S1 Site Investigation and Environmental Analysis

People Involved

Principal Investigators

Prof. Dr. Christian Zwiener

University of Tübingen, Environmental Analytical Chemistry

Dr. Carsten Leven

University of Tübingen, Hydrogeology

Prof. Dr. Peter Dietrich

University of Tübingen, Environmental and Engineering Geophysics & Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ), Department of Monitoring and Exploration Technologies

Field and Laboratory Support

Dr. Martina Werneburg

University of Tübingen, Environmental Analytical Chemistry (until 10/2019)

Marc Jantz

University of Tübingen, Hydrogeology

Sara Cafisso

University of Tübingen, Hydrogeochemistry

Stephanie Nowak

University of Tübingen, Environmental Analytical Chemistry

Objectives and Support Services


A major part of the CAMPOS research projects relies on field investigations, sampling campaigns, and laboratory analyses. The service project Z1 supports therefore all field- and lab-oriented CAMPOS projects by

  • guidance in site investigations and field sampling campaigns
  • analytical measurements of tracers and water chemical parameters
  • non-target screening approaches for a wide range of compounds.

Supporting Services

Methods for site characterization and monitoring
  • Geophysical site investigation
  • Direct push methods for
    o    core drilling and groundwater sampling
    o    borehole logging of electrical conductivity, natural gamma radiation, hydraulic conductivity, soil color
    o    monitoring well installations
  • Sonic drilling for
    o    core drilling and soil sampling
    o    monitoring well installations
  • Hydrogeological testing and monitoring including
    o    regular and event-based groundwater and surface-water sampling
    o    aquifer / well testing (pumping tests, slug tests)
Target analysis and Non-target screening
  • Sampling and sample preparation
  • Organic trace analysis by LC-MS
  • Non-target screening by LC-accurate mass screening




Glaser, C., Zarfl, C., Werneburg, M., Böckmann, M., Zwiener, C., Schwientek, M. (2020): Hydrological and biochemical drivers of organic micropollutant attenuation in a karstic river system (Ammer River, Tübingen). Science of the Total Environment (submitted)

Wirsching, J., Pagel, H., Ditterich, F., Uksa, M., Werneburg M., Berner, D., Zwiener, C., Kandeler, E., Poll, C. (2020): Initial concentrations of pesticides control their metabolic transformations and degradation kinetics in soils (submitted)

Müller, M.E., Zwiener, C., Escher, B.I. (2020): Storm event-driven occurrence and transport of dissolved and sorbed organic micropollutants and associated effects in a river. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. (submitted)

in press

Martin, S., Klingler, S., Dietrich, P., Leven, C., Cirpka, O.A. (2020): Structural controls on the hydrogeological functioning of a floodplain, Hydrogeology Journal (in press)


Klingler S., Leven C., Cirpka O.A., Dietrich P. (2020): Anomaly effect-driven optimization of direct-current geoelectric mapping surveys in large areas. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 176:1004002, doi: 10.1016/j.jappgeo.2020.104002.

Müller, M.E., Werneburg, M., Glaser, C., Schwientek, M., Zarfl, C., Escher, B.I., Zwiener, C. (2020): Influence of emission sources and tributaries on the spatial and temporal patterns of micropollutant mixtures and associated effects in a small river. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 39, 1382-1391, doi: 10.1002/etc.4726.

Bugsel, B., Zwiener, C. (2020): LC-MS screeining of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances in contaminated soil by Kendrick mass analysis. Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 412: 4797-4805, doi: 10.1007/s00216-019-02358-0.

Utom, A.U., Werban, U., Leven, C., Muller, C., Dietrich, P. (2019): Adaptive observation-based subsurface conceptual site modeling framework combining interdisciplinary methodologies: a case study on advancing the understanding of a groundwater nitrate plume occurrence. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res., 26:15754-15766 doi: 10.1007/s11356-019-05048-7.

Müller, M.E., Escher, B.I., Schwientek, M., Werneburg, M., Zarfl, C., Zwiener, C. (2018): Combining in vitro reporter gene bioassays with chemical analysis to assess changes in the water quality along the Ammer River, Southwestern Germany. Environmental Sciences Europe 30(1), 20, doi: 10.1186/s12302-018-0148-y.