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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Anthropocene urges joining the expertise

Leibniz institutions and LIAG launch novel research initiative: Scientists from a wide range of disciplines from Leibniz Association institutions are launching an initiative for "Integrated Earth System Research". Together with partners from Germany, Europe and other countries, they will investigate the current epoch of the Earth’s history, which is strongly influenced by humans, in a coordinated and interdisciplinary way as never before. The findings will point out both high-risk and safe development paths for politics, business and civil society.

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"Salinisation": Filming of the LIAG saline water monitoring system SAMOS with ZDF Terra Xpress

For a feature on salinisation in the programme Terra Xpress on ZDF, LIAG researchers were interviewed during their measurements using our saltwater monitoring system SAMOS. With the early warning system developed at LIAG, water suppliers can be supported sustainably and in the long term in water quantity management, thus protecting groundwater. The documentary is expected to be broadcast in September.

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Funding commitment NFDI4Earth Consortium

On the recommendation of the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Joint Science Conference (GWK) decided on 2 July to fund the National Research Data Infrastructure for Earth System Research (NFDI4Earth) consortium and nine other consortia. This concludes the second round of calls for proposals, in which 16 initiatives applied for funding. With the help of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI), data from science and research is to be systematically made accessible, secured, made more widely available and networked internationally.

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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.

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First practical implementation of the NMR soil sensor

The DFG funds MoreSpin 2: The aim of the project is to develop a mobile NMR sensor for mapping soil water content down to a depth of about two metres. Following the successful validation of feasibility, the project is now moving into implementation. This will open up new possibilities for analysis and interpretation in areas such as permafrost issues, climate modelling, groundwater recharge, soil protection and food security.

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LIAG Research Report 2020 now available!

Groundwater geophysics, geohazards, sediments through the (climatechange)ages, geothermal energy – our new Research Report 2020 gives an overview about our research topics and selected projects in the field of applied geophysics! 

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