Arbeitsgruppe Monitoring und Skalierung von Transportprozessen

Head: Dr. Holger Rupp

Tel.: 0391 810 9773
Fax: 0341 235 45 9773

Falkenberg 55
39615 Altmärkische Wische

Dr. Holger Rupp

Guest Scientist:
Prof. Dr. Ralph Meißner

Technican Robert Lüdtke
Engineer Karin Muhs
Engineer Melitta Stratschka

Dipl.-Ing (FH) Katja Osterloh
M.Sc. Stephan Knorre   
M.Eng. Janine Köhn
M.Sc. Lisa Haselow

Modern lysimeter station
Sectional view of a lysimeter station

A lysimeter is an experimental system for recording water and mass transfer processes in soil under largely natural conditions. It consists of a lysimeter vessel filled with undisturbed soil column. The seep water migrating through the column and the nutrients and pollutants solved in it are detected and analyzed. Lysimeters can be equipped with a weighing device; then they enable the high-resolution measurement of precipitation and evaporation rates. Lysimeter experiments have proven to be an effective tool to assess or predict the effects of current land uses and future changes on water and solute fluxes. They provide reproducible results and are therefore suitable for the validation of mathematical models.
The core competence of the working group is the implementation of experiments to investigate water and solutes transport and transformation processes in different scale levels. All work is part of the program-oriented research funding by the Helmholtz Association, especially for the program "Terrestrial Environment", topic 3 - "Sustainable Water Resources Management"; T31-IP: "Catchment dynamics" and T34-IP: "Water scarcity".

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