Sakellariou Dimitris

by / Monday, 17 November 2014 / Published in people

Position: Research Director

Contact Info

Institute: Oceanography
Address: 46.7km Athens-Sounio Ave. 19013 Anavyssos, greece
Tel: +30-22910-76380
Telex: +30-22910-76347


Dr. Dimitris Sakellariou is a Research Director of Structural/Marine Geology and Marine Geoarchaeology at the Institute of Oceanography of HCMR. He assumed his duties in January 1995 as researcher.
Dr. Sakellariou holds a bachelor’s degree in Geology from the Department of Geology of the Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He obtained postgraduate courses on tectonics and sedimentology at the Ruhr University Bochum in Germany in 1984-1985.
Dr Sakellariou completed his doctoral training in 1989 in the Institute of Geology of Johannes-Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany. His thesis work focused on the deformation and metamorphic evolution of pre-alpine rocks and geotectonic units in Northern Greece.
Dr Sakellariou was appointed Head of the Department of Geology-Geophysics of the Institute of Oceanography for the period 2004-2009.
Since 2009 Dr Sakellariou holds the position of the Scientific Coordinator of the Underwater Activities Department of HCMR. His duties are to manage and coordinate the use and maintenance of the manned submersible Thetis, four remotely operating underwater vehicles (ROVs) and the scientific diving team of HCMR.
Dr Sakellariou has coordinated or has participated to more than 40 national, international and European research projects and his total publication record exceeds 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and congress proceedings and contributions and invited lectures in congresses.
Education Profile
• Ph.D., Tectonics & metamorphic processes, Johannes-Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, 1989
• B.Sc., Geology from the Department of Geology of the Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, 1984
Professional Profile
• 1991–1994: Research Collaborator, Division of Tectonics & Applied Geology, Department of Geology of the Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
• 1992-1994: Scientific Director of a small private enterprise focusing on geological and hydrogeological studies public and private bodies, Athens, Greece
• 1995-present: Researcher, Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Athens, Greece
Scientific and Professional Memberships
• Geological Society of Greece
• Member of the Committee of Tectonics of the Geological Society of Greece
• Archaeological Institute of America
Awards and Recognition
2004-2007 Elected Chair of the Committee C1: Marine Geosciences of CIESM
Research Interests
Dr Sakellariou’s research interests fall in the field Marine Geology-Geophysics with particular focus on Neotectonics, Active faulting, Evolution and Sequence Stratigraphy of Sedimentary basins, Tectonics – Sedimentation – Sea level changes relationship, Holocene Geology, Submarine landslides 7 Slope stability, Submarine volcanism, Cold seeps and Mud volcanoes. Dr Sakellariou is also active in Marine Geoarchaeological research, particularly in the search, survey and mapping of submerged archaeological remains in shallow and deep waters and the reconstruction of submerged historic and prehistoric landscapes.
Guest Editor
Lykousis, V., Sakellariou, D. & Locat J., (Editors), Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, Vol. 27: Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences, Springer 2007, 424 pages, 1dvd-rom. ISBN: 978-1-4020-6511-8
F. Briand, D. Sakellariou & J. Mascle (Editors), Fluid seepages / mud volcanism in the Mediterranean and adjacent domains. CIESM Workshop Monographs No 29, 2006

Chapters in Special Editions
D. Sakellariou: Morphology, Seismic and volcanic activity (Chapters 2.1 & 2.2), In: State and pressures of the marine and coastal Mediterranean environment’. Environmental Assessment Series No 5 (1999), European Environment Agency (ISBN 92-9167-164-9).
D. Sakellariou & I. Papoulia: Chapter I.1 Geotectonic Setting and Seismicity. In: State of the Hellenic Marine Environment, eds: E. Papathanassiou & A. Zenetos, Athens 2005.
D. Sakellariou, V. Lykousis, A. Karageorgis & Ch. Anagnostou: Chapter I.2 Geomorphology and Tectonic Setting. In: State of the Hellenic Marine Environment, eds: E. Papathanassiou & A. Zenetos, Athens 2005.
D. Sakellariou: Chapter 4: Key issue: natural hazards, p. 44-46,In: Priority Issues in the Mediterranean Environment. EEA Report No 4 / 2006, Edited by: E. Papathanasiou, A. Zenetos & E. Wlodarczyk.
D. Sakellariou, & M. Alexandri: Chapter I.1 Geomorphology of the Hellenic Sea-floor, p. 17-23, In: State of Hellenic Fisheries, eds: E. Papathanassiou & A. Zenetos, Athens 2007.

Peer-reviewed papers on Geology, Marine Geology, Active Tectonics
Sakellariou, D. (1992): Tectonometamorphic Evolution of the Geotectonic units of the Chalkidiki Peninsula. Bull. Geol. Soc. Greece, 28/1, (1993), 165-178.
Pantosti D., Collier R., D’Addezio G., Masana E. & Sakellariou D. (1996): Direct geological evidence for prior earthquakes on the 1981 Corinth fault (central Greece). Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 23, No. 25, p. 3795-3798.
Papoulia J., Lykousis V. & Sakellariou D. (1998): Neotectonic activity and seismic hazard in Central Greece. Boll. Geof. Teor. Applic. 39/2, p. 113-124.
Sakellariou D., Lykousis V. & Papanikolaou D. (1998): Neotectonic structure and evolution of the Gulf of Alkyonides, Central Greece. Bull. Geol. Soc. Greece, 32/1, p.241-250
Lykousis V., Sakellariou D. & Papanikolaou D. (1998): Sequence stratigraphy in the northern margin of the Gulf of Corinth: Implications to Upper Quaternary basin evolution. Bull. Geol. Soc. Greece, 32/2, p. 157-165
Collier R., Pantosti D., D’Addezio G., De Martini P.M., Masana E. & Sakellariou D. (1998): Paleoseismicity of the 1981Corinth earthquake fault: seismic contribution to extensional strain in central Greece and implications for seismic hazard. Journal of Geophysical Research, 103, p. 30,001-30,019
Lekkas E., Sakellariou D. & Lozios S. (1998): A proposal for earthquake emergency planning of Rhodes Municipality (Greece). In: Rubio J.L., Brebbia C.A. & Uso J-L. (eds.): Risk Analysis, p. 169-178. Witpress, Southampton.
Papanikolaou D., Sakellariou D. & Stoeckhert B. (1999): A combined onshore/offshore drilling transect across the Forearc of the retreating Hellenic Subduction Zone. ICDP Newsletter 1, p. 21-23.
Lekkas E., Danamos G., Skoustsos E. & Sakellariou D. (2001): The occurrence and geodynamic significance of the volcano-sedimentary Tyros-beds (Base of the Gavrovo-Tripolis unit) on Rhodes island, Dodekanese, SE Aegean. Bull. Geol. Soc. Greece, 34/1, p. 83-89
Lekkas E., Skourtsos E., Danamos G. & Sakellariou D. (2002): The geodynamic significance of Tyros beds (base of the Gavrovo-Tripolis unit) on Rhodes island (Dodekanese, Greece). Geologica Carpathica, 53-1, p. 1-8, Feb. 2002, Bratislava.
Moretti I., Sakellariou D., Lykousis V. & Micarelli L. (2003): The Gulf of Corinth: an active half graben? Journal of Geodynamics 36, 323-340.
Lykousis V., Sakellariou D. & Rousakis G. (2003): Prodelta slope stability and associated coastal hazards in tectonically active margins: Gulf of Corinth (NE Mediterranean). In: J. Locat, J. Mienert & L. Boisvert (eds.): Submarine Mass Movements and their Consequenses 433-440 – Kluwer A.P.
Moretti I., Lykousis V., Sakellariou D., Reynaud J-Y., Benziane B., Prinzhoffer A. (2004): Subsidence rate in the Gulf of Corinth: what we learn from the long piston coring. C.R.Geosciences 336: 291-299
V. Lykousis, S. Alexandri, J. Woodside, P. Nomikou, C. Perissoratis, D. Sakellariou, G. de Lange, A. Dahlmann, D. Casas, G. Rousakis, D. Ballas & Chr. Ioakim (2005). New evidence of extensive active mud volcanism in the Anaximander mountains (Eastern Mediterranean): The ‘‘ATHINA’’ mud volcano. Environmental Geology (2004) 46:1030–1037
Sigurdsson H., Carey S., Alexandri M., Vougioukalakis G., Croff K., Roman C., Sakellariou D., Anagnostou C., Rousakis G., Ioakim C., Gogou A., Ballas D., Misaridis T., and Nomikou P., 2006. Marine Investigations of Greece’s Santorini Volcanic Field, EOS, Vol 87 N. 34, 22 August 2006.
N. Simboura, E. Papathanassiou, D. Sakellariou (2007), The use of a biotic index (Bentix) in assessing long-term effects of dumping coarse metalliferous waste on soft bottom benthic communities. Ecological Indicators, 7, p. 164-180.
Lykousis, V., Sakellariou, D., Moretti, I. & Kaberi, H., 2007. Late Quaternary basin evolution of the Gulf of Corinth: Sequence stratigrapgy, sedimentation, fault-slip and subsidence rates. Tectonophysics, 440, p. 29-51.
Sakellariou, D., Lykousis, V., Alexandri, S., Kaberi, H., Rousakis, G., Nomikou, P., Georgiou, P., Ballas, D., 2007. Faulting, seismic-stratigraphic architecture and Late Quaternary evolution of the Gulf of Alkyonides basin – East Gulf of Corinth, Central Greece. Basin Research, 19/2, p. 273-295.
Sakellariou D., Rousakis G., Kaberi H., Kapsimalis V., Georgiou P., Kanellopoulos Th. & Lykousis V. (2007). Tectono-sedimentary structure and late quaternary evolution of the north Evia gulf basin, Central Greece: preliminary results. Bulletin of the Geological Society of Greece vol. XXXVII/1, p. 451-462.
T.M. Alves, V. Lykousis, D. Sakellariou, S. Alexandri & P. Nomikou (2007). Constraining the origin and evolution of confined turbidite systems: southern Cretan margin, Eastern Mediterranean Sea (34°30-36°N). GeoMarine Letters, 27, p. 41-61
Skoulikidis N., Sakellariou D. & Kamberi H. (2007). Water level fluctuations, inorganic and organic micropollutant distribution and their possible origin in Lake Vegoritis sediments (NW Greece). Hydrobiologia, (2008) 613:71–83
V. Lykousis, D. Sakellariou, G. Rousakis, S. Alexandri, H. Kaberi, P. Nomikou, P. Georgiou, D. Balas (2007). Sediment failure processes in active grabens: the Western Gulf of Corinth (Greece). In: Lykousis V., Sakellariou D., Locat J. (eds.), Submarine Mass Movements and their Consequences, 297-305, Springer.
Elias P., Kontoes C.C., Papoutsis I., Kotsis. I. and D. Sakellariou (2007), “Permanent Scatterer InSAR analysis and validation in the Gulf of Corinth”. Sensors 2009, 9, 46-55; doi:10.3390/s90100046
V. Lykousis, G. Roussakis and D. Sakellariou (2008): Offshore slope stability analysis of prograding sediment sequences at active margins, W. Greece, NE Mediterranean. Paper accepted in International Journal of Earth Sciences, DOI 10.1007/s00531-008-0329-9
Camilli R., Sakellariou D., Mallios A., Bingham B., Eustice R., Goudreau J. (2008), In-situ mass spectrometric analysis of hydrothermal vents off Milos and Santorini islands, Hellenic Volcanic Arc, Aegean Sea. Paper submitted to: Continental Shelf Research.
V. Lykousis, S. Alexandri, J. Woodside, G. de Lange, A. Daehlmann, C. Perissoratis, K. Heeschen, Chr. Ioakim, D. Sakellariou, P. Nomikou, G. Rousakis, D. Casas, D. Ballas, G. Ercilla, 2009, Mud volcanoes and gas hydrates in the Anaximander mountains (Eastern Mediterranean Sea). Marine & Petroleum Geology, 2009, in press.
Voett, A., Brueckner, H., May, S.M., Sakellariou, D., Nelle, O., Lang, F., Kapsimalis, V., jahns, S., Herd, R., Handl, M. & Fountoulis, I., 2009. The Lake Voulkaria (Akarnania, NW Greece) palaeoenvironmental archive – a sediment trap for multiple tsunami impact since the mid-Holocene. Z. Geomorph. N.F. 53/1, 1-37, Berlin-Stuttgart.
Sakellariou D., Sigurdsson H., Alexandri M., Carey S., Rousakis G., Nomikou P., Georgiou P. & Ballas D. (2010): Active tectonics in the Hellenic Volcanic Arc: the Kolumbo submarine volcanic zone. Bulletin of the Geological Society of Greece, XLIII, No 2, 1056-1063
Sakellariou D., Fountoulis I., and Lykousis V. (2010): Evidence of cold seeping in Plio-Pleistocene sediments of SE Peloponese: the fossil carbonate chimneys of Neapolis region. Bulletin of the Geological Society of Greece, XLIII, No 2, 1046-1055
Vött, A., Bareth, G., Brückner, H., Curdt, C., Fountoulis, I., Grapmayer, R., Hadler, H., Hoffmeister, D., Klasen, N., Lang, F., Masberg, P., May, S.M., Ntageretzis, K., Sakellariou, D. & T. Willershäuser (2010): Beachrock-type calcarenitic tsunamites along the shores of the eastern Ionian Sea (western Greece) – case studies from Akarnania, the Ionian Islands and the western Peloponnese. – Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie N.F., Suppl. Issue 54/3: 1-50.

Peer-reviewed papers on Marine Geoarchaeology
Sakellariou, D., Kourkoumelis, D., Georgiou, P., Micha, P., Mallios, A., Theodoulou, T., Kapsimalis, V., and Dellaporta, K., 2007. Searching for ancient shipwrecks in the Aegean Sea: The discovery of Chios and Kythnos Hellenistic wrecks with the use of marine geological-geophysical methods. Int. J. Nautical Archaeol., 36/2, p. 365-381.
Sakellariou, D. (2007) Remote sensing techniques in the search for ancient shipwrecks: how to distinguish a wreck from a rock in geophysical recordings. Bulletin of the Geological Society of Greece vol. XXXVII/4, p. 1845-1856.
Sakellariou, D. (2007). Integration of sub-bottom profiling and side scan sonar data in deep water archaeological research: site formation and interpretation of geophysical recordings. SKYLLIS, 8. Jahrgang 2007/08 / H.1-2, p. 155-164
B.P. Foley, K. DellaPorta, D. Sakellariou, B. Bingham, R. Camilli, R. Eustice, D. Evagelistis, V. Ferrini, M. Hansson, K. Katsaros, D. Kourkoumelis, A. Mallios, P. Micha, D. Mindell, C. Roman, H. Singh, D. Switzer, T. Theodoulou, 2009. New Methods for Underwater Archaeology: The 2005 Chios Ancient Shipwreck Survey. HESPERIA 78 (2009), pp. 269–305 (publ. by the American Archaeological School at Athens).
Kapsimalis, V., Pavlopoulos, K., Panagiotopoulos, I., Drakopoulou, P., Vandarakis, D., Sakellariou, D., Anagnostou C., 2009. Geoarchaeological challenges in the Cyclades continental shelf (Aegean Sea). Z. Geomorph. N.F. 53/1, 169-190, Berlin-Stuttgart
Bingham, B., Foley, B., Singh, H., Camilli, R., Delaporta, K., Eustice, R., Mallios, A., Mindell, D., Roman, C., Sakellariou, D., 2010. Robotic Tools for Deep Water Archaeology: Surveying an Ancient Shipwreck with an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Journal of Field Robotics, 1–16, DOI: 10.1002/rob.20350, 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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