AEG is an international research-oriented study program focusing on the evaluation and solution of environmental problems. Special emphasis is given to environmental problems in the subsurface such as the pollution of drinking water supplies from groundwater resources, the non-sustainable use of natural resources, the impact of short and long term waste disposal, the impact of climate and land-use change on soil and water quality.
The program aims for a comprehensive understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological process mechanisms in the geo- and hydrosphere. Students from various science backgrounds learn to qualitatively and quantitatively address complex processes in soils, water and air and to evaluate environmental risks based on multi-disciplinary approaches.
The Department of Geosciences moved into its new building in 2020, which now hosts all research groups of the Center for Applied Geoscience under one roof. The center operates modern laboratories for
- standard hydrochemistry covering all major anorganic components
- the analysis of organic micropollutants
- molecular-biological and microbiological analysis
- optical fluorescence and electron microscopy
- geotechnical engineering and hydraulic studies
and is equipped with modern hydrogeological and geophysical site-investigation devices for pumping/slug tests, tracer tests, geomagnetic and seismic surveying, electrical-resistivity tomography, and ground-penetrating radar. A direct-push device is available for soil/aquifer sampling and installation of piezometers.
Field courses take place in part at the Tübingen Hydrogeological Research Site 'Lauswiesen', where a well field is installed and operated for research and education purposes.
As AEG students have various academic backgrounds - some are trained in geosciences, others in environmental sciences, chemistry, biology, physics or engineering - they choose different specializations and elective modules according to their respective background and interests. Therefore AEG alumni are also working in a variety of fields.
The key employers for graduates of the AEG program are environmental consultancies working in:
- characterization of sites (hydrogeology, geophysics, chemical and micorbiological analysis)
- assessment of environmental risks
- management of water resources
- design and operation of remediation technologies
- modeling of flow and reactive transport in subsurface systems
AEG graduates are also well trained for jobs in environmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, and (re-)insurance companies covering costs of environmental risks and remediation. Furthermore AEG lays an excellent foundation for doctoral studies in programs of earth sciences, environmental sciences, and environmental engineering.