Dr. Gerald Herrling

wiss. Mitarbeiter

Otto-Hahn-Platz 1, R.10a
Telefon: +49 431 880-3469

Research interests

I am par­ti­cu­lar­ly in­te­rested in un­der­stan­ding the spa­tio­tem­po­ral va­ria­bi­li­ty of the mor­pho­lo­gy and sedimentology, i.e. the sur­fi­ci­al se­di­ment grain-size dis­tri­bu­ti­on, in re­s­pon­se to dif­fe­rent hydro­dy­na­mic dri­vers and sce­na­ri­os. Process-based morphodynamic models with multiple sediment fractions are applied at bar­ri­er is­land sys­tems in the Wad­den Sea and at the Weser estuary. At bar­ri­er is­land ti­d­al in­lets, by­pas­sing and pathways of distinct sand frac­tions have been distinguished. Mor­pho­dy­na­mic mo­dels are ap­p­lied to esti­ma­te ad­ap­ta­ti­on time­sca­les of the mor­pho­lo­gy and the sur­face se­di­men­to­lo­gy from post-storm to fair-wea­ther con­di­ti­ons. Within the current project FAUST, I study the effect of bedforms on estuarine sediment dynamics.




2015: PhD (Dr. rer. nat.), MARUM (Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences), University of Bremen, Germany

2005: Dipl.-Ing. (MSc degree), Civil and Environmental Engineering, Uni­ver­si­ty of Ha­nno­ver, Ger­ma­ny

2003: MSc, Co­as­tal Geo­sci­en­ces and En­gi­nee­ring, CO­RE­LAB, Uni­ver­si­ty of Kiel, Ger­ma­ny


Since 2018: PostDoc at Coastal Geology and Sedimentology, Institute of Geosciences at Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Project FAUST in cooperation with BAW, Hamburg

2018 Jan.-Apr.: Research stay at IFREMER, Lab. Dhysed, Brest, France

2014-2017: PostDoc at MARUM (Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences), University of Bremen, Pro­ject Mor­phoW­e­ser in cooperation with BAW, Hamburg
2011-2014: PhD stu­dent at MARUM (Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences), University of Bremen,

2006-2011: Re­se­arch as­so­cia­te at Co­as­tal Re­se­arch Sta­ti­on - NL­W­KN, Nor­der­ney, Ger­ma­ny




Herrling G, Winter C (2018): Tidal inlet sediment bypassing at mixed-energy barrier islands. Coast. Eng. 140, 342–354. doi:10.1016/J.COASTALENG.2018.08.008

Herrling G, Winter C (2016): Spatiotemporal variability of sedimentology and morphology in the East Frisian barrier island system. Geo-Marine Lett., 1–13. DOI: 10.1007/s00367-016-0462-6

Herrling G, Winter C (2015): Tidally- and wind-driven residual circulation at the multiple-inlet system East Frisian Wadden Sea. Cont. Shelf Res., 106: 45–59. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.csr.2015.06.001

Herrling G, Elsebach J, Ritzmann A (2014): Evaluation of Changes in the Tidal Regime of the Ems-Dollard and Lower Weser Estuaries by Mathematical Modelling. Die Küste, 81: 353 ff.

Herrling G, Winter C (2014): Morphological and sedimentological response of a mixed-energy barrier island tidal inlet to storm and fair-weather conditions. Earth Surface Dynamics, 2(1): 363–82. DOI: 10.5194/esurf-2-363-2014


Int. conference talks

Herrling G, Benninghoff M, Zorndt A, Winter C (2017): Drivers of channel-shoal morphodynamics at the outer Weser estuary. Coastal Dynamics Conf., Helsingoer, Denmark

Herrling G, Winter C (2016): Barrier island ebb-tidal delta sediment dynamics in response to a synthetic sequence of extreme storms. PECS. Scheveningen, Netherlands

Herrling G (2015): Historical development of the Ems-Dollard estuary and reconstruction of the tidal regime prior to major human impacts. Invitation by the Waddenacademie to the Ems-Dollard Symposium, Delfzijl, Netherlands

Herrling G, Winter C (2015): Residual circulation patterns of a multiple-inlet system: implications for sedimentology and morphology. RCEM. Iquitos, Peru

Herrling G, Winter C (2013): Barrier island inlet dynamics and ebb-tidal delta sediment bypassing under high-energy storm and fair-weather conditions. RCEM. Santander, Spain

Herrling G, Winter C (2012): Morphological response of shoreface-connected ridges to high-energy hydrodynamic conditions. PECS. New York, USA

Herrling G, Winter C (2012): The effect of high-energy events on barrier island foreshore sedimentology and morphology – a process-based model study. TIDALITES. Caen, France

Herrling G, Knaack H, Kaiser R, Niemeyer HD (2010): Evaluation of design water levels at the Ems-Dollard estuary considering the effect of a storm surge barrier. ICCE. Shanghai, China

Herrling G, Knaack H, Kaiser R, Niemeyer HD (2010): Reproduction of storm surges and evaluation of design water levels at the Ems-Dollard estuary by mathematical modeling. SSC, Storm Surge Conference. Hamburg, Germany

Herrling G, Elsebach J (2008): Assessment criteria for the identification of human impacs on water bodies by morphodynamic investigation. ICCE. Hamburg, Germany

Herrling G, Niemeyer HD (2008): Changes of the Hydrodynamic Regime due to Historical Pressures on Estuarine Geomorphology; the Example of the Ems-Dollard Estuary. German-Dutch Ems Workshop. Emden, Germany