The research activities of the Agrosphere Institute aim at improving our understanding of hydrological and biogeochemical processes in terrestrial systems with a specific focus on agricultural and soil-groundwater systems. Its research serves as a basis for the development of management strategies for a sustainable use of terrestrial resources such as water and soil and for the quantification of the effect of climate and land use changes on the dynamics and adaptation of terrestrial systems. The activities are organised in three major research areas: modelling of terrestrial systems, environmental processes and technologies, and terrestrial biogeochemistry. An important part of the activities within the field of environmental processes and technologies focuses on the development of hydrogeophysical methods to characterise subsurface processes and to improve our understanding of hydrological processes from the lab to the catchment scale.
The Agrosphere Institute operates the Krauthausen aquifer test-site and coordinates the TERENO (Terrestrial Environmental Observatories) network in Germany. A lab measurement setup and a borehole measurement system for broadband SIP has been developed. GPR antennas measuring with different frequencies as well as ERT systems are available. For tomographic inversion, a linux cluster at the Agrosphere Institute and computation time on the HPSC infrastructure at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) is available.