Prof. Dr. Thomas Vienken


Prof. Dr. Thomas Vienken
Head WG 1 "Direct Push and hydrogeological measurement methods "

Department Monitoring and Exploration Technologies
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Tel: 0341 235 1382
Fax: 0341 235 451382

Thomas Vienken
Photo: Studioline Photography

Academic education

Since 10/2019 in addtion

Professor for "Geothermal Energy" - Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences, TU Munich Campus for Biotechnology and Sustainability in Straubing

Since 11/2010

Head of the working group „Direct Push and hydrogeological measurement methods“ at the Department Monitoring and Exploration Technologies

02/2016 - 08/2016

Visiting Scientist at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa


PhD, University of Tübingen
Thesis: „Critical evaluation of vertical high resolution methods for determining hydraulic conductivity“

08/2007- 10/2010

PhD-student, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research

08/2003 - 01/2004

Studies abroad
SOEST - School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii at Manoá

1999 - 2007

Studies in Geology at the University of Cologne
Diploma Thesis: Effects of human urbanization and the use of shallow geothermal energy on the ground water temperature.

Fields and interests of research

  • Development and evaluation of high resolution hydrogeological measurement methods
  • Direct Push-based characterization of complex sedimentary aquifers
  • Development and evaluation of novel Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) applications in the fields of environmental- and hydrogeology
  • Development of strategies for the sustainable intensive thermal use of the shallow subsurface (e.g. shallow geothermal energy use)