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Michael Behm

Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, ConocoPhillips School of Geology and Geophysics, The University of Oklahoma website wordmark
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Michael Behm

Assistant Professor of Geology and Geophysics

Jamie Rich

Ph.D., 2006, Engineering Sciences (Geodesy, Geophysics), Vienna University of Technology
M.Sc., 2002, Geodesy and Geophysics, Vienna University of Technology

Office: SEC 818
Phone: 785-917-8274
Fax: 405-325-3140

Office: SEC 856
Fax: 405-325-3140
Office: SEC 856
Fax: 405-325-3140

Areas of Interest

Exploration Geophysics, Solid Earth Geophysics, Seismic Imaging/Monitoring, Seismic Interferometry, Near-Surface Geophysics


Our research group applies seismic and other methods to image subsurface structures and processes at different scales. Current projects include:

  • Imaging the deep crust of Oklahoma from induced earthquakes
  • Seismic imaging of an alpine valley and its implications on paleoclimate
  • Integration of passive and active seismic processing schemes
  • Electrical resistivity imaging of shallow carbonate deposits and their relation to hydrological processes

Courses Taught

Gravity and Magnetics in Exploration

Geophysical Imaging of the Near Surface

Geophysics Field Camp

Geophysical Research Seminar

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Behm, M. (2018). Reflections from the Inner Core Recorded during a Regional Active Source Survey: Implications for the Feasibility of Deep Earth Studies with Nodal Arrays. Seismological Research Letters, 89(5), 1698-1707

Behm, M (2017). Feasibility of borehole ambient noise interferometry for permanent reservoir monitoring. Geophysical Prospecting,65 (2), 563-580

Behm, M., Nakata, N., and Bokelmann, G. (2016). Regional ambient noise tomography in the Eastern Alps of Europe. Pure and Applied Geophysics 173(8), 2813-2840

Planes, T., Mooney, M., Rittgers, J., Parekh, M., Behm, M., and Snieder, R. (2015). Time-lapse monitoring of internal erosion in earthen dams and levees using ambient seismic noise. Gèotechnique 66(4), 301-312

Bianchi, I., Behm, M., Rumpfhuber, E., and Bokelmann, G. (2015). A new seismic data set on the Depth of the Moho in the Alps. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 172(2), 295-308

Nakata, N., Snieder, R., and Behm, M. (2014). Body-wave interferometry using regional earthquakes with multi-dimensional deconvolution after wavefield decomposition at free surface. Geophysical Journal International (199), 1125-1137

Behm, M., and Shekar, B. (2014). Blind deconvolution of multichannel recordings by linearized inversion in the spectral domain. Geophysics, 79(2), V33– V45.

Loidl, B., Behm, M., Thybo, H., and Stratford, W. (2014). Three-dimensional seismic model of crustal structure in Southern Norway. Geophysical Journal International, 196(3), 1643–1656.

Behm, M., Leahy, G. M., and Snieder, R. (2014). Retrieval of local surface wave velocities from traffic noise – an example from the La Barge basin (Wyoming). Geophysical Prospecting, 62(2), 223–243.

Behm, M., and Snieder, R. (2013). Love waves from local traffic noise interferometry. The Leading Edge, 32(6), 628–632.

Krainer, K., Mussner, L., Behm, M., and Hausmann H. (2012). Multi-disciplinary investigation of an active rock glacier in the Sella Group (Dolomites; Northern Italy). Austrian Journal of Earth Sciences, 105(2): 48-62.

Mitterbauer, U., Behm, M., Brückl, E., Lippitsch, R., Guterch, A., Keller, G. R., … Šumanovac, F. (2011). Shape and origin of the East-Alpine slab constrained by the ALPASS teleseismic model. Tectonophysics, 510(1-2), 195–206.

Hausmann, H. and Behm, M. (2011). Imaging the structure of cave ice by ground penetrating radar, The Cryosphere, 5, 329-340.

Oeberseder, T., Behm, M., Kovács, I., and Falus, G. (2011). A seismic discontinuity in the upper mantle between the Eastern Alps and the Western Carpathians: Constraints from wide angle reflections and geological implications. Tectonophysics, 504(1–4), 122–134.

Spahić, D., Exner, U., Behm, M., Grasemann, B., Haring, A., and Pretsch, H. (2011). Listric versus planar normal fault geometry: An example from the EisenstadtSopron Basin (E Austria). International Journal of Earth Sciences, 100(7), 1685– 1695.

Brückl, E., Behm, M., Decker, K., Grad, M., Guterch, A., Keller, G.R, and Thybo, H. (2010). Crustal structure and active tectonics in the Eastern Alps. Tectonics, 29, TC2011

Plan, L., Filipponi, M., Behm, M., Seebacher, R., and Jeutter, P. (2009). Constraints on alpine speleogenesis from cave morphology - A case study from the eastern Totes Gebirge (Northern Calcareous Alps, Austria). Geomorphology, 106(1- 2), 118–129.

Grad, M., Brückl, E., Majdański, M., Behm, M., Guterch, A., Acevedo, S., … Yliniemi, J. (2009). Crustal structure of the Eastern Alps and their foreland: Seismic model beneath the CEL10/Alp04 profile and tectonic implications. Geophysical Journal International, 177(1), 279–295.

Grad, M., Tiira, T., Behm, M., Belinsky, A. A., Booth, D. C., Brückl, E., … Zolotov, E. E. (2009). The Moho depth map of the European Plate. Geophysical Journal International, 176(1), 279–292.

Binder, D., Brückl, E., Roch, K. H., Behm, M., Schöner, W., and Hynek, B. (2009). Determination of total ice volume and ice-thickness distribution of two glaciers in the Hohe Tauern region, Eastern Alps, from GPR data. Annals of Glaciology, 50(51), 71–79.

Behm, M. (2009). 3-D modelling of the crustal S-wave velocity structure from active source data: Application to the Eastern Alps and the Bohemian Massif. Geophysical Journal International, 179(1), 265–278.

Behm, M., and Hausmann, H. (2007). Eisdickenmessungen in alpinen Höhlen mit Georadar (Determination of ice thickness in alpine caves with ground penetrating radar). Die Höhle, Zeitschrift für Karst-und Höhlenkunde, 58, 3–11.

Behm, M., Brückl, E., Chwatal, W., and Thybo, H. (2007). Application of stacking and inversion techniques to three-dimensional wide-angle reflection and refraction seismic data of the Eastern Alps. Geophysical Journal International, 170(1), 275– 298.

Behm, M., Brückl, E., and Mitterbauer, U. (2007). CELEBRATION 2000 and ALP 2002 Working Groups, 2007: A new seismic model of the Eastern Alps and its relevance for Geodesy and Geodynamics. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Vermessung und Geoinformation (Austrian Journal for Geodesy and Geoinformation), 95(2), 121– 133

Brückl, E., Mitterbauer, U., and Behm, M. (2006). Studies on Crustal Structure and Gravity in the Eastern Alps. In International Association of Geodesy Symposia (Vol. 131, pp. 181–192).

Majdański, M., Grad, M., Guterch, A., Behm, M., Bodoky, T., Brinkmann, R., … Zelaźniewicz, A. (2006). 2-D seismic tomographic and ray tracing modelling of the crustal structure across the Sudetes Mountains basing on SUDETES 2003 experiment data. Tectonophysics, 413(3-4), 249–269.

Behm, M., Plan, L., and Roch, K. (2005). Erfolgreicher Versuch einer Höhlendetektion mit Georadar (GPR) (Successful delineation of a karst cavity with ground penetrating radar). Die Höhle, Zeitschrift für Karst-und Höhlenkunde, 56, 20– 23.

Books and Articles in Books

M.Behm, L.Plan, R.Seebacher, G.Buchegger (2016). Dachstein. In: Höhlen und Karst in Österreich (Caves and karst in Austria), C.Spötl, L.Plan, E.Christian (ed.); Österreichisches Landesmuseum, Linz, 2007, ISBN: 978-3-85474-321-7, 569-588.

R.Lippitsch, M.Behm, E.Brückl, (2007). Die Moho: Grenze zwischen Erdkruste und Erdmantel (The Moho: Boundary between the Earth’s crust and mantle). In: GeoAtlas Österreich - Die Vielfalt des geologischen Untergrundes, T. Hofmann, H. Schönlaub (ed.); Böhlau, Wien, 2007, ISBN: 978-3-205-77726-7, 58-59.

M.Behm, G.Raffeiner, W.Schöner, (2006). Auswirkungen der Klima- und Gletscheränderung auf den Alpinismus (Impact of climate change and glacier retreat on mountaineering). Umweltdachverband, Vienna, 2006, 96 p, ISBN 3-900 711-81/X.