In the Department of Geology of the University of Trier, the areas of Applied Geology and Quaternary Geology are represented in research and teaching.

Areas of work in applied geology are:        

  • Landfill and landfill sealing systems
  • Contaminated sites (collection and remediation)
  • Hydrogeology
  • Engineering geology with a focus on landslides (mapping, rock parameters and hazard maps)


Fundamental research in the area of quaternary geology and especially paleoclimatic construction form a second area of teaching and research. We believe it is very important that, in addition to applied geological topics, basic research is also carried out on a generally better understanding of the processes close to the earth's surface and their dynamics. In this context, we investigate the erosion of the earth's crust and mass transport paths, interactions between climate and rocks (and minerals), element mobility in terrestian-aquatic systems, as well as paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic conditions, which are researched in several projects sponsored by the German Research Association. Specifically laminated sea sediments, marine shelf sediments, peat bogs and stalagmites are investigated in this context by high-resolution (subannual) microanalytical geochemical and mineralogical methods.