The Ice Ages in the Alps: Exploring Climate Development near Winterstettenstadt
-funded by ICDP

MoreSpin - Development of a mobile NMR sensor
-funded by German Research Foundation


Forrest steppes of central Mongolia
- funded by German Research Foundation

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.

Research at LIAG in times of corona

Active research in times of corona - the LIAG enables continuous research at the institute under strict hygiene conditions. 

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New job offer

G05/21 DynaDeep

Deadline: 29.06.2021

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The LIAG seminar


LIAG Research Report 2020 now available!

Groundwater geophysics, geohazards, sediments through the (climatechange)ages, geothermal energy – our new Research Report 2020 gives an overview about our research topics and selected projects in the field of applied geophysics! 

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Rodderberg – powerful climate archive reveals itself to be a rare treasure

Ten years after drilling began, the crater of the Rodderberg volcano will soon reveal all its secrets about climate development: 14 international scientists from eight research institutions have combined their drill core analyses in the Rodderberg project coordinated by LIAG and the University of Bremen, creating a huge, high-quality pool of data. The first discovery: The Rodderberg is a rare "superposition".

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#LIAG goes Social Media!

The Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics is now active on Facebook and Twitter in addition to the social networks LinkedIn and YouTube!

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New Global Network for Climate Reconstruction in Shallow Marine Areas

The newly established international network PRISMS investigates climate signals in shallow marine environments worldwide. The studies of sediments deposited in shallow marine waters and on shelves can provide information about Earth's climate dynamics and sea level changes. Besides partners from Canada, Taiwan and Switzerland, the LIAG with Christian Zeeden is one of the founding members.

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"Salinisation": Filming of the LIAG saline water monitoring system SAMOS with ZDF Terra Xpress

For a feature on salinisation in the programme Terra Xpress on ZDF, LIAG researchers were interviewed during their measurements using our saltwater monitoring system SAMOS. With the early warning system developed at LIAG, water suppliers can be supported sustainably and in the long term in water quantity management, thus protecting groundwater. The documentary is expected to be broadcast in September.

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Climate evolution in the European Alpine region: International research project starts with drilling

How did the climate in the Alpine region change during the ice ages and how did it shape glaciers, flora and fauna over the millennia? The LIAG, in cooperation with the Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg and the State Office for Geology, Raw Materials and Mining in the Freiburg Regional Council (LGRB), is starting three research boreholes near Winterstettenstadt at the beginning of April. The boreholes, which are up to 160 meters deep, mark the start of the international project "DOVE - Drilling Overdeepened Alpine Valleys". This aims to reconstruct the spatial and temporal climate development during the ice ages over the past 2.6 million years in the entire Alpine region.

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