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.

Aktuelle Publikationen 

Trauth, N., Schmidt, C., Maier, U., Vieweg, M. Fleckenstein, J. H. 2014. Hyporheic transport and biogeochemical reactions in pool-riffle systems under varying ambient groundwater flow conditions, Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:10.1002/2013JG002586

Schmidt, C., Buettner, O., Musolff, A., Fleckenstein, J. H. 2014. A method for automated, daily, temperature-based vertical streambed water-fluxes. Fundamental and Applied Limnology. 184 (3), 173-181.

Krause, S., Boano, F., Cuthbert, M. O., Fleckenstein, J. H., Lewandowski, J., 2014. Understanding process dynamics at aquifer-surface water interfaces: An introduction to the special section on new modeling approaches and novel experimental technologies, Water Resour. Res., 50, 1-7.

Frei, S., Fleckenstein, J.H., 2014. Representing effects of micro-topography on runoff generation and sub-surface flow patterns by using superficial rill/depression storage height variations Environ. Modell. Softw. 52, 5-18.

Bartsch, S., Frei, S., Ruidisch, M., Shope, C.L., Peiffer, S., Kim, B., Fleckenstein, J.H., 2014.
River-aquifer exchange fluxes under monsoonal climate conditions J. Hydrol. 509, 601-614.

Müller, E.N., van Schaik, L., Blume, T., Bronstert, A., Carus, J., Fleckenstein, J.H., Fohrer, N., Geißler, K., Gerke, H.H., Graeff, T., Hesse, C., Hildebrandt, A., Hölker, F., Hunke, P., Körner, K., Lewandowski, J., Lohmann, D., Meinikmann, K., Schibalski, A., Schmalz, B., Schröder, B., Tietjen, B., 2014. Skalen, Schwerpunkte, Rückkopplungen und Herausforderungen der ökohydrologischen Forschung in Deutschland. Scales, key aspects, feedbacks and challenges of ecohydrological research in Germany
Hydrol. Wasserbewirtsch, 58 (4), 221-240.