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ABC/J Summer School 2018 - Hydrogeophysics

The ABC/J Summer School 2018 on ‘Hydrogeophysics’ was a great success.
‘I was very impressed by the interest and enthusiasm of the international participants in learning new methods’, says scientific organizer Dr. Anja Klotzsche from the Jülich Institute of Agrosphere (IBG-3). The Geoverbund ABC/J organised the course from 27 to 31 August in Jülich as part of its study programme to promote young researchers. In addition to participants from the four partners of the Aachen-Bonn-Cologne/Jülich research area, international participants, including a graduate student from the geoscientific network SAGES, Scottish partner network of the Geoverbund, also participated in the course.

Co-organiser Jan van der Kruk, professor at RWTH Aachen University and group leader at IBG-3 is pleased with the diversity of scientific backgrounds. In addition to graduate students in Geophysics, scientists and students from the fields of Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Measurement Technology attended the course.

© Geoverbund ABC/JThe participants of the ABC/J Summer School 2018.
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On the first two days of the lecture series, the participants gained a theoretical insight into many geophysical methods such as Ground Penetrating Radar, Electrical Impedance Tomography and Surface Seismic. ‘I got a very good overview of different geoelectrical methods and their applications in hydrogeophysics’, says a student and another participant ads, ‘It's a good refresher of the methods I don't use regularly.’
Dr. Anja Klotzsche is pleased about the commitment of the invited lecturers Prof. Sarah Garré, University of Liège and Dr. Yudi Pan, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The expert in the field of seismic methods was accompanied by two colleagues who supported the summer school with seismic equipment for the practical exercises.

During the two field days, the participants were able to test a broad spectrum of hydrogeophysical methods on the Forschungszentrum Jülich test sites. The sites have specialized facilities, such as a network of 70 groundwater observation wells, rhizotron facilities and lysimeters.
Practical exercises were supported by IBG-3 staff. ‘A nice setup which made people think about the method and not only look at the instruments, also very patient explanations. The experiment on borehole ground penetrating radar in the field was really good to follow even for beginners’, says one participant.

© Geoverbund ABC/JThe geophysical version of ‘High striker’.
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The accompanying program was also fun. In addition to evening football tournaments, the participants could get to know each other better at a BBQ and compete in the geophysical version of ‘High striker’ with a sledgehammer, a seismograph and lots of strength. After the week, one participant summarized, ‘The summer school gave me the opportunity to talk to people who use and develop hydrogeophysical methods. The field days were educational and the evenings were also fun’.
Geoverbund ABC/J will again host an international summer school on a geoscientific topic in the next year.

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