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Dr. rer. nat. Benjamin Gutknecht


Dr. rer. nat. Benjamin Gutknecht

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Scientific Staff Member

  • Email:

gutknecht [at] geod [dot] uni-bonn [dot] de

  • Phone:

+49 228 73-60586

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+49 228 73-3029

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  • Address:

Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformation

Nussallee 17

D-53115 Bonn

  • Office-Address:
SFB 1502 - DETECT, Kekuléstr. 39a, 53115 Bonn

Professional profile

  • Since 2022 Research Assistant in the Collaborative Research Cluster 1502 (DETECT), Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformation (Astronomical-Physical and Mathematical Geodesy group), University of Bonn.

  • 2017 2022 Research Assistant, Institut für Planetare Geodäsie (Geodetic Earth System Research), TU Dresden; Projects ESA CCI SLBC & UBristol ERC GlobalMass.

  • 2010 2015 PhD (Dr. rer. nat.); Research Assistant, Institute of Geosciences (Geophysics and Geoinformation group), CAU Kiel.

  • 20062007 Student Scientific Assistant, Statoil Research Centre, Trondheim, Norway.

  • 20032010 Dipl.-Geophys., Institute of Geosciences (Geophysics and Geoinformation group), CAU Kiel.


  • Ocean & terrestrial mass budgets and interannual climate-variability, time-series analysis.

  • Terrestrial and satellite gravimetry and full-tensor gradiometry.

  • Tempo-spatial modelling of density- and mass change from gravity field variations.

  • Physics of the heliosphere and planetary geophysics, tektonophysics.

  • Semantics in AI-systems.



Functions (Selection)



  • Horwath, M., Gutknecht, B. D., and the SLBC CCI Team (2022). Global sea-level budget and ocean-mass budget, with focus on advanced data products and uncertainty characterisation. Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 14, 411–447, 2022,

  • International Altimetry Team (2021). Altimetry for the future: Building on 25 years of progress. Advances in Space Research, Special Issue "25 Years of Progress in Radar Altimetry",

  • Cáceres, D., Marzeion, B., Malles, J.-H., Gutknecht, B. D., Müller Schmied, H., and Döll, P. (2020). Assessing global water mass transfers from continents to oceans over the period 1948--2016. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 1--37,, [referenced contribution to IPCC AR6].

  • Raj, R. P., Andersen, O. B., Johannessen, J. A., Gutknecht, B. D., Chatterjee, S., Rose, S. K., Bonaduce, A., Horwath, M., Ranndal, H., Richter, K., Palanisamy, H., Ludwigsen, C. A., Bertino, L., Nilsen, J. E. Ø., Knudsen, P., Hogg, A., Cazenave, A., Benveniste, J. (2020). Arctic Sea Level Budget Assessment during the GRACE/Argo Period. Remote Sensing, 12(17), 2837,

  • Moreno, M., Li, S., Melnick, D., Bedford, J. R., Baez, J. C., Motagh, M., Metzger, S., Vajedian, S., Sippl, C., Gutknecht, B. D., Contreras-Reyes, E., Deng, Z., Tassara, A., and Oncken, O. (2018). Chilean megathrust earthquake recurrence linked to frictional contrast at depth. Nature Geoscience, 11(4), 285–290,

  • Gutknecht, B. D., (2015). Application of Satellite Gradiometry and Terrestrial Gravimetry to Identify Regional Stress Anomalies in the North Chilean Subduction System. Dissertation, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel.

  • Gutknecht, B. D., Götze, H.-J., Jahr, T., Jentzsch, G., Mahatsente, R., Zeumann, St. (2014). Structure and State of Stress of the Chilean Subduction Zone from Terrestrial and Satellite-Derived Gravity and Gravity Gradient Data, Surveys in Geophysics, SPP1257,

  • Hosse, M., Pail, R., Horwath, M., Holzrichter, N., Gutknecht, B. D. (2014). Combined regional gravity model of the Andean convergent subduction zone and its application to lithospheric modelling in active plate margins, Surveys in Geophysics, SPP1257,

  • Köther, N., Götze, H.-J., Gutknecht, B. D., Jahr, T., Gentzsch, G., Lücke, O. H., Mahtsente, R., Sharma, R., Zeumann, S. (2012). The seismically active Andean and Central American margins: Can satellite gravity map lithospheric structures?, Journal of Geodynamics, 59–60, pp. 207–218, doi: 10.1016/j.jog.2011.11.004,

  • Gutknecht, B. D. (2011). Lithospheric Modelling by Using Optimized GOCE Gravity Gradient Data. In: Ouwehand, L. (Ed.), Proceedings of the 4th International GOCE User Workshop, Munich, ESA Special Publication SP-696, ISBN 978-92-9092-260-5.

  • Gutknecht, B. D., Götze, H.-J., Alvers, M. (2010). Semantically optimized Literature Research by a new CCS Ontology. In: Zipf, A., "Geoinformatik 2010: Die Welt im Netz." Konferenzband 17.–19. März 2010 Kiel. Heidelberg, Germany: Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft AKA GmbH, 2010, p. 215 ff.

  • Gutknecht, B. D. (2010). Zur Ontologischen Suche bei Recherchen in der CCS-Literatur. Diploma thesis, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel.


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