Hydrogeology Isotope Laboratory

The Chair of Applied Geology runs state-of-the-art laboratories for light stable isotopes and water chemistry. Opens internal link in current windowFind out more...

Research

Selected Publications

Marx, A., Dusek, J., Jankovec, J., Sanda, M., Vogel, T., van Geldern, R., Hartmann, J. and Barth, J.A.C. (in press) A review of CO2 and associated carbon dynamics in headwater streams: a global perspective. Reviews of Geophysics doi: Opens external link in new window10.1002/2016RG000547

Daesslé, L.W., van Geldern, R., Orozco-Durán, A. and Barth, J.A.C. (2016) The 2014 water release into the arid Colorado River delta and associated water losses by evaporation. Science of the Total Environment, 542, 586-590. doi: Opens external link in new window10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.09.157

van Geldern, R., Schulte, P., Mader, M., Baier, A. and Barth, J.A.C. (2015) Spatial and temporal variations of pCO2, dissolved inorganic carbon and stable isotopes along a temperate karstic watercourse. Hydrological Processes, 29, 3423-3440. doi: Opens external link in new window10.1002/hyp.10457

van Geldern, R., Nowak, M.E., Zimmer, M., Szizybalski, A., Myrttinen, A., Barth, J.A.C. and Jost, H.-J. (2014) Field based stable isotope analysis of CO2 by mid-infrared laser spectroscopy for carbon capture and storage monitoring. Analytical Chemistry, 86, 12191-12198. doi: Opens external link in new window10.1021/ac5031732

van Geldern, R. and Barth, J.A.C. (2012): Optimization of instrument setup and post-run corrections for oxygen and hydrogen stable isotope measurements of water by isotope ratio infrared spectroscopy (IRIS). -Limnology and Oceanography: Methods10, 1024-1036.
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PD Dr. Robert van Geldern

GeoZentrum Nordbayern

Applied Geosciences
FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg
Schlossgarten 5
91054 Erlangen
Germany

fon: +49-9131-85-22514
fax: +49-9131-85-29294
Room: O 2.112

robert.van.geldern(at)fau(dot)de 

Research Interests

Isotopehydrology and hydrogeology
Light stable isotope geochemistry of water and sediments
Method development and analytical chemistry
Water chemistry and biogeochemical cycles

Short vita

January 2015: Habilitation (Dr. habil.) and Privatdozent (PD) at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg
2009 – today: "Wissenschaftlicher Assistent", GeoZentrum Nordbayern, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg
2004 – 2008: Research associate and deputy section head, Leibniz-Institut for Applied Geophysics (Opens external link in new windowLIAG), Geozentrum Hannover
1998 – 2004: PhD position and dissertation in geology, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg
1992 – 1998: Diploma studies in geology, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg

Publications (peer-reviewed)

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Mader, M., Schwerna, P., Buchholz, R., van Geldern, R. and Barth, J.A.C. (2017) A new approach to quantify system efficiency with dissolved oxygen isotopes during engineered growth of Galdieria sulphuraria. Algal Research, 26, 294-301. doi: Opens external link in new window10.1016/j.algal.2017.07.026

Marx, A., Dusek, J., Jankovec, J., Sanda, M., Vogel, T., van Geldern, R., Hartmann, J. and Barth, J.A.C. (in press) A review of CO2 and associated carbon dynamics in headwater streams: a global perspective. Reviews of Geophysics doi: Opens external link in new window10.1002/2016RG000547

Marx, A., Hintze, S., Sanda, M., Jankovec, J., Oulehle, F., Dusek, J., Vitvar, T., Vogel, T., van Geldern, R. and Barth, J.A.C. (2017) Acid rain footprint three decades after peak deposition: Long-term recovery from pollutant sulphate in the Uhlirska catchment (Czech Republic). Science of the Total Environment, 598, 1037-1049. doi: Opens external link in new window10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.04.109 

Barth, J.A.C., Mader, M., Nenning, F., van Geldern, R. and Friese, K. (2017) Stable isotope mass balances versus concentration differences of dissolved inorganic carbon - Implications for tracing carbon turnover in reservoirs. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies, 53, 413-426. doi: Opens external link in new window10.1080/10256016.2017.1282478

Daessle, L.W., Orozco, A., Struck, U., Camacho-Ibar, V.F., van Geldern, R., Santamaría-del-Angel, E. and Barth, J.A.C. (in press) Sources and sinks of nutrients and organic carbon during the 2014 pulse flow of the Colorado River into Mexico. Ecological Engineering, doi: Opens external link in new window10.1016/j.ecoleng.2016.02.018

Baier, A., van Geldern, R., Löhr, G., Subert, H.L. and Barth, J.A.C. (2016) Grundwasser in Nürnberg: Wichtige Einheiten und deren Nutzbarkeit / Groundwater units and their potential usability at Nuremberg, Germany [German with English Abstract]. Grundwasser, 21, 253-266, doi: Opens external link in new window10.1007/s00767-016-0332-1

Penckwitt, J., van Geldern, R., Hagspiel, B., Packebusch, B., Mahr, A., Burkhardt, K. and Barth, J.A.C. (2016) Quantifizierungen von Grundwassereintritten in städtische Abwassersysteme mittels stabiler Isotope / Quantification of groundwater infiltration into urban sewer systems by stable isotopes [German with English Abstract]. Grundwasser, 21, 217-225, doi: Opens external link in new window10.1007/s00767-015-0310-z

Attermeyer, K., Flury, S., Jayakumar, R., Fiener, P., Steger, K., Arya, V., Wilken, F., van Geldern, R. and Premke, K. (2016) Invasive floating macrophytes reduce greenhouse gas emissions from a small tropical lake. Scientific Reports, 6, 20424, doi: Opens external link in new window10.1038/srep20424

Yousif, M., van Geldern, R. and Bubenzer, O. (2016) Hydrogeological investigation of shallow aquifers in an arid data-scarce coastal region (El Daba’a, northwestern Egypt). Hydrogeology Journal, 24, 159-179. doi: Opens external link in new window10.1007/s10040-015-1308-4

Chandrajith, R., Diyabalanage, S., Premathilake, K.M., Hanke, C., van Geldern, R. and Barth, J.A.C. (2016) Controls of evaporative irrigation return flows in comparison to seawater intrusion in coastal karstic aquifers in northern Sri Lanka: evidence from solutes and stable isotopes. Science of the Total Environment, 548-549, 421-428. doi: Opens external link in new window10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.01.050

Daessle, L.W., van Geldern, R., Orozco-Durán, A. and Barth, J.A.C. (2016) The 2014 water release into the arid Colorado River delta and associated water losses by evaporation. Science of the Total Environment, 542, 586-590. doi: Opens external link in new window10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.09.157

Barth, J.A.C., Nowak, M.E., Zimmer, M., Norden, B. and van Geldern, R. (2015) Monitoring of cap-rock integrity during CCS from field data at the Ketzin pilot site (Germany): Evidence from gas composition and stable carbon isotopes. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 43, 133-140. doi: Opens external link in new window10.1016/j.ijggc.2015.10.017

van Geldern, R., Kolb, A., Baier, A. and Barth, J.A.C. (2015) Stabile Isotope als Tracer zur Bestimmung der Abstandsgeschwindigkeit in Trinkwassergewinnungsbrunnen aus Uferfiltrat / Determination of fluid velocities in drinking water supply wells using bank filtration by means of stable isotope tracers [German with English Abstract]. Grundwasser, 20, 169-179. doi: Opens external link in new window10.1007/s00767-015-0296-6

Chandrajith, R., Jayasena, H.A.H., van Geldern, R. and Barth, J.A.C. (2015) Assessment of land subsidence mechanisms triggered by dolomitic marble dissolution from hydrogeochemistry and stable isotopes of spring waters. Applied Geochemistry, 58, 97-105. doi: Opens external link in new window10.1016/j.apgeochem.2015.03.020

van Geldern, R., Schulte, P., Mader, M., Baier, A. and Barth, J.A.C. (2015): Spatial and temporal variations of pCO2, dissolved inorganic carbon and stable isotopes along a temperate karstic watercourse. Hydrological Processes, 29, 3423-3440. doi: Opens external link in new window10.1002/hyp.10457

Verma, M.P., Portugal, E., Gangloff, S., Armienta, M.A., Chandrasekharam, D., Sanchez, M., Renderos, R.E. and van Geldern, R. (2015): Determination of carbonic species concentration in natural waters - Results from a worldwide proficiency test. - Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research, 39, 233-255. doi:Opens external link in new window10.1111/j.1751-908X.2014.00306.x

Myrttinen, A., Becker, V., Mayer, B., van Geldern, R. and Barth, J.A.C. (2015): Determining in situ pH levels of pressurised fluids using stable carbon isotope techniques. - Chemical Geology, 391, 1-6. doi:Opens external link in new window10.1016/j.chemgeo.2014.10.015.

van Geldern, R., Nowak, M.E., Zimmer, M., Szizybalski, A., Myrttinen, A., Barth, J.A.C. and Jost, H.-J. (2014): Field based stable isotope analysis of CO2 by mid-infrared laser spectroscopy for CCS monitoring. - Analytical Chemistry, 86, 1291-1298. [Opens external link in new windowPDF] doi:Opens external link in new window10.1021/ac5031732.

Chandrajith, R., Chaturangani, D., Abeykoon, S., Barth, J.A.C., van Geldern, R., (2014). Quantification of groundwater-sewater-interaction in a coastal sandy aquifer system - A study from Panama, Sri Lanka. Environmental Earth Sciences, 72, 867-877. [Opens external link in new windowdoi:10.1007/s12665-013-3010-y]

van Geldern, R., Baier, A., Subert, H.L., Kowol, S., Balk, L. and Barth, J.A.C. (2014): Pleistocene paleo-groundwater as a pristine fresh water resource – evidence from stable and radiogenic isotopes. - Science of the Total Environment, 496, 107-115. doi:Opens external link in new window10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.07.011

Nowak, M., van Geldern, R., Myrttinen, A., Zimmer, M. and Barth, J.A.C. (2014) High-resolution stable carbon isotope monitoring indicates variable flow dynamic patterns in a deep saline aquifer at the Ketzin pilot site (Germany). Applied Geochemistry, 47, 44-51. doi:Opens external link in new window10.1016/j.apgeochem.2014.05.009

van Geldern, R., J. Kuhlemann, R. Schiebel, H. Taubald, and J. A. C. Barth. 2014. Stable water isotope patterns in a climate change hotspot: The isotope hydrology framework of Corsica (western Mediterranean). Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies 50, 184-200. [Opens external link in new windowdoi:10.1080/10256016.2013.839559]

Engelhardt, I., Barth, J.A.C., Bol, R., Schulz, M., Ternes, T.A., Schüth, C., van Geldern, R., 2014. Quantification of long-term wastewater fluxes at the surface water/groundwater-interface: An integrative model perspective using stable isotopes and acesulfame. Science of the Total Environment 466-467, 16-25. [Opens external link in new windowdoi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.06.092].

van Geldern, R., Verma, M.P., Carvalho, M.C., Grassa, F., Huertas, A.D., Monvoisin, G., Barth, J.A.C., (2013). Stable carbon isotope analysis of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in natural waters – Results from a worldwide proficiency test. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 27, 2099-2107. [Opens external link in new windowdoi:10.1002/rcm.6665]

van Geldern, R., Hayashi, T., Böttcher, M.E., Mottl, M.J., Barth, J.A.C. and Stadler, S. (2013): Stable isotope geochemistry of pore waters and marine sediments from the New Jersey shelf: Methane formation and fluid origin. - Geosphere, 9, 96-112 [Opens external link in new windowdoi:10.1130/GES00859.1].

van Geldern, R. and Barth, J.A.C. (2012): Optimization of instrument setup and post-run corrections for oxygen and hydrogen stable isotope measurements of water by isotope ratio infrared spectroscopy (IRIS). - Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 10, 1024-1036, [http://dx.doi.org/10.4319/lom.2012.10.1024]. [Opens external link in new windowPDF] [Initiates file downloadlatest Excel Template v.1.1 (added 2013-04-18)]

Myrttinen, A., Jeandel, E., Ukelis, O., Becker, V., van Geldern, R., Blum, P. and Barth, J.A.C. (2012): Stable carbon isotope techniques to quantify CO2 trapping and to determine the state of carbonate equilibria under elevated pressures and temperatures. - Chemical Geology, 320-321, 46-53, [http//dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2012.05.008].

Schulte, P., van Geldern, R., Freitag, H., Karim, A., Négrel, P., Petelet-Giraud, E., Probst, A., Probst, J.L., Telmer, K., Veizer, J. and Barth, J.A.C. (2011): Applications of stable water and carbon isotopes in watershed research: Weathering, carbon cycling, and water balances. - Earth-Science Reviews, 109, 20-31, [http//dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2011.07.003].

Becker, V., Myrttinen, A., Blum, P., van Geldern, R. and Barth, J.A.C. (2011): Predicting δ13CDIC dynamics in CCS: A scheme based on a review of inorganic carbon chemistry under elevated pressures and temperatures. - International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 5, 1250-1258, [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2011.05.001].

Wrozyna, C., Frenzel, P., Steeb, P., Zhu, L., van Geldern, R., Mackensen, A. and Schwalb, A. (2010): Stable isotope and ostracode species assemblage evidence for lake level changes of Nam Co, southern Tibet, during the past 600 years. - Quaternary International, 212, 2-13, [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2008.12.010].

Sierralta, M., Kele, S., Melcher, F., Hambach, U., Reinders, J., van Geldern, R. and Frechen, M. (2010): Uranium-series dating of travertine from Süttő: Implications for reconstruction of environmental change in Hungary. - Quaternary International, 222, 178-193, [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2009.04.004].

Pérez, L., Bugja, R., Massaferro, J., Steeb, P., van Geldern, R., Frenzel, P., Brenner, M., Scharf, B. and Schwalb, A. (2010): Post-Columbian environmental history of Lago Petén Itzá, Guatemala. - Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Geológicas, 27, 490-507. Opens external link in new windowRMCG home Opens external link in new windowPDF

Myrttinen, A., Becker, V., van Geldern, R., Würdemann, H., Morozova, D., Zimmer, M., Taubald, H., Blum, P. and Barth, J.A.C. (2010): Carbon and oxygen isotope indications for CO2 behaviour after injection: First results from the Ketzin site (Germany). - International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 4, 1000-1006, [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2010.02.005].

Stögbauer, A., Strauss, H., Arndt, J., Marek, V., Einsiedl, F. and van Geldern, R. (2008): Rivers of North-Rhine Westphalia revisited: Tracing changes in river chemistry. - Applied Geochemistry, 23, 3290-3304, [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeochem.2008.06.030].

Schulte, A., Jansky, B., Daut, G., Irmler, R. and van Geldern, R. (2007): Sediment dynamics from the drainage area into Lake Mladotice (western Czech Republic) in relation to flood events and under the influence of pre- to post-communist landscape changes. - in: A. Schumann & M. Pahlow (eds.) Reducing the Vulnerability of Societies to Water Related Risks at the Basin Scale (Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Management, Bochum, Germany, September 2006), IAHS Publication series, 317, 130-136. Opens external link in new windowIAHS Publ. 317

Farkaš, J., Böhm, F., Wallmann, K., Blenkinsop, J., Eisenhauer, A., van Geldern, R., Munnecke, A., Voigt, S. and Veizer, J. (2007): Calcium isotope record of Phanerozoic oceans: Implications for chemical evolution of seawater and its causative mechanisms. - Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 71, 5117-5134, [doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2007.09.004].

van Geldern, R., Joachimski, M.M., Day, J., Jansen, U., Alvarez, F., Yolkin, E.A. and Ma, X.P. (2006): Carbon, oxygen and strontium isotope records of Devonian brachiopod shell calcite. - Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 240, 47-67, [doi: Opens external link in new window10.1016/j.palaeo.2006.03.045].

Schulte, A., Albrecht, M., Daut, G., Wallner, J., Jansky, B. and van Geldern, R. (2006): Analyses and assessment of the sedimentary record of Lake Mladotice (western Czech Republic) in relation to flood events and pre-to postcommunist change in land use. - Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, Supplementband, 142, 229-243. Opens external link in new windowZfG Suppl. Vol. 142

Joachimski, M.M., Simon, L., van Geldern, R. and Lécuyer, C. (2005): Boron isotope geochemistry of Paleozoic brachiopod calcite: Implications for a secular change in the boron isotope geochemistry of seawater over the Phanerozoic. - Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 69, 4035-4044, [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2004.11.017].

Joachimski, M.M., van Geldern, R., Breisig, S., Buggisch, W. and Day, J. (2004): Oxygen isotope evolution of biogenic calcite and apatite during the Middle and Late Devonian. - International Journal of Earth Sciences, 93, 542-553, [http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00531-004-0405-8].