Themes, Aims and Working groups

The active seismic and electromagnetic methods we research are especially applied as non-invasive and spatially inclusive and comprehensive structural imaging tools for the subsurface.  They also allow physical parameter determination leading to process understanding.  This yields important contributions for both basic and societal relevant research questions, for instance mass movement, pathways, and geohazard.

Therefore, we pursue the following thematical topics:

  • Imaging and monitoring of structures and changes in the subsurface,
  • exploration (hydrocarbons, geothermics, underground storage),
  • urban geophysics and determination of geotechnical parameters.

Structural and parameter-based imaging play a fundamental role as does the detection of changes.  They have to tackle the unsolved question of closing imaging gaps at depth (e.g., scale between reservoir and underburden) and close to surface (e.g., scale between georadar and seismic).  This will finally enable to better connect different depth compartments of the crust which should lead to a better evaluation of process causes and consequences.

This defines our methodical topics:

The section comprises these four working groups that cover in addition to the joint overall aims further specific research topics:                                   

Applied Seismics,



Sub-/seismic Deformation Modelling.