GFZ German research centre for geo sciences

Dr. Sven Fuchs

Group Leader
Dr. Sven Fuchs
Building A 69, Room 302 (Büro)
14473 Potsdam
Building D, Room 254 (Labor)
14473 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:

  • Group Leader 'Exploration Thermal Geosystems'
  • Head of the Thermal Petrophysics Lab ( read more...)
  • Lecture at the University of Potsdam and Technical University of Darmstadt

Research Interests:

My research interests focus on the Earth's thermal field and its importance for basic and applied research. That includes a detailed understanding of temperature and heat-flow from surface to lithosphere scale and the associated rock thermal properties.

For mankind, this knowledge is important for any scientific, technological or commercial use of the subsurface. In terms of applications, it is paramount for the exploration and exploitation of resources (geothermal energy, hydrocarbons, mineral resources, etc.) as well as for the storage of solids and energy (air, fluid, gas, nuclear waste, etc.). To realize such projects, I combine geological data from boreholes with geophysical surveys from boreholes (well-log interpretation) and surface (seismic data) as well as with data from laboratory studies of rock physics and chemistry. Core-log integration helps to upscale from core to borehole scale. Such acquired data are implemented in numerical subsurface models that help to get a better understanding of the studied geological system. Further research interests are focusing on hydraulic properties in sedimentary rocks, in particular in granular soils and shallow hydrogeological systems.

Past and ongoing research projects include:

  • Exploration of geothermal systems
  • Laboratory measurement of rock thermal and hydraulic properties (sedimentary rocks, upper and lower crustal rocks)
  • Formation evaluation using core-log integration techniques
  • Heat-flow and temperatures in Central and Northern Europe
  • Local to regional-scale numerical temperature modelling

I am looking for:


  • 07/2021-ongoing              Group Leader (WG Exploration of Thermal Geosystems), GFZ Potsdam, Section 4.8 Geoenergy, Germany
  • 02/2016-06/2021              Postdoc, GFZ Potsdam, Section 4.8 Geoenergy, Germany
  • 09/2013-01/2016              Postdoc, Aarhus University, Department for Geosciences, Denmark
  • 04/2009-08/2013              Research assistant, GFZ Potsdam, Reservoir Technologies, Germany
  • 09/2007-03/2009              Project engineer, industry, Germany


Personal trainings and certification moduls at the Helmholtz Management Academy, the Potsdam Graduate School (POGS) and the network for academic quality Brandenburg (sqb).

  • 04/2009 – 07/2013           Ph.D. student, University of Potsdam, Germany. Title: Well-log based determination of rock thermal conductivity in the North German Basin’
  • 04/2010 – 05/2010           Trainee at Kansas Geological Survey, USA
  • 10/2001 – 08/2007           Study of ‘Applied Earth Engineering Sciences’; Diploma degree with specialization in Hydrogeology, Technical University of Berlin, Germany. Title: ‘‘Numerical process modeling of incident well flow during controlled overpumping for well development’
  • 09/2003–02/2004             Participant at the “European Geotechnical and Environmental Course” (EGEC), provided by FEMP; Berlin and Freiberg (Germany), Wroclaw (Poland)



Research Boards and Committees:


  • 2016/04                EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie – Individual Fellowship (10.2016-03.2019)
  • 2016/01                DAAD return fellowship (Potsdam, Germany, 02.2016-06.2016)
  • 2012/11                ‘Young Scientists Awards’ (best Ph.D. work) at ‘The Geothermal Congress 2012', Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 2010/06                ‘Poster award’ at the Sediment 2010, Potsdam, Germany
  • 2007/08                ‘Dr.-Robert-Scheibe’-price for an outstanding geoscientific diploma thesis (Society of sponsors of geosciences and materials science at the Technical University of Berlin)

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