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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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International research project starts with drillings in Germany to investigate the climate development in the alpine region

Research drillings should give information about the climate at that time (© H. Anger's Söhne)

How did the climate in the Alpine region change during the ice ages and shape glaciers, flora and fauna over the millennia?

Winterstettenstadt.  In April, the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG), in cooperation with the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg and the State Office for Geology, Raw Materials and Mining in the Freiburg Regional Council (LGRB), will start three research boreholes within the community of Ingoldingen southeast of Winterstettenstadt, Germany. The boreholes, which are up to 160 meters deep, mark the start of the international project "DOVE - Drilling Overdeepened Alpine Valleys". The aim of this project is to reconstruct the spatial and temporal climate development during the ice ages in the entire Alpine…

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Manfred Frechen to be Acting Director of LIAG

 Prof. Dr. Manfred Frechen becomes acting director

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. In addition, the LIAG management was commissioned to define its research line in a framework concept with regard to the initial topics of “Groundwater Geophysics” and “Geohazards”. This is a first step towards an Institute for Environmental Geophysics.

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

LIAG and the University of Jena determine earliest age structures in important fault line.

Hanover/Jena. 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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Experts support the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics in defining its research direction

Dr. Berend Lindner, State Secretary of the Lower Saxony Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour, Transport and Digitalisation and Prof. Dr. Manfred Frechen, Acting Director LIAG.

State Secretary Dr. Berend Lindner opened "Future for LIAG" workshop.

Hanover. On the 7th and 8th September, the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG) initiated a two-day workshop to discuss its future line of research with 11 external scientists who have a proven expertise in geoscientific topics and geophysics. The event was opened by Dr. Berend Lindner, State Secretary of the Lower Saxony Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour, Transport and Digitalisation.

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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

Spiekeroog. 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). Using a geoelectric measuring system, changes in the salt/fresh water boundary in the protective dune area of the island are monitored continuously. The real-time evaluation provide crucial information for sustainable water management by OOWV.

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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.

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Oldest European lake reveals its secrets

In a recently published Nature article, an international research team with LIAG participation unlocks the secrets of Lake Ohrid that is located between Northern Macedonia and Albania. With an age of 1.4 million years, Lake Ohrid is not only the oldest lake in Europe, but also an ideal witness of Mediterranean climate history. The drilling took place within the framework of the ICDP (International Continental Scientific Drilling Program). The research team discovered pronounced low-pressure areas with intensive rainfall during interglacial periods. Similar phenomena could occur again in the future, as a result of man-made climate change.

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LIAG researcher is honored as outstanding young scientist

The prestigious "Division Outstanding Early Career Scienctists Award" of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) goes to Dr. Christian Zeeden from the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG) in Hanover for his work in the field of stratigraphy/ sedimentology/ palaeontology. The prize is awarded by the European Geosciences Union (EGU) and honors young scientists who have distinguished themselves through outstanding scientific achievements at an early career level. On April 10th, Zeeden will receive the prize at the EGU's annual conference in Vienna for his impressive publication and collaboration achievements.

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Unearth the true age: Prize for contributions in age dating

Tool of Homo heidelbergensis

The Japanese Quarternary Association awarded a prize to Dr. Sumiko Tsukamoto of the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG, Hannover) for her outstanding research in the field of age determination of sediments with electron spin resonance (ESR) and luminescence dating methods at the annual meeting in Japan. The meeting was held in Tokyo from 24th to 26th of August, 2018.

ESR and luminescence dating are physical methods that are relevant for a multitude of possible applications. Among others, they are employed to determine the age of sediments. Archeologists use this information to date finds and their geological horizons. Based on the age data of sediments, geoscientists continually expand their knowledge about the climate of the…

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