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Jürgen Sültenfuß

Research Interests

     - tritium and helium-isotopes distributions in the ocean
     - helium-isotopes in groundwater
     - groundwater dating


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    Email: suelten [at]

| Curriculum Vitae | Projects | Publications
Curriculum Vitae
seit 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
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Current Projects:

  • 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
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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.
Rebeix, R., C. Le Gal La Salle, A. Mayer, R. Finkel, C. Claude, J. Sültenfuß und R. Simler (2014), 36Cl deposition rate reconstruction from bomb pulse until present: A study based on groundwater records, Appl. Geochem., 50(11), 199-208, doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2014.05.005.
Visser, A., H. P. Broers, R. Purtschert, J. Sültenfuß und 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.
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.
Trcek, B., P. Auersperger, A. Leis und J. Sültenfuß (2013), Risk assesment of an urban aquifer based on environmental tracers, Geologija, 56(1), 97-106.
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.
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.
Saccon, P., A. Leis, A. Marca, J. Kaiser, L. Campisi, J. Savarino, M. Böttcher, P. Escher, A. Eisenhauer, J. Sültenfuß und J. Erbland (2011), Detection and characterisation of potential nitrate pollution sources in the Marano Lagoon and set-up of an environmental monitoring plan. FONIMAR project. Part II, Boll. Soc. Natural. "Silvia Zenari", 35, 43-80.
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.
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.
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.
Keir, R., 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.
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, 73(4), 911-922.
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.
Melchert, B., C. W. Devey, C. R. German, K. S. Laschkewitz, R. Seifert, M. Walter, C. Mertens, D. R. Yoerger, E. T. Baker, H. Paulick, and K. Nakamura (2008), First evidence for high-temperature off-axis venting of deep crustal/mantle heat: The Nibelungen hydrothermal field, southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 275(1-2), 61-69.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sültenfuß, J. and G. Massmann (2004), Datierung mit der 3He-Tritium-Methode am Beispiel der Uferfiltration im Oderbruch. Grundwasser, 9(4), 221-234.
Roether, W., V. Beitzel, J. Sültenfuß, and A. Putzka (1999), The eastern Mediterranean tritium distribution in 1987. J. Mar. Res., 20, 49-61.
Sültenfuß, J. (1998), Das Radionuklid Tritium im Ozean: Messverfahren und Verteilung von Tritium im Südatlantik und im Weddellmeer. Berichte zur Polarforschung, 256, 200pp. (pdf, available in German)
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