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Jürgen Sültenfuß

Jürgen Sültenfuß
Jürgen Sültenfuß
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Research Interests

  • tritium and helium-isotopes distributions in the ocean
  • helium-isotopes in groundwater
  • groundwater dating
Curriculum Vitae  
since 03/2001 research scientist, head of the helium-isotopes labororatory, Institute of Environmental Pysics, University of Bremen
03/2000-02/2001 scientific coordination of the Master program 'Environmental Physics', University of Bremen
1999 second state examinanation, lectureship for mathematics and physics, University of Bremen
1997 Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) in physics, University of Bremen
1996 first state examinanation, lectureship for mathematics and physics, University of Bremen
1992 diploma in physics, University of Bremen
helium-tritium dating of groundwater: various cooperations
distribution of radiogenic 4He in groundwater
helium isotopes distributions in the Weddell Sea
helium isotopes from hydrothermal vent sites
Olaka, L. A., S.A. Kasemann, J. Sültenfuß, F.D.H. Wilke, D.O. Olago, A. Mulch, and A. Musolff (2022), Tectonic Control of Groundwater Recharge and Flow in Faulted Volcanic Aquifers, Water Resources Research, 58. no.7, doi:10.1029/2022WR032016.
Holt, T., J. Greskowiak, J. Sültenfuß, and G. Massmann (2021), Groundwater age distribution in a highly dynamic coastal aquifer, Advances in Water Resources, Volume 149, 2021,103850, ISSN 0309-1708, doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2021.103850.
Musy, S., G. Meyzonnat, F. Barbecot, D. Hunkeler, J. Sültenfuss, D.K. Solomon, and R. Purtschert (2021), In-situ sampling for krypton-85 groundwater dating, Journal of Hydrology X, Volume 11, 2021, 100075, ISSN 2589-9155, doi:10.1016/j.hydroa.2021.100075.
Würth, A., K. Menberg, P. Martus, J. Sültenfuß, and P. Blum (2021), Quantifying biodegradation rate constants of o-xylene by combining compound-specific isotope analysis and groundwater dating,
Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, Volume 238, doi: 10.1016/j.jconhyd.2020.103757.
Reznik. I.J., R. Purtschert, J. Sültenfuβ, Y. Weinstein, E. Shalev, and Y. Yechieli (2020) Fresh and saline groundwater ages and flow dynamics in a perturbed coastal aquifer, Journal of Hydrology, 125721, ISSN 0022-1694, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2020.125721.
Gil‐Márquez, J.M., B. De la Torre, M. Mudarra, J. Sültenfuß, and B. Andreo (2020), Complementary use of dating and hydrochemical tools to assess mixing processes involving centenarian groundwater in a geologically complex alpine karst aquifer, Hydroligical Processes, june 2020, doi:10.1002/hyp.13848.
Calvache, M. L., J. P. Sánchez-Úbeda, R. Purtschert, M. López-Chicano, C. Martín-Montañés, J. Sültenfuß, A. M. Blanco-Coronas, and C. Duque (2020), Characterization of the functioning of the Motril–Salobreña coastal aquifer (SE Spain) through the use of environmental tracers. Environ Earth Sci, 79, 141, doi:10.1007/s12665-020-8852-5.
Grünenbaum N., J. Greskowiak, J. Sültenfuß, and G. Massmann (2020), Groundwater flow and residence times below a meso-tidal high-energy beach: A model-based analyses of salinity patterns and 3H-3He groundwater ages, Journal of Hydrology, 2020, 124948, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2020.124948.
Juhlke T.R., J. Sültenfuß, K. Trachte, F. Huneau, E. Garel, S. Santoni, J. A.C. Barth, and R. van Geldern (2020), Tritium as a hydrological tracer in Mediterranean precipitationevents, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 3555–3568, doi:10.5194/acp-20-3555-2020.
Jakobsen R., K. Hinsby, J. Aamand, P. van der Keur, J. Kidmose, R. Purtschert, B. C. Jurgens, J. Sultenfuss, and C. Nyrop Albers (2020), History and sources of co-occurring pesticides in an abstraction wellunravelled by age distributions of depth specific groundwater samples, Environ. Sci. Technol., 54, 1, 158-165, doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b03996.
Gil-Márquez J.M., J. Sültenfuß, B. Andreo, and M. Mudarra (2019), Groundwater dating tools (3H, 3He, 4He, CFC-12, SF6) coupled with hydrochemistry to evaluate the hydrogeological functioning of complex evaporite-karst settings, 2020, J. Hydrol, 580, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.124263.
Post V.E.A. ,G.J. Houben, L. Stoeckl, and J Sültenfuß (2019), Behaviour of Tritium and Tritiogenic Helium in Freshwater Lens Groundwater Systems: Insights from Langeoog Island, Germany, Geofluids 2019, 1494326, doi:10.1155/2019/1494326.
Yechieli, Y., R. Yokoichi, M. Zillerbrand, Z.-T. Lu, R. Purtschert, J. Sültenfuß, W. Jiang, J. Zappala, P. Mueller, R. Bernier, N. Avrahamov, E. Adar, F. Talhami, Y. Livshitz, A. Burg (2019), Recent seawater intrusion into deep aquifer determined by the radioactive noble-gas isotopes 81Kr and 39Ar, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 507, 21-29, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2018.11.028.
Avrahamova, N., Y. Yechieli, R. Purtschert, Y. Levy, J. Sültenfuß, V. Vergnaud, A. Burg (2018), Characterization of a carbonate karstic aquifer flow system using multiple radioactive noble gases (3H-3He, 85Kr, 39Ar) and 14C as environmental tracers, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta,, doi:10.1016/j.gca.2018.09.009.
Houben G. J., P. Koeniger, S. Schloemer, J. Gröger-Trampe, J. Sültenfuß (2018), Comparison of depth-specific groundwater sampling methods and their influence on hydrochemistry, isotopy, and dissolved gases - Experiences from the Fuhrberger Feld, Germany,. J. Hydrol., 557, 182-196, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.12.008.
Rhein, M., R. Steinfeldt, O. Huhn, J. Sültenfuß, T. Breckenfelder (2018), Greenland submarine melt water observed in the Labrador and Irminger Sea. Geophys. Res. Lett., 45, doi:10.1029/2018GL079110.
László P., U. Morgenstern, J. Sültenfuß, G. Koltai, E. László, M.Temovski Z. Major, J.T.Nagy, L. Papp, C. Varlam, I. Faurescu, M. Turi, L. Rinyu, G. Czuppon, E. Bottyan, A. J. T.Jull (2018), Modulation of cosmogenic tritium in meteoric precipitation by the 11-year cycle of solar magnetic field activity. Nature Sci. Rep., 8, doi:10.1038/s41598-018-31208-9.
Huhn, O., T. Hattermann, P. E. D. Davis, E. Dunker, H.H. Hellmer, K. W. Nicholls, S. Østerhus, M. Rhein, M. Schröder, J. Sültenfuß (2018), Basal melt and freezing rates from first noble gas samples beneath an ice shelf. Geophys. Res. Lett., 45, doi:10.1029/2018GL079706.
Richards L. A., J. Sültenfuß, C. J. Ballentine, D. Magnone, B. E. van Dongen, C. Sovann und D. Polya (2017), Tritium Tracers of Rapid Surface Water Ingression into Arsenic-Bearing Aquifers in the Lower Mekong Basin, Cambodia, Procedia Earth and Planetary Science, 17, 845-848, doi:10.1016/j.proeps.2017.01.055.
Pichler, T., C. E. Renshaw und J. Sültenfuß (2017), Geogenic As and Mo groundwater contamination caused by an abundance of domestic supply wells, Appl. Geochem. 77, 68-79, doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2016.03.002.
Steinfeldt, R., J. Sültenfuß, M. Dengler, T. Fischer, and M. Rhein (2015), Coastal upwelling off Peru and Mauritania inferred from helium isotope disequilibrium, Biogeosci. Diss., 12, 11019-11059, doi:10.5194/bgd-12-11019-2015.
Akesson, M., A. Suckow, A. Visser, J. Sültenfuß, T. Laier, R. Purtschert und C. J. Sparrenbom (2015), Constraining age distributions of groundwater from public supply wells in diverse hydrogeological settings in Scania, Sweden. J. Hydrol., 528, 217-229, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.06.022.
Führböter, J. F., J. Sültenfuß und R. Purtschert (2015), Auswirkungen von anthropogenen Einflüssen auf einen Küstengrundwasserleiter am Beispiel des Ems-Ästuars Grundwasser, doi:10.1007/s00767-014-0277-1.
Houben, G. P. Koeniger und J. Sültenfuß (2014), Freshwater lenses as archive of climate, groundwater recharge, and hydrochemical evolution: Insights from depth-specific water isotope analysis and age determination on the island of Langeoog, Germany. Water Res. Res., 50(10), 8227-8239, doi:10.1002/2014WR015584.
Kralik, M., F. Humer, J. Fank, T. Harum, G. Klammler, D. Gooddy, J. Sültenfuß, C. Gerber, und R. Purtschert (2014),Using 18O/2H, 3H/3He, 85Kr and CFCs to determine mean residence times and water origin in the Grazer and Leibnitzer Feld groundwater bodies (Austria). Appl. Geochem., doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2014.04.001.
Mayer, A., J. Sültenfuß, Y. Travi, R. Rebeix, R. Purtschert, C. Claude, C. Le Gal La Salle, H. Miche, und E. Conchetto (2014), A multi-tracer study of groundwater origin and transit-time in the aquifers of the Venice region (Italy). Appl. Geochem., doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2013.10.009.
Visser, A., H. P. Broers, R. Purtschert, J. Sültenfuß, and M. de Jonge (2013), Groundwater age distributions at a public drinking water supply well field derived from multiple age tracers (85Kr, 3H/3He, and 39Ar), Water Resour. Res., 49(11), doi:10.1002/2013WR014012.
Roether, W., M. Vogt, S. Vogel, and J. Sültenfuß (2013), Combined sample collection and gas extraction for the measurement of helium isotopes and neon in natural waters. Deep-Sea Res. I., 76, 27-34, doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2013.02.006.
Roether, W., P. Jean-Baptiste, E. Fourre, and J. Sültenfuß (2013), The transient distributions of nuclear weapon-generated tritium and its decay product 3He in the Mediterranean Sea, 1952-2011, and their oceanographic potential. Ocean Sci., 9, 837-854, doi:10.5194/osd-10-649-2013.
Röper, T., K. F. Kröger, H. Meyer, J. Sültenfuß, and G. Massmann (2012), Groundwater ages, recharge patterns and hydrochemical evolution of a barrier island freshwater lens (Spiekeroog, Northern Germany). J. Hydrol., 454, 173-183, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.06.011.
Schmale, O., M. Walter, J. Schneider v. Deimling, J. Sültenfuß, S. Walker, G. Rehder, and R. Keir (2012), Fluid and gas fluxes from the Logatchev hydrothermal vent area. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G3), 13(7), Q07007, doi:10.1029/2012GC004158.
Stadler, S., J. Sültenfuß, H. M. Holländer, A. Bohn, C. Jahnke, and A. Suckow (2012), Isotopic and geochemical indicators for groundwater flow and multi-component mixing near disturbed salt anticlines. Chemical Geology, 294-295, 226-242, doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2011.12.006.
Sültenfuß, J., R. Purtschert, J. F. Führböter (2011), Age structure and recharge conditions of a coastal aquifer investigated with 39Ar, 14C, 3H, He isotopes and Ne. Hydrogeology Journal, 19, 221-236, doi:10.1007/s10040-010-0663-4.
Kluge, T., D. F. C. Riechelmann, M. Wieser, C. Spötl, J. Sültenfuß , A. Schröder-Ritzrau, S. Niggemann, W. Aeschbach-Hertig (2010), Dating cave drip water by tritium. J. Hydrol., 394(3-4), 396-406, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2010.09.015.
Rhein, M., M. Dengler, J. Sültenfuß, R. Hummels, S. Hüttl-Kabus, and Bernard Bourles (2010), Upwelling in the Equatorial Atlantic inferred from helium isotope disequilibrium. J. Geophys. Res., 115, C08021, doi:10.1029/2009JC005772.
Walter, M., C. Mertens, U. Stöber, C.R. German, D.R. Yoerger, J. Sültenfuß, M. Rhein, B. Melchert, and E.T. Baker (2010), Rapid dispersal of a hydrothermal plume by turbulent mixing. Deep-Sea Res. I, 57(8), 931-945, doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2010.04.010.
Keir, R.S., O. Schmale, and J. Sültenfuß (2009), Isotope fractionation and mixing in methane plumes from the Logatchev Hydrothermal Field. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G3), 10, Q05005, doi:10.1029/2009GC002403.
Massmann, G., U. Dünnbier, T. Heberer, A. Pekdeger, D. Richter, J. Sültenfuß, and Y. Tosaki (2009), Hydrodynamische und hydrochemische Aspekte der anthropogen und natürlich induzierten Uferfiltration am Beispiel von Berlin/Brandenburg. Grundwasser, 14(3), 163-177, doi:10.1007/s00767-009-0112-2.
Massmann, G., J. Sültenfuß, and A. Pekdeger (2009), Analysis of long-term dispersion in a river-recharged aquifer using tritium/helium data. Water Resources Research, 45, W02431, doi:10.1029/2007WR006746.
Osenbrück, K., S. Stadler, J. Sültenfuß, A. O. Suckow, and S. M. Weise (2009), Impact of recharge variations on water quality as indicated by excess air in groundwater of the Kalahari, Botswana. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, doi:10.1016/j.gca.2008.11.006.
Sültenfuß, J., M. Rhein, and W. Roether (2009), The Bremen Mass Spectrometric Facility for the measurement of helium isotopes, neon, and tritium in water. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies, 45(2), 1-13.
Stadler, S., K. Osenbrück, K. Knöller, A. Suckow, J. Sültenfuß, H. Oster, T. Himmelsbach, and H. Hötzl (2008), Understanding the origin and fate of nitrate in groundwater of semi-arid environments. J. Arid Environments, 72(10), 1830-1842,
Keir, R.S., O. Schmale, M. Walter, J. Sültenfuß, R. Seifert and M. Rhein (2008), Flux and dispersion of gases from the 'Drachenschlund' hydrothermal vent at 8°18'S, 13°30'W. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 270(3-4), 338-348, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2008.03.054.
Massmann, G., and J. Sültenfuß (2008), Identification of processes affecting excess air formation during natural bank filtration and managed aquifer recharge. J. Hydrology, 359, 235-246, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2008.07.004.
Massmann, G., J. Sültenfuß, U. Dünnbier, A. Knappe, T. Traute, and A. Pekdeger (2008), Investigation of groundwater residence times during blank filtration in Berlin - a multi-tracer approach. Hydrological Processes, 22(6), 788-801, doi:10.1002/hyp.6649.
Keir, R., J. Sültenfuß, M. Rhein, G. Petrick, and J. Greinert (2006), Separation of 3He and CH4 signals on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at 51°N and 5°N. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 70(23), 5766-5778, doi:10.1016/j.gca.2006.06.005.
Osenbrück, K., S. Fiedler, K. Knöller, S. M. Weise, J. Sültenfuß, H. Oster, and G. Strauch (2006), Timescales and development of groundwater pollution by nitrate in drinking-water wells of the Jahna-aue, Saxonia, Germany. Water Resour. Res., 42(12), doi:10.1029/2006WR004977.
Keir, R., J. Greinert, G. Petrick, M. Rhein, K. Führhaupter, and J. Sültenfuß (2005), Methane and methane carbon isotope ratios in the Northeast Atlantic including the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (50°N). Deep-Sea Res. I, 52(6), 1043-1070, doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2004.12.006.
Sültenfuß, J., and G. Massmann (2004), Datierung mit der 3He-Tritium-Methode am Beipiel der Uferfiltration im Oderbruch. Grundwasser, 9(4), 221-234, doi:10.1007/s00767-004-0055-6.
Roether, W., V. Beitzel, J. Sültenfuß, and A. Putzka (1999), The eastern Mediterranean tritium distribution in 1987. J. Mar. Res., 20, 49-61, doi:10.1016/S0924-7963(98)00070-0.
Sültenfuß, J. (1998), Das Radionuklid Tritium im Ozean: Messverfahren und Verteilung von Tritium im Südatlantik und im Weddellmeer. Berichte zur Polarforschung, 256, 200pp. (pdf, in German [5.674 KB] )