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) 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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The LIAG seminar


Climate evolution in the European Alpine region: International research project starts with drilling

How did the climate in the Alpine region change during the ice ages and how did it shape glaciers, flora and fauna over the millennia? The LIAG, in cooperation with the Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg and the State Office for Geology, Raw Materials and Mining in the Freiburg Regional Council (LGRB), is starting three research boreholes near Winterstettenstadt at the beginning of April. The boreholes, which are up to 160 meters deep, mark the start of the international project "DOVE - Drilling Overdeepened Alpine Valleys". This aims to reconstruct the spatial and temporal climate development during the ice ages over the past 2.6 million years in the entire Alpine region.

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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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Geothermal energy from the crystalline subsurface: explorations to launch an energy research project

Together with the Department of Geothermal Science and Technology, LIAG is carrying out vibratory seismic measurements of the subsurface on the Lichtwiese campus and on adjacent forest roads. The work, which has been approved by the nature conservation authority, serves to prepare the joint research project "Seasonally coupled crystalline geothermal probe storage". The project, which has applied for funding under the German government's 7th Energy Research Program, essentially involves drilling to depths of up to 750 meters at four narrowly defined locations on the edge of the campus and inserting geothermal probes into the holes.

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Thomas Günther awarded prize for outstanding achievements in geophysics

The DGG honors researchers Dr. Thomas Günther of the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG) and Dr. Carsten Rücker of BASE with the "Ernst von Rebeur Paschwitz Award" for their outstanding scientific achievements in geophysics. The award was presented for their fundamental and consistently evolving work on modeling electrical and electromagnetic data at the DGG annual meeting. The scientists made their developments available to the scientific community as open-source software. 

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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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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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