Institute for Earth System Science and Remote Sensing

Our Research

We investigate earth-historical environmental changes and current geohazards. This includes geophysical monitoring of volcanoes and earthquake zones or research into prehistoric climate and environmental changes. Our research areas range from Antarctica to the tropics.

Prof. Brachert during field work in Uganda. Photo: private
Collection curator Frank Bach. Photo: Swen Reichhold
Field training 2019: Geoelectrics. Photo: Josefine Umlauft
Geophysical Observatory of Collm. Photo: Verein Erdgeschichte im Südraum Leipzig e. V.
Central German Earthquake Monitoring Network. Figure: Sigward Funke
Earth System Data Cube. Figure: Mahecha et al., 2020


Our institute offers the Master's degree program "Earth System Data Science & Remote Sensing" as well as various geoscientific modules for minor subject training.

Visualised NDVI time series of the Landsat 8 satellite from the Sacramento Valley, California. Figure created by Hannes Feilhauer based on USGS Landsat 8 data.

Master's Studies

The new English-language Master's degree program "Earth System Data Science & Remote Sensing" will start in winter semester 2022/23.

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Prof. Ehrmann discusses the geology of the Nördlinger Ries with students. Photo: Gerhard Schmiedl

Geosciences as a minor subject

Our minor subject training is aimed in particular at students of archeology, biology, geography, meteorology and physics.

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Our Institute

Contact and Directions

Our institute is located at Talstraße 35 in the immediate vicinity of the Bayerischer Bahnhof and opposite the University Hospital in Liebigstraße.

Institute of Geophysics and Geology

Talstraße 35
04103 Leipzig

Head: Prof. Dr. Miguel Mahecha

Phone: +49 341 97-32900
Fax: +49 341 97-32809