TUBAF-UFZ Center for Environmental Geosciences


General research of the Center for Environmental Geosciences (CEGS) focuses on the interaction of terrestrial and geological systems. This involves the sustainable use of the geological subsurface for energy supply purposes and the safe storage of energy waste materials. Special attention is paid to the assessment of environmental impacts and risks as well as the role of environmental geotechnics in the adaptation of infrastructures to climate change. Cooperation shall concern in particular the following core areas of environmental geotechnics.


  • Repository research and geotechnical safety analyses 
  • Georisks, resilient infrastructures in the context of future climate adaptation strategies
  • Geoenergies: geological energy storage, geothermal systems
  • Hydrogeology: geotechnics and water, dispersion, monitoring and containment of pollutants, impact of geotechnical applications on groundwater systems
  • Geosystem modelling: modelling of geotechnical systems and their interactions with terrestrial systems, environmental impacts
  • Scientific software development and data science: joint further development of the simulation platform OpenGeoSys and integration of new methods from computer science 
  • Research infrastructures: underground laboratories, use of in-situ data for realistic and application-oriented model development, high-performance computing (e.g. Earth-System-Modelling Partition), scientific visualisation (e.g. UFZ-VISLAB), OpenGeoSys (software as a new form of research infrastructure)


CEGS has aquired first joint projects:

  • EURAD: (EU funded project) link
  • AREHS: (funded by BASE) link
  • ELF-China: (funded by BMWi) link
  • GeomInt2 (Geo:N): The GeomInt project has been suggested for continued funding until 2022