The Institute

The Geological Institute is part of the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering at the RWTH Aachen University and is integrated in the Energy and Mineral Resources group of the Section Applied Geosciences and Geography. Under the head of Prof. Peter Kukla, basic research with application-oriented questions is carried out in the research areas tectonics and sedimentary systems, sedimentology and environmental geology, sustainable georesource management, regional geology and structural geology and tectonics.

Research areas and methods include the seismic interpretation and analysis of multidimensional seismic data and the integration of geological and geophysical surface and subsurface data in static and dynamic geological reservoir models. In the future, these methods will be increasingly applied in the field of geothermal energy in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute "Energy Infrastructure and Geothermal Energy", which was newly founded in 2019. The analysis of sedimentary systems as environmental proxies, the prediction of reservoir properties, the geological storage of energy carriers in reservoirs and salt caverns, and the geological and economic analysis of hydrocarbon reservoirs are also part of the institute's profile in research and teaching.

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Our institute has a variety of measuring equipment that is used for research and teaching.

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