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), based in Hanover, Germany, is an independent, non-university research institution. Using methods of applied geophysics, future-oriented questions of public relevance are investigated. The main focus of the research work is the exploration of the usable subsurface and the development of measuring and evaluation methods. The institute has over 50 years of experience in geophysical research. LIAG is unique in Germany due to its many years of specialization in the near-surface application of geophysics, the equipment and data infrastructure and the associated possibility of combining a wide range of geophysical methods within one institute to cover a wide range of topics. 


Applied geophysics: How does seismics actually work?

Research at LIAG simply explained: The seismic measuring instruments developed at the institute are used to gain knowledge about processes and structures as well as changes in the subsoil, which is difficult to access. This is particularly important for issues relating to groundwater and geohazards. But how exactly do we work with the method?

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New cooperation in reflection seismics for research topics geohazards and groundwater

The LIAG has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Swiss-based company GEO2X for cooperation in the field of high-resolution reflection seismics. The MoU defines framework conditions for future cooperation on the topics of groundwater, geohazards, geotechnics and georesources. 

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Opening of the Policy Week of the EU project TOPSOIL

During the EU Policy Week from 13 to 17 December, a special focus will be put on spreading the TOPSOIL message among policy makers. The EU project TOPSOIL is about the adaptive capacity of the North Sea region in the climate change, where LIAG carried out research in groundwater geophysics. MEP Lena Düpont with an important statement.

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Completed research borehole will give insights into climate and landscape development in the Alpine region

The project DOVE aims to reconstruct the spatial and temporal climate development during the ice ages up to 2.6 million years ago and show their influence on the landscape development in the entire Alpine region. To this end, the LIAG carried out three research boreholes in the German Alpine foothills near Winterstettenstadt, southern Germany. With the completion, the first findings are already opening up.

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Neotectonic development of the Osning Lineament

A new DFG project enables research on near-surface faults at the Osning Lineament in northern Germany in the context of neotectonics - so far little is known about the reactivation of the fault.  However, there have been several earthquakes in the past 400 years.

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LIAG new member of the "Initiative Wissenschaft Hannover"

Meeting with Lord Mayor City of Hannover Belit Onay at the opening of the "November of Science" aka #knowember: The #LIAG is a new member of the "Initiative Wissenschaft Hannover"! With this cooperation, LIAG and its partners will strengthen the attractiveness and #internationalisation of Hannover as a science location.

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