Forrest steppes of central Mongolia
- funded by German Research Foundation
-funded by German Resarch Foundation
Overdeepened Alpine Basins
- funded by the German Research Foundation
- funded by the EU
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.
About 2.6 million years ago, the peaks and valleys of the Alps were much higher. However, the advancing glaciers first eroded deep into the bedrock during different ice ages. The overdeepened valleys were filled with different sediments at the same time. Within the framework of the DOVE project, researchers from the LIAG and other partners will to use these sediments to draw conclusions on the climate history of the Alps. In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the researchers will try to understand the valleys using core drillings. In order to provide the best possible information about the various glacial events, researchers need to know exactly where they have to drill. At this moment, with the help of the seismic method, employees from LIAG are clarifying this question in Basadingen, Switzerland. Using various seismic measuring methods, they look as deep as possible into the underground of the valleys to find the best location for drilling next year.
At the end of August, the partners of the DESMEX II project met to start the three-year project. The follow-up project to DESMEX I, is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and intends to use electromagnetic methods in order to find deposits of ores and critical minerals at depths of more than 500 metres. So far, there are only limited methods to reliably explore deposits at greater depths. In the DESMEX project, the partners from science, public administration and industry developed sensors to measure the electromagnetic fields generated in the ground more accurately. In order to obtain the most comprehensive image possible, the sensors will be mounted on helicopters, including drones, and flown over areas several square kilometers in size. The LIAG researchers are developing algorithms to reconstruct a precise image of the subsurface from the measured data. In the new project phase, the focus will be on applying the developed sensors and algorithms, refining them and making them ready for practical use.
Adaptive Storage Systems
Underground Coal Fires
Fault-Controlled Geothermal Systems