Hydrogeology is the science of groundwater and its interaction with rocks. In most parts of the world, groundwater is the quantitatively most important and qualitatively best drinking water resource. Hydrogeology deals with the occurrence, movement, quality, use and protection of groundwater. Our hydrogeological research includes observations, measurements and experiments in nature and in the laboratory as well as mathematical and numerical modelling. We cover the entire spectrum of groundwater research. Special focus is on karst and alpine hydrogeology, groundwater protection and management, tracer & pumping tests, artificial intelligence & machine learning, groundwater & ecology as well as thermal groundwater use.


As a result of climate change, Germany is threatened by falling groundwater levels

KIT and BGR Develop Forecast Models on the Future Development of Groundwater Levels Based on Artificial Intelligence

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Podiumsdiskussion „Grundwasser und Trinkwasser – Herausforderungen durch Klimawandel und Landnutzung“

On Thursday, September 23, 2021, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Prof. Dr. Nico Goldscheider will take part in the GeoKarlsruhe 2021 panel discussion on "Groundwater and Drinking Water - Challenges due to Climate Change and Land Use".

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Was passiert im Karstgrundwasserleiter?

Hydrogeologen des KIT untersuchen die Wasserqualität am Blautopf in Blaubeueren, um Erkenntnisse für Karstaquifere weltweit zu gewinnen. Das im August 2020 begonnene Projekt IMPART ist auf drei Jahre ausgelegt.

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ARCADIS Prize for Geo- and Environmental Research 2021

The prize is awarded for outstanding master's and doctoral theses written at KIT institutes with a focus on geosciences and environmental sciences.

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2021 is the International Year of Caves & Karst (IYCK)

KIT Hydrogeology has been active in hydrogeological karst research for decades and participates, among other things, through lectures at the IYCK. A recent film by Uwe Krüger shows the diversity of caves and karst landscapes, their value as ecosystems and water resources, but also their vulnerability and threats. The film also includes several scenes from our research projects (e.g. marking experiment starting at minute 3:38).

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International Year of Caves & Karst
Where will our drinking water come from in the future?

Prof. Nico Goldscheider can be seen in a report on the P.M. Wissen programme on Servus TV. Here he gives insights into our research in Kleinwalsertal in Austria, one of the test regions of our KARMA project. The World Karstaquifer Map (WOKAM) can also be seen.

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„Nitrat-Monitoring 4.0“- Konsortium bekommt 2,5 Mio. Euro Förderbescheid überreicht

On Thursday, 15 October, the official handover of the decision on the project Nitrate Monitoring 4.0 - Intelligent Systems for Sustainable Reduction of Nitrate in Groundwater took place in Karlsruhe. The decision, worth 2.5 million euros, was presented by the Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter. Dr. Tanja Liesch was on site for KIT along with other representatives of politics and the project partners.

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Mysterious caves - how we discover the world under our feet

On Tuesday evening, 12.03.2019 at 9 pm, the WDR broadcast the Quarks programme about caves. In the program Prof. Dr. Nico Goldscheider and Dr. Zhao Chen performed. Our topics in the article "Cave Groundwater" are research in the Blauhöhle and the Blautopf, and the World Karstaquifer Map (WOKAM).

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Latest publications

Spatiotemporal optimization of groundwater monitoring networks using data-driven sparse sensing methods
Ohmer, M.; Liesch, T.; Wunsch, A.
2022. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 26 (15), 4033–4053. doi:10.5194/hess-26-4033-2022
Erratum zu: Berechnung von Temperaturfahnen im Grundwasser mit analytischen und numerischen Modellen
Ohmer, M.; Klester, A.; Kissinger, A.; Mirbach, S.; Class, H.; Schneider, M.; Lindenlaub, M.; Bauer, M.; Liesch, T.; Menberg, K.; Blum, P.
2022. Grundwasser, 27, 149–150. doi:10.1007/s00767-022-00513-6
Karst spring discharge modeling based on deep learning using spatially distributed input data
Wunsch, A.; Liesch, T.; Cinkus, G.; Ravbar, N.; Chen, Z.; Mazzilli, N.; Jourde, H.; Goldscheider, N.
2022. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 26 (9), 2405–2430. doi:10.5194/hess-26-2405-2022