LIAG / Institute 


Welcome to LIAG

The LIAG Institute for Applied Geophysics is an independent, non-university research facility based in Hanover, Germany. We employ applied geophysical methods to explore and solve problems in the field of groundwater resources, geohazards and georeservoirs as source and storage components for energy supply. The focus of our research is the exploration of the shallow and accessible subsurface and the development of the respective investigation techniques. The institute has more than 75 years of experience in applied geophysical research. Our years of specialization in near-surface geophysical applications, our spectrum of novel equipment and data infrastructure, as well as our resulting expertise in combining diverse geophysical methods characterize LIAG as a unique research institution in Germany.

Research in the field of Applied Geophysics is important to face challenges of the future such as the exploration, sustainable supply, and conservation of essential natural resources. It is also important to assess geohazards. Our research contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations.

History of the Institute

LIAG was established as an independent research institute in 1999. Previously, it was a department of the Geological Survey of Lower Saxony. This department was founded in 1948 by the Höchster Agreement.

Today LIAG and the Federal Institute for Geoscience and Natural Resources (BGR) as well as the State Office for Mining, Energy and Geology (LBEG) constitute the GeoZentrum Hanover (GZH).



Prof. Dr. Martin Sauter

+49 511 643-2301


Managing Director:

Lars Naue

+49 511 643-2599

Department S2

Head of Department:

Prof. Dr. Mike Müller-Petke

+49 511 643-3253

Department S3

Head of Department:

Prof. Dr. Manfred Frechen

+49 511 643-2537

Department S4

Head of Department:

Prof. Dr. Inga Moeck

+49 511 643-3468


Statute (German)
Articles (German)
Terms of Condition (German)
Schedule of Remuneration (German)