Prof. Dr. Herbert Riepl
Prof. Dr. Thomas Vienken

Head of the Professorship

Phone: +49 (0) 9421 187 445
Mail: thomas.vienken@hswt.de

(Picture: Studioline Photography)

TUM Campus Straubing
Am Essigberg 3
D-94315 Straubing

Am Essigberg 3 Room. DG 018

  • Since 10/2019: Professor for Geothermal Energy and Heat Management at Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences, TUM Campus Straubing
  • 11/2019: Habilitation in the field of groundwater management, TU Dresden
  • 02/2016 – 08/2016: Visiting Scientist at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa
  • Since 11/2010: Head of the working group „Direct push and hydrogeological measurement methods“ at the Department Monitoring and Exploration Technologies at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig
  • 03/2011: PhD, University of Tübingen
  • 08/2007- 10/2010: PhD-student, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig
  • 08/2003 – 01/2004: Studies abroad; SOEST – School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii at Manoá
  • 1999 – 2007: Studies in Geology at the University of Cologne
Research interests
  • Development of strategies for the sustainable intensive thermal use of the shallow subsurface
  • Development and evaluation of high resolution hydrogeological measurement methods
  • Groundwater temperatures in urban areas and heat management
  • Development and managing urban quarters

Articels in peer reviewed journals:

  • Meng, B., Vienken, T., Kolditz, O., Shao, H. 2019. Evaluating the thermal impacts and sustainability of intensive shallow geothermal utilization on a neighborhood scale: Lessons learned from a case study. Energy Conversion and Management 199: 111913.
  • Vienken, T., Kreck, M., Dietrich, P. 2019. Monitoring the impact of intensive shallow geothermal energy use on groundwater temperatures in a residential neighborhood. Geothermal Energy 7(1): 8.
  • Meng, B., Vienken, T., Kolditz, O., Shao, H. 2018. Modeling the local temperature response to intensive operation of ground source heat pump systems: A case study in Germany. Energy Procedia: 6.
  • Kaufmann, G., Romanov, D., Tippelt, T., Vienken, T., Werban, U., Dietrich, p., Mai, F., Börner, F. 2018. Mapping and modelling of collapse sinkholes in soluble rock: The Münsterdorf site, northern Germany. Journal of Applied Geophysics 154: 64-80.
  • Schelenz*, S., Vienken*, T., Shao, H., Firmbach, L., Dietrich, P. 2017. On the importance of a coordinated site characterization for the sustainable intensive thermal use of the shallow subsurface in urban areas – a case study. Environmental Earth Science, 76 (2): art. 73. *shared lead authorship.
  • Vienken, T., Huber, E., Kreck, M., Huggenberger, P., Dietrich, P. 2017. How to chase a tracer – combining conventional salt tracer testing and direct push electrical conductivity profiling for enhanced aquifer characterization. Advances in Water Resources, 99: 60-66.
  • Güting, N., Vienken, T., Klotzsche, A., van der Kruk, J., Vanderborght, J., Caers, J., Vereecken, H., Englert, A. 2017. High resolution aquifer characterization using crosshole GPR full-waveform tomography: Comparison with direct-push and tracer test data. Water Resources Research, 53 (1): 49-72.
  • Zheng, T., Shao, H., Schelenz, S., Hein, P., Vienken, T., Pang, Z., Kolditz, O. & Nagel, T., 2016. Efficiency and Economic Analysis of Utilizing Latent Heat from Groundwater Freezing in the context of Borehole Heat Exchanger coupled Ground Source Heat Pump Systems. Applied Thermal Engineering, 105: 314-326.
  • Hausmann, J., Dietrich, P., Vienken, T., Werban, U., 2016. Technique, analysis routines, and application of direct push driven in situ color logging. Environmental Earth Science, 75 (11): 1-21.
  • Chirila, M. A., Christoph, B., Vienken, T., Dietrich, P., Bumberger, J., 2016. Development of an in-situ thermal conductivity measurement system for exploration of the shallow subsurface. Measurement Science and Technology. 27, 065901.
  • Vienken, T., Händel, F., Epting, J., Dietrich, P., Liedl, R., Huggenberger, P., 2016. Energiewende braucht Wärmewende – Chancen und Limitierungen der intensiven thermischen Nutzung des oberflächennahen Untergrundes in urbanen Gebieten vor dem Hintergrund der aktuellen Energiedebatte in Deutschland. Grundwasser, 21: 69-73.
  • Seibertz, K.S.O., Chirila, M.A., Bumberger, J., Dietrich, P., Vienken, T., 2016. Development of in-aquifer heat testing for high resolution subsurface thermal-storage capability characterisation. Journal of Hydrology, 534: 113-123.
  • Vienken, T., Schelenz, S., Rink, K., Dietrich, P., 2015. Sustainable intensive thermal use of the shallow subsurface – a critical view on the status quo. Groundwater, 53(3): 356-361.
  • Rossetto, R., Barbagli, A., Borsi, I., Mazzanti, G., Vienken, T., Bonari, E., 2015. Site investigation and design of the monitoring system at the Sant`Alessio Induced Riverbank Filtration plant (Lucca, Italy). Rend. Online Soc. Geol. It., 35: 248 – 251.
  • Vienken, T., Dietrich, P., 2014. Comment on “Determination of Hydraulic Conductivity from Grain-Size Distribution for Different Depositional Environments,” by Rosas, J., O. Lopez, T.M. Missimer, K.M. Coulibaly, A.H.A. Dehwah, K. Sesler, L.R. Lujan, and D. Mantilla”. Groundwater, 52 (6): 823-824.
  • Rogiers, B., Vienken, T., Gedeon, M., Batelaan, O., Mallants, D., Huysmans, M., Dassargues, A., 2014. Multi-scale aquifer characterization and groundwater flow model parameterization using direct push technologies. Environmental Earth Sciences, 72 (5): 1303-1324.
  • Vienken, T., Kreck, M., Hausmann, J., Werban, U., Dietrich, P., 2014. Innovative strategies for high resolution site characterization: application to a flood plain. Acque Sotterranee (Italian Journal of Groundwater), 138 (4): 7-14.
  • Huenges, E., Kohl, T., Kolditz, O., Bremer, J., Scheck-Wenderoth, M., Vienken, T., 2013. Geothermal energy systems: research perspective for domestic energy provision. Environmental Earth Sciences, 70(8): 3927-3933.
  • Vienken, T., Reboulet, E., Leven, C., Kreck, M., Zschornack, L., Dietrich, P., 2013. Field comparison of selected methods for vertical soil water content profiling. Journal of Hydrology, 501(0): 205-212.
  • Hausmann, J., Steinel, H., Kreck, M., Werban, U., Vienken, T., Dietrich, P., 2013. Two-dimensional geomorphological characterization of a filled abandoned meander using geophysical methods and soil sampling. Geomorphology, 201: 335-343.
  • Vienken, T., Matthes, K., Nusche, H., Dietrich, P., 2013. Reply to the Commentary by Fuchs et al. on the Paper “Effects of Measuring Uncertainties in Particle Size Analysis on the Calculation of Transmittance Levels” by Matthes et al. (2012) in Grundwasser 17(2), 105–111. Grundwasser 18 (1): 59-61.
  • Schuetze, C., Vienken, T., Werban, U., Dietrich, P., Finizola, A., Leven, C., 2012. Joint application of geophysical methods and Direct Push-soil gas surveys for the improved delineation of buried fault zones. Journal of Applied Geophysics 82: 129-136.
  • Matthes, K., Nusche, H., Dietrich, P., Vienken, T., 2012. Effects of measuring inaccuracy during grain size analyses on the determination of hydraulic conductivity. Grundwasser, 17 (2): 105-111.
  • Vienken, T., Leven, C., Dietrich, P., 2012. Use of CPT and other direct push methods for (hydro-) stratigraphic aquifer characterization — a field study. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 49(2): 197-206.
  • Leven, C., Weiss, H., Vienken, T., Dietrich, P., 2011. Direct Push technologies – an efficient investigation method for subsurface characterization. Grundwasser, 16(4): 221-234.
  • Vienken, T., Dietrich, P., 2011. Field evaluation of methods for determining hydraulic conductivity from grain size data. Journal of Hydrology, 400(1-2): 58-71.
  • Linder, S., Paasche, H., Tronicke, J., Niederleithinger, E., Vienken, T., 2009. Zonal cooperative inversion of crosshole P-wave, S-wave, and georadar traveltime data sets. Journal of Applied Geophysics 72 (4): 254-262.


Professorship Geothermal Energy

Am Essigberg 3
D-94315 Straubing


Prof. Dr. Thomas Vienken

Phone: +49 (0) 9421 187 445
Mail: thomas.vienken@hswt.de

Management Office

Jasmin Schneider

Phone: +49 (0) 9421 187-201
E-Mail: jasmin.schneider@hswt.de

Corinna Braun

Phone: +49 (0) 9421 187-202
E-Mail: corinna.braun@hswt.de