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.

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G05/20 Borehole Geophysics JET Project

application before 03.07.2020

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Groundwater protection on Spiekeroog Island - first installation of a salt water monitoring system

LIAG and OOWV cooperate for sustainable groundwater management. Scientists of the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG) have installed for the first time a saltwater monitoring system (SAMOS) on the Spiekeroog Island in cooperation with the Oldenburgisch-Ostfriesischer Wasserverband (OOWV). 

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Geothermal District Heating and Cooling: Project website now online

Creating knowledge transfer and advancing technological developments in the heating and cooling sector of geothermal energy use - this is the goal of the EU-funded network project COST ACTION Geothermal District Heating and Cooling. As a project member, the LIAG has created an important information and exchange platform with a newly completed website.

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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. 

Over the past few weeks, LIAG has almost completely converted its regular operations to "mobile working" under the virus-related restrictions, and at the same time has drawn up a detailed hygiene and occupational safety concept for the employees who have to do their research on the institute campus. In compliance with strict hygiene measures, the in-house laboratories were finally reactivated in mid-May. In this way, the Institute also guarantees the continuation of its research projects for those scientists who require highly developed technology. Nevertheless, the protection of our employees has top priority: Therefore, "mobile working" from home remains an important protective instrument in principle. Should some processes take a little longer than usual due to the measures taken, we ask for your understanding - we are doing our best to keep the institute running despite the unusual circumstances.

LIAG scientist dates gut strings of early musical instruments for the first time

Dating gut strings of early plucked instruments with the electron spin resonance method (ESR) - this was achieved for the first time by LIAG scientist Dr. Sumiko Tsukamoto. In the field of music, she thus provided important information for early European plucked instruments such as baroque guitars or harp lutes from the 19th century. 

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Future of the Institute guaranteed

The Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics will continue to operate after 2022, when the joint federal-state financing ends.

The continuation will be carried out by the State of Lower Saxony after a cabinet decision on January 21, 2020, has created the necessary conditions for the continued financing of the institute. With the restructuring of the LIAG now underway, the aim is to rejoin the Leibniz Association as soon as possible. The Institute would like to thank the Geologischen Diensten and further Associations for their support in maintaining the Institute.