Research for the Environment

Sascha Oswald

Research areas

  • Numerical modeling of reactive transport in soil and groundwater
  • Remediation strategies for regionally contaminated aquifers (including Natural Attenuation, Enhanced Natural Attenuation, Gas Sparging, Constructed Wetlands)
  • Application of non-invasive imaging methods to study dynamic processes in porous media
  • Urban hydrogeology (including soil-plant-groundwater interactions)
  • Variable density flow in porous media
  • Integrated water- and soil management

Key working areas

  • 2-D and 3-D imaging of flow & transport, biodegradation and plant uptake mechanisms via Magnetic Resonance Imaging (NMR), Neutron Radiography (NR) and Fluorescence Imaging
  • Simulations of biogeochemical reactions in the subsurface including degradation of organic chemicals and the transfer of heavy metals
  • Kinetic mass exchange at interfaces and gradients, e.g. at the surface of trapped gas bubbles, reactions fronts and permeability contrasts
  • Improvement of remediation and land use strategies

Current own research projects

  • Dynamics of heavy metal distribution in the rhizosphere – Non-invasive imaging by NMRI in a rhizobox system aided by numerical modelling, ETH Zürich, vom Schweizer Nationalfond.
  • Transport behaviour at reaction gradients ("NMR als Mittel zur Charakterisierung des biologischen Schadstoffaubbaus im Porenraum"), UFZ Project jointly with Dr. Frank Stallmach at University of Leipzig.

Research projects participating

  • Highly-resolved imaging in aggregated soils: Which are the interfaces formed by interaction of water flow oxygen transport and biodegradation?, DFG-Project (January 2008 - January 2011); SPP1315 Biogeochemical Interfaces in Soil
  • EU Marie Curie Project "Water Watch", started March 2007); project co-ordination and project part: neutron radiography imaging of water flow
  • METhyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) - LEUNA as reference test site for the implementation of the "Enhanced-Natural-Attenuation"-approach (METLEN); BMBF-Project (September 2002 - February 2007); project part: flow and reactive transport modelling
  • UFZ-project "Mankind and Global Change: Cities and Contaminated Land" (urbane Wasser- und Stoffflüsse; Strömungs- und Transportmodellierung)
  • Integrating modelling of the river-sediment-soil-groundwater systems: Advanced tools for the management of catchment areas and river basins in the context of Global Change (AQUATERRA), EU-Project (March 2004 - February 2008); Subproject BIOGEOCHEM, via ITÖ, ETH Zürich



AGU 2015 Fall Meeting, San Francisco USA.
Abstracts:Brandt Trauth Vieweg Arnon Schmadel


Goldschmidt 2015, Prague CZ. Website
Kurz Oosterwoud

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

EGU 2015, Vienna Austria.
Abstracts:  Musolff Neubauer Oosterwoud Schmidt Trauth

HydroEco 2015, Vienna Austria.
Conference 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

Newest Publications

Musolff et al. 2015 Catchment controls on solute export, Adv. Water Resourc. Abstract

Pinay et al. 2015 Upscaling nitrogen removal capacity from local hotspots to low stream orders' drainage basins, Ecosystems Abstract

Liggett et al. 2015 An exploration of coupled surface-subsurface solute transport in a fully integrated catchment model, J. Hydrology Abstract

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

HDG Seminar

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