Research for the Environment

Department Hydrogeology

Department Hydrogeologie, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ

PD Dr. Jan Fleckenstein

Office Leipzig:
Jessica Munkelt
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:

Recent Publications

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.