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10.07.2017 | Report | “Good luck” for ProSalz – A safe use of salt deposits for resource mining and underground energy storage

In Germany, salt deposits play a major economic role, not only in resource mining but, less known, also for energy storage. Salt is characterized by an impermeable structure and therefore is a preferred storage medium for various liquids and gases. Technical caverns in salt can serve as a storage medium for example for natural gas, hydrogen or mineral oil. It secures a reliable energy supply even during peak of demand. Cavernous structures are also naturally formed and occasionally found in active salt mines. Within such an active salt mine the project „ProSalt - process understanding, scalability and transferability of reactive multiphase transport in salt deposits“ investigates the processes acting between salt, gas, and water in the transition zone between cavern and solid rock.


30.06.2017 | Report | From atmosphere to space weather – More exchange for better findings

New findings in geosciences are often gained when different disciplines combine their results. The atmosphere and its transition zone to space are fields where a lot of different disciplines are doing research, from remote sensing over magnetosphere physics to meteorology. Here in particular an exchange between disciplines may lead to a better understanding of the processes behind the phenomena within the atmosphere and phenomena of space weather.


20.06.2017 | Bericht | Die Klügste Nacht des Jahres – Zur Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften auf den Telegrafenberg nach Potsdam

Zur Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften am 24. Juni 2017 öffnet der Telegrafenberg für Besucherinnen und Besucher jeden Alters seine historischen Pforten, um modernste Forschung zu präsentieren. Es gibt für alle Interessierten die Gelegenheit, unsere Forschung von 17 bis 24 Uhr live zu erleben. Auch für ein buntes Kinderprogramm, Musik, Essen und Getränke ist gesorgt.


14.06.2017 | Report | Forecasting droughts

Tadesse Tujuba Kenea has one goal: he would like to be able to predict droughts in Ethiopia. The holder of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) scholarship is currently researching on this topic at the GFZ section Hydrology. To-date there is no system available that is capable of monitoring or even predicting droughts in this country at the African Horn. Ethiopia is a country of great contrasts. Mountains as high as four thousand meters and valleys reaching down to even below the sea level determine the landscape. Rivers – also from the snow-capped mountains – flow through the country and heavy rains lead to devastating flooding.  And still the country is repeatedly hit by droughts.  Such intense variations in rainfall distribution endanger agriculture which largely depends on rain for irrigation. The lack of or low precipitation causes the soil to dry out and this, in turn, leads to a reduction in agricultural yields.


31.05.2017 | Report | A scientific drilling project at the Alpine Fault – The discovery of an extreme geothermal activity in the New Zealand underground

The Alpine Fault – a transform fault in the western South Island of New Zealand – is highly interesting to geoscientists. Here, alongside the fault between the Australian and the Pacific plate, plates move with an average speed of about three centimetres per year. In 1717 the fault ruptured last. Since it is presumed that major earthquakes occur every 300 to 400 years at this fault the next major quake is thought to happen any time soon.


28.04.2017 | Report | Freely available satellite data for industry and authorities

Satellite data have an enormous potential for commercial users and authorities. For instance, they are useful in farming, monitoring of building projects or mapping of changes in urban areas. The Copernicus Programme of the European Commission provides freely available remote-sensing data for those applications. To improve exchange of data and relevant information, so-called Copernicus Relays have been established. The Relay responsible for the North-Eastern part of Germany is located in Potsdam. It was founded by GEOkomm (Association of the Geoinformation Industry Berlin/Brandenburg) and the GFZ.


19.04.2017 | Report | ”Funny Signals” - Kristine Larson uses GPS data for detecting soil moisture and measuring volcanic ash plumes

By the help of GPS signals cars, airplanes and farm tractors find their way. By now the technique has reached our everyday life. But it is also useful for detecting soil moisture or vegetation from space and for measuring volcanic ash plume density to improve flight safety, hopefully. One of the pioneers of such new applications is Kristine Larson. Since 2016 she is Alexander von Humboldt Research Awardee and now works as a visiting scientist at the GFZ in section Space Geodetic Techniques.

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