Groundwater systems and hydrogeophysics

Water - our most important good (food, comestible)

The aim of this topical research field is to improve the knowledge on structure and dynamics of groundwater systems as well as the quality of groundwater. The investigations focus on selected exemplary cases.

The sufficient availability of clean drinking water is a basic requirement of human life. Natural groundwater systems represent the most important drinking water resource. Their survival is increasingly under threat worldwide through intensive use and anthropogenic influence. Consequences of climate change on groundwater resources also raise new and challenging questions. The protection of this natural basic requirement of life within the bounds of a sustainable development is in the interest of being. The comprehension of water resources is of great importance for the water supply concept as well as for the valuation of the natural protection capacity of covering layers concerning anthropogenic pollution. The quantity of freshwater is often limited in depth by the saltwater/freshwater boundary.

Clever management of this natural environment requires profound knowledge of the extent of the groundwater bodies and those processes that occur within them. The basis for this is observational research and measurements on different spatial and time scales. Inherent heterogeneity of the subsurface and limitations in access by boreholes require the need of modern surveying techniques and complex interpretation algorithms.

The work in this LIAG topical research field concentrates on



Dr. Helga Wiederhold
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Lithological relevance of near-surface seismic velocity model
Geophysical characterization of buried valley aquifer system


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