Satelliten- und Aerogeophysik

Dr. Nils Holzrichter

Working group Satellite- and Aerogeophysics

Institute of Geosciences

Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel

Otto-Hahn-Platz 1

D-24118 Kiel, Germany

Tel.: +49 431 880 3880

Fax.: +49 431 880 4432


Prof. Dr. Jörg Ebbing

About myself:

My main research interest is the integrative 3D lithospheric modelling with the gravity and magnetic modelling as a base. I am focussing on the global available data provided by Swarm and Goce for this purpose. Thus, another research focus is the development of algorithms and methods to deal with the new questions introduced by satellite data. These are the modelling of vast areas, how to deal with large number of observables, depth estimation, the sensistivity analysis and full tensor gravity forward modelling. In addition, I'm also lecturing and supervising Bsc and Msc students.

Fields of research:

3D gravity and magnetic integrative modelling; satellite potential fields; sedimentary basin analysis; gravity gradients; potential field data processing, correction and reduction;  isostasy; non-linear inversion; hydrocarbon exploration, salt dome modelling 


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Guy, A., Holzrichter, N., Ebbing, J.: Moho depth model for the Central Asian Orogenic Belt from satellite gravity gradients. JGR, Volum 122, Issue 9 2017.


 Szwillus, W., Ebbing,J., Holzrichter, N. : Importance of far-field topographic and isostatic corrections for regional density modelling. Geophys. J. Int. (October, 2016) 207 (1): 274-287 first published online July 20, 2016 doi:10.1093/gji/ggw270

 N. Holzrichter, J. Ebbing: A regional background model for the Arabian Peninsula from modeling satellite gravity gradients and their invariants, Tectonophysics, Available online 2 June 2016, ISSN 0040-1951,


 Hosse, M., Pail, R., Horwath, M., Holzrichter, N., Gutknecht, B. 2014. Combined regional gravity model of the Andean convergent subduction zone and its application to lithospheric modelling in active plate margins. Surv Geophys (2014) 35: 1393. doi:10.1007/s10712-014-9307-x


 Holzrichter, N.: Processing and interpretation of satellite and ground based gravity data at different lithospheric scales, Dissertation, CAU Kiel

 Holzrichter, N. ; Hackney, R. ; Johnston, S.: Crustal structure of the northern Perth Basin, southwest margin of Australia: insights from three-dimensional density models . In: Geophys. J. Int. 196 (2014), Nr. 1, S. 204-217. doi>10.1093/gji/ggt347

 Hackney, R. Goodwin, J., Hall, L., Higgins, K.,  Holzrichter, N., Johnston, S., Morse, M., Nayak, G.K., Petkovic, P. Potential-field data in integrated frontier basin geophysics: Successes and challenges on Australia's continental margin, Marine and Petroleum Geology, Available online 5 February 2014, ISSN 0264-8172,.


 Köther, N., Götze, H.-J., Gutknecht, B.D., Jahr, T., Jentzsch, G., Lücke, O.H., Mahatsente, R., Sharma, R., Zeumann, S. 2012. The seismically active Andean and Central American margins: Can satellite gravity map lithospheric structures?, Journal of Geodynamics, Volumes 59–60, Pages 207-218, ISSN 0264-3707, DOI: 10.1016/j.jog.2011.11.004.

 Götze, Hans-Jürgen; Gabriel, Gerald; Giszas, Venke; Hese, Fabian; Kirsch, Reinhard; Köther, Nils (Nils Holzrichter, birth name Köther),; Schmidt, Sabine: The ice age paleo-channel “Ellerbeker Rinne” – an integrated 3D gravity study, Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften, Volume 160, Number 3, September 2009, pp. 279-293(15)