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Flood and Drought

Tracking water in the shallow subsurface

The aim of the Flood and Drought project is to provide tools that can efficiently provide data on the water content in the subsurface as well as the ability of the subsurface to move and store water. Research has shown that surface NMR is potentially an efficient method to achieve these data, but the technology is too slow and unreliable for most use cases.

The research hypothesis of Flood and drought is that the combination of our new Apsu surface NMR system and new NMR pulse sequences can perform fast surface NMR measurements that precisely measures the water content and permeability of the shallow subsurface. These data will be integrated in high-resolution groundwater models to precisely predict the interaction between surface water and groundwater and aid risk management.



  • Department of Engineering, Aarhus University (DEN)
  • HGG, Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University (DEN)
  • Collaborators:
    • University of Arizona (US)
    • Urban and Environmental Engineering, University of Liège (BEL)
    • Leibniz Institute of Applied Geophysics (GER)
    • Environmental Protection Agency, Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark