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FU Berlin, Institute of Geological Sciences – Dynamics of the Earth Group

The group is analysing and modelling geodynamic processes that take place on and in the Earth, such as the development of aquifer systems (karstification, groundwater flow, …). Computer simulations are essentially used for this purpose.

A model for the simulationModell Ein Computermodell ist in der Regel eine Sammlung von vielen mathematischen Gleichungen, die verschiedene natürliche (physikalische, chemische, biologische) Vorgänge sehr gut mathematisch darstellen. Im Computer kann man das Modell mit verschiedenen Parameterwerten (z. B. verschiedene Häufigkeit von Klüften, verschiedene Temperatur) laufen lassen, wodurch man ein sehr gutes Verständnis der Zusammenhänge und Einflußfaktoren auf die zu untersuchenden Phänomene erhält. of karstification was developed and applied to the Blessberg cave.

Contact

Prof. Dr. Georg Kaufmann ↗

Web Site

https://www.geo.fu-berlin.de/en/geol/fachrichtungen/geophy/index.html ↗

Publications

Kaufmann, Georg; Romanov, Douchko

Modelling long-term and short-term evolution of karst in vicinity of tunnels Journal Article

Journal of Hydrology, 581 , pp. 124282, 2020.

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Kaufmann, Georg; Romanov, Douchko

Karst and trains: The challenge of railway tunneling Inproceedings

Geophysical Research Abstracts, pp. EGU2019-3554, 2019.

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Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry – Group Environmental and Atmospheric Chemistry

The main areas of research of the group are in the field of organic and inorganic trace analysis by using and further developing mass spectrometric methods, often in combination with chromatographic methods.

The group participates in the research in the Blessberg cave by reconstructing the vegetation above the cave by analysing biopolymers in stalagmites and by analysing biochemical fire markers in soil, water, and stalagmite samples.

Contact

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Hoffmann ↗

Web site

https://www.blogs.uni-mainz.de/fb09-ac-hoffmann-eng/ ↗

Publications

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Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Institute of Biodiversity – Group of Aquatic Geomicrobiology

The Aquatic Geomicrobiology group exists since 2004 and is headed by Prof. Dr. Kirsten Küsel. The group is has a focus on the role of microorganisms that are driving the Earth’s biogeochemical cycles. Here, microbes are also involved in mediating mineral precipitation and dissolution as well as the sorption of organic material. The research covers the areas of biodiversity, microbial interactions, climate change mitigation, mining, and the deep biosphere.

In the context of the research project “AquaDiv@Jena” and the CRC 1076 “AquaDiva” ↗, the diversity and activity of the bacteria contained in the Blessberg cave and their formation of carbonate minerals were investigated.

Contact

Prof. Dr. Kirsten Küsel ↗

Web Site

https://www.geomicrobiology.uni-jena.de/ ↗

Publications

Keiner, Robert; Frosch, Torsten; Hanf, Stefan; Rusznyak, Anna; Akob, Denise M; Küsel, Kirsten; Popp, Jürgen

Raman Spectroscopy—An Innovative and Versatile Tool To Follow the Respirational Activity and Carbonate Biomineralization of Important Cave Bacteria Journal Article

Analytical Chemistry, 85 (18), pp. 8708–8714, 2013.

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Rusznyák, Anna; Akob, Denise M; Nietzsche, Sándor; Eusterhues, Karin; Totsche, Kai Uwe; Neu, Thomas R; Frosch, Torsten; Popp, Jürgen; Keiner, Robert; Geletneky, Jörn; Katzschmann, Lutz; Schulze, Ernst-Detlef; Küsel, Kirsten

Calcite Biomineralization by Bacterial Isolates from the Recently Discovered Pristine Karstic Herrenberg Cave Journal Article

Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 78 (4), pp. 1157–1167, 2012.

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Geoforschungszentrum Potsdam (GFZ) – Group stable isotopes (sediments and water)

The Geoforschungszentrum Potsdam is a non-university research institute that conducts research on the dynamics of the solid earth. It was founded in 1992 and is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.

The GFZ participates in research in the Bleßberg Cave through geochemical analyses of drip water and stalagmites.

Contact

Dr. Birgit Plessen ↗

Web site

https://www.gfz-potsdam.de/ ↗

Publications

Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; Plessen, Birgit; Waltgenbach, Sarah; Tjallingii, Rik; Leonhardt, Jens; Jochum, Klaus-Peter; Meyer, Hanno; Goswami, Bedartha; Marwan, Norbert; Scholz, Denis

Holocene interaction of maritime and continental climate in Central Europe: New speleothem evidence from Central Germany Journal Article

Global and Planetary Change, 176 , pp. 144–161, 2019.

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Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; Plessen, Birgit; Waltgenbach, Sarah; Tjallingii, Rik; Leonhardt, Jens; Jochum, Klaus-Peter; Meyer, Hanno; Marwan, Norbert; Scholz, Denis

Tracing past shifts of the boundary between maritime and continental climate over Central Europe Inproceedings

Geophysical Research Abstracts, pp. EGU2018-9046, 2018.

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Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; Plessen, Birgit; Wenz, Sarah; Leonhardt, Jens; Tjallingii, Rik; Scholz, Denis; Jochum, Klaus-Peter; Marwan, Norbert

A multi-proxy reconstruction of Holocene climate change from Blessberg Cave, Germany Inproceedings

Geophysical Research Abstracts, pp. EGU2016-14213, 2016.

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Wenz, Sarah; Scholz, Denis; Spötl, Christoph; Plessen, Birgit; Mischel, Simon; Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; Jochum, Klaus-Peter; Fohlmeister, Jens

Timing and duration of climate variability during the 8.2 ka event reconstructed from four speleothems from Germany Inproceedings

Geophysical Research Abstracts, pp. EGU2016-12731, 2016.

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Marwan, Norbert; Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; Plessen, Birgit; Scholz, Denis; Leonhardt, Jens

Recurrence properties as signatures for abrupt climate change Inproceedings

Geophysical Research Abstracts, pp. EGU2014-8893, 2014.

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Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Institute of Geosciences – Isotope-geochemical Palaeoclimatology/Speleothem Research

The IsotopeIsotop Chemische Elemente können aus verschieden aufgebauten Atomen gebildet sein. Die Anzahl Protonen im Atomkern ist zwar dabei gleich, aber die Anzahl der Neutronen kann variieren. Man spricht dann von Isotopen, deren Massen kleine, aber messbare Unterschiede aufweisen. Der Atomkern des Sauerstoffs besteht z. B. aus 8 Protonen und in der Regel aus 8 Neutronen. Es gibt aber auch Sauerstoff, dessen Kerne aus 8 Protonen und 9 oder 10 Neutronen bestehen (neben selteneren, instabilen Sauerstoffisotopen). Um das zu kennzeichnen, gibt man zusätzlich zum chemischen Symbol noch die Massenzahl (Summe aus Protonen und Neutronen) an, also 16O, 17O oder 18O. Die unterschiedlichen Isotope verhalten sich zwar chemisch identisch, physikalisch aber - aufgrund ihres unterschiedlichen Gewichtes - leicht unterschiedlich. Damit stellen sie äusserst wertvolle Marker dar, die uns wichtige Hinweise zur Änderung des Klimas, der Umgebungsvegetation, Bodenaktivität und vielem mehr geben.-geochemical Palaeoclimatology/Speleothem Research Group exists since September 2009 and is led by Prof. Dr. Denis Scholz. The major goal of the group is the reconstruction of past climate variability. We mainly use speleothems, such as stalagmites, stalactites and flowstones, as climate archives, which are secondary carbonates found in caves.

The group performs research in the Bleßberg Cave by dating and geochemical analyses of stalagmites.

Contact

Prof. Dr. Denis Scholz ↗

Web site

https://www.geowiss.uni-mainz.de/isotopengeochemische-palaeoklimatologie-spelaeothemforschung/ ↗

Publications

Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; Plessen, Birgit; Waltgenbach, Sarah; Tjallingii, Rik; Leonhardt, Jens; Jochum, Klaus-Peter; Meyer, Hanno; Goswami, Bedartha; Marwan, Norbert; Scholz, Denis

Holocene interaction of maritime and continental climate in Central Europe: New speleothem evidence from Central Germany Journal Article

Global and Planetary Change, 176 , pp. 144–161, 2019.

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Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; Plessen, Birgit; Waltgenbach, Sarah; Tjallingii, Rik; Leonhardt, Jens; Jochum, Klaus-Peter; Meyer, Hanno; Marwan, Norbert; Scholz, Denis

Tracing past shifts of the boundary between maritime and continental climate over Central Europe Inproceedings

Geophysical Research Abstracts, pp. EGU2018-9046, 2018.

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Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; Plessen, Birgit; Wenz, Sarah; Leonhardt, Jens; Tjallingii, Rik; Scholz, Denis; Jochum, Klaus-Peter; Marwan, Norbert

A multi-proxy reconstruction of Holocene climate change from Blessberg Cave, Germany Inproceedings

Geophysical Research Abstracts, pp. EGU2016-14213, 2016.

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Wenz, Sarah; Scholz, Denis; Spötl, Christoph; Plessen, Birgit; Mischel, Simon; Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; Jochum, Klaus-Peter; Fohlmeister, Jens

Timing and duration of climate variability during the 8.2 ka event reconstructed from four speleothems from Germany Inproceedings

Geophysical Research Abstracts, pp. EGU2016-12731, 2016.

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Marwan, Norbert; Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; Plessen, Birgit; Scholz, Denis; Leonhardt, Jens

Recurrence properties as signatures for abrupt climate change Inproceedings

Geophysical Research Abstracts, pp. EGU2014-8893, 2014.

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Northumbria University Newcastle, Geography and Environmental Sciences – Cold and Palaeo Environments Group

The Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne includes research groups focusing on our Planet’s past, present, and future. The Cold and Palaeo Environments Group (CAPE) particularly aims at understanding the interaction between ancient biosphere, atmosphere, and cryosphere over the last 50 million years.

The group uses state-of-the-art geochemical methods, microfossil analyses, numerical models, and field studies to improve our understanding of the Earth system. The new Northumbria IsotopeIsotop Chemische Elemente können aus verschieden aufgebauten Atomen gebildet sein. Die Anzahl Protonen im Atomkern ist zwar dabei gleich, aber die Anzahl der Neutronen kann variieren. Man spricht dann von Isotopen, deren Massen kleine, aber messbare Unterschiede aufweisen. Der Atomkern des Sauerstoffs besteht z. B. aus 8 Protonen und in der Regel aus 8 Neutronen. Es gibt aber auch Sauerstoff, dessen Kerne aus 8 Protonen und 9 oder 10 Neutronen bestehen (neben selteneren, instabilen Sauerstoffisotopen). Um das zu kennzeichnen, gibt man zusätzlich zum chemischen Symbol noch die Massenzahl (Summe aus Protonen und Neutronen) an, also 16O, 17O oder 18O. Die unterschiedlichen Isotope verhalten sich zwar chemisch identisch, physikalisch aber - aufgrund ihres unterschiedlichen Gewichtes - leicht unterschiedlich. Damit stellen sie äusserst wertvolle Marker dar, die uns wichtige Hinweise zur Änderung des Klimas, der Umgebungsvegetation, Bodenaktivität und vielem mehr geben. and Clumped geothermometryClumped geothermometry Clumped geothermometry … for Environmental Studies (NICEST) laboratory uses stable isotope systems (δ13C, δ18O, δ15N, δ2H, and Δ47) to explore terrestrial, lacustrine, and marine carbonate systems in search of past climatic and environmental changes.

The geochemistry of speleothems helps reconstruct past hydrological changes. To quantify such changes, the lab analyses is combined with environmental monitoring. The group also works closely with other teams (e.g., the Alfred-Wegener Institute (AWI), PIK Potsdam, Waikato University, University of Oxford, and many others) to develop new quantitative proxiesProxy Umwelt- und Klimainformationen aus der Vergangenheit sind nicht direkt verfügbar, weil niemand da war, der diese messen und aufzeichnen konnte. Daher ist  man darauf angewiesen, diese Informationen indirekt aus anderen Informationen abzuleiten, wie z. B. Baumringe, das Verhältnis von Sauerstoffisotopen, Spurenelementen, Mächtigkeit von Sedimentschichten usw. Diese Art von Daten nennt man Proxies, was aus dem englischen stammt und „Stellvertreter“ bedeutet. and techniques to learn more about Earth’s history.

A very strong focus is on past permafrostPermafrost Unter Permafrost versteht man dauerhaft gefrorenen Boden, der auch im Sommer nicht auftaut. In Mitteleuropa gab es während den Eiszeiten Permafrost. dynamics; in a new project funded by The Leverhulme Trust ↗, Seb Breitenbach investigates the last 500,000 years of Siberian permafrost with the help of cave deposits, permafrost ice, and fossil ostracod shells.

Contact

Dr. Sebastian Breitenbach ↗

Web site

https://research.northumbria.ac.uk/coldandpalaeo/ ↗

Publikationen

Marwan, Norbert; Kraemer, Kai Hauke; Wiesner, Karolin; Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; Leonhardt, Jens

Recurrence based entropies Presentation

07.05.2019, (Fourth International Conference on Recent Advances in Nonlinear Mechanics, Łódz (Poland)).

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Marwan, Norbert; Kraemer, Kai Hauke; Wiesner, Karolin; Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; Leonhardt, Jens

Recurrence based entropies Inproceedings

Geophysical Research Abstracts, pp. EGU2019-2817, 2019.

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Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; Plessen, Birgit; Waltgenbach, Sarah; Tjallingii, Rik; Leonhardt, Jens; Jochum, Klaus-Peter; Meyer, Hanno; Goswami, Bedartha; Marwan, Norbert; Scholz, Denis

Holocene interaction of maritime and continental climate in Central Europe: New speleothem evidence from Central Germany Journal Article

Global and Planetary Change, 176 , pp. 144–161, 2019.

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Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; Plessen, Birgit; Waltgenbach, Sarah; Tjallingii, Rik; Leonhardt, Jens; Jochum, Klaus-Peter; Meyer, Hanno; Marwan, Norbert; Scholz, Denis

Tracing past shifts of the boundary between maritime and continental climate over Central Europe Inproceedings

Geophysical Research Abstracts, pp. EGU2018-9046, 2018.

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Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; Plessen, Birgit; Wenz, Sarah; Leonhardt, Jens; Tjallingii, Rik; Scholz, Denis; Jochum, Klaus-Peter; Marwan, Norbert

A multi-proxy reconstruction of Holocene climate change from Blessberg Cave, Germany Inproceedings

Geophysical Research Abstracts, pp. EGU2016-14213, 2016.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX

Wenz, Sarah; Scholz, Denis; Spötl, Christoph; Plessen, Birgit; Mischel, Simon; Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; Jochum, Klaus-Peter; Fohlmeister, Jens

Timing and duration of climate variability during the 8.2 ka event reconstructed from four speleothems from Germany Inproceedings

Geophysical Research Abstracts, pp. EGU2016-12731, 2016.

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Marwan, Norbert; Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; Plessen, Birgit; Scholz, Denis; Leonhardt, Jens

Recurrence properties as signatures for abrupt climate change Inproceedings

Geophysical Research Abstracts, pp. EGU2014-8893, 2014.

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Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) – Group Development of advanced time series analysis techniques

The Potsdam Institute is a non-university research institute primarily concerned with questions about the causes and effects of climate change and with developing policy options to mitigate climate risks. It was founded in 1992 and is a member of the Leibniz Association.

The group “Development of advanced time series analysis techniques ↗” of the department “Complex Systems ↗” is involved in the research at Bleßberg Cave. Here, together with the partners, the age models for the stalagmites are calculated and complex statistical evaluations of the palaeoclimate data are carried out.

Contact

Dr. Norbert Marwan ↗

Web site

https://www.pik-potsdam.de/ ↗

Publications

Marwan, Norbert; Kraemer, Kai Hauke; Wiesner, Karolin; Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; Leonhardt, Jens

Recurrence based entropies Presentation

07.05.2019, (Fourth International Conference on Recent Advances in Nonlinear Mechanics, Łódz (Poland)).

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Marwan, Norbert; Kraemer, Kai Hauke; Wiesner, Karolin; Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; Leonhardt, Jens

Recurrence based entropies Inproceedings

Geophysical Research Abstracts, pp. EGU2019-2817, 2019.

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Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; Plessen, Birgit; Waltgenbach, Sarah; Tjallingii, Rik; Leonhardt, Jens; Jochum, Klaus-Peter; Meyer, Hanno; Goswami, Bedartha; Marwan, Norbert; Scholz, Denis

Holocene interaction of maritime and continental climate in Central Europe: New speleothem evidence from Central Germany Journal Article

Global and Planetary Change, 176 , pp. 144–161, 2019.

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Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; Plessen, Birgit; Waltgenbach, Sarah; Tjallingii, Rik; Leonhardt, Jens; Jochum, Klaus-Peter; Meyer, Hanno; Marwan, Norbert; Scholz, Denis

Tracing past shifts of the boundary between maritime and continental climate over Central Europe Inproceedings

Geophysical Research Abstracts, pp. EGU2018-9046, 2018.

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Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; Plessen, Birgit; Wenz, Sarah; Leonhardt, Jens; Tjallingii, Rik; Scholz, Denis; Jochum, Klaus-Peter; Marwan, Norbert

A multi-proxy reconstruction of Holocene climate change from Blessberg Cave, Germany Inproceedings

Geophysical Research Abstracts, pp. EGU2016-14213, 2016.

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Marwan, Norbert; Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; Plessen, Birgit; Scholz, Denis; Leonhardt, Jens

Recurrence properties as signatures for abrupt climate change Inproceedings

Geophysical Research Abstracts, pp. EGU2014-8893, 2014.

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Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics Hannover (LIAG) – Section 3: Geochronology

The LIAG is a non-university research institute in Hanover, which is concerned with the exploration of the usable subsurface as well as the development of geophysical measurement and evaluation methods. The institute looks back on more than 50 years of experience in geophysical research.

The section Geochronology is specialised in Quaternary geochronology using luminescence and electron spin resonance (ESRElektronenspinresonanz-Datierung Eine physikalische Datierungsmethode, die darauf beruht, daß die Menge magnetischer Anomalien im Probenmaterial proportional zur Lagerungszeit im Sediment ist.) methods. For Blessberg Cave the group is testing thermoluminescence (TL) dating of speleothems, which has a potential to date calcite up to ~2 million years. It is also planned to contribute in dating cave sediments.

Contact

Dr. Sumiko Tsukamoto ↗

Web Site

https://www.leibniz-liag.de ↗

Publications

Sierralta, Melanie; Katzschmann, Lutz; Nikonow, Wilhelm; Rammlmair, Dieter

Insights in Bleßberg cave: Speleothem chronology and geochemical research Inproceedings

75. Jahrestagung der Deutsche Geophysikalische Gesellschaft in Hannover, 2015.

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