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


Rodderberg – powerful climate archive reveals itself to be a rare treasure

Ten years after drilling began, the crater of the Rodderberg volcano will soon reveal all its secrets about climate development: 14 international scientists from eight research institutions have combined their drill core analyses in the Rodderberg project coordinated by LIAG and the University of Bremen, creating a huge, high-quality pool of data. The first discovery: The Rodderberg is a rare "superposition".

To press release (German)


LIAG at the virtual EGU

More than 18,000 geoscientists from 136 countries met from April 19-30 for the virtual EGU General Assembly 2021, covering all disciplines of Earth, planetary and space sciences. Researchers from LIAG introduced participants to applied geophysics and its methods and applications in numerous sessions. Topics included: The potential of shallow shear wave and multicomponent seismic, imaging salt structures in northern Germany, 3-D seismic for studies of glacier tectonic structures, characterization of geothermal reservoirs, climate responses to orbital forces, advances in reconstructing Earth system and human dynamics, or the open-source custEM 1.0 3-D finite element modeling toolbox of electromagnetic data.

To the LIAG presentations


New Global Network for Climate Reconstruction in Shallow Marine Areas

The newly established international network PRISMS investigates climate signals in shallow marine environments worldwide. The studies of sediments deposited in shallow marine waters and on shelves can provide information about Earth's climate dynamics and sea level changes. Besides partners from Canada, Taiwan and Switzerland, the LIAG with Christian Zeeden is one of the founding members.

To the network website


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.

To press release (German, English in translation)




LIAG new on YouTube!

LIAG has its own YouTube channel for exciting and deeper insights into our research within Applied Geophysics. Subscribe now and stay up to date!

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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.

More information (German)