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), based in Hanover, Germany, is an independent, non-university research institution. Using methods of applied geophysics, future-oriented questions of public relevance are investigated. The main focus of the research work is the exploration of the usable subsurface and the development of measuring and evaluation methods. The institute has over 50 years of experience in geophysical research. LIAG is unique in Germany due to its many years of specialization in the near-surface application of geophysics, the equipment and data infrastructure and the associated possibility of combining a wide range of geophysical methods within one institute to cover a wide range of topics. 


CO2 storage in climate change: LIAG comments on EU call

The EU Commission has asked for feedback on the topic "Climate change - restoring sustainable carbon cycles". In its commentary, the LIAG points out the possibilities of using geophysics to improve the understanding of CO2 storage. It recommends detailed studies in laboratory and field environments and a combination of soil, geochemical and geophysical methods to assess carbon uptake under diverse conditions and from laboratory to field scale.

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#Knowember: LIAG with "Meet the Scientist" format on November of Science

"Meet the Scientist": LIAG researchers answer questions from the interested public on the topics "Earthquakes in focus" (4.11.) and "Drones as measuring platforms: Geophysical exploration" (8.11.) on November of Science in cooperation with FZ:GEO online. Participation is free of charge. 

To the dates (presentations in German)


Lars Naue takes over the administrative management of the LIAG

On 1 October 2021, Lars Naue started his position as administrative director at the LIAG. He is thus responsible for the administrative processes of the research institution as well as for the establishment and management of an own core administration at LIAG.

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Climatically determined landscape development in warm periods

New piece of the puzzle for understanding changes in future natural systems: In the Lichtenberg project, the LIAG and partners researched landscape stability and development during the Eemian warm period about 120,000 years ago in the Wendland region of Hanover. The Eemian is climatically comparable to the forecasts for the 21st century.

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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 will be broadcast on 17 October at 6:25 pm.

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Anthropocene urges joining the expertise

Leibniz institutions and LIAG launch novel research initiative: Scientists from a wide range of disciplines from Leibniz Association institutions are launching an initiative for "Integrated Earth System Research". Together with partners from Germany, Europe and other countries, they will investigate the current epoch of the Earth’s history, which is strongly influenced by humans, in a coordinated and interdisciplinary way as never before. The findings will point out both high-risk and safe development paths for politics, business and civil society.

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