Name Timo Kessler
Birth date 10/07/1981
Nationality german


10/2015 – ongoing University of Salzburg
MSc studies in geology
12/2008 – 05/2012 Technical University of Denmark and Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Denmark
PhD in glacial geology and hydrogeology
title: Hydrogeological Characterization of Low-Permeability Clayey Tills - The Role of Sand Lenses
02/2008 – 10/2008 UNESCO-IHE and Technical University of Delft, Netherlands and Sokoine University of Tanzania
Graduation (Dipl.-Ing.) in environmental engineering
01/2007 – 12/2007 Gobabeb Training and Research Centre, Namibia
Studies abroad
10/2002 – 12/2006 University of Stuttgart, Germany
Studies in environmental engineering

Research Experience

12/2017 – ongoing Forum Bergbau und Wasser
researcher for numerical modeling, University of Greifswald
06/2016 – 02/2017 Degent-Net - Distributed geothermal low-temperature heating grids in urban areas
consultant in numerical modeling, Geoconsult ZT GmbH, Salzburg, AT
12/2008 – 06/2012 REMTEC - Remediation Technologies for contaminated soil and groundwater
researcher and site engineer for contaminant investigation and remediation, Technical University of Denmark

Professional Experience

12/2017 – ongoing
Georesearch Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Salzburg, Austria
research consultant hydrogeology
01/2013 – 11/2017
Geoconsult ZT GmbH, Salzburg, Austria
project leader hydrogeology (groundwater modeling)

Research Interests

• retracement of deep groundwater with respect to origin and retention times

• numerical modeling of mine water and vulnerable groundwater resouces

• description and stochastic sinulation of geological heterogeneity

• hydraulic classification of karstic and crystalline formations in fault zones

• assessment of geothermal resources in complex tectonic frameworks

Further Qualification

Glaciology and glacial geology – field course in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Geostatistics and GIS – PhD course at the University of Århus, Denmark

Hydrogeophysics – PhD field course at GEOcenter Copenhagen, Denmark

Modeling Heterogeneity and Transport in Geologic Media – PhD course at GEOcenter Copenhagen, Denmark

Flow and Transport in Porous/Fractured Media – summer school in Cargèse, Corsica

Groundwater modeling with HydroGeoSphere, PhD course at GEOcenter Copenhagen, Denmark

Key Publications

Kessler, T.C., Comunian, A., Oriani, F., Renard, P., Nilsson, B., Klint, K.E., Bjerg, P., 2012. Modeling Fine-scale Geological Heterogeneity – Examples of Sand Lenses in Tills. Groundwater.

Kessler, T.C., Klint, K.E., Nilsson, B., Bjerg, P.L., 2012. Characterization of Sand Lenses Embedded in Tills. Quaternary Science Reviews, 53, 55-71.

Kessler, T.C., Klint, K.E., Nilsson, B., Bjerg, P.L., 2011. Characterization of sand lenses and their role for subsurface transport in low-permeability clay tills. GeoHydro 2011, Proceedings paper.

Kessler, T.C., Klint, K.E.S., Renard, P., Nilsson, B., Bjerg, P.L., 2010. Geostatistical description of geological heterogeneity in clayey till as input for improved characterization of contaminated sites. IAHS, GQ2010, Proceedings paper.

Christiansen, C., Damgaard, I., Broholm, M.M., Kessler, T.C., Klint, K.E., Nilsson, B., Bjerg, P.L., 2010. Comparison of Delivery Methods for Enhanced In Situ Remediation in Clay Till. Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation, 30 (4), 107-122.


German excellent (mother tongue)
English excellent (speaking and writing)
Danish fluent (speaking and writing)
French moderate (speaking)

data processing: MS Office, Latex
database management: Access, SQL, Viewlog, SiteFX, GeoDIN
modeling: Feflow, Modflow, Hydrogeosphere, Petrel
geostatistics: SGemS, TPROGS, R
programming: Matlab - good; Python, Java - basic

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