School of Earth and Environment

Karsten Spaans Dr Karsten Spaans

Scientific Programmer

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Affiliation: Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics



Karsten joined the Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics in January 2013. Before that he worked at the University of Iceland as a visiting researcher. Here he studied the deformation occurring at two volcanic systems and a geothermal power station in the North of Iceland, using InSAR and GPS measurements. Before that, he worked as an engineer at Hansjebrinker BV, a company specializing in infrastructure monitoring using InSAR. Karsten received his Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology in 2011, where he wrote his Thesis entitled: "Deformation at Katla volcano, Iceland, 2003-2009: Disentangling surface displacements due to ice load reduction and magma movement using InSAR time series analysis".

Project description

Karsten is funded by an EU supersite project lead by the University of Iceland and the Iceland Meteological Office, entitled "FUTUREVOLC: A European volcanological supersite in Iceland: a monitoring system and network for the future". Karsten's part in this project is to develop a InSAR processing methodology that is able to provide near-realtime deformation results over several high-risk volcanoes in Iceland. This will enable InSAR to be utilized in a monitoring capacity, while current techniques are too time consuming for this to be feasible. Furthermore, Karsten will work on automatic, near-realtime modelling of the deformation results, to provide reliable source estimates (e.g. depth and volume change) for the deformation detected.


Professor Andy Hooper and Dr Dan Morgan

Start date

1 January 2013




  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology.