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EU funds research project for water and soil management in the North Sea region in times of climate change with over 4.5 Mio. EUR

Hanover, Germany. Groundwater and soil resources of the North Sea region are under pressure from climate change, human use and the resulting landscape changes. The availability of sufficient high-quality water requires immediate systemic strategies. The "Blue Transition" project, led and coordinated by geophysicist Prof. Dr Mike Müller-Petke of the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG), focuses on sustainable water and soil management to strengthen the resilience of the North Sea region. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is funding "Blue Transition" in the Interreg North Sea Programme for three and a half years with over 4.5 million euros.

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New approach determines neotectonic activity on concealed faults

Disaggregation bands can be easily detected in natural outcrops or artificial pits. (Christian Brandes, LUH)

Significance for earthquake hazard maps

Researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG) and the Leibniz University of Hannover (LUH) have developed an approach to detect the connection between disaggregation bands - centimetre-thick zones of deformed sediments - and the neotectonic activity of hidden faults in the subsurface. Even creep activity can be detected. Hidden faults have a high seismic hazard potential. The approach meets the great need for a robust geological indicator and should support its designation in existing hazard maps. The journal Communications Earth & Environment from the Nature portfolio has published the study.

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

Sediment core at the drilling site: taking samples.  (© Merlin Kamke / LIAG)

Winterstettenstadt/Southern Germany. The project "Drilling Overdeepened Alpine Valleys (DOVE)", part of the "International Continental Scientific Drilling Program" (ICDP), 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 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), carried out three research boreholes in the German Alpine foothills near Winterstettenstadt, southern Germany. With the completion, the first findings are…

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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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