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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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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Geohazards: DFG funds research of Osning Lineament's neotectonic evolution

Neotectonic movements on faults can be a major hazard. In northern Germany, however, little is known about neotectonic activity, despite evidence of it. At the Osning Lineament on the southern edge of the Lower Saxony Basin, there have been ten earthquakes in the last 400 years, one in 1612 with particularly severe consequences for Bielefeld. The project aims to demonstrate the significance of near-surface faults in relation to neotectonic activity - and why the Osning Lineament in particular is unique.

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Manfred Frechen to be Acting Director of LIAG

The Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG) officially appoints Prof. Dr. Manfred Frechen as acting director by resolution of its Governing Board. Prof. Dr. Gerald Gabriel takes over his previous position as deputy director. Both are currently in charge of the research areas "Geochronology" and "Seismics and Potential Methods" at the institute. 

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Dynamic Underworld: DFG funds new DynaDeep research group with around 5 million euros

Im Untergrund von wellengepeitschten Nordseestränden laufen vielfältige Prozesse ab, über die bisher wenig bekannt ist. Diese dynamische Unterwelt, in der sich Salz- und Süßwasser mischen, steht im Mittelpunkt der neuen Forschungsgruppe "Dynamik des tiefen Untergrunds hochenergetischer Strände (DynaDeep)", an der auch das LIAG beteiligt ist. Die von der Universität Oldenburg geleitete Forschungsgruppe analysiert die biogeochemischen Prozesse und wird deren Auswirkung auf die Küstenökosysteme und auf Stoffkreisläufe bewerten - zunächst modellhaft auf Spiekeroog.

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Research line concept: Start with "Groundwater Geophysics" and "Geohazards"

LIAG continues to push the reorientation of the research line. To this end, it initiated a two-day future workshop: 11 external researchers from Germany and abroad with proven expertise in geoscientific topics and geophysics discussed the Institute's potential research strategy. On the basis of these results, the Scientific Advisory Board then made its recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding an initial orientation on the topics of "Groundwater Geophysics" and "Geohazards". This now officially commissioned the LIAG to draw up a precise framework concept - a further step in the vision towards an Institute for Environmental Geophysics.

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LIAG at virtual AGU Fall Meeting 2020

How will you “Shape the Future of Science?” The American Geophysical Union (AGU) asks this question at its world's largest geoscience conference. This year's conference will take place virtually from December 1 to 17 – LIAG is involved in the organization of a session on the topic "Astronomical forcing and Past Climate Cycles" (Dr. Christian Zeeden). LIAG researchers will also give various thematic presentations.

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Palaeoearthquakes in the eastern Alps: New dating methods allow age determination about the Periadriatic fault for the first time

According to the current state of research, the eastern Periadriatic Fault System (PAF), on the border between the Eastern and Southern Alps, shows barely any historical and instrumental earthquakes - although it is one of the most important tectonic features of the Alps. In this new project, the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG) and the Friedrich Schiller University Jena are now using new dating methods, which for the first time will allow the most recent geological fault activities to be revealed.

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