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ABC/J Summer School 2018

The Geoverbund ABC/J offers a summer school for Master and PhD students as well as PostDocs interested in advanced hydrogeophysical methods in Jülich, Germany.

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27 - 31 August 2018


The course objectives are to familiarize the participants with a wide range of hydrogeophysical methods to characterize the vadose zone and aquifers. The field of hydrogeophysics employs geophysical methods to derive hydrological relevant parameters such as soil water content, porosity, salinity, and hydraulic conductivity. Thereby, the methods are established to map and monitor processes associated with water resources, the water cycle, remediation of soils, cleanup of aquifers and contaminant transport processes.

The summer school will provide a good balance between experimental data acquisition, processing and analyzing the geophysical data. For characterizing the near surface several different geophysical methods are possible with each having benefits and drawbacks for certain objectives. The main methods during this course will be surface and borehole ground penetrating radar (GPR), reflection and refraction seismic, electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), electrical impedance tomography (EIT) and electromagnetic induction (EMI) mapping.

The focus of the processing and inversion approaches for each method will be based on standard routines, while also state of the art techniques will be demonstrated and presented e.g., full-waveform inversion and EMI inversion.

  • Introduction to the different methods by experts of the fields
  • Field experiments at the Forschunsgzentrum Jülich test sites
  • Hand on exercise on the own measured data
  • Processing and advanced inversion techniques for experimental data


Principal organizer

Target group

The course targets researchers and students in geophysics, geosciences, hydrology, earth and environmental sciences or similar studies, who want to improve their understanding of different near surface geophysical and hydrogeophysical methods, and, when and how these methods can be applied to characterize the environment with the best approaches.


MondayJUFA Hotel Jülich
08:30-10:00Registration and general introduction
Coffee break
10:30-12:00Introduction: Surface and borehole ground penetrating radar
Lunch break
13:00-14:30Lecture: Electromagnetic induction
Coffee break
15:00-17:00Lecture: Krauthausen & Selhausen test sites
TuesdayJUFA Hotel Jülich
08:00-10:00Invited speaker: Sarah Garré
Coffee break
10:30-12:00Lecture: Spectral induced polarisation &
Electrical impedance tomography
Lunch break
13:00-14:30Lecture: Shallow seismic
(refraction and surface-wave methods)
Coffee break
15:00-16:30Invited speaker: Yudi Pan
WednesdayKrauthausen & Selhausen test sites
08:00-11:30Field work and hands-on I
Lunch break
12:00-15:00Field work and hands-on II
15:00-18:00Field work and hands-on III
ThursdayKrauthausen & Selhausen test sites
09:00-11:30Field work and hands-on IV
Lunch break
12:00-15:00Field work and hands-on V
15:00-16:30Field work and hands-on VI
18:00BBQ and get-together at JUFA Hotel Jülich
Friday JUFA Hotel Jülich
8:30-10:00Lecture: Advanced inversion methods for Hydrogeophysics
Coffee break
10:30-12:00Summary of the field days
Lunch break
13:00-15:30Wrap up and discussion
15:30 -16:00Final coffee cake

Program details and schedule may be subject to change and will be updated.

Registration deadline

The registration phase has ended.

Registration procedure

To register as a participant, please use the online registration form. Final notifications and confirmation of participation will probably go out by the end of June 2018.


JUFA Hotel Jülich im Brückenkopf-Park
Rurauenstraße 13
52428 Jülich, Germany

How to reach JUFA Hotel Jülich

Fees & accommodation

Members of the Geoverbund ABC/J pay a reduced fee of 50 EUR (including 19% VAT). Please click at the provided links to check for member institutions of Geoverbund ABC/J: RWTH Aachen University, University Bonn, University of Cologne, Forschungszentrum Jülich or participating master programs: RWTH Aachen University, University Bonn, University of Cologne.
For external participants from academia, there is a 380 EUR (including 19% VAT) contribution to expenses and 800 EUR for participants from the non-academic/private/industrial sector, respectively. Payment details, travel and accommodation information will be given with the notifications.

All participants need to cover their expenses for travel and accommodation by themselves. At JUFA Hotel Jülich, a contingent of single rooms is available for the participants of the summer school for 62,80 EUR per night including breakfast and dinner. By mentioning the keyword 'Geoverbund ABC/J Summer School' you can access the contingent until 30 June.
Catering during the event will be provided including coffee breaks, lunch breaks, packed lunches and drinks for the field days and a BBQ. For the field days we also provide a shuttle service from the JUFA Hotel to the test sites and back.

For questions, please contact the Coordination Office

Requirements & equipment

A working knowledge of Matlab and own laptop are required for the exercises. For the field days we recommend appropriate clothing including raincoats and solid shoes without metal. Material on the theory will be made evadible before the course starts.

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