Stefan Bünz


Professor in Marine Geophysics

Job description

Stefan is an expert in the field of marine geophysics with a profound commitment to advancing our understanding of the complex dynamics beneath the ocean's surface. Through a combination of extensive fieldwork, innovative research, and a passion for environmental stewardship, Stefan plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of marine geophysics, particularly in the unique and challenging Arctic region.


  • Tobias Himmler, Doris Wagner, Diana Sahy, Sunil Vadakkepuliyambatta, Shyam Chand, Tõnu Martma et al.:
    Protracted post-glacial hydrocarbon seepage in the Barents Sea revealed by U–Th dating of seep carbonates
    Frontiers in Earth Science 2024 DOI
  • A.E. Cook, Alexey Portnov, R.C. Heber, Sunil Vadakkepuliyambatta, Stefan Bünz :
    Widespread subseafloor gas hydrate in the Barents Sea and Norwegian Margin
    Earth and Planetary Science Letters 2023 ARKIV / DOI
  • Aleksei D Portnov, Kehua You, Peter B. Flemings, Ann E. Cook, Mahdi Heidari, Derek E. Sawyer et al.:
    Dating submarine landslides using the transient response of gas hydrate stability
    Geology 2023 ARKIV / DOI
  • Frances Ann Cooke, Andreia Plaza-Faverola, Stefan Bünz, Nabil Sultan, Hariharan Ramachandran, Heather Bedle et al.:
    Sedimentary deformation relating to episodic seepage in the last 1.2 million years: a multi-scale seismic study from the Vestnesa Ridge, eastern Fram Strait
    Frontiers in Earth Science 2023 ARKIV / DOI
  • Christian Berndt, Sverre Planke, Carlos A. Alvarez Zarikian, Joost Frieling, Morgan Thomas Jones, John M. Millett et al.:
    Shallow-water hydrothermal venting linked to the Palaeocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum
    Nature Geoscience 2023 ARKIV / DOI
  • Luca Fallati, Giuliana Panieri, Claudio Argentino, Andrea Giulia Varzi, Stefan Bünz, Alessandra Savini :
    Characterizing Håkon Mosby Mud Volcano (Barents Sea) cold seep systems by combining ROV-based acoustic data and underwater photogrammetry
    Frontiers in Marine Science 2023 ARKIV / DOI
  • Giuliana Panieri, Claudio Argentino, Sofia P. Ramalho, Francesca Vulcano, Alessandra Savini, Luca Fallati et al.:
    An Arctic natural oil seep investigated from space to the seafloor
    Science of the Total Environment 2023 ARKIV / DOI
  • Sunny Singhroha, Bettina Schramm, Andreia Aletia Plaza Faverola, Przemyslaw Domel, Anke Dannowski, Frances Ann Cooke et al.:
    Stress Constraints From Shear-Wave Analysis in Shallow Sediments at an Actively Seeping Pockmark on the W-Svalbard Margin
    Earth and Space Science 2023 ARKIV / DOI
  • Przemyslaw Domel, Andreia Aletia Plaza Faverola, Vera Schlindwein, Stefan Bünz :
    Local Seismicity and Sediment Deformation in the West Svalbard Margin: Implications of Neotectonics for Seafloor Seepage
    Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 2023 ARKIV / DOI
  • Christopher R. German, Eoghan Reeves, Andreas Türke, Alexander Diehl, Elmar Albers, Wolfgang Bach et al.:
    Volcanically hosted venting with indications of ultramafic influence at Aurora hydrothermal field on Gakkel Ridge
    Nature Communications 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Claudio Argentino, Amicia Lee, Luca Fallati, Diana Sahy, Daniel Birgel, Jörn Peckmann et al.:
    Biogeochemistry and timing of methane-derived carbonate formation at Leirdjupet fault complex, SW Barents sea
    Frontiers in Earth Science 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Benjamin Bellwald, Sverre Planke, Sunil Vadakkepuliyambatta, Stefan Buenz, Christine L. Batchelor, Ben Manton et al.:
    Quaternary and Neogene Reservoirs of the Norwegian Continental Shelf and the Faroe-Shetland Basin
    First Break 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Przemyslaw Domel, Sunny Singhroha, Andreia Plaza-Faverola, Vera Schlindwein, Hariharan Ramachandran, Stefan Bünz :
    Origin and Periodic Behavior of Short Duration Signals Recorded by Seismometers at Vestnesa Ridge, an Active Seepage Site on the West-Svalbard Continental Margin
    Frontiers in Earth Science 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Aleksei Kishankov, Pavel Serov, Stefan Bünz, Henry Jared Patton, Alun Lloyd Hubbard, Rune Mattingsdal et al.:
    Hydrocarbon leakage driven by quaternary glaciations in the Barents Sea based on 2D basin and petroleum system modeling
    Marine and Petroleum Geology 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Eva Ramirez-Llodra, Claudio Argentino, Maria Baker, Antje Boetius, Carolina Costa, Håkon Dahle et al.:
    Hot Vents Beneath an Icy Ocean: The Aurora Vent Field, Gakkel Ridge, Revealed
    Oceanography 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Stefan Bünz :
    Gas Hydrates in the Norwegian Sea
    Springer Nature 2022 DOI
  • Sunil Vadakkepuliyambatta, Shyam Chand, Malin Waage, Stefan Bünz :
    Occurrence and Distribution of Bottom Simulating Reflections in the Barents Sea
    Springer Nature 2022 DOI
  • Kate Alyse Waghorn, Joel E. Johnson, Stefan Bünz, Andreia Plaza-Faverola, Sunil Vadakkepuliyambatta, Malin Waage :
    Svyatogor Ridge—A Gas Hydrate System Driven by Crustal Scale Processes
    Springer Nature 2022 DOI
  • Andreia Plaza-Faverola, Sunil Vadakkepuliyambatta, Sunny Singhroha, Wei-Li Hong, Kate Alyse Waghorn, Amando Putra Ersaid Lasabuda et al.:
    Gas Hydrate Related Bottom-Simulating Reflections Along the West-Svalbard Margin, Fram Strait
    Springer Nature 2022 DOI
  • Claudio Argentino, Kate Alyse Waghorn, Sunil Vadakkepuliyambatta, Stephane Polteau, Stefan Bünz, Giuliana Panieri :
    Dynamic and history of methane seepage in the SW Barents Sea: new insights from Leirdjupet Fault Complex
    Scientific Reports 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Matthias Christian Daszinnies, Andreia Plaza-Faverola, Øyvind Sylta, Stefan Bünz, Rune Mattingsdal, Are Tømmerås et al.:
    The Plio-Pleistocene seepage history off western Svalbard inferred from 3D petroleum systems modelling
    Marine and Petroleum Geology 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Rune Mattingsdal, T. Brekke, Giuliana Panieri, Stefan Bünz, Monica Winsborrow, Jochen Manfred Knies et al.:
    Sampling oil seeps in the Barents Sea and offshore western Svalbard - geochemical analysis and implications
    2023
  • Claudio Argentino, Amicia Lee, Luca Fallati, Diana Sahy, Daniel Birgel, Jörn Peckmann et al.:
    Biogeochemistry and timing of methane-derived carbonate formation at Leirdjupet fault complex, SW Barents Sea
  • Sverre Planke, Christian Berndt, C. A. Alvarez Zarikian, Stefan Bünz, N. Lebedeva‐Ivanova, Cornelia Mentzoni Binde et al.:
    The Nature of Outer Highs on Volcanic Rifted Margins: Results from IODP Drilling of Eldhø on the Vøring Margin
    2023
  • Przemyslaw Domel, Vera Schlindwein, Andreia Aletia Plaza Faverola, Stefan Bünz :
    Local seismicity in the obliquely spreading setting of Fram Strait constrained from ocean bottom seismometers: Implications for fluid flow and methane seepage
    2023 FULLTEKST
  • Frances Ann Cooke, Andreia Aletia Plaza Faverola, Stefan Bünz, Khalid Amrouch, Rosalind King, Jean-Baptiste P. Koehl :
    High resolution fault analysis of the Vestnesa Ridge: a highly complex deep water fluid flow system in the east Fram Strait
    2023 FULLTEKST
  • Luca Fallati, Alessandra Savini, Andrea Giulia Varzi, Claudio Argentino, Stefan Bünz, Giuliana Panieri :
    Integration of ROV-based acoustic and optical high-resolution remote sensing survey for a multiscale geomorphological seafloor mapping approach: an Arctic Cold seep case study
  • Przemyslaw Domel, Andreia Aletia Plaza Faverola, Stefan Bünz, Vera Schlindwein :
    Seismicity of the western-Svalbard margin and its relationship with near surface fluid flow and seepage systems - A study using ocean bottom seismometers
    2023 FULLTEKST
  • Tobias Himmler, Diana Sahy, Sunil Vadakkepuliyambatta, Tõnu Martma, Rune Mattingsdal, Giuliana Panieri et al.:
    Post-deglacial methane release in the Barents Sea revealed by U-Th dating of seep carbonates
    2022
  • Giuliana Panieri, Stefan Bünz :
    AKMA2-OceanSenses: an expedition in the Arctic Ocean, Training-through-Research
    2022
  • Claudio Argentino, Federica Riva, Diana Sahy, Rune Mattingsdal, Stefan Bünz, Giuliana Panieri :
    Sediment and pore fluid geochemistry of oil-impacted sediments at Prins Karl Foreland seeps, W. Svalbard
    2022
  • Matthias Forwick, Stefan Bünz :
    Virtuelt cruise med kronprinsen
    2022 FULLTEKST
  • Cornelia Mentzoni Binde, Stefan Bünz, Andreia Plaza-Faverola, Sverre Planke, Ben Manton :
    Hydrothermal venting driving extreme global warming at the Paleocene-Eocene boundary
    2022
  • Andreia Plaza-Faverola, Nabil Sultan, Hariharan Ramachandran, Hugh Daigle, Frances Ann Cooke, Guillame Sauvin et al.:
    Sediment stiffness and shallow pore fluid pressures at deep marine Arctic seepage systems: constraints from piezometer data and calypso cores off west-Svalbard, Fram Strait
    2022
  • Luca Fallati, Alessandra Savini, Claudio Argentino, Stefan Bünz, Giuliana Panieri :
    Using ROV video photogrammetry to reconstruct seafloor landforms of Arctic cold seep environments
  • Claudio Argentino, Kate Alyse Waghorn, Monica Winsborrow, Stefan Bünz, Giuliana Panieri :
    Paleo-gas hydrate distribution associated with hill-hole pair formation in the SW Barents Sea
  • Christian Berndt, Sverre Planke, Carlos A. Zarikian, Stefan Bünz, Jens Karstens, Henrik Hovland Svensen et al.:
    Shallow-water hydrothermal venting in the North Atlantic during the Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum
  • Luca Fallati, Alessandra Savini, Claudio Argentino, Stefan Bünz, Giuliana Panieri :
    Seafloor Landforms Of The Central Part Of Haakon Mosby Mud Volcano (Barents Sea) Reconstruct Through Rov Video Photogrammetry
    2022
  • Luca Fallati, Alessandra Savini, Stefan Bünz, Giuliana Panieri :
    Using ROV video photogrammetry to reconstruct seafloor landforms of the central part of Haakon Mosby mud volcano (Barents Sea)
    2022 FULLTEKST
  • Sverre Planke, Christian Berndt, Ritske S. Huismans, Stefan Bünz, Carlos Alvarez Zarikian :
    Operations and Initial Results from IODP Expedition 396: Mid-Norwegian Continental Margin Magmatism and Paleoclimate
  • Stefan Bünz, Andreia Plaza-Faverola, Sunil Vadakkepuliyambatta, Malin Waage :
    Hvor kommer metanlekkasjene fra?
    Ottar 2022 FULLTEKST
  • Frances Ann Cooke, Andreia Plaza-Faverola, Stefan Bünz :
    Highly focused fluid flow and sediment deformation related to early stage compaction: Vestnesa Ridge
    2022
  • Przemyslaw Domel, Clément Hibert, Vera Schlindwein, Andreia Plaza-Faverola, Stefan Bünz :
    Seismological activity in the Fram Strait constrained from ocean bottom seismometers: Implications for fluid flow and methane seepage
    2022
  • Hariharan Ramachandran, Andreia Plaza-Faverola, Hugh Daigle, Frances Ann Cooke, Stefan Bünz :
    Constraints on methane seepage volumes from gas hydrate-bearing sediments at the Vestnesa Ridge, W-Svalbard
    2022
  • Andreia Plaza-Faverola, Frances Ann Cooke, Remi Elie Celestin Vachon, Kate Alyse Waghorn, Jean-Baptiste P. Koehl, Stefan Jon Beaussier et al.:
    Coupling between rifted oceanic crust and sedimentary deformation in the Fram Strait: implications for seafloor seepage and gas hydrates dynamics
  • Sunny Singhroha, Bettina Schramm, Andreia Plaza-Faverola, Przemyslaw Domel, Stefan Bünz :
    Stress constraints from shear-wave splitting through shallow sediments at an actively seeping pockmark on the W-Svalbard Margin
    2022
  • Giuliana Panieri, Stefan Bünz, Alessandra Savini, Andre Jensen, Bjørn Løfquist, Bjørn Runar Olsen et al.:
    CAGE-22-2 Scientific Cruise Report. AKMA 2/Ocean Senses
    UiT Norges arktiske universitet 2022
  • Stefan Bünz, Sverre Planke, Sunny Singhroha, Nina Lebedeva-Ivanova, Cornelia Mentzoni Binde, Abidemi Alex Akinselure et al.:
    CAGE22-5 Cruise Report: High-resolution 2D and 3D seismic investigations on the Vøring Margin
    UiT Norges arktiske universitet 2022
  • Claudio Argentino, Kate Alyse Waghorn, Sunil Vadakkepuliyambatta, Stephane Polteau, Stefan Bünz, Giuliana Panieri :
    Dynamics of methane seepage at Leirdjupet Fault Complex (SW Barents Sea) since last deglaciation and possible future scenarios 
  • Claudio Argentino, Alessandra Savini, Stefan Bünz, Giuliana Panieri :
    Every cold seep tells a story: the case study of Leirdjupet Fault Complex, SW Barents Sea
    2021

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    Research interests

    Research interests:

    Stefan has a strong background in marine geology and geophysics, specializing in areas such as fluid flow, gas hydrate systems, marine geohazards, oceanic heat flow, CO2-storage, and seafloor ecosystems. Stefan is proficient in a range of analytical and numerical techniques, including seismic imaging and other geophysical analysis. He is committed to advancing our understanding of the Earth’s oceanic systems, particularly on all aspects of gas hydrate and fluid flow in marine sediments and their role in storing and remobilizing carbon with implications for climate and seafloor ecosystems.

    Stefan holds a PhD degree in marine geology and geophysics from UiT The Arctic University of Norway. He has been a professor at the Department of Geology at UiT since 2007. His research contributions are documented in over 80 peer-reviewed publications.

    Teaching

    Teaching

    GEO-2006  Introduction to applied geophysics (10 ECTS), spring semester

    GEO-3126  Practical seismic processing (5 ECTS), fall semester

    GEO-3151  Geo-seminar in energy and environment(10 ECTS), fall semester