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Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Olaf Cirpka
Organizational units:
Faculty of Science
University of Tübingen
Department of Geoscience
Faculty of Science

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The hydrogeology workgroup mainly studies physical flow and transport processes in the subsurface by means of mathematical modeling and field investigations. The spatial variability and uncertainty of hydraulic aquifer parameters pose a major challenge to site characterization, assessment of aquifers, and design of water-resources management schemes. We tackle this problem by stochastic analysis, uncertainty assessment, inverse modeling, and improved site investigation techniques. We analyze the effects of variability and uncertainty on reactive transport, performance of remediation and assessment schemes, and costs. We study interactions between aquifers and other compartments of the water cycle (rivers, unsaturated zone, land surface) by integrated modeling and field investigations. At larger scales, we evaluate the complete hydrosystem response (water fluxes, residence times, biogeochemical status) to changes in climatic forcing and land use within a fully coupled modeling framework supported by high-performance computing environments (parallelization).


2023 - 2026
Carsten Leven-Pfister, Olaf Cirpka
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2023 - 2026
Carsten Leven-Pfister
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2023 - 2026
Carsten Leven-Pfister, Peter Dietrich
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2023 - 2026
Wolfgang Bott, Olaf Cirpka, Michael Finkel
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
2020 - 2021
Wolfgang Bott, Olaf Cirpka
Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (AvH)
2017 - 2020
Peter Grathwohl, Hermann Rügner, Wolfgang Bott
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2017 - 2020
Carsten Leven-Pfister, Olaf Cirpka
2016 - 2021
Monika Jekelius, Olaf Cirpka
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)


Università degli Studi di Trento (UNITN)
Trento, Italy
Stanford University
Stanford, California, United States
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)
Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
Eidgenössische Anstalt für Wasserversorgung (EAWAG)
Zürich, Switzerland



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