Hydrogeology Teaching

The hydrogeology workgroup teaches in the B.Sc. programs Geowissenschaften, Geoökologie, and Umweltnaturwissenschaften as well as in the M.Sc. programs Applied & Environmental Geoscience, Geowissenschaften, and Geoökologie. All classes on the B.Sc. level are in German, all classes on the M.Sc. level in English.

BSc Courses (in German)


Dieses Modul wird gemeinsam von den Arbeitsgruppen "Hydrogeologie" und "Umweltmineralogie" gehalten. In der physikalischen Grundwasserhydrologie gibt Olaf Cirpka eine Einführung in die Grundlagen poröser Medien, des Wasserhaushaltes, der Strömung und Transports im Grundwasser sowie wasserbezogener Geogefahren.

Anwendungen und Methoden der Angewandten Geowissenschaften

In diesem Modul gibt Carsten Leven eine Einführung in Feld- und Labormethoden der angewandten Geologie (Hydrogeologie und Geotechnik).

Exkursionen zu Einführung in Umweltsysteme

Im Rahmen des Curriculums für das erste Studienjahr in Umweltnaturwissenschaften organisiert Olaf Cirpka mehrere inhaltliche abgestimmte Exkursionen und zugehörige Seminare zur regionalen Geologie und anderen Umweltaspekten im räumlichen Umfeld von Tübingen.

Umweltnaturwissenschaftliches Feldpraktikum

Die Arbeitsgruppe Hydrogeologie beteiligt sich an der Betreuung des Feldpraktikums im vierten Semester des BSc-Studiums Umweltnaturwissenschaften.

Exkursion "Hydrogeologie und Wasserwirtschaft des Alpenvorlandes"

Carsten Leven und Olaf Cirpka führen jedes Jahr eine Pfingstexkursion in das schweizerische Mittelland und den Jura durch, die sich mit Fragen der Wasserversorgung und der regionalen Hydrogeologie befasst.

MSc Courses in Hydrogeology and Applied Geology


This is the key course in hydrogeology with strong emphasis on physical hydrogeology, covering flow and transport in groundwater systems. Emphasis is given on quantitative description of groundwater flow and solute transport, deriving govering equations and analytical solutions for simple configurations. Computer methods for the solution of groundwater problems are taught in the courses of environmental modeling. The course is given by Olaf Cirpka.

Applied Hydrogeology

This module includes a lecture and a field course on hydrogeological field investigation techniques taught by Carsten Leven. The curriculum includes pumping tests, slug tests and tracer tests, among others, involving the theoretical background (taught in the lecture), the practical field application, and the analysis of data after the field course.

Contaminant Hydrogeology

Sources for groundwater contaminations can be complex both in terms of the contaminants involved as well as with respect to their areal extent of the pollution (e.g. local point sources such as landfills or large scale industrial areas). In this module students learn to address real case scenarios of contaminated sites and to interpret the inherent contamination characteristics due to subsurface conditions and the compounds under consideration. The comprehensive overview on practical aspects of contaminant hydrogeology involves building of conceptual models of a contaminated site, assessing potential risks and developing solution strategies for subsurface contaminations, a key competence of environmental geoscientists.

The course is taught by Michael Finkel and Peter Grathwohl.

Geotechnical Engineering

This module includes a lecture and a lab course on engineering geology. The lecture gives an introduction to the fundamentals of geotechnical engineering (soil and rock classification, geotechnical investigation methods, parameter estimation in soil mechanics). In the lab course, taught by Carsten Leven, experiments are conducted to determine standard hydrogeological and geotechnical parameters of various soil and rock materials.

MSc Courses in Environmental Modeling

Environmental Modeling 1

This course, taught by Adrian Mellage and Olaf Cirpka, is on the simulation of the terrestrial water cycle with particular emphasis on computer models for groundwater flow. The class, however, also includes modeling of hydrological processes at the land surface, river hydraulics, and general aspects of modeling spatial processes, such as interpolation methods. Hands-on exercises with computer programs used in practice are combined with introductions to the underlying principles.

The module includes a introductory course on using Matlab as programming language.

Environmental Modeling 2

This course, taught by Adrian Mellage, covers the simulation of (reactive) solute and heat transport. First, reactive processes (inter-phase mass transfer, chemical transformations, microbial growth) and conservative transport are considered separately, followed by the analysis of coupled reactive-transport systems. Like in Environmental Modeling 1, hands-on exercises and in-depth analysis are combined to gain a deep system understanding of reactions nad transport of solutes in the subsurface.

Advanced Methods in Flow and Transport (M.Sc./Ph.D.)

This course, taught by Olaf Cirpka, is an advanced class on selected topics in subsurface modeling, including analytical methods using Fourier and Laplace transformations, the calculation of sensitivites by adjoint methods, and numerical techniques (e.g., solving nonlinear problems, principles of ODE solvers, discretization by the FInite Element Method). Topics may change from year to year.

Case Studies in Environmental Geosciences

This course in the 3rd semester of the M.Sc. programs gives the students the opportunity to create their own (simple) reactive-transport model. Larger assignments are handed out to be worked upon independently in groups over the largest part of the semester.

Principles of Model Calibration

This course, taught by Daniel Erdal, covers several oprimization methods (Gauß-Newton-type methods, Nelder-Mead simplex method, Markov-Chain Monte-Carlo method), techniques of model validation, data-assimilation approaches, and discusses the various error types and pitfalls of model calibration.