SFB 1313 TryScience Workshop "Climate Change: Droughts and Salinization"

November 3, 2022

Workshop for pupils of higher school classes | 3 November 2022 | 1 - 5 pm

Environmental Engineering and Simulation Technology

You don’t know exactly what to study after your graduation? You are considering studying in the field of natural sciences or engineering but you need more information for your decision? We offer you a TryScience workshop to gain insights into two different study programs "Environmental Engineering" and "Simulation Technology" at the University of Stuttgart. It gives you the possibility to explore how the combination of experiments and simulations with computer models help to understand invisible environmental processes, such as salinization and evaporation.

TryScience Workshop: "Climate Change: Droughts and Salinization"

One of the consequences of climate change is increasing global warming. Warmer temperatures on the earth's surface lead to changed weather conditions. Storms, heavy rain and droughts are no longer rare. What happens when rainfall decreases? Soils dry out, form deep cracks and require irrigation for agriculture. In certain areas, this can lead to the formation of large salt crusts that make the soil infertile for agriculture. For example, in very dry regions in Tunisia or Israel.

Dry soil in Stuttgart with fracture formation.

The causes of soil salinization are quite diverse. For example, the use of saline water for irrigation can be one of the causes. However, there are also salts in the soils themselves, which are brought to the surface by irrigation and evaporation. Salt crusts make the soil infertile and plant growth impossible.

Salt crust on the surface of the salt lake "Chott El Djerid" in the South of Tunisia.

Workshop Programme

In our workshop, we will show you what "salinization" is and how salt crusts can form on soils or salt lakes in very dry areas. We show you, which physical forces play a major role in dry soils and how soil salinization can be prevented. Therefore, we want to experiment with you and create a simulation together to make invisible environmental processes visible. During an environmental quiz you will learn more about the environmental issue of salinization.

For our workshop, no prior knowledge is mandatory. We will experiment together on site. At the end of the workshop, you will of course have enough time to ask us all your questions on studying "Environmental Engineering" and "Simulation Technology" at the University of Stuttgart and to find out everything about living and working on campus. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our contact persons.

 We are looking forward experimenting and simulating with you!

Workshop Details

Workshop: "Climate Change: Droughts and Salinization"
3 November 2022
Location: University of Stuttgart, Campus Vaihingen, Pfaffenwaldring 61, 70569 Stuttgart, MML, Room: U 1.003
Time: 1 - 5 pm
Organisers: The SFB 1313 TryScience Workshop "Climate Change: Droughts and Salinization" is organised by the Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Department of Hydromechanics and Modelling of Hydrosystems (LH2) of the University of Stuttgart


This image shows J. A. (Sander) Huisman

J. A. (Sander) Huisman

Prof. Dr.

Principal Investigator, Research Project C05

This image shows Melanie Lipp

Melanie Lipp

M. Sc.

Doctoral Researcher, Internal Research Project I-07

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