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Applied Geophysics

We develop and use ground-based, marine and airborne geophysical techniques, especially for electromagnetic exploration to derive physical properties of the earths subsurface from few meters depth down to several kilometers. Our areas of applications cover a wide range such as the search for groundwater, contamination problems, mineral resources and hydrocarbon exploration, geothermal research and archeological prospection as well as general geological studies

What is applied geophysics about?

Key Research Areas & Methods

  • New geophysical techniques and measurement platforms
  • Environmental and engineering problems
  • Earth resource exploration
  • Groundwater exploration
  • Electrical and Electromagnetic methods
  • Modeling & inversion
  • Data processing


Various national and international projects cover a wide range of geophysical techniques for shallow and deep subsurface exploration, technical and numerical developments for improved data interpretation.

Project List

Recent Publications

  • Ibraheem I.M., Aladad H., Alnaser M.F., Stephenson R. 2021. IAS: A New Novel Phase-Based Filter for Detection of Unexploded Ordnances. Remote Sensing 13(21), 4345 (Special Issue: Near-Surface Geophysics: A Remote Sensing Tool for the Shallow Subsurface). doi: 10.3390/rs13214345.
  • Ibraheem, I.M., Bergers, R. & Tezkan, B. 2021. Archaeogeophysical exploration in Neuss-Norf, Germany using electrical resistivity tomography and magnetic data. Near Surface Geophysics, (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd), doi: 10.1002/nsg.12172
  • Ibraheem, I.M., Tezkan, B. & Bergers, R. 2021. Integrated Interpretation of Magnetic and ERT Data to Characterize a Landfill in the North-West of Cologne, Germany.Pure and Applied Geophysics 178, 2127–2148, (Springer Nature Switzerland AG ), doi: 10.1007/s00024-021-02750-x
  • Haroon, A., Swidinsky, A., Hölz, S., Jegen, M., & Tezkan, B (2020), Step‐on versus step‐off signals in time‐domain controlled source electromagnetic methods using a grounded electric dipole. Geophysical Prospecting, 68 (9), 2825-2844. doi:10.1111/1365-2478.13016
  • Lippert, K., & Tezkan, B (2020), SOn the exploration of a marine aquifer offshore Israel by long‐offset transient electromagnetics. Geophysical Prospecting, 68(3), 999-1015. doi:10.1111/1365-2478.12875
  • Ruiz-Aguilar, D.,Tezkan, B., Arango-Galván, C., & Romo-Jones, J. M.(2020), 3D inversion of MT data from northern Mexico for geothermal exploration using TEM data as constraints. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 172, 103914. doi:10.1016/j.jappgeo.2019.103914
  • M. Becken, C. G. Nittinger, M. Smirnova, A. Steuer, T. Martin, H. Petersen, U. Meyer, W. Mörbe, P. Yogeshwar, B. Tezkan.,U. Matzander, B. Friedrichs, R. Rochlitz, T. Günther, M. Schiffler, R. Stolz, and the DESMEX Working Group (2020). DESMEX: A novel system development for semi-airborne electromagnetic exploration. Geophysics, 85(6), 1-49. doi:10.1190/geo2019-0336.1
  • Annika Steuer, Maria Smirnova, Michael Becken, Markus Schiffler, Thomas Günther, Raphael Rochlitz, Pritam Yogeshwar, Wiebke Mörbe,Bernhard Siemon, Stephan Costabel, Benedikt Preugschat, Malte Ibs-von Seht, Luigi Sante Zampa, Franz Müller (2020). Comparison of novel semi-airborne electromagnetic data with multi-scale geophysical, petrophysical and geological data from Schleiz, Germany. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 182, 104172. doi:10.1016/j.jappgeo.2020.104172
  • Peng, R.,Yogeshwar, P.,Liu, Y., & Hu, X. (2020). Transdimensional Markov Chain Monte Carlo joint inversion of direct current resistivity and transient electromagnetic data. Geophysical Journal International. doi:10.1093/gji/ggaa535
  • Yogeshwar, P., Küpper, M., Tezkan, B., Rath, V., Kiyan, D., Byrdina, S., Cruz, J., Andrade, C., & Viveiros, F. 2020, Innovative boat-towed transient electromagnetics — Investigation of the Furnas volcanic lake hydrothermal system, Azores, Geophysics, 85, E41, doi:10.1190/geo2019-0292.1
  • Mörbe, W., Yogeshwar, P., Tezkan, B., & Hanstein, T. 2020, Deep exploration using long-offset transient electromagnetics: Interpretation of field data in time and  frequency domain, Geophysical Prospecting (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd), doi:10.1111/1365-2478.12957

More publications


Geoscience: Special Issue on Electromagnetic (EM) methods

Geoscience: Special Issue on Electromagnetic (EM) methods

Call for papers by the 25th September, 2021 for Geoscience special issue with guest editors Prof. Dr. Bülent Tezkan, Dr. Pritam Yogeshwar and Dr. Amir Haroon