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PD Dr. Michael E. Weber

Michael Weber


Poppelsdorfer Schloss
Room 3.120
Phone: +49 228 73-3815
Mobile: +49 16096635405
Email: [at]


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244 publications, 13,867 reads, 1,217 citations, 5,408 profile views, RG score 30.11, as of November 12, 2016
Citations 2,292, h-index 25, i10-index 55, as of November 12, 2016

Field of research:

I am interested in the reconstruction of past climate change along major climate transitions on different regional and temporal scales. This includes studying the (in)stability of the Antarctic Ice Sheet and what the inferred dynamics tell us about future ice-sheet and climate development. I am also working on the reconstruction of the Bengal Fan depositional history and fan architecture.




  • Weber, M. E., Reilly, B. T. (2018): Hemipelagic and turbiditic deposits constrain lower Bengal Fan depositional history through Pleistocene climate, monsoon, and sea level transitions. Quaternary Science Reviews, 199, 159-173.


  • Pfeiffer, M., Zinke, J., Dullo, W.-C., Garbe-Schönberg, D., Latif, M., Weber, M. E. (2017): Indian Ocean corals reveal crucial role of World War II bias for twentieth century warming estimates. Scientific Reports, 7, 14434, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-14352-6.
  • Bakker, P., Clark, P.U., Golledge, N.R., Schmittner, A. and Weber, M.E. (2017): Centennial-scale Holocene climate variations amplified by Antarctic Ice Sheet discharge. Nature, 541, 72-76, doi:10.1038/nature20582.
  • Fogwill, C.J., Turney, C.S.M., Golledge, N.R., Etheridge, D., Rubino, M., Thornton, D.P., Baker, A., Woodward, J., Winter, K., van Ommen, T.D., Moy, A., Curran, M., Davies, S., Weber, M.E., Bird, M., Munksgaard, N., Menviel, L., Rootes, C.M., Ellis, B., Hillman, H., Vohra, J., Rivera, A.N. and Cooper, A. (2017): Antarctic ice sheet discharge driven by atmosphere-ocean feedbacks at the 
Last Termination. Nature Scientific Reports, 7, 39979 (2017), doi: 10.1038/srep39979.


  • Meyer-Jacob, C., Vogel, H., Boxberg, F., Rosén, P., Weber, M.E., and Bindler, R. (2015): Independent measurement of biogenic silica in sediments by FTIR spectroscopy and PLS regression. Journal of Paleolimnology, 52, 245, doi: 10.1007/s10933-014-9791-5.


  • Foerster, V., Junginger, A., Asrat, A., Lamb, H.F., Wennrich, V., Weber, M.E., Rethemeyer, J., Frank, U., Brown, M.C., Trauth, M.H., Schaebitz, F. (2014): 46,000 years of alternating wet and dry phases on decadal to orbital timescales in the cradle of modern humans: the Chew Bahir Project, southern Ethiopia. Climates of the Past Discussions, 10, 977-1023.
  • Sprenk, D., Weber, M.E., Kuhn, G., Wennrich, V., Hartmann, T. and Seelos, K. (2014): Seasonal changes in glacial polynya activity inferred from Weddell Sea varves. Climates of the Past, 10, 1239-1251, doi:10.5194/cp-10-1239-2014.
  • Weber, M.E., Clark, P.U., Kuhn, G., Timmermann, A., Sprenk, D., Gladstone, R., Zhang, X., Lohmann, G., Menviel, L., Chikamoto, M., Friedrich, T., Ohlwein, C. (2014): Millennial-scale variability in Antarctic ice-sheet discharge during the last deglaciation. Nature, 510, 134-138, doi: 10.1038/nature13397.


  • Sprenk, D., Weber, M.E., Kuhn, G., Rosén, P., Frank, M., Molina-Kescher, M., Liebetrau, V., Röhling, H.-G. (2013): Southern Ocean bioproductivity during the last glacial cycle – new detection method and decadal-scale insight from the Scotia Sea. In: Hambrey, M.J., Barker, P.F., Barrett, P.J., Bowman, V., Davies, B., Smellie, J.L. & Tranter, M. (eds). Antarctic Palaeoenvironments and Earth-Surface Processes. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 
381, doi: 10.1144/SP381.17.
  • Höbig, N., Weber, M.E., Kehl, M., Weniger, G.C., Juliàe, 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, 274, 205-218, doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2012.05.036.
  • Weber, M.E., Kuhn, G., Sprenk, D., Rolf, C., Ohlwein, C., and Ricken, W. (2012): Dust transport from Patagonia to Antarctica – a new stratigraphic approach from the Scotia Sea and its implications for the last glacial cycle. Quaternary Science Reviews, 36, 177-188, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.01.016.
  • Weber, M.E., Tougiannidis, N., Ricken, W., Rolf, C., Oikonomopoulos, I. and Antoniadis, P. (2012): Orbital Control on Carbonate-Lignite Cycles in the Ptolemais Basin, Northern Greece – an Integrated Stratigraphic Approach. In: Stratigraphy, edited by: Ömer Elitok et al., ISBN 979-953-307-339-1, doi: 10.5772/35411.
  • Weber, M.E., Clark, P.U., Ricken, W., Mitrovica, J.X., Hostetler, S.W. and Kuhn, G. (2011): Interhemispheric ice-sheet synchronicity during the Last Glacial Maximum. Science, 334, 1265-1269, doi: 10.1126:science.1209299.
  • Weber, M.E., Reichelt, L., Kuhn, G., Pfeiffer, M., Korff, B., Thurow, J., and Ricken, W. (2010): The BMPix and PEAK tools: new methods for automated laminae recognition and counting – Application to glacial varves from Antarctic marine sediment. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 11(1), 1-18, doi:10.1029/2009GC002611.
  • Weber, M.E., Tougiannidis, N., Kleineder, M., Bertram, N., Ricken, W., Rolf, C., Reinsch, T. and Antoniadis, P. (2010): Lacustrine sediments document millennial-scale climate variability in northern Greece prior to the onset of the northern hemisphere glaciation. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 291 (3-4), 360-370, doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.03.007.


  • Vollmer, T., Ricken, W., Weber, M.E., Tougiannidis, N., Röhling, H.-G. and Hambach, U. (2008): Orbital Control on Upper Triassic Playa Cycles of the Steinmergel-Keuper (Norian): A new concept for ancient playa cycles. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 267, 1-16,
  • Weber, M.E., Kudrass, H.R., Wiedicke, M. and Erlenkeuser, H. (2003): Bengal Fan sediment transport activity and response to climate forcing inferred from sediment physical properties. Sedimentary Geology, 155(3/4), 361-381, 
  • Haeckel, M., König, I., Riech, V., Weber, M.E. and Suess, E. (2001): Pore water profiles and numerical modelling of biogeochemical processes in Peru Basin deep-sea sediments. In: Environmental impact studies for the mining of polymetallic nodules from the deep sea, Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 48(17-18), 3713-3736, doi:10.1016/S0967-0645(01)00064-9.
  • Suckow, A., Treppke, U., Wiedicke, M.H. and Weber, M.E. (2001): Bioturbation coefficients of deep-sea sediments from the Peru Basin determined by gamma spectrometry of 210Pbexc. In: Environmental impact studies for the mining of polymetallic nodules from the deep sea, Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 48(17-18), 3569-3592, doi:10.1016/S0967-0645(01)00057-1.
  • Thiel, H., et al. (2001): Evaluation of the environmental consequences of polymetallic nodule mining based on the results of the TUSCH Research Association. – In: Environmental impact studies for the mining of polymetallic nodules from the deep sea, Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 48(17-18), 3433-3452, doi:10.1016/S0967-0645(01)00051-0.
  • Weber, M.E., Fenner, J., Thies, A. and Cepek, P. (2001): Microfossil response to Milankovitch forcing during the Late Albian (borehole Kirchrode 1, Northwestern Germany). – In: The Middle-and Late Albian “Boreal” in the NW Germany basin – Kirchrode I and II, a contribution to ALBICORE. Edited by J. Fenner, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 174, 269-286, doi:10.1016/S0031-0182(01)00297-8.
  • Weber, M.E., Mayer L.A., Hillaire-Marcel C., Bilodeau, G., Rack, F., Hiscott, R.N., and Aksu, A.E. (2001): Derivation of d18O from sediment core log data: Implications for millennial-scale climate change in the Labrador Sea. Paleoceanography, 16(5), 503-514, doi:10.1029/2000PA000560.
  • Weber, M.E., von Stackelberg, U., Marchig, V., Wiedicke, M. and Grupe, B. (2000): Variability of surface sediments in the Peru Basin: Dependence on water depth, productivity, bottom water flow, and seafloor topography. Marine Geology, 163 (1-4), 169-184,


  • Weber, M.E. and Pisias, N.G. (1999): Spatial and temporal distribution of biogenic carbonate and opal in deep-sea sediments from the eastern equatorial Pacific: Implications to Ocean History Since 1.3 Ma. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 174 (1-2), 59-73,
  • Weber, M.E. (1998): Estimation of biogenic carbonate and opal by continuous non-destructive measurements in deep-sea sediments from the eastern equatorial Pacific. Deep-Sea Research I, 45(11), 1955-1975, 
  • Hübscher, C., Spieß, V., Breitzke, M. and Weber, M.E. (1997): The youngest channel-levee system of the Bengal Fan: results from digital sediment echosounder data. Marine Geology, 141(1-4), 125-145, doi:10.1016/S0025-3227(97)00066-2.
  • Weber, M.E. (1997): Quantitative Ableitung sedimentphysikalischer Parameter mit Hilfe eines Multi-Sensor Core Loggers – neue Wege in der Analytik mariner Sedimente. Zeitschrift angewandte Geologie, 43, 144-153. 
  • Weber, M.E., Niessen, F., Kuhn, G. and Wiedicke, M. (1997): Calibration and application of marine sedimentary physical properties using a Multi-Sensor Core Logger. Marine Geology, 136(3/4), 151-172,
  • Weber, M.E., Wiedicke, M., Kudrass, H.R., Hübscher, C. and Erlenkeuser, H. (1997): Active Growth of the Bengal Fan During Sea-level Rise and Highstand. Geology, 25(4), 315-318. doi:10.1130/0091-7613(1997).
  • Wiedicke, M. and Weber, M.E. (1996): Small-scale variability of seafloor features in the northern Peru Basin: results from acoustic survey methods. Marine Geophysical Researches, 18, doi:507-526, 10.1007/BF00310067. 
  • Weber, M.E., Wiedicke, M., Riech, V. and Erlenkeuser, H. (1995): Carbonate preservation history in the Peru Basin: Paleoceanographic implications. Paleoceanography, 10(4), 775-800, doi:10.1029/95PA01566.
  • Weber, M.E., Bonani, G. and Fütterer, K.D. (1994): Sedimentation processes within channel-ridge systems, southeastern Weddell Sea, Antarctica. Paleoceanography, 9(6), 1027-1048, doi:10.1029/94PA01443.
  • Kuhn, G. and Weber, M.E. (1993): Acoustical characterization of sediments by Parasound and 3.5 kHz systems: related sedimentary processes on the southeastern Weddell Sea continental slope, Antarctica. Marine Geology, 113, 201-217, doi:10.1016/0025-3227(93)90018-Q.


Press releases, public relation, and other publications

  • Weber, M.E. (2014): Antarctic sea level rise could be more dramatic than earlier thought. – Interview and article by Jamie Morton, New Zealand Herald, see
  • Weber, M.E. (2014): Rasante Eisberge in der Antarktis – Neue Erkenntnisse zur Dynamik von Eisschilden. – Press release, University of Cologne, see
  • Weber, M.E. (2012): Forschen in der Kälte – Verräterische Bohrkerne. – Nano-Forschungsmagazin, 3SAT, 6.12.2012, Film, 6:30 pm, see
  • Weber, M.E. (2012): Klimaarchive Antarktis (Climate Archive Antarctica). – Forschung 365, das Wissenschaftsmagazin der Universität zu Köln (the University of Cologne's Journal of Science, 1/2012, Umwelt (Environment), 18-27, see
  • Weber, M.E. (2011): Zeitgleiche Eisschmelze in der Antarktis und Arktis. – Press release, University of Cologne, see
  • Weber, M.E. (2011): Polar ice sheets are synchronized swimmers. – Interview and article by Nick Bascom, Science News, see
  • Weber, M.E. (2011): Bipolares Abschmelzen der Eisberge. – Interview, Cologne Campus Radio, Cologne.
  • Weber, M.E. (2007): Im Eis – Archiv des Weltklimas. – Interview, Kölner Universitätszeitung, 4, 2007, Cologne, p. 3.
  • Weber, M.E. (2007): Reise in die Eiszeit. – Interview, Kölner Stadtanzeiger, 2./3. Juni 2007, Seite 7, Wissenschaftszeiten, Cologne, p.7.