Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics

Welcome to LIAG

The Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG) is an independent research institute that conducts research on the upper part of the Earth's crust. The focus of our work is to explore structures and processes in the subsurface by using geophysical methods. For this purpose, we develop and optimize measurement techniques as well as processing, modeling, and inversion methods. Our research is future-oriented and of public interest.

We are member of the Leibniz Association.


Change in the management of the institute

By decision of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Thomas Wonik was relieved from his duties as Acting Director of LIAG by the end of 22 November 2018. Prof. Dr. Manfred Frechen has accepted the duties as LIAG`s Acting Director since 23 November 2018. The deputies of the Acting Director are Dr. Gerald Gabriel and Prof. Dr. Inga Moeck.

2018-09-21: Study on sinkholes at the southeastern Dead Sea shoreline

To identify subsurface processes responsible for sinkhole development in the alluvial fan of Ghor Al-Haditha at the southeast shore of the Dead Sea, researchers from Jordan, Germany, and Ireland carried out high-resolution shear wave reflection vibratory seismic surveys in the area to a depth of nearly 200 m. The most surprising result of the survey is the absence of evidence of a proposed massive salt layer. Instead, seismic images show a complex interlocking of alluvial fan deposits and lacustrine sediments of the Dead Sea. They suggest that Dead Sea mud layers become increasingly exposed to unsaturated water as the sea level declines and are consequently destabilized and mobilized by both dissolution and physical erosion in the subsurface. The results were recently published in Solid Earth.

Original Paper:

  • Polom, U., Alrshdan, H., Al-Halbouni, D., Holohan, E. P., Dahm, T., Sawarieh, A., Atallah, M. Y., and Krawczyk, C. M. (2018): Shear wave reflection seismic yields subsurface dissolution and subrosion patterns: application to the Ghor Al-Haditha sinkhole site, Dead Sea, Jordan, Solid Earth, 9, 1079-1098, https://doi.org/10.5194/se-9-1079-2018.

Article by Katerine Kornei:

  • "Subsurface imaging sheds light in Dead Sea sinkholes," EOS (Online 12 Oct. 2018) 

Press Releases

Unearth the true age: Prize for contributions in age dating

The Japanese Quarternary Association awarded a prize to Dr. Sumiko Tsukamoto of the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG, Hannover) for her outstanding research in the field of age determination of sediments with electron spin resonance (ESR) and luminescence dating methods at the annual meeting in Japan. The meeting was held in Tokyo from 24th to 26th of August, 2018.

ESR and luminescence dating are physical methods that are relevant for a multitude of possible applications. Among...

Read more


LIAG is involved in the Leibniz Research Alliance "Energy Transition".

Logo Leibniz Energy Transition

We are a member of Leibniz Forschungszentrum.

2018-09-19: Chair as Visiting Professor in China

Dr. Manfred W. Wuttke was appointed visiting professor in the field of Safety Science and Engineering at Xi'an University of Science and Technology (Shaanxi, China). Dr. Wuttke coordinates the research field "Geo-Energy Systems" at LIAG.