.L., Kukla, P.A., Reicherter, K., 2009. Paleostresses of the Groningen area, the Netherlands - results of a seismic based structural reconstruction. Tectonophysics 470, 1-2, 147-161.


Kley, J., Franzke, H.-J., Jähne, F., Krawczyk, C. Lohr, T., Reicherter, K., Scheck-Wenderoth, M., Sippel, J., Tanner, D., van Gent, H. 2008. The SPP Structural Geology Group, 2008. Chapter 3.3: Stress and Strain, 97-124. In: Dynamics of Complex Intracontinental Basins. The Central European Basin System (Littke, R., Bayer, U., Gajewski, D., Nelskamp, S.; eds). Springer, 519 pp.

Voigt, T., Reicherter, K., von Eynatten, H., Littke, R., Voigt, S., Kley, J., 2008. Chapter 4.4: Sedimentation during basin inversion, 211-232. In: Dynamics of Complex Intracontinental Basins. The Central European Basin System (Littke, R., Bayer, U., Gajewski, D., Nelskamp, S.; eds). Springer, 519 pp.

Sirocko, F., Reicherter, K., Lehne, R., Hübscher, Ch., Winsemann, J., Stackebrandt, W., 2008. Chapter 4.5: Glaciation, salt and the present landscape, 233-246. In: Dynamics of Complex Intracontinental Basins. The Central European Basin System (Littke, R., Bayer, U., Gajewski, D., Nelskamp, S.; eds). Springer, 519 pp.

Reicherter, K., Froitzheim, N., Jarosinski, M., Badura, J., Franzke, H.-J., Hansen, M., Hübscher, C., Müller, R., Poprawa, P., Reinecker, J., Stackebrandt, W., Voigt, T., von Eynatten, H. and Zuchiewicz, W., 2008. Alpine Tectonics II – Central Europe north of the Alps (Geology of Central Europe; McCann, T. (ed) book section). Spec. Publ. Geol. Soc. London, 59 pp.

Zöllner, H., Reicherter, K., Schikowsky, P., 2008. High-resolution seismic analysis of the coastal Mecklenburg Bay (North German Basin): pre-Alpine evolution. Int. J. Earth Sci. DOI 10.1007/s00531-007-0277-9.

2005-2007 important publications

Becker-Heidmann, P., Reicherter, K., Silva, P.G., 2007. 14C dated charcoal and sediment drilling cores as first evidence of Holocene tsunamis at the Southern Spanish coast. Radiocarbon, 49, 2, 827-835. (Proceedings of the 19th International Radiocarbon Conference, edited by C. Bronk Ramsey and T.F.G. Higham).

Wagner, B., Reicherter, K., Daut, G., Wessels, M., Matzinger, A., Schwalb, A., Spirkovski, Z., Sanxhaku, M., 2007. The potential of Lake Ohrid for long-term paleoenvironmental reconstructions. Palaeogeography, Palaeoecology, Palaeoclimatology, 259, 2-3: 341-356. Lake systems: sedimentary archives of climate change and tectonics.

Lerche, I., Reicherter, K., 2007. Uplift and Mantle Thickness: A Sensitivity Study. Energy Exploration and Exploitation, 25, 4, 273-299.

Reicherter, K., Hübscher, C., 2006. Off-shore evidence for the 1522 Almería earthquake (M > 6.5) in the Alborán Sea (southern Spain). J. of Seismology, 11: 15-26. DOI 10.1007/s10950-006-9024-0.

Kaiser, A., Reicherter, K., Hübscher, C., Gajewski, D., 2005. Variation of the present-day stress field within the North German Basin – insights from thin shell FE-modelling. Tectonophysics, 397: 55-72.

Hansen, M.B., Lykke-Andersen, H., Dehghani, A., Gajewski, D., Hübscher, C., Oleson, M., Reicherter, K., 2005. Mesozoic and Cenozoic structural framework of the Bay of Kiel area, western Baltic Sea. Int. J. Earth Sci. DOI 10.1007/s00531-005-0001-6.

Reicherter, K., Kaiser, A., Stackebrandt, W., 2005. The Post-Glacial landscape evolution of the North German Basin: morphology, neotectonics and crustal deformation. Int. J. Earth Sci. DOI 10.1007/s00531-005-0007-0.

Reicherter, K.R., Peters, G., 2005. Neotectonic evolution of the Central Betic Cordilleras (southern Spain). Tectonophysics, 405: 191-212.

date 7/2016