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Dry summer in Jämtland (Middle Sweden)
Photo: Michelle Nygren
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Hydrogeology group

Research group
Active research
Project owner
Department of Earth Sciences

Short description

Established in October 2012, the Hydrogeology Research Group at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg is involved in fundamental research, teaching, and stakeholder activities in the field of hydrogeology, contaminant hydrogeology and hydrogeochemistry. The Hydrogeology Group focuses on two main research topics including a) fresh water resources under changing environmental and climatic conditions and b) the behavior of contaminants in the subsurface. The hydrogeology group has strong relations with international research groups and private companies in Germany, Switzerland, Canada, USA and France.

The research group

The research group consists of:

Professor Roland Barthel (research group leader, hydrogeology)

Associate senior lecturer Dr. Philipp Wanner (contaminant hydrogeology, hydrogeochemistry),

Dr. Åsa Fransson (civil engineering/hydrogeology) 

Dr. Markus Giese (hydrologist)

Michelle Nygren (PhD Student)

Pramod Surendran (PhD Student) 

B.Sc./M.Sc. students contributing to different groundwater-related research projects in Sweden and abroad.

Research topics/projects:

  • Integrated water resource management
  • Impact of climate change and anthropogenic pressure on hydrological and hydrogeological systems on different scales
  • Development of new stable isotope methods to assess the transport and transformation of contaminants (chlorinated solvents, pesticides, plastic and PFASs) in complex subsurface environments
  • Development of innovative remediation concepts for contaminated sites