Research for the Environment

Department Hydrogeology

Department Hydrogeologie, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ

PD Dr. Jan Fleckenstein

Office Leipzig:
Rosemarie Steudel
Tel.: (0341) 235 1253
Fax: (0341) 235 1837
Permoserstraße 15
04318 Leipzig

At the Department of Hydrogeology we study groundwater dynamics, pollutant transport in groundwater and natural attenuation processes that may reduce pollutant loads. We consider the entire flow paths from infiltration to the interaction of groundwater with streams and lakes. We specifically conduct research on stream-groundwater interactions, hyporheic exchange, on urban hydrogeology with a focus of fluxes of micro-pollutants. We develop concepts for catchment scale travel times and solute transport. Our research builds on field experiments and monitoring as well as on advanced data analysis and numerical modelling techniques.

Our research activities:

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