The focus of the poster is on marine geology: seaquakes, submarine landslides and the tsunamis caused by them do not only pose an immediate danger. They have the potential to influence us on a long-term and global scale, as the examples of Sumatra 2004 and Japan 2011 have shown. Among the depictions there is a graph of the Storegga landslide: Through Frank Schätzing’s novel “Der Schwarm” this landslide became known outside the scientific community: About 8,000 years ago, a landslide about the size of Iceland caused a tsunami off the Norwegian coast and devastated large parts of Northern Europe.
The digital poster depicts causes, mechanisms and effects of such slides and explains typical situations which can cause underwater landslides. With the help of the poster the researchers want to explain the processes behind the bigger landslides and depict the most important factors which lead to instable slopes and as a consequence to submarine landslides. The research of “Dangerous Ocean” is one of eleven research fields of the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”.