Kathrin Menberg Menberg

Dr. Kathrin Menberg



  • KIT Junior Research Group Leader "Sustainable Geoenergy"
  • KIT Associate Fellow
  • Member of the Examination Board of the BSc and MSc program Applied Geosciences 
  • Chairperson of the Institute Staff Board AGW, together with Kevin Altinger

Current projects: 

Areas of research: 

  • Shallow geothermal energy and thermal energy storage
  • Life cycle assessment of renewable energies
  • Uncertainty analysis and Bayesian statistics
  • Urban hydrogeology
  • Building energy simulation 


  • Geodata Analysis I
  • Engineering Geology: Landslides and Modelling
  • Engineering Geology: Laboratory and Field Methods
  • GIS Cartography
  • Field Methods I: Engineering Geology
  • Field Exercise Urban Heat Island Karlsruhe

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Curriculum Vitae:

since 2017 Senior Scientist, Institute for Applied Geosciences, KIT
2015 - 2017 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Engineering Department, University of Cambridge, UK
2014  Postdoc, Department of Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich
2010 - 2013 PhD Scholarship from the German Environmental Foundation (DBU), Institute for Applied Geosciences, KIT
2010 Diploma (MSc. level) Applied Geology, KIT


Latest publications

Shallow subsurface heat recycling is a sustainable global space heating alternative
Benz, S. A.; Menberg, K.; Bayer, P.; Kurylyk, B. L.
2022. Nature Communications, 13, Article no: 3962. doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31624-6
Tunnel geothermics – A review = Tunnelgeothermie – Ein Überblick
Stemmle, R.; Menberg, K.; Rybach, L.; Blum, P.
2022. Geomechanics and Tunnelling, 15 (1), 104–111. doi:10.1002/geot.202100084
Berechnung von Temperaturfahnen im Grundwasser mit analytischen und numerischen Modellen : Calculation of temperature plumes in groundwater with analytical and numerical models
Ohmer, M.; Klester, A.; Kissinger, A.; Mirbach, S.; Class, H.; Schneider, M.; Lindenlaub, M.; Bauer, M.; Liesch, T.; Menberg, K.; Blum, P.
2022. Grundwasser. doi:10.1007/s00767-022-00509-2
Environmental impacts of aquifer thermal energy storage (ATES)
Stemmle, R.; Blum, P.; Schüppler, S.; Fleuchaus, P.; Limoges, M.; Bayer, P.; Menberg, K.
2021. Renewable & sustainable energy reviews, 151, Art.-Nr.: 111560. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2021.111560
Environmental performance of a geothermal power plant using a hydrothermal resource in the Southern German Molasse Basin
Menberg, K.; Heberle, F.; Bott, C.; Brüggemann, D.; Bayer, P.
2021. Renewable energy, 167, 20–31. doi:10.1016/j.renene.2020.11.028
Identifying key locations for shallow geothermal use in Vienna
Tissen, C.; Menberg, K.; Benz, S. A.; Bayer, P.; Steiner, C.; Götzl, G.; Blum, P.
2021. Renewable energy, 167, 1–19. doi:10.1016/j.renene.2020.11.024
Quantifying biodegradation rate constants of o-xylene by combining compound-specific isotope analysis and groundwater dating
Würth, A.; Menberg, K.; Martus, P.; Sültenfuß, J.; Blum, P.
2021. Journal of contaminant hydrology, 238, Article no: 103757. doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2020.103757
Groundwater fauna in an urban area – natural or affected?
Koch, F.; Menberg, K.; Schweikert, S.; Spengler, C.; Hahn, H. J.; Blum, P.
2021. Hydrology and earth system sciences, 25 (6), 3053–3070. doi:10.5194/hess-25-3053-2021
Is thermal use of groundwater a pollution?
Blum, P.; Menberg, K.; Koch, F.; Benz, S. A.; Tissen, C.; Hemmerle, H.; Bayer, P.
2021. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 239, Art.-Nr.: 103791. doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2021.103791
Aquiferspeicher in Deutschland = Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) in Germany
Fleuchaus, P.; Schüppler, S.; Stemmle, R.; Menberg, K.; Blum, P.
2021. Grundwasser, 26 (2), 123–134. doi:10.1007/s00767-021-00478-y