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.


July to August 2019: Reconstructing the climate history of Central Asia in Kashmir/India

Dust storms are quite common in India. Repeatedly, the wind carries large quantities of dust into the Asian country, sometimes across long distances. There have also been dust storms in India thousands of years ago, making them suitable for reconstructing local climate history. If the climate is rather warm and humid, thick soils form. If, on the other hand, it is cold and dry, the dust remains a loose and gray/ochre sediment. Christian Zeeden (LIAG) has recently travelled to Kashmir to take sediment samples together with colleagues from the University of Kashmir. In the laboratory they will determine how old the samples are and under which climatic conditions they have deposited. If these initial studies are promising, Zeeden and his colleagues intend to collect comprehensive data from northern India in order to compare the climate development of the region with surrounding Central Asia.


July 31, 2019: planeterde® reports on LIAG research on overdeepened valleys

In March 2019, the joint IODP and ICDP Colloquium took place in Cologne/Germany. The colloquium was a meeting place for those geoscientists who are drilling on the seabed, on land, or in lakes around the world and who are using drill cores to study the origin and climate of planet Earth. During this conference, two science journalists interviewed Dr. Thomas Burschil (LIAG) about his work on overdeepened valleys using the example of the Lienz Basin. Valleys like the one in East Tyrol have been filled with sediments since the last cold period. Originally, some Alpine valleys were much deeper than they are today. The result of the interview has now been published on the planeterde® website.

Project website: https://www.leibniz-liag.de/forschung/projekte/drittmittelprojekte/multikomponentenseismik-in-uebertieften-alpinen-becken.html

Article: https://www.planeterde.de/wissen/von-gletschern-bis-auf-meeresniveau-eingetieft

May to July 2019: Chilean guest scientist researches stays at the LIAG for three months

The geologist Mauricio Muñoz from the Andean Geothermal Center of Excellence (CEGA) of the Universidad de Chile in Santiago de Chile is working as a guest scientist at LIAG for three months. The researcher, who has already received an award for his scientific and social commitment, is investigating the geothermal potential of the Magellan Basin in Patagonia in southern Chile. Muñoz benefits from the existing cooperation between the two research institutions and from LIAG's experience with the similar Southern German molasse basin.


March 2019: LIAG talk about surface NMR awarded at SAGEEP conference in Portland

Nico Skibbe is a PhD student at LIAG and develops a software for the evaluation of surface NMR. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) has long been used to visualize underground structures or water without drilling holes. So far, changes in more than one direction can only be accounted for using proprietary software and their capabilities are limited. Changes to the left and right of the measurement often had to be neglected, using the previous evaluation programs. With the new program, this is no longer necessary. The idea was awarded the Paper Prize at the SAGEEP Conference, a major European conference on applied geophysics. Thanks to the award, Nico Skibbe has the chance to present his idea at the Near Surface Geoscience Conference and Exhibition in The Hague in September.