Modern societies depend on the responsible management of geologic resources and geo-hazards. A profound understanding of the Earth’s geologic systems is therefore the basis for safely and sustainably living with our environment.


The secretary's office is currently not staffed until July 17.
However, Ms. Tillmann can be reached by e-mail on Wednesdays from 8:00 to 13:00.

Mission Statement

Applied geology deals with the practical implications of earth science research for questions of use, endangerment and protection of the living space. Thus, it has the task to make the knowledge, methods and progress of the geosciences usable for an interdisciplinary treatment of questions or solution of problems in the context of the complex relations between the geosphere on the one hand and the activity of man on the other hand.

Furthermore, it wants to contribute to the expansion of our knowledge in the mentioned context and to maintain - also in the public - the awareness that the geosphere is an essential part of our environment. The typical fields of application are in the areas of:

  • Engineering geology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Natural hazards (mass movements, earthquakes, volcanism)
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Quaternary geology (climate change)
  • Environmental science and engineering (contaminated sites and landfills, global change)
  • Raw materials (raw material geology and prospecting)

Applied geology is based on the natural sciences as well as civil engineering and mining. Today, the main theoretical and practical tools include three-dimensional computational models on the one hand, and satellite image processing and remote sensing on the other hand - especially for cross-area investigations. For many questions, detailed laboratory investigations are also required.

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