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.
Adaptive Storage Systems
Underground Coal Fires
Fault-Controlled Geothermal Systems
By decision of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Thomas Wonik was relieved from his duties as Acting Director of LIAG by the end of 22 November 2018. Prof. Dr. Manfred Frechen has accepted the duties as LIAG`s Acting Director since 23 November 2018. The deputies of the Acting Director are Dr. Gerald Gabriel and Prof. Dr. Inga Moeck.
To identify subsurface processes responsible for sinkhole development in the alluvial fan of Ghor Al-Haditha at the southeast shore of the Dead Sea, researchers from Jordan, Germany, and Ireland carried out high-resolution shear wave reflection vibratory seismic surveys in the area to a depth of nearly 200 m. The most surprising result of the survey is the absence of evidence of a proposed massive salt layer. Instead, seismic images show a complex interlocking of alluvial fan deposits and lacustrine sediments of the Dead Sea. They suggest that Dead Sea mud layers become increasingly exposed to unsaturated water as the sea level declines and are consequently destabilized and mobilized by both dissolution and physical erosion in the subsurface. The results were recently published in Solid Earth.
Article by Katerine Kornei:
Dr. Manfred W. Wuttke was appointed visiting professor in the field of Safety Science and Engineering at Xi'an University of Science and Technology (Shaanxi, China). Dr. Wuttke coordinates the research field "Geo-Energy Systems" at LIAG.