Department of Hydrogeology

Department of Hydrogeology


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, marking & pumping tests, artificial intelligence & machine learning, groundwater & ecology as well as thermal groundwater use.


"Are we facing a shortage of drinking water?"

Prof. Dr. Nico Goldscheider gave Radio-Bremen a live interview on the subject of water shortage.

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"Der tropfende Wasserhahn ist nicht so schlimm"

Prof. Dr. Nico Goldscheider gave an interview at Zeit Online, where he talks about the importance of groundwater in Germany.

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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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Global Groundwater Sustainability: A call to action

The statement is meant to raise awareness of the global importance of groundwater, encourage future international action-oriented initiatives and build momentum towards the 2022 UN World Water Day. Fellow scientists, practitioners and experts are invited to sign on their own behalf.
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

Karlsruhe Karst Lectures no. 26 & 27

Multi -methodological approach to investigate karst aquifers
Prof. Dr. Bartolomé Andreo

Characterization of flow and transport in Mediterranean karst systems: appl ication to case studies in Lebanon
Prof. Dr. Joanna Doumma

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Mysterious caves - how we discover the world under our feet

On Tuesday evening, 12.03. 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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Karst hydrogeology, speleology and the world karst map

Nico Goldscheider in an article about karst hydrogeology, speleology and the world karst map (WOKAM) in the science programme LOGO of NDR (from minute 17'35 to 20'05)

Podcast (mp3)
New world map shows karst aquifers

At KIT, the "World Karst Aquifer Map" has been developed in an international project. The uniform map is to improve the protection and management of karst aquifers.

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Latest publications

Hydrochemical evaluation of water resources and human impacts on an urban karst system, Jordan.
Xanke, J.; Ender, A.; Grimmeisen, F.; Goeppert, N.; Goldscheider, N.
2020. Hydrogeology journal. doi:10.1007/s10040-020-02174-2
Experimental and modeling evidence of kilometer-scale anomalous tracer transport in an alpine karst aquifer.
Goeppert, N.; Goldscheider, N.; Berkowitz, B.
2020. Water research, 178, Article No.115755. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2020.115755