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Christina Plattner

Dr. habil. Christina Plattner


Tektonische Geodäsie, numerische Modellierung, geologische Fernerkundung.


Auswertung satellitengestützter geodätischer Daten, v.a. Global Positioning System (GPS) and Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry (InSAR) zur Quantifizierung von Erdoberflächenverformungen sowie computergestützte Modellierung von tektonischen, vulkanischen und anthropogen verursachten Deformationsprozessen.

Analysis of space-geodetic data, such as from Global Positioning System (GPS) and Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry (InSAR) and computational modelling of tectonic, volcanic, and anthropogenic deformation processes.


Department für Geo- und Umweltwissenschaften
Lehrstuhl für Geologie
Luisenstrasse 37
80333 München

Raum: A148
Telefon: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 6569

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Professional Appointments

Since 09/2013 Research Associate, Geologie, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (LMU) München, Germany.

01/2013-06/2013 Scholar of the German Academic Exchange Service for scientists returning from abroad.

08/2011-06/2012 Assistant Professor of Geomatics Engineering, Dept. of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatics Engineering, Florida Atlantic University.

12/2009 – 08/2011 Postdoctoral Associate at the Dept. of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami.

07/2009 – 12/2009 Postdoctoral Associate, Geophysics, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, LMU.



09/2005 – 07/2009 Doctoral student, Geophysics, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, LMU. Doctoral thesis: “Dynamic Implications of Baja California microplate kinematics on the North America – Pacific plate boundary region”. Funding from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the international graduate school THESIS of the Elitenetzwerk Bayern.

11/1999 – 04/2005 Diploma study of Geography, Geology, and Geophysics at LMU, passed with distinction (1,1). Diploma thesis with the Commission for Glaciology, Bavarian Academy of Sciences: „The spatial variation of snow accumulation at Vernagtferner in the Austrain Alps in winter 2003/2004“.



01/2009 AGU Fall Meeting 2008 Outstanding Student Paper Award (Tectonophysics).

11/2007 accepted into the LMU Mentoring-Programme in the framework of LMUexcellent. Supervision Prof. B. Reichenbacher (LMU), Dr. O. Heidbach (GFZ Potsdam).

12/2005 MARGINS Student Prize (Honorable Mention).

11/2005 accepted into the int. graduate school THESIS of the Elitenetzwerk Bayern.



Plattner, C., Parizzi, A., Carena, S., Rieger, S., Friedrich, A., Abolghasem, A., DeZan, F., Long-lived afterslip of the 2013 Mw 6.1 Minab earthquake detected by Persistent Scatterer Interferometry along the Irer fault (western Makran-Zagros transition zone, Iran), Geophysical Journal International, in revision.

Umhoefer, P., C. Plattner, and R. Malservisi (2020), Quantifying rates of "rifting while drifting" in the southern Gulf of California: The role of the southern Baja California microplate and its eastern boundary zone, Lithosphere, 12(1), 122-132, doi:10.1130/L1132.1.

Plattner, C., Malservisi, R., Amelung, F., Dixon, T.H., Hackl, M., Verdecchia, A., Lonsdale, P., Suarez-Vidal, F., Gonzalez-Garcia, J., (2015), Space geodetic observation of the deformation cycle across the Ballenas Transform, Gulf of California, Journal of Geophysical Research, 120, 5843–5862, doi:10.1002/2015JB011959.

Plattner, C., H. Fatthi, R. Malservisi, F. Amelung, A. Verdecchia, T.H. Dixon (2015) Earthquake cycle deformation at the Ballena transform, Gulf of California, Mx, from InSar and GPS measurements, In Proceedings of FRINGE’15: Advances in the Science and Applications of SAR Interferometry and Sentinel-1 InSAR Workshop, Frascati, Italy, 23-27 March 2015, Ouwehand L., Ed., ESA Publication SP-731. doi:10.5270/Fringe2015.366.

Plattner, C., Amelung, F., Baker, S., Govers, R., Poland, M., (2013), the role of viscous spreading of the deep magma reservoir for volcanic flank motion at Kilauea volcano, Hawai’I, Journal of Geophysical Research, 118, 1-14, doi: doi:10.1002/jgrb.50194.

Plattner, C., Wdowinski, S., Dixon, T.H., Biggs, J., and Govers, R., (2010), Surface subsidence induced by the Crandall Mine (Utah) collapse: InSAR observations and elasto-plastic modeling, Geophysical Journal International, 183, 3, 1089-1096, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04803.x.

Plattner, C., Malservisi, R., Furlong, K.P., and Govers, R. (2010), Development of the Eastern California Shear Zone – Walker Lane belt: the effects of microplate motion and pre-existing weakness in the Basin and Range, Tectonophysics, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2009.11.021.

Plattner, C., (2009), Dynamic Implications of Baja California microplate kinematics on the North America – Pacific plate boundary region, Fakultaet fuer Geowissenschaften, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen.

Plattner, C., Malservisi, R. and Govers, R., (2009). On the plate boundary forces that drive and resist Baja California, Geology, v. 37, p. 359 – 262, doi: 10.1130/G25360A.1

Plattner, C., Malservisi R., Dixon T.H., LaFemina P., Sella G., Fletcher J., Suarez-Vidal F., (2007). New constraints on relative motion between the Pacific plate and Baja California microplate (Mexico) from GPS measurements. Geophysical Journal International, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2007.03494.x

Plattner, C., Braun, L. and Brenning, A., (2006). The spatial variability of snow accumulation at Vernagtferner, Austrian Alps, in winter 2003/2004. Zeitschrift fuer Gletscherkunde und Glazialgeologie, B39-2003/2004, 43-57.