Prof. Norbert Frank

Norbert on board RV Meteor Azores 2018


Physics of Environmental Archives


Address Im Neuenheimer Feld 229
Room 420
Phone 546332
E-mail Norbert.Frank (at)
Group Physik der Umweltarchive

Research interests

  • The physics of (past)climates and the geochemical cylces of elements (in particular within the ocean) are my main research instrests. I appraoch the field via the study of natural archives such as corals and speleothems, but also marine sediments. Those can be accurately dated using natural radioactive nuclides and furthermore store information on past climate dynamics, climate state variables and elemental cycles, including the carbon cycle. However, I am also interested in archeometry, the link between climate and human societies and technological developments of mass spectrometry.

Selected publications

  • 420,000 year assessment of fault leakage rates shows geological carbon storage is secure Johannes M. Miocic, Stuart M. V. Gilfillan, Norbert Frank, Andrea Schroeder-Ritzrau, Neil M. Burnside and R. Stuart Haszeldine. Nature Scientific Reports, 9, Article number: 769 (2019) (go to)
  • Barium isotopes in cold-water corals Freya Hemsing, Yu-Te Hsieh, Luke Bridgestock, Peter T. Spooner, Laura F. Robinson, Norbert Frank, Gideon M. Henderson
    Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 491, 183-192 (2018) (go to)
  • Two 'pillars' of cold-water coral reefs along Atlantic European margins: Prevalent association of Madrepora oculata with Lophelia pertusa, from reef to colony scale S Arnaud-Haond, IMJ Van den Beld, R Becheler, C Orejas, L Menot, N Frank, A Grehan, JF Bourillet, Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 145, 110-119 (2017) (go to)
  • The earliest settlers of Mesoamerica date back to the late Pleistocene Wolfgang Stinnesbeck, Julia Becker, Fabio Hering, Eberhard Frey, Arturo González González, Jens Fohlmeister, Sarah Stinnesbeck, Norbert Frank, Alejandro Terrazas Mata, Martha Elena Benavente, Jerónimo Avilés Olguín, Eugenio Aceves Núñez, Patrick Zell, Michael Deininger, PlosOne, 12/8 (2017) (go to)
  • High precision U-series dating of scleractinian cold-water corals using an automated chromatographic U and Th extraction Anne-Marie Wefing , Jennifer Arps , Patrick Blaser , Claudia Wienberg, Dierk Hebbeln, Norbert Frank, Chemical Geology, 475, 140-148 (2017) (go to)
  • Characterizing tufa barrages in relation to channel bed morphology in a small karstic river by airborne LiDAR topo-bathymetry Jörn Profe, Bernhard Höfle, Martin Hämmerle, Frank Steinbacher, Mon-Shieh Yang, Andrea Schröder-Ritzrau, Norbert Frank, Proceedings of the Geologists' Association; 127, 6, 664–675, (2016) (go to)
  • Strong and deep Atlantic meridiornal overturning circulation during the last glacial cycle E. Böhm , J. Lippold, M. Gutjahr, M. Frank, P. Blaser, B. Antz, J. Fohlmeister, N. Frank, M.B. Andersen, M. Deininger, Nature 517, 73-76, (2015) (go to)
  • The geochemistry of deep-sea coral skeletons: A review of vital effects and applications for palaeoceanography, L. F Robinson, J. F Adkins, N. Frank, A. C Gagnon, N. G Prouty, E Brendan Roark, T. van de Flierdt, Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 99, 184-198 (2014)
  • Li/Mg systematics in scleractinian corals: Calibration of the thermometer, P. Montagna, M. McCulloch, E. Douville, M. López Correa, J. Trotter, R. Rodolfo-Metalpa, D. Dissard, C. Ferrier-Pagès, N. Frank, A.Freiwald, S. Goldstein, C. Mazzoli, S. Reynaud, A. Rüggeberg, S. Russo, M. Taviani, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 132,288-310 (2014)
  • A high-resolution coral-based 14C record of surface water processes in the Western Mediterranean Sea, N. Tisnérat-Laborde, P. Montagna, M. McCulloch, G. Siani, S. Silenzi, N. Frank, Radiocarbon, 55, 1617-1630 (2013)
  • Northeastern Atlantic cold-water coral reefs and climate Frank, N., Freiwald, A., Lopez Correa, M., Eisele, M., Hebbeln, D., Wienberg, C., van Rooij, D., Colin, C., van Weering, T., de Haas, H., Roberts, M., Buhl-Mortensen, P., B. de Mol, Douville, P., Blamart, D., and Hatte, C., Geology, 39, 743-746 (2011) (go to)
  • Neodymium isotopic composition of deep-sea corals from the NE Atlantic: implications for past hydrological changes during the Holocene C. Colin, N. Frank, K. Copard, E. Douville, Quaternary Science Reviews 29, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.05.012 (2010)
  • Transferring radiometric dating of the last Interglacial sea level high stand to marine and ice core records C. Waelbroeck, N. Frank, J. Jouzel, F. Parrenin, V. Masson-Delmotte, D. Genty, EPSL, 265, 183-194 (2008)
  • Open system U-series ages of corals from a subsiding reef in New Caledonia: Implications for Holocene sea level rise, and subsidence rate N. Frank, L.Turpin, G. Cabioch, D. Blamart, C. Colin, M. Tressens-Fedou, P. Bonhomme, and P. Jean-Baptist, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 249, 274-289 (2006)
  • A new technique for precise uranium-series dating of travertine micro-samples R. Mallick and N. Frank, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 66/24, 4261-4272 (2002)
  • Start of the last interglacial period at 135 ka: Evidence from a high Alpine stalagmite Spötl, A. Mangini, N. Frank, R. Eichstädter, S. Burns, Geology 30, 815-818 (2002)
  • 230Th/U dating of the Trojan water quarries N. Frank, A. Mangini, and G. Wagner, Archeometry 44/2, 305-314 (2002)
  • Coral provides way to age deep water Mangini, M. Lomitschka, R. Eichstädter, N. Frank, S. Vogler, G. Bonani, I. Hajdas and J. Pätzold, Nature 392, 347, (1998)