Project Team Dynamic Imaging and Modelling of Subsurface processes

Andrea Carminati

Research areas

  • Water flow in the vadose zone
  • Soil-Plant interactions
  • Mechanical behaviour of unsaturated structured soils
  • Imaging techniques for monitoring water distributions

Key working areas

  • Aggregated soils. Model and measurements of the aggregate-aggregate contacts and their relation with hydraulic conductivity. Capillary barriers at the aggregate contacts.
  • Change of hydraulic conductivity of aggregated soils during compression
  • Water uptake by roots. Impact of roots on the hydraulic properties of soils
  • Neutron and X-ray tomography


  • EU Marie Curie Project "Water Watch". Non-invasive imaging of the water dynamics in a soil plant groundwater system. Started on March 2007
  • Project "Mechanical behavior of unsaturated structured soils: Neutron tomography and modeling". Collaboration between ETH Zürich (CH), EPF Lausanne (CH) and Paul Scherrer Institute (CH). 2003-2007

Scientific carrier

  • 2002: Degree in Physics, Universita' Statale degli Studi di Milano. Title of the Thesis "Calibration of a model of the groundwater flow in the province of Milan". Supervisor Prog. Giansilvio Ponzini.
  • 2003-2006: PhD at ETH Zürich (Switzerland). Title of the Thesis: "Unsaturated water flow through soil aggregates". Supervisor Prof. Hannes Flühler.
  • 2007-Today: Scientist in the departments of "Hydrogeology" and "Soil Physics" at UFZ Leipzig-Halle (Germany)


(Peer-reviewed journal publications)

  • A. Carminati, A. Kaestner, O. Ippisch, A. Koliji, P. Lehmann, R. Hassanein, P. Vontobel, E. Lehmann, L. Laloui, L. Vulliet and H. Flühler, 2007, Water flow between soil aggregates, Transport in Porous Media 68(2): 219-236.
  • A. Carminati, A. Kaestner, R. Hassanein, O. Ippisch, P. Vontobel and H. Flühler, 2007, Infiltration through series of soil aggregates: Neutron radiography and modelling, Adv. Water Res. 30: 1168-1178.
  • R. Hassanein, H. O. Meyer, A. Carminati, M. Estermann, E. Lehmann and P. Vontobel, 2006, Investigation of water imbibition in porous stone by thermal neutron radiography, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 39: 4284-4291.


AGU 2015 Fall Meeting, San Francisco USA.


Goldschmidt 2015, Prague CZ. Website
Kurz Oosterwoud

"Catchment Science: Interactions of Hydrology, Biology & Geochemistry" Gordon Research Conference, Andover USA. Website

EGU 2015, Wien
Abstracts: Musolff Neubauer Oosterwoud Schmidt Trauth

HydroEco 2015, Wien.
Konferenz Website

AGU 2014 Fall Meeting,
San Francisco USA.
Abstracts: Kurz, Laube, Müller, Musolff, Newcomer/Maier

2014 AGU Chapman Conference on Catchment Spatial Organization and Complex Behavior, Luxembourg City, LU. Website
Abstracts: Fleckenstein, Neubauer

Neueste Publikationen

González-Pinzón et al. 2015 Nighttime and daytime respiration in a headwater stream, Ecohydr. Abstract

Trauth et al. 2015 Hydraulic controls of in-stream gravel bar hyporheic exchange and reactions, WRR. Abstract

Kurz et al. 2015 Diffusion and seepage-driven element fluxes from the hyporheic zone of a karst river, FwS. Abstract

Trauth et al. 2014 Hyporheic transport and biogeochemical reactions in pool-riffle systems under varying ambient groundwater flow conditions, JGR. Abstract

Schmidt et al. 2014 A method for automated, daily, temperature-based vertical streambed water-fluxes, F&AL. Abstract


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