Welcome to the home of the Hydrogeology Group.
The Hydrogeology Group is led by Prof. Dr. Oliver S. Schilling, who holds the joint professorship in hydrogeology at the Department of Environmental Sciences of University of Basel and the Department Water Resources and Drinking Water of Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology.
The Hydrogeology Group consist of the Hydrogeology Research Group (lead: Prof. Dr. Oliver S. Schilling) and the Applied and Environmental Geology working group (lead: PD. Dr. Jannis Epting).
We are also active member of the Swiss Water Earth-Systems PhD School.
University of Basel
Department Environmental Sciences
CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland
phone +41 61 207 0478
Info - News - Events
|we are hiring now: Postdoc position in volcano hydrogeology & modelling (70% employment).|
We are very excited to announce that our new paper on the detection of deep groundwater circulation with environmental DNA (eDNA), noble gases and trace elements in one of the world’s most iconic mountains – Mt. Fuji in Japan – will be published in the launch edition of the new Nature research journal Nature Water:
Schilling, O. S., Nagaosa, K., Schilling, T. U., Brennwald, M. S., Sohrin, R., Tomonaga, Y., Kipfer, R., Brunner, P., & Kato, K. (2023). Revisiting Mt. Fuji’s groundwater origins with helium, vanadium and eDNA tracers. Nat. Water, 1. https://doi.org/10.1038/s44221-022-00001-4The groundbreaking study will be accompanied by a Springer Nature news & views highlight article feature. Moreover, on February 2nd, Oliver Schilling will present the study online at the international Nature Water launch webinar. Links will follow.
|Friederike Currle successfully obtained a travel & research grant from the Canadian Sentinel Nord research program. She will visit Prof. René Therrien at Université Laval in Québec, Canada, for a 2-months research stay in February and March 2023, where she will implement modified colloid filtration algorithms for explicit simulations of microbial transport on the wellfield scale in the integrated hydrological model HydroGeoSphere.|
|We are excited to welcome Dr. Jared vanRooyen to our team. Dr. van Rooyen, who will be based at Eawag, is an expert on water isotope analyses and will focus in his project on the development of state-of-the-art tritium, stable water isotope and noble gas tracer techniques for the online quantification and management of managed aquifer recharge systems.|
We'd love to welcome Alma Hasler, Jeffrey Hollinger, Dominic Becker to our students assistent team.
|SRF Einstein:"Kann die Forschung unser Wasser retten", with Prof. Oliver Schilling|
On 20. October 21:05-21:50 SRF will air an episode of SRF Einstein titled ' Kann die Forschung unser Wasser retten?'. In this episode, Annette Affolter and Oliver Schilling present two Managed Aquifer Recharge systems used for drinking water production in the city and region of Basel and discuss its potential to tackle and mitigate climate change and water pollution related water issues.
Meet us on 19th November 2022 at the 20th Swiss Geoscience Meeting in Lausanne. We will hold 2 oral and X poster presentations in the Hydrology and Hydrogeology session. https://geoscience-meeting.ch/sgm2022/program/session-program/
We are happy to welcome two new MSc students in our team:
Our new paper on the explicit transport simulation of reactive environmental gas tracers (Rn-222. Ar-37, He-4) with the integrated surface-subsurface hydrological model HydroGeoSphere has now been published as part of the 'Advances and emerging methods in tracer hydrogeology' special issue of Frontiers in Water:
Delottier, H., Schilling, O. S., Musy, S., Purtschert, R., & Brunner, P. (2022). Explicit simulation of environmental gas tracers with integrated surface and subsurface hydrological models. Front. Water, 4, 980030. https://doi.org/10.3389/frwa.2022.980030
|online Seminar am Freitag, 4.11.22, ab 12:30 Uhr zum Thema "Thermal management of groundwater resources - climate change, thermal potentials and opportunities" von PD Dr. Jannis Epting. (Seminar Link)|
Yama Tomonaga and Oliver Schilling presented research and participated in the Pallas Symposium at the Pallas atmosphere-ecosystem supersite on the northern edge of the Boreal forests in northern Finland. After the symposium, we conducted a two day field sampling campaign in Pallas with our good friend Pertti Ala-Aho of Oulu University and analysed dissolved gases directly on site with one of our miniRUEDIs, accompanied by some water and eDNA sampling for microbial analyses. Check out some photos: https://tomonaga.ch/yama/?p=906
We say our farewells to Dr. Martin Binder, who has conducted research on the model- and tracer-based detection of leaky sewers in complex urban environment. Dr. Martin Binder stayed with us for half a year as part of his DAAD funded postdoc fellowship.
We are excited to welcome our new PhD student Friederike Currle to our team. Friederike Currle will focus on the development of coupled solute and microbial transport algorithms in integrated surface-subsurface hydrological models (ISSHM) and on the application of data assimilation approaches for continuous tracer data.
We published a new paper on buried paleo-channel detection with tracers, integrated modelling and a novel inverse method in Geophysical Research Letters: Schilling, O. S., Partington, D. J., Doherty, J., Kipfer, R., Hunkeler, D., & Brunner, P. (2022). Buried paleo-channel detection with a groundwater model, tracer-based observations, and spatially varying, preferred anisotropy pilot point calibration. Geophys. Res. Lett. 49(14), e2022GL098944. https://doi.org/10.1029/2022GL098944
See our recommendations for a systematic quantification of the uncertainty of groundwater models in Aqua&Gas: Moeck, C., Schilling, O. S., Künze, R., Brunner, P., & Schirmer, M. (2022). Grundwassermodellierung - Warum auch Modellunsicherheiten quantifiziert werden sollten. Aqua & Gas 7+8. https://www.aquaetgas.ch/wasser/trinkwasser-grundwasser/20220628_ag7_warum-modellunsicherheiten-quantifiziert-werden-sollten/
|We are excited to welcome Dr. Yama Tomonaga. Dr. Tomonaga will be responsible for our field equipment & installations.|
We are excited to welcome Dr. Yama Tomonaga & Dr. Carl Love Råman Vinnå to our team. Dr. Råman Vinnå conducts research in the “Future River temperatures in Switzerland under climate change” project, for which he obtained funding for from the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN).
Read about the diverse research and applications that the Applied and Environmental Geology group is working on in the Regio Basiliensis special about the Geosciences at University of Basel. Affolter, A., Dresmann, H., Epting, & J. (2022) Undercover Investigations Forschung für eine nachhaltige Planung urbaner Infrastruktur im Raum Basel. Regio Basiliensis 63/1 2022 S. 75-86 www.gegbasel.ch=