Dr. Michael Schubert

Dr. habil. M. Schubert

PD Dr. rer. nat. habil.
Mineralogist

Contact
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Department Catchment Hydrology
Permoserstraße 15
04318 Leipzig

Phone +49 341 235 1410
Fax +49 341 235 1443
Email

Fields of Competence


Determination of activity concentrations of natural and man-made radionuclides in the environment; Use of these radionuclides as environmental traces for the investigation of environmentally relevant processes


  • Use of radon (222Rn) that is naturally occurring in groundwater as tracer for the investigation of groundwater migration processes
  • Use of radium (223Ra, 224Ra, 226Ra, 228Ra) and radon (222Rn) isotopes that are naturally occurring in groundwater and surface waters as tracers for the investigation of groundwater / surface water interaction and related processes
  • Using naturally occurring radioactive sulphur (35SO42-) and sodium (22Na) as indicators for the dating of young groundwater (currently method setup)
  • Use of radon (222Rn) that is naturally occurring in soil gas and groundwater as partitioning tracer for the localization and quantitative assessment of residual NAPL-contamination of soils and aquifers
  • Development of innovative field approaches for the on-site detection of radon concentrations (222Rn) in groundwater and surface waters (incl. development of related mobile detection devices)
  • Use of disequilibria between activity concentrations of radionuclides of the natural decay chains as indicators for the investigation of environmentally relevant processes (e.g. 238U, 226Ra, 210Pb)
  • Use of natural and man-made radionuclides (210Pbex and 137Cs) as indicators for the dating sediment of lake sediments

Localization, investigation and assessment of elevated natural activity concentrations in (fossil) groundwater as contribution for sustainable water resource management in arid climate zones


  • Use of radon (222Rn) that is naturally occurring in (fossil) groundwater as indicator for elevated natural activity concentrations in large sandstone aquifers (with focus on fossil groundwater resources in arid und semi-arid climate zones)
  • Investigation and assessment of large aquifer domains that are characterized by elevated natural activity concentrations applying on-site methods that use radon (222Rn), short-lifed radium nuclides (223Ra, 224Ra) as well as easily detectable water parameters as indicators
  • Development of concepts for the sustainable abstraction and smart cost effective remediation of groundwater with elevated natural activity concentrations that are (potentially) to be used for drinking and irrigation purposes (incl. disposal of NORM-waste)

Scientific Curriculum Vitae


since 2000

UFZ - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
Department Catchment Hydrology (until 2018 Department Groundwater Remediation)


Position: senior scientist (Post Doc), project leader, head of laboratory for Environmental Radioactivity 

Position: Private Lecturer (PD) at Institute for geophysics and geology, Leipzig University


2006

Habilitation with degree „Dr. rer. nat. habil.”
Subject of thesis: "Radon in Soil Gas and Groundwater as Natural Tracer in Environmental Geology"

1998-2000

UFZ - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
Department Analytics

Position: PhD student


1995-1998

BGI - zuHoene, Klussman & Altpeter AG; Leipzig

Position: Environmental Scientist


1994-1995

ARUP GmbH; Leipzig

Position: Umweltgeologe


1993-1994

Ove Arup & Partners; London / UK
Environmental Department

Position: Environmental Geologist


1990-1993

University Göttingen
Studies of geology and mineralogy; final degree: Diplom-Mineralogist (MSc)

1988-1990

Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University Greifswald
Studies of geology and palaeontology

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