Master Lecture "Physics of Aquatic Systems"

Summer Term 2019
Lecturer: Prof. Werner Aeschbach

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Lecture: Wed, 09 :15 - 11:00, INF 229, SR 108/110
Start: 17.04.2019

Exercises: Mon, 16:15-17:00, INF 229, SR 108/110
Start: 22.04.2017

Tutor: Arne Kersting (contact:

Content: Fundamentals of aquatic physics (physical limnology and oceanography, hydro(geo)logy) and isotope hydrology

Literature: Lecture notes

Useful literature on part I:
Imboden, D.M., and A. WŁest, Mixing mechanisms in lakes, in Physics and chemistry of lakes, edited by A. Lerman, D.M. Imboden, and J.R. Gat, pp. 83-138, Springer, Berlin, 1995.

Useful literature on part II:
Mook, W.G. (ed.), 2000. UNESCO/IAEA Series on Environmental Isotopes in the Hydrological Cycle, Principles and Applications.
(Particularly important parts: Most of Vol. 1 and 2, and Vol. 6, chapter 2).
Available online here).

Kinzelbach, W., et al. (2002). UNEP-report "A Survey of Methods for Groundwater Recharge in Arid and Semi-arid regions"


This specialised master course builds on some fundamental contents of the general master course MKEP4 "Environmental Physics", which therefore is a prerequisite. It is also possible to hear the two courses in parallel.

Lecture Notes, Literature, Slides, Exercises, Links:

Will be made available via Moodle

Program (preliminary):

PART I: Aquatic Physics

1. Introduction

2. Density and stratification in lakes and oceans

3. Flow in surface waters

4. Transport in surface waters

5. Energy fluxes in surface waters

6. Gas exchange

7. Flow and transport in groundwater

PART II: Isotope Hydrology

8. Introduction to isotope hydrology

9. Stable Isotopes of water

10. Tritium and Helium

11. Dating young waters

12. Dating old waters

13. Noble gases and paleoclimatic applications

14. Noble gas radioisotopes

Study Week
(no lecture)

There will be no written exam!