Eric Petermann


Eric Petermann

Department Environmental Informatics
for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Tel: 0341 235 1674

Eric Petermann

Academic Career

since 2014

Doctoral Researcher at Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research

Research Topic: Quantification of Groundwater Discharge into Coastal Water Bodies Using Environmental Tracers

2004 -2011

Studies at University of Leipzig

Diplom (M.Sc.) in Geography ("with distinction")

Major: physical geography; minor: geology, geophysics, medieval and modern history

Final thesis: "Application of direct current resistivity-salt tracer-tests for detecting flow characteristics in a gravel bar" (UFZ, Depts. Hydrogeology, Monitoring & Explorationtechnologies)

2008 - 2009

Semester Abroad at University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand)

Professional Career

2012 - 2013

GGL Geophysik und Geotechnik Leipzig GmbH

Occupation: geophysicist (focus on ERT & gravity)

since 2011

Projektgruppe Stadt und Entwicklung - Ferber, Graumann & Partner

Occupation: scientific staff (urban and spatial research)

Research topics

  • Groundwater-Surface water interaction (sea, estuary, river, lake)
  • Isotope hydrogeochemistry (222Rn, 22xRa, 18O, 2H)
  • Statistical modelling
  • Time series analysis
  • Hydrogeophysics

PhD project



  • Petermann, E., Gibson, J.J., Knöller, K., Pannier, T., Weiß, H., Schubert, M., (2018):
    Determination of groundwater discharge rates and water residence time of groundwater-fed lakes by stable isotopes of water (18O, 2H) and radon (222Rn) mass balances
    Hydrol. Process. 32 (6), 805 - 816
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  • Petermann, E., Knöller, K., Rocha, C., Scholten, J., Stollberg, R., Weiß, H., Schubert, M., (2018):
    Coupling end-member mixing analysis and isotope mass balancing (222-Rn) for differentiation of fresh and re-circulated submarine groundwater discharge into Knysna Estuary, South Africa
    J. Geophys. Res. 123 , 952 - 970
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  • Petermann, E., Schubert, M., (2015):
    Quantification of the response delay of mobile radon-in-air detectors applied for detecting short-term fluctuations of radon-in-water concentrations
    Eur. Phys. J.-Spec. Top. 224 (4), 697 - 707
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Conference contributions


E. Petermann, K. Knöller, C. Rocha, J. Scholten, R. Stollberg, H. Weiß & M. Schubert: "Quantification of submarine groundwater discharge and its short-term dynamics by linking time-variant end-member mixing analysis and isotope mass balancing (222-Rn)", European Geosciences Union, 24th-28th April 2017, Vienna, Austria.

E. Petermann, J. Scholten, K. Knöller, R. Stollberg & M. Schubert: "Quantification of Submarine Groundwater Discharge into False Bay", 14th Biennial Ground Water Division Conference of the Geological Society of South Africa, 21st -23rd September 2015, Muldersdrift, South Africa.

E. Petermann & M. Schubert: "Quantification of the Response Delay of Mobile Radon Detectors Applied for Detecting Short-Term Fluctuations of Radon-In-Water Concentrations", GeoRadon´14, Workshop on Geoscience Radon Applications, 30th -31st October 2014, Lisbon, Portugal.


E.Petermann, J. Scholten, K. Knöller, H. Weiß & M. Schubert: "Novel Approaches in Radon Mass Balancing for Quantifying Groundwater Discharge into Surface Water Bodies". VI International Radium-Radon-Meeting, 18th-21st 2016, Girona, Spain.

E. Petermann, R. Stollberg & M. Schubert: "Determination of Submarine Groundwater Discharge in South Africa – a Contribution to Coastal (Ground)Water Management in a semi-arid area." AquaConSoil, 9th -13th June 2015, Copenhagen, Dänemark.

E. Petermann & M. Schubert: "Using Radon-in-Water Concentrations as Indicator for Groundwater Discharge into Surface Water Bodies – Enhanced Data Processing". EGU General Assembly 2015, 12th-17th April 2015, Vienna, Austria. Poster EGU (953.5 KB)

E. Petermann, C. Schmidt, U. Werban. & J.H. Fleckenstein: “Application of direct current resistivity-salt tracer-tests for detecting flow characteristics in a gravel bar”. AGU Fall Meeting, 5th -9th December 2011, San Francisco, USA.


  • European Geosciences Union (EGU)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften (DGG)
  • Fachsektion Hydrogeologie der DGG (FH-DGG)