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.


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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Artificial intelligence as a solution

Andreas Wunsch and Dr. Andreas Abecker from Disy-Informationssysteme gave an interview to the Badische Neueste Nachrichten. Here they both talk about the goals and chances of the research project Nitrate Monitoring 4.0 - Intelligent Systems for Sustainable Reduction of Nitrate in Groundwater.

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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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Adventure Vietnam

Under the title "Adventure Vietnam", the film about the KaWaTech Solutions project, among other things, will be broadcast on 4 June at 20:15 on Arte and on 28 June at 19:30 on ZDF.

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Pilot plant in Vietnam: Water for 10,000 people

Innovative Seo Ho Plant Inaugurated - KIT Develops Sustainable Technologies for Water Supply in Emerging and Developing Countries


Latest publications

Risk of groundwater contamination widely underestimated because of fast flow into aquifers.
Hartmann, A.; Jasechko, S.; Gleeson, T.; Wada, Y.; Andreo, B.; Barberá, J. A.; Brielmann, H.; Bouchaou, L.; Charlier, J.-B.; Darling, W. G.; Filippini, M.; Garvelmann, J.; Goldscheider, N.; Kralik, M.; Kunstmann, H.; Ladouche, B.; Lange, J.; Lucianetti, G.; Martín, J. F.; Mudarra, M.; Sánchez, D.; Stumpp, C.; Zagana, E.; Wagener, T.
2021. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 118 (20), Art.-Nr.:e2024492118. doi:10.1073/pnas.2024492118
Field Tracer Tests to Evaluate Transport Properties of Tryptophan and Humic Acid in Karst.
Frank, S.; Goeppert, N.; Goldscheider, N.
2021. Groundwater, 59 (1), 59–70. doi:10.1111/gwat.13015
Comparative application and optimization of different single-borehole dilution test techniques.
Fahrmeier, N.; Goeppert, N.; Goldscheider, N.
2021. Hydrogeology journal, 29 (1), 199–211. doi:10.1007/s10040-020-02271-2
A model ensemble generator to explore structural uncertainty in karst systems with unmapped conduits.
Fandel, C.; Ferré, T.; Chen, Z.; Renard, P.; Goldscheider, N.
2021. Hydrogeology journal, 29, 229–248. doi:10.1007/s10040-020-02227-6
Comparisons on the effects of temperature, runoff, and land-cover on carbonate weathering in different karst catchments: insights into the future global carbon cycle.
Zeng, S.; Liu, Z.; Goldscheider, N.; Frank, S.; Goeppert, N.; Kaufmann, G.; Zeng, C.; Zeng, Q.; Sun, H.
2021. Hydrogeology journal, 29 (1), 331–345. doi:10.1007/s10040-020-02252-5