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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LIAG at virtual AGU Fall Meeting 2020

How will you “Shape the Future of Science?” The American Geophysical Union (AGU) asks this question at its world's largest geoscience conference. This year's conference will take place virtually from December 1 to 17 – LIAG is involved in the organization of a session on the topic "Astronomical forcing and Past Climate Cycles" (Dr. Christian Zeeden). LIAG researchers will also give various thematic presentations.

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LIAG as guest at 'Leibniz in State Parliament'

‘Leibniz in State Parliament‘ takes place on 10 and 11 November 2020. This dialogue format enables researchers at Leibniz institutions in Lower Saxony to discuss current issues and challenges in research and policy with members of the state parliament and allows both groups to be apprised of new developments. As a guest institute, LIAG provides information on topics such as the status of groundwater using innovative, drone based geophysics with regard to drought, drought and salinization or geological hazards - because sinkholes and earthquakes also affect Lower Saxony.

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Manfred Frechen to be Acting Director of LIAG

The Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG) officially appoints Prof. Dr. Manfred Frechen as acting director by resolution of its Governing Board. Prof. Dr. Gerald Gabriel takes over his previous position as deputy director. Both are currently in charge of the research areas "Geochronology" and "Seismics and Potential Methods" at the institute. 

Press release


Palaeoearthquakes in the eastern Alps: New dating methods allow age determination about the Periadriatic fault for the first time

According to the current state of research, the eastern Periadriatic Fault System (PAF), on the border between the Eastern and Southern Alps, shows barely any historical and instrumental earthquakes - although it is one of the most important tectonic features of the Alps. In this new project, the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG) and the Friedrich Schiller University Jena are now using new dating methods, which for the first time will allow the most recent geological fault activities to be revealed.

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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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Wolfgang Helms Foundation Prize goes to former LIAG doctoral student

Dr. Sarah Hupfer receives the award of the Wolfgang Helms Foundation of the TU Clausthal for her dissertation on solution processes in carbonates! With her work she conducted important basic research for a better understanding of subrosion-related processes, such as sinkholes, and their risk assessment. She was supervised at LIAG by Dr. Matthias Halisch, at TU Clausthal by Prof. Dr. Andreas Weller and at TU Berlin by Prof. Dr. Sabine Kruschwitz.

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