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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DFG funds better visualization of very active disorder in New Zealand

The German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding a potentially pioneering joint project between LIAG and LUH to visualize one of the most famous faults in New Zealand: The aim is to investigate and for the first time concretize the course of the "Hope Fault" on the South Island in New Zealand near Kaikoura from bedrock to loose sediment. Measurements are expected to start in early 2022.

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"Meet the Geophysicst": LIAG doctoral student gives insights into her career start

From geosciences to geophysics – LIAG PhD student Katharina Leu has succeeded in starting her career after graduation. Since October 1, 2020, she is doing her PhD in Rock Physics & Borehole Geophysics and evaluating geophysical borehole measurements within the ICDP project "JET" (Integrated Understanding of the Early Jurassic Earth System and Timescale). In DGG's newsletter series "Meet the Geophysicist" she tells more about her career, her decisions and experiences before and during her studies and gives tips for the subsequent career entry.

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North German Geothermal Conference - register now!

Climate-friendly and reliable - this is how near-surface geothermal energy is proving itself in more and more practical examples for heating and cooling buildings. It is therefore high time to recognize its potential as a possible key to the heat transition and to use it even more intensively. Discuss with experts from politics, companies, authorities and research how this can succeed. We invite you to the 12th North German Geothermal Conference on May 5 and 6.

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Dynamic Underworld: DFG funds new DynaDeep research group with around 5 million euros

In the subsurface of wave-swept North Sea beaches, diverse processes take place about which little is known so far. This dynamic underworld, where salt and fresh water mix, is the focus of the new research group "Dynamics of the deep subsurface of high-energy beaches (DynaDeep)", in which LIAG is also involved. The research group, led by the University of Oldenburg, analyzes the biogeochemical processes and will assess their impact on coastal ecosystems and on material cycles - initially on a model basis on Spiekeroog.

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AstroTrias project funded - Exploring climate dynamics ~250 million years ago

The project AstroTrias (DAAD) focuses on climate dynamics during the Triassic (about 250 - 200 million years ago) in Europe. Continental sequences of sedimentary rocks in France and Germany will be investigated in order to gather information about climate developments in the Triassic under warm and dry conditions. For this purpose rock magnetic measurements will be performed and interpreted at LIAG in Grubenhagen. The work supports the ICDP project "DeepDust", which is in preparation and in which LIAG is also actively involved.

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Research line concept: Start with "Groundwater Geophysics" and "Geohazards"

LIAG continues to push the reorientation of the research line. To this end, it initiated a two-day future workshop: 11 external researchers from Germany and abroad with proven expertise in geoscientific topics and geophysics discussed the Institute's potential research strategy. On the basis of these results, the Scientific Advisory Board then made its recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding an initial orientation on the topics of "Groundwater Geophysics" and "Geohazards". This now officially commissioned the LIAG to draw up a precise framework concept - a further step in the vision towards an Institute for Environmental Geophysics.

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