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Ben Gilfedder: Publications

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Boos, J., Dichgans, F., Fleckenstein, J., Gilfedder, B., Frei, S.: Assessing the Behavior of Microplastics in Fluvial Systems : Infiltration and Retention Dynamics in Streambed Sediments. Water Resources Research, 60(2), e2023WR035532 (2024).

Leon Ninin, J., Muehe, E., Kölbl, A., Higa Mori, A., Nicol, A., Gilfedder, B., Pausch, J., Urbanski, L., Lüders, T., Planer-Friedrich, B.: Changes in arsenic mobility and speciation across a 2000-year-old paddy soil chronosequence. Science of the Total Environment, 908, 168351 (2024).

Ahmadi, P., Dichgans, F., Jagau, L., Schmidt, C., Aizinger, V., Gilfedder, B., Fleckenstein, J.: Systematic CFD-based evaluation of physical factors influencing the spatiotemporal distribution patterns of microplastic particles in lakes. Science of the Total Environment, 917, 170218 (2024).


Elagami, H., Frei, S., Boos, J., Trommer, G., Gilfedder, B.: Quantifying microplastic residence times in lakes using mesocosm experiments and transport modelling. Water Research, 229, 119463 (2023).

Buenavista, A., Wang, C., Xie, Y., Gilfedder, B., Frei, S., Masque, P., Skrzypek, G., Dogramaci, S., McCallum, J.: Analytical solutions for the advection-dispersion model for radon-222 production and transport in shallow porewater profiles. Journal of Hydrology, 623, 129575 (2023).

Gilfedder, B., Elagami, H., Boos, J., Brehm, J., Schott, M., Witt, L., Laforsch, C., Frei, S.: Filter feeders are key to small microplastic residence times in stratified lakes : A virtual experiment. Science of the Total Environment, 890, 164293 (2023).

Adyasari, D., Dimova, N., Dulai, H., Gilfedder, B., Cartwright, I., McKenzie, T., Fuleky, P.: Radon-222 as a groundwater discharge tracer to surface waters. Earth-Science Reviews, 238, 104321 (2023).

Rode, M., Tittel, J., Reinstorf, F., Schubert, M., Knöller, K., Gilfedder, B., Merensky-Pöhlein, F., Musolff, A.: Seasonal variation and release of soluble reactive phosphorus in an agricultural upland headwater in central Germany. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 27(6), 1261-1277 (2023).

Zill, J., Siebert, C., Rödiger, T., Schmidt, A., Gilfedder, B., Frei, S., Schubert, M., Weitere, M., Mallast, U.: A way to determine groundwater contributions to large river systems: The Elbe River during drought conditions. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, 50, 101595 (2023).


Schmidtmann, J., Elagami, H., Gilfedder, B., Fleckenstein, J., Papastavrou, G., Mansfeld, U., Peiffer, S.: Heteroaggregation of PS microplastic with ferrihydrite leads to rapid removal of microplastic particles from the water column. Environmental Science : Processes & Impacts, 24(10), 1782-1789 (2022).

Elagami, H., Ahmadi, P., Fleckenstein, J., Frei, S., Obst, M., Agarwal, S., Gilfedder, B.: Measurement of microplastic settling velocities and implications for residence times in thermally stratified lakes. Limnology and Oceanography, 67(4), 934-945 (2022).

Blaurock, K., Garthen, P., da Silva, M., Beudert, B., Gilfedder, B., Fleckenstein, J., Peiffer, S., Lechtenfeld, O., Hopp, L.: Riparian Microtopography Affects Event‐Driven Stream DOC Concentrations and DOM Quality in a Forested Headwater Catchment. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 127(12), e2022JG006831 (2022).

Ahmadi, P., Elagami, H., Dichgans, F., Schmidt, C., Gilfedder, B., Frei, S., Peiffer, S., Fleckenstein, J.: Systematic Evaluation of Physical Parameters affecting the Terminal Settling Velocity of Microplastic Particles in Lakes using CFD. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 10, 875220 (2022).

Piatka, D., Venkiteswaran, J., Uniyal, B., Kaule, R., Gilfedder, B., Barth, J.: Dissolved oxygen isotope modelling refines metabolic state estimates of stream ecosystems with different land use background. Scientific Reports, 12, 10204 (2022).

Stimmler, P., Göckede, M., Natali, S., Sonnentag, O., Gilfedder, B., Perron, N., Schaller, J.: The importance of calcium and amorphous silica for arctic soil CO₂ production. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 10 (2022).

Shabbir, S., Faheem, M., Dar, A., Ali, N., Kerr, P., Yu, Z., Li, Y., Frei, S., Albasher, G., Gilfedder, B.: Enhanced periphyton biodegradation of endocrine disrupting hormones and microplastic : Intrinsic reaction mechanism, influential humic acid and microbial community structure elucidation. Chemosphere, 293, 133515 (2022).


Lu, T., Gilfedder, B., Peng, H., Niu, G., Frei, S.: Effects of clay minerals on the transport of nanoplastics through water-saturated porous media. Science of the Total Environment, 796, 148982 (2021).

Kaule, R., Gilfedder, B.: Groundwater Dominates Water Fluxes in a Headwater Catchment During Drought. Frontiers in Water, 3, 706932 (2021).

Katona, T., Gilfedder, B., Frei, S., Bücker, M., Flores-Orozco, A.: High-resolution induced polarization imaging of biogeochemical carbon-turnover hot spots in a peatland. Biogeosciences Discussions, 44 S. (2021).

Blaurock, K., Beudert, B., Gilfedder, B., Fleckenstein, J., Peiffer, S., Hopp, L.: Low hydrological connectivity after summer drought inhibits DOC export in a forested headwater catchment. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 25(9), 5133-5151 (2021).

Frei, S., Gilfedder, B.: Quantifying residence times of bank filtrate : A novel framework using radon as a natural tracer. Water Research, 201, 117376 (2021).

Lu, T., Gilfedder, B., Peng, H., Peiffer, S., Papastavrou, G., Ottermann, K., Frei, S.: Relevance of Iron Oxyhydroxide and Pore Water Chemistry on the Mobility of Nanoplastic Particles in Water-Saturated Porous Media Environments. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, 232, 168 (2021).

Gómez Martín, J., Saiz‐Lopez, A., Cuevas, C., Fernandez, R., Gilfedder, B., Weller, R., Baker, A., Droste, E., Lai, S.: Spatial and Temporal Variability of Iodine in Aerosol. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 126(9), e2020JD034410 (2021).

Moosdorf, N., Böttcher, M., Adyasari, D., Erkul, E., Gilfedder, B., Greskowiak, J., Jenner, A., Kotwicki, L., Massmann, G., Müller-Petke, M., Oehler, T., Post, V., Prien, R., Scholten, J., Siemon, B., Ehlert von Ahn, C., Walther, M., Waska, H., Wunderlich, T., Mallast, U.: A State-Of-The-Art Perspective on the Characterization of Subterranean Estuaries at the Regional Scale. Frontiers in Earth Science, 9, 601293 (2021).

Frei, S., Gilfedder, B.: Stellungnahme zum Kommentar von Wilfried Uhlmann und Carolin Pezenka zum Beitrag "Quantifizierung lokaler Grundwassereintritte in die Spree und deren Bedeutung für die Verockerungsproblematik in der Lausitz" in Grundwasser 25 (2020), 3, 231–241. Grundwasser, 26, 313-317 (2021).

Glaser, C., Frei, S., Massmann, G., Gilfedder, B.: Tidal creeks as hot-spots for hydrological exchange in a coastal landscape. Journal of Hydrology, 597, 126158 (2021).

Boos, J., Gilfedder, B., Frei, S.: Tracking Microplastics Across the Streambed Interface : Using Laser‐Induced‐Fluorescence to Quantitatively Analyze Microplastic Transport in an Experimental Flume. Water Resources Research, 57(12), e2021WR031064 (2021).

Piatka, D., Wild, R., Hartmann, J., Kaule, R., Kaule, L., Gilfedder, B., Peiffer, S., Geist, J., Beierkuhnlein, C., Barth, J.: Transfer and transformations of oxygen in rivers as catchment reflectors of continental landscapes : A review. Earth-Science Reviews, 220, 103729 (2021).

Gilfedder, B., Waska, H., Wismeth, F., Frei, S.: Using heat as a tracer to map and quantify water infiltration and exfiltration along a complex high energy beach face. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 250, 107140 (2021).

Schütze, M., Gatz, P., Gilfedder, B., Biester, H.: Why productive lakes are larger mercury sedimentary sinks than oligotrophic brown water lakes. Limnology and Oceanography, 66(4), 1316-1332 (2021).


Schaller, J., Frei, S., Rohn, L., Gilfedder, B.: Amorphous Silica Controls Water Storage Capacity and Phosphorus Mobility in Soils. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 8, 94 (2020).

Glaser, C., Schwientek, M., Junginger, T., Gilfedder, B., Frei, S., Werneburg, M., Zwiener, C., Zarfl, C.: Comparison of environmental tracers including organic micropollutants as groundwater exfiltration indicators into a small river of a karstic catchment. Hydrological Processes, 34(24), 4712-4726 (2020).

Cartwright, I., Morgenstern, U., Hofmann, H., Gilfedder, B.: Comparisons and uncertainties of recharge estimates in a temperate alpine catchment. Journal of Hydrology, 590, 125558 (2020).

Schubert, M., Siebert, C., Knoeller, K., Roediger, T., Schmidt, A., Gilfedder, B.: Investigating Groundwater Discharge into a Major River under Low Flow Conditions Based on a Radon Mass Balance Supported by Tritium Data. Water, 12(10), 2838 (2020).

Grünenbaum, N., Ahrens, J., Beck, M., Gilfedder, B., Greskowiak, J., Kossack, M., Massmann, G.: A Multi-Method Approach for Quantification of In- and Exfiltration Rates from the Subterranean Estuary of a High Energy Beach. Frontiers in Earth Science, 8, 571310 (2020).

Frei, S., Wismeth, F., Gilfedder, B.: Quantifizierung lokaler Grundwassereintritte in die Spree und deren Bedeutung für die Verockerungsproblematik in der Laustiz. Grundwasser, 25, 231-241 (2020).

Schubert, M., Knöller, K., Müller, C., Gilfedder, B.: Investigating River Water/Groundwater Interaction along a Rivulet Section by ²²²Rn Mass Balancing. Water, 12(11), 3027 (2020).


Gilfedder, B., Cartwright, I., Hofmann, H., Frei, S.: Explicit modelling of Radon-222 in HydroGeoSphere during steady state and dynamic transient storage. Groundwater, 57(1), 36-47 (2019).

Wolf, T., Ebner, R., Harum, T., Leis, A., Noffke, A., Pflugbeil, T., Pöschke, F., Winde, V., Gilfedder, B., Keim, C., Schwalb, A., Bödekker, S., Schick, R., Faißt, M., Lang, U., Eckert, D., Wessels, M., Mirbach, S.: Grundwasser in Seen : eine komplexe Spurensuche. Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung, 63(5), 242-261 (2019).

Keim, C., Mehler, F., Wolf, T., Gilfedder, B.: Mapping spatial patterns of groundwater discharge in a deep lake using high-resolution temperature sensors. Inland Waters, 9(3), 334-344 (2019).

Durejka, S., Frei, S., Gilfedder, B.: A Method for Long-Term High Resolution 222-Radon Measurements Using a New Hydrophobic Capillary Membrane System. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 208-209, 105980 (2019).

Frei, S., Piehl, S., Gilfedder, B., Löder, M., Krutzke, J., Wilhelm, L., Laforsch, C.: Occurence of microplastics in the hyporheic zone of rivers. Scientific Reports, 9, 15256 (2019).

Frei, S., Durejka, S., Le Lay, H., Thomas, Z., Gilfedder, B.: Quantification of Hyporheic Nitrate Removal at the Reach Scale : Exposure Times vs. Residence Times. Water Resources Research, 55(11), 9808-9825 (2019).

Schaller, J., Faucherre, S., Joss, H., Obst, M., Göckede, M., Planer-Friedrich, B., Peiffer, S., Gilfedder, B., Elberling, B.: Silicon increases the phosphorus availability of Arctic soils. Scientific Reports, 9, 449 (2019).


Gilfedder, B., Peiffer, S., Pöschke, F., Spirkaneder, A.: Grundwasserzufluss zum Steißlinger See und Folgen für die Wasserchemie. Grundwasser, 23(2), 155-165 (2018).

Biester, H., Pérez-Rodrigez, M., Gilfedder, B., Cortizas, A., Hermanns, Y.: Solar irradiance and primary productivity controlled mercury accumulation in sediments of a remote lake in the Southern Hemisphere during the past 4000 years. Limnology and Oceanography, 63(2), 540-549 (2018).

Cartwright, I., Atkinson, A., Gilfedder, B., Hofmann, H., Cendón, D., Morgenstern, U.: Using geochemistry to understand water sources and transit times in headwater streams of a temperate rainforest. Applied Geochemistry, 99, 1-12 (2018).


Pittroff, M., Frei, S., Gilfedder, B.: Quantifying nitrate and oxygen reduction rates in the hyporheic zone using 222Rn to upscale biogeochemical turnover in rivers. Water Resources Research, 53(1), 563-579 (2017).


Pérez-Rodríguez, M., Gilfedder, B., Hermanns, Y., Biester, H.: Solar Output Controls Periodicity in Lake Productivity and Wetness at Southernmost South America. Scientific Reports, 6, 37521 (2016).


Unland, N., Cartwright, I., Daly, E., Gilfedder, B., Atkinson, A.: Dynamic river–groundwater exchange in the presence of a saline, semi-confined aquifer. Hydrological Processes, 29(23), 4817-4829 (2015).

Frei, S., Gilfedder, B.: FINIFLUX : An implicit finite element model for quantification of groundwater fluxes and hyporheic exchange in streams and rivers using radon. Water Resources Research, 51(8), 6776-6786 (2015).

Gilfedder, B., Frei, S., Hofmann, H., Cartwright, I.: Groundwater discharge to wetlands driven by storm and flood events: Quantification using continuous Radon-222 and electrical conductivity measurements and dynamic mass-balance modelling. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 165, 161-177 (2015).

Atkinson, A., Cartwright, I., Gilfedder, B., Hofmann, H., Unland, N., Cendón, D., Chisari, R.: A multi-tracer approach to quantifying groundwater inflows to an upland river : assessing the influence of variable groundwater chemistry. Hydrological Processes, 29(1), 1-12 (2015).

Cartwright, I., Gilfedder, B.: Mapping and quantifying groundwater inflows to Deep Creek (Maribyrnong catchment, SE Australia) using ²²²Rn, implications for protecting groundwater-dependant ecosystems. Applied Geochemistry, 52, 118-129 (2015).


Cartwright, I., Gilfedder, B., Hofmann, H.: Contrasts between estimates of baseflow help discern multiple sources of water contributing to rivers. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18(1), 15-30 (2014).

Atkinson, A., Cartwright, I., Gilfedder, B., Cendón, D., Unland, N., Hofmann, H.: Using 14 C and 3 H to understand groundwater flow and recharge in an aquifer window. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18(12), 4951-4964 (2014).


Cartwright, I., Gilfedder, B., Hofmann, H.: Chloride imbalance in a catchment undergoing hydrological change: Upper Barwon River, southeast Australia. Applied Geochemistry, 31, 187-198 (2013).

Unland, N., Cartwright, I., Andersen, M., Rau, G., Reed, J., Gilfedder, B., Atkinson, A., Hofmann, H.: Investigating the spatio-temporal variability in groundwater and surface water interactions: a multi-technique approach. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 17(9), 3437-3453 (2013).


Gilfedder, B., Hofmann, H., Cartwright, I.: Novel instruments for in situ continuous Rn-222 measurement in groundwater and the application to river bank infiltration. Environmental Science & Technology, 47(2), 993-1000 (2012).

Hofmann, H., Gilfedder, B., Cartwright, I.: A Novel Method Using a Silicone Diffusion Membrane for Continuous 222Rn Measurements for the Quantification of Groundwater Discharge to Streams and Rivers. Environmental Science & Technology, 45(20), 8915-8921 (2012).


Gilfedder, B., Petri, M., Wessels, M., Biester, H.: Bromine species fluxes from Lake Constance’s catchment, and a preliminary lake mass balance. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 75(12), 3385-3401 (2011).


Gilfedder, B., Chance, R., Dettmann, U., Lai, S., Baker, A., Biester, H.: Determination of total and non-water soluble iodine in atmospheric aerosols by thermal extraction and spectrometric detection (TESI). Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 398(1), 519-526 (2010).

Gilfedder, B., Petri, M., Wessels, M., Biester, H.: An iodine mass-balance for Lake Constance, Germany: insights into iodine speciation changes and fluxes. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 74(11), 3090-3111 (2010).

Frieß, U., Deutschmann, T., Gilfedder, B., Weller, R., Platt, U.: Iodine monoxide in the Antarctic snowpack. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 10(5), 2439-2456 (2010).


Gilfedder, B., Petri, M., Biester, H.: Iodine speciation and cycling in fresh waters: a case study from a humic rich headwater lake (Mummelsee). Journal of Limnology, 68(2), 396-408 (2009).


Gilfedder, B., Lai, S., Petri, M., Biester, H., Hoffmann, T.: Iodine speciation in rain, snow and aerosols. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 8, 6069-6084 (2008).


Gilfedder, B., Petri, M., Biester, H.: Iodine and bromine speciation in snow and the effect of orographically induced precipitation. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 7, 2661-2669 (2007).

Gilfedder, B., Petri, M., Biester, H.: Iodine speciation in rain and snow: Implications for the atmospheric iodine sink. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 112(D7) (2007).

Gilfedder, B., Althoff, F., Petri, M., Biester, H.: A thermo extraction–UV/Vis spectrophotometric method for total iodine quantification in soils and sediments. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 389(389), 2323-2329 (2007).

Other publications


Cartwright, I., Hofmann, H., Gilfedder, B., Smyth, B.: Understanding parafluvial exchange and degassing to better quantify groundwater inflows using 222Rn: The King River, southeast Australia. Chemical Geology, 380, 48-60 (2014).

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