Keith Louden

Department of Oceanography
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS
B3H 4J1 Canada
e-mail: Keith.Louden@Dal.Ca
Phone: (902) 494-3452
FAX: (902) 494-3877
B.A. Oberlin (1970)
M.Ed. Temple (1972)
Ph.D. M.I.T. (1976)

Current Research Interests:

Rifted continental margins, oceanic crust and lithosphere, geoacoustic properties of sediment, [ Proterozoic continental collisions ], [seismic and heat flow instrumentation ]

Academic Research & Industrial Experience:




Dalhousie University

Acting Chair



Dalhousie University

Associate Professor



Dalhousie University

Assistant Professor



Dalhousie University

Research Associate



Cambridge University





Visiting Res. Sci.



Geological Survey of Canada

Professor Associe



Univ. Bretagne Occidentale

Scientific Organizations & Committees:

American Geophysical Union (1973-present)
Royal Astronomical Society (1978-1993)
European Geophysical Society (1979-present)
Canadian Geophysical Union (1994-present)
Journal of Geophysical Research , Associate Editor (1998-2001)

LITHOPROBE Seismic & LSPF Committee, member (1993-present)

Site Survey Panel (CanAus rep. 1989-92)
Scientific Steering & Evaluation Panel - Interior (PACRIM rep. 1997-2000)
CanadaODP Council, member (1997-present)
Canadian National Committee for the IUGG , member (1997-present)
IASPEI , Canadian representative (1997-present)

Recent Publications:


Hall, J., Louden, K.E., Funck, T., and Deemer, S., Geophysical characteristics of the continental crust along the LITHOPROBE ECSOOT Transect: a review, Can. J. Earth Sci., 39, 569-587. [abstract]

Louden, K., Tectonic evolution of the east coast of Canada, CSEG Recorder, 27, 37-49. [abstract]

Whitmarsh, R. B., Minshull, T. A., Louden, K. E., Russell, S. M., Dean, S. M., and Chian, D., The role of syn-rift magmatism in the rift-to-drift evolution of the west Iberia continental margin: geophysical observations, in: Non-volcanic Rifting of Continental Margins: A Comparison of Evidence from Land and Sea, M.-O. Beslier, R. B. Whitmarsh, B. Taylor, and N. Froitzheim (Eds.), Geol. Soc. Lond. Spec. Publ., 187, 107-124.


Louden, K. and Lau, H., Insights from scientific drilling on rifted continental margins, Geoscience Can., 28, 187-195. [abstract]

Funck, T., Louden, K.E., and Reid, I.D., Crustal structure of the Grenville Province in Southeastern Labrador from refraction seismic data - evidence for a high-velocity lower crustal wedge, Can. J. Earth Sci., 38, 1463-1478. [abstract]

Funck, T., Louden, K.E., and Hall, J., Wide-angle reflectivity across the Torngat Orogen, NE Canada, Geophys. Res. Lett., 28, 3541-3544. [preprint]


Funck, T., K.E. Louden, and I.D. Reid, Wide-angle seismic imaging of a Mesoproterozoic anorthosite complex: The Nain Plutonic Suite in Labrador, Canada, J. Geophys. Res.,105, 25693-25707. [abstract]

Louden, K.E., Whitmarsh, R.B., and Mareschal, J.-C., Data Report: Measurements of radiogenic heat production on basement samples from Sites 1067 and 1068, In Beslier, M.-O., Whitmarsh, R.B., Wallace, P.J., and Girardeau, J. (Eds.), Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, 173 [Online]. Available from .

Funck, T., Louden, K.E., Wardle, R.J., Hall, J., Hobro, J.W., Salisbury, M.H., and Muzzatti, A., Three-dimensional structure of the Torngat Orogen (NE Canada) from active seismic tomography, J. Geophys. Res., 105, 23403-23420. [abstract]

Dean, S.M., Minshull, T.A., Whitmarsh, R.B. and Louden, K.E., Deep structure of the ocean-continent transition in the southern Iberia abyssal plain from seismic refrection profiles: II. The IAM-9 Transect at 40°20'N, J. Geophys. Res., 105, 5859-5885. [abstract]


Gettrust, J., Wood, W., Lindwall, D., Chapman, R., Walia, R., Hannay, D., Spence, G., Louden K., MacDonald, R., and Hyndman, R.D., New seismic study of deep sea gas hydrates results in greatly improved resolution, Eos Trans. AGU, 80, 439-440.

Louden, K. E., and Chian, D., The deep structure of non-volcanic rifted continental margins, Phil Trans. Roy. Soc. Lond. A, 357, 767-804.

Chian, D., Louden, K.E., Minshull, T.A., and Whitmarsh, R.B., Deep structure of the ocean-continent transition in the southern Iberia abyssal plain from seismic refraction profiles: I. The Ocean Drilling Program (Legs 149 and 173) transect, J. Geophys. Res., 104, 7443-7462. [abstract]

Funck, T., and Louden, K.E. , Wide-angle seismic transect across the Torngat Orogen, northern Labrador: evidence for a Proterozoic crustal root, J. Geophys. Res., 104, 7463-7480. [abstract]

Graduate Students & Post-doctoral fellows

Lau, Helen (Ph.D. program, Geol. Oceaography) previously at Univ. of Western Ontario (B. Sc. w/ honours in geophysics).
Wu, Yue (Ph.D. program, Earth Sciences) previously at China University of Geosciences (M.Sc in geophysics)
LeBlanc, Chris (Research Assistant) B.Sc in Earth Sciences (Dalhousie)

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