Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Processes in Soil - fluid flow, solute transport and matter turnover

Date: 04 November 2019 - 05 November 2019
Location: UFZ Leipzig, Germany

Soil is a key component in our terrestrial environment and plays a crucial part in the water, carbon and nutrient cycles and in the mobility of pollutants. As a filter for clean groundwater and as a habitat for an enormous variety of organisms, it also fulfils a number of indispensable functions for agricultural production.

To understand how the interactions of physical, chemical and biological processes contribute to these functions, this course offers an overview over important soil processes: Fluid flow, solute transport and matter turnover.


The following topics are covered in the course:

  • Water flow in soil
  • Multiphase dynamics in porous media
  • Processes in the rhizosphere
  • Dynamics and analysis of gas components in soil
  • Soil structure analysis
  • C/N dynamics
  • Soil-Landscape Modelling
  • Solute transport in soil at different scales

Didactic Aims

  • learn about critical processes in soils
  • learn about current model concepts
  • learn about experimental approaches in the soil sciences

Didactic Elements

Lectures, exercises and group discussions

Target Group

Doctoral Researchers

Required Prior Knowledge

Participants should be open for mathematical and physical aspects of biological processes.

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Registration and fee

Participation fees do not apply to cooperation partners, i.e. PhD candidates of SENSE partner WIMEK.
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