A wide range of internationally recognized research is conducted in the fields of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Tübingen. Our research emphasizes the characterization and quantification of geological and geophysical processes ranging from the scale of continents and mountain building processes to the study of hydrocarbon reservoir characteristics, near surface geophysical investigations, and the micro-scale deformation of rocks and minerals. Our research goals include:
- Sedimentary Geosystems: Quantification and characterization of sedimentary georesources and the erosion, transport, and deposition of sediment at the Earth’s surface. Specific areas of interest include: the architecture of sedimentary environments and their role in the genesis, transport, and storage of subsurface fluids (e.g. water and hydrocarbons), as well as the evolution of mountain topography and sedimentary basin formation as a function of climate and tectonic processes.
- Near Surface and Crustal Geophysics: Application of paleomagnetic, geoelectrical, geothermal, and geodynamic techniques to understand mountain building processes, the distribution of environmental contaminants, groundwater remediation, terrestrial thermal processes, and climate change.
- Deformation and Fluid Flow: Observational and modeling studies of rock deformation from the scale of individual grains and faults to entire continents. Research emphases include the role of fluid-rock interactions in deformation and heat transport as well as the mechanics of glaciers and mountain building processes.
- High-Performance Computing: Numerical (computer) modeling plays a significant role in a wide range of research topics at the University of Tübingen. State-of-the-science computer models are developed and used in various work groups in the department. Our goal is to use process based models to simulate geoscience problems and to understand the controlling factors in the evolution of terrestrial systems. Applications of these modeling tools range from simulating grain- to mountain scale deformation, reservoir characteristics, groundwater flow and transport, glaciology, climate modeling, and landscape evolution modeling.