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 

Vieweg, M., Trauth, N., Fleckenstein, J.H., Schmidt, C., (2013): Robust optode-based method for measuring in situ oxygen profiles in gravelly streambeds
Environ. Sci. Technol. 47 (17), 9858 - 9865


Trauth, N., Schmidt, C., Maier, U., Vieweg, M., Fleckenstein, J.H., (2013): Coupled 3-D stream flow and hyporheic flow model under varying stream and ambient groundwater flow conditions in a pool-riffle system
Water Resour. Res. 49 (9), 5834 - 5850

Bartsch, S., Frei, S., Ruidisch, M., Shope, C.L., Peiffer, S., Kim, B., Fleckenstein, J.H., (2013): River-aquifer exchange fluxes under monsoonal climate conditions
Journal of Hydrology 509 (2014) 601-614

Bartsch, S., Pfeiffer, S., Shope, C.L., Arnhold, S., Jeong, J.J., Park, J.-H., Eum, J., Kim, B., Fleckenstein, J.H., (2013): Monsoonal-type climate or land-use management: Understanding their role in the mobilization of nitrate and DOC in a mountainous catchment
Journal of Hydrology 507 (2013) 149-162

Shope, C.L., Bartsch, S., Kim, K., Kim, B., Tenhunen, J., Peiffer, S., Park, J.-H., Ok, Y.S., Fleckenstein, J.H., Koellner, T., (2013): A weighted, multi-method approach for accurate basin-wide streamflow estimation in an ungauged watershed
Journal of Hydrology 494 (2013) 72-82

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
Environmental Modelling & Software 52 (2014) 5-18