ESR N° 7: Multi-scale thermal imaging of groundwater upwelling in stream valleys


Research Fellow : Joel Tirado Conde

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Host Institution: Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.    

Objectives : Develop a multi-scale thermal imagery method, where airborne and ground-based methods can quantify where, when, and how much groundwater escapes to stream valleys with special attention to how temperature-controlled changes in hydraulic parameters affect water storage/wetness/flooding/upwelling and direct seepage to streams. The innovative aspect is to investigate if thermal imaging is a feasible method for mapping upwelling at the scale of stream networks and linking these to temporal changes in hydraulic parameters and possible hot-spots of reactivity.


More details about ESR7-project:



– Secondment at UFZ Leipzig with Jan Fleckenstein’s group :
3 months : January, February and March 2019
– Secondment at Université de Neuchâtel with Philip Brunner’s group :
3 months : September, October, November 2019

Tasks and methodology 

  • Instrument Holtum stream (Denmark) sites and perform seasonal campaigns with airborne and ground based methods.
  • Create local 2D/3D flow and heat transport models to understand flow upwelling processes.
  • Test the imaging and modelling techniques at TERENO sites in Germany.
  • Integrate knowledge and data from local models into a 3D sub-catchment model.



Peter K. Engesgaard – University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Majken C. Looms Zibar – University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Dissemination and communication

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Database for the future datasets: Hobe

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