Department of Geophysical Imaging

Artur Marciniak

Assistant Professor

Research interests:

My research addresses the evolution of the near-surface of the ground under climate change. I base my research on the authorship method of integrating geophysical data from several different techniques (Seismic Tomography, Electrical Resistivity Tomography, Ground Penetrating Radar, and Reflection Imaging) to obtain a consistent and accurate ground model. In this methodology, the key is to analyze the uncertainty of the results, indispensable in the study of environmental variability. This makes it possible to visualize rapidly occurring changes, over a relatively short period (2-4 years). 

The exact target of my research is the periglacial environment, especially the post-glacial areas. The research conducted on Spitsbergen was aimed at imaging the geological structures formed in this environment, as well as at determining the variability of the near-surface permafrost zone occurring in both the short (seasonal variability) and medium (observations over several years) time ranges. A special topic of my work is the evolution of permafrost in terms of not only the top but also the bottom of it. I try to use the experience gained in polar research in the domestic field. As a result of environmental observations, I noticed that in the landslides located in a mountainous area, several analogies with the results of polar research can be observed. One of them is the influence of climate changes and in particular the change in precipitation characteristics on the behavior of landslides. As in the case of permafrost, precipitation and its type and amount define the characteristics of the evolution of the shallow near-surface zone. Due to progressive environmental changes, a larger and broader translation of the changes observed in polar conditions is to be expected in temperate climate environments. I am currently continuing my studies of the variability of the near-surface zone with consideration of hydrological changes based on georadar surveys, boreholes and remote sensing. I am also a contractor in an NCN OPUS grant on critical infrastructure research and monitoring, and a Principal Investigator in a National Science Center of Poland Preludium project on landslide research. I believe that the continuation of my research will provide a better understanding of the issue of environmental change in the Arctic in relation to the increasingly apparent local impact of global climate change and warming. This will hopefully help to protect critical objects that are exposed to the effects of climate change and to improve local crisis management procedures related to critical infrastructures and local societies.

I conduct my research in cooperation with other research units at home and abroad:

  • University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geology, Warsaw, Poland.
  • Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute Polish Academy of Sciences, The Department of Circular Economy, Kraków, Poland.
  • University of Silesia, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Katowice, Poland.
  • Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering
  • Cracow University of Technology, Faculty of Environmental Engineering and Energy With international cooperation:
  •  Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Institut of Geophysics and Geoinformatics, Germany

Research projects:

  • Principal Investigator - Preludium 19 from NCN No. UMO-2020/37/N/ST10/01486, "Anthropogenic triggering of landslides in the environment modified due to climate change - geophysical investigation"
  • Researcher - UMO-2012/07/B/ST10/04268, “Glacier - permafrost interaction as an environmental continuum between the glacial and periglacial domain in Tarfala (Scandinavia) and Hornsund area, Spitsbergen” – PI Wojciech Dobiński, PhD ·
  • Researcher - UMO-2015/19/B/ST10/01833, "Three-dimensional model of the lithosphere in Poland with verification of seismic parameters of the wave field" – PI Prof. Mariusz Majdański ·
  • Main researcher - UMO-2016/21/B/ST10/02509, "Relationship of permafrost with geomorphology, geology and cryospheric components based on geophysical research of the Hans glacier forefield and its surroundings. Hornsund, Spitsbergen” – PI Prof. Mariusz Majdański


  • The Visegrad Group Academies Young Researcher Award 2023 – October 2023
  • Roland Schlich Travel Grant for EGU conference – April 2019
  • Second place for best young scientist presentation in XXXVII Polar Symposium – June 2018

Supervised theses:

  • Co-supervisor - Małgorzata Wróbel, M.Sc. "Application of integrated geophysical methods as a tool for improving geological interpretation of landslides on the example of a landslide in Cisiec"

Publication List:

  • Marciniak, A., Stan-Kłeczek, I., Idziak, A., & Majdański, M. (2019). Uncertainty based multi-step seismic analysis for near-surface imaging. Open Geosciences, 11(1), 727–737.
  • Owoc, B., Marciniak, A., Dzierżek, J., Kowalczyk, S., & Majdański, M. (2019). Seismic Imaging of the Mesozoic Bedrock Relief and Geological Structure under Quaternary Sediment Cover: The Bolmin Syncline (SW Holy Cross Mountains, Poland). Geosciences (Switzerland), 9(10).
  • Glazer, M., Dobiński, W., Marciniak, A., Majdański, M., & Błaszczyk, M. (2020). Spatial distribution and controls of permafrost development in non-glacial Arctic catchment over the Holocene, Fuglebekken, SW Spitsbergen. Geomorphology, 358.
  • Majdański, M., Dobiński, W., Marciniak, A., Owoc, B., Glazer, M., Osuch, M., & Wawrzyniak, T. (2022). Variations of permafrost under freezing and thawing conditions in the coastal catchment Fuglebekken (Hornsund, Spitsbergen, Svalbard). Permafrost and Periglacial Processes.
  • Marciniak, A., Osuch, M., Wawrzyniak, T., Owoc, B., Dobiński, W., Glazer, M., & Majdański, M. (2022). Multi-method geophysical mapping of ground properties and periglacial geomorphology in Hans Glacier forefield, SW Spitsbergen. Polish Polar Research, 43(2), 101–123.
  • Marciniak, A., Kowalczyk, S., Gontar, T., Owoc, B., Nawrot, A., Luks, B., Cader, J., & Majdański, M. (2021). Integrated geophysical imaging of a mountain landslide – A case study from the Outer Carpathians, Poland. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 191.
  • Stan-Kłeczek, I., & Marciniak, A. (2016). Zastosowanie MASW i sejsmiki refrakcyjnej do badania anizotropii prędkości w masywie skalnym. Zeszyty Naukowe Instytutu Gospodarki Surowcami Mineralnymi i Energią PAN, (93), 123-131.
  • Stan-Kłeczek, I., Pierwoła, J., Marciniak, A., Sutkowska, K., & Tomaszewska, R. (2022). Multimethod geophysical investigation in karst areas: case studies from Silesia, Poland. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, 81(6), 1-16.
  • Wróbel, M., Stan-Kłeczek, I., Marciniak, A., Majdański, M., Kowalczyk, S., Nawrot, A., Cader, J. (2023). Integrated Geophysical Imaging and Remote Sensing for Enhancing Geological Interpretation of Landslides with Uncertainty Estimation—A Case Study from Cisiec, Poland. Remote Sens 15, 238.
  •  Stan-Kłeczek, I., & Marciniak, A. (2023). Recognition of rock anisotropy using integrated seismic approach–A case in Strzegom and Podleśna, Poland. Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 15(7), 1759-1767.
  • Cader, J., Koneczna, R., Marciniak, A., (2023). Indicators for a circular economy in a regional context: an approach based on Wielkopolska region, Poland. Enviromental Management.

Extended Abstracts:

  • Marciniak, A., Stan-Kłeczek, I., Idziak, A., & Majdański, M. (2018). Uncertainty Based Multi-Step Seismic Analysis for the Near Surface Imaging. 24th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, 2018(1), 1–5.
  • Marciniak, A., Kowalczyk, S., Gontar, T., Owoc, B., & Majdański, M. (2019). Multimethod High-Resolution Geophysical Imaging of Landslides in Mountain Area-A Case Study from Cisiec, Poland. In 25th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (Vol. 2019, No. 1, pp. 1-5). European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers.
  • Marciniak, A., Owoc, B., Wawrzyniak, T., Nawrot, A., Glazer, M., Osuch, M., & Majdański, M. (2019). Near-Surface Geophysical Imaging of the Permafrost—Initial Result of Two High Arctic Expeditions to Spitsbergen. In 25th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (Vol. 2019, No. 1, pp. 1-5). European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers.
  • Owoc, B., Marciniak, A., Kowalczyk, S., Dzierzek, J., & Majdanski, M. (2019). An Optimal Combination of Geophysical Methods to Image Geological Structures. In 25th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (Vol. 2019, No. 1, pp. 1-5). European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers.
  • Stan-Kleczek, I., Wróbel, M., Majdanski, M., Kowalczyk, S., & Marciniak, A. (2022). Integrated Geophysical Imaging in the Landslide Studies - A Case Study From Outer Carpathians, Poland. NSG2022 28th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, 2022(1), 1–5.
  • Majdanski, M., Marciniak, A., & Dobiński, W. (2023). The Shape of Permafrost in the Fuglebekken Catchment, Spitsbergen as a Result of Time-Lapse Geophysical Imaging. NSG2023 29th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, 2023(1), 1–5.
  • Marciniak, A., Majdanski, M., Kowalczyk, S., Gajek, W., Cader, J., Górszczyk, A., Owoc, B., Oryński, S., Czarny, R., Stan-Kłeczek, I., & Nawrot, A. (2023). Integrated Geophysical Imaging Reveals Driving Slip Factors of Anthropogenic Origin, Cisiec, Southern Poland. NSG2023 29th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, 2023(1), 1–5.