Curriculum Vitae

PD Dr. Thomas Kohl



Oct. 1981 - Feb. 1988 Study of Geophysics at University of Karlsruhe (D)
Completion as "Diplom Geophysiker" of the University of Karlsruhe
June 1988 - May 1992 PhD study at Institute of Geophysics of ETH Zurich
Completion as "Dr. sc. nat." of the ETH Zurich

professional experience

June 1985 - Nov. 1986 Diploma thesis: "Geoelectric Investigations in the surrounding of KTB-Exploration Boreholes in the Black Forest "
Feb. 1987 - Dec.1987 Position at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) at the Institut de Physique du Globe, Paris
June 1988 - May 1992 PhD thesis at Institute of Geophysics of ETH Zurich: "Model simulation of coupled processes during heat extraction from hot dry rock "
Oct. 1991 - Sep. 1993 Assistant in Department "Environmental Sciences" at ETHZ
June 1992 – Sep 1999 Assistant in the research group Geothermics and Radiometrics of the Institute of Geophysics of ETH Zurich
Specialised in 
     "Numerical Simulation of physical processes in Earth sciences"
Collaboration in current teaching activities;
Computing responsible of the research group
July 1994 – June 1996 President of the Institute's Council at the Institute of Geophysics
since April 1997

Lecturer (Dozent) at ETHZ and University of Zurich in for Borehole Geophysics and Geothermics

July 1997 Promotion to Chief Assistant (Oberassistent)
1 Oct. 1999 Completion of the "Habilitation” at ETH Zurich for the manuscript:
"Process recognition and numerical treatment of geothermal related problems"

And for the oral presentation:
"Scenarios for a sustainable Geothermal Energy production"


teaching / supervision

since 1988 Various teaching activities and practical student exercises at ETHZ
(Basic Geophysics, Geophysics III, Field course, Advanced exercises, ...)
Oct. 1991 - Sep. 1993 Assistant in Dep. for Environmental Sciences (Supervision of teaching courses for Environmental geophysics, Physics of the Atmosphere, …)
since 1992 Supervision of Diploma- and PhD theses
June 1995 Course Numerical Simulation of Geothermal Systems (in English) for Université Neuchâtel, Cours De 3ème Cycle "Bassins sédimentaires"
Oct. 1995 Course Hot Dry Rock Systems  at ETH Post diploma course "Energy"
annually since 
April 1997

Courses at ETHZ

· Borehole Geophysics and
· Geothermics 

annually since
Sep. 1999
Block course Géothermie appliquée (in French) at Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne Post diploma course "Formation postgrade internationale Géologie de l'ingénieur et de l'environnement"
as lecturer (PD) since Oct. 1999 Responsible for several Diploma theses and
                  for current PhD theses
Supervision of Laboratory and field courses:

·  Advanced laboratory course (g-ray spectrometry) and
·  Field course (Geothermics)

spring 2001 Shape and Rotation of the Earth / Geomagnetism (with B. Lowrie)


03.05.1996 Young Scientists' Publication Award of European Geophysical Society (EGS) for the publication "Thermal and Hydraulic Aspects of the KTB Drill Site"
21.10.1999 Best Paper Award of Geothermal Resource Council (GRC) (jointly with D. Pribnow, GGA) for the presentation: "The European HDR project in Soultz: An unconventional reservoir type?"


since Jan. 1998 Representative of IASPEI (International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior) in the Swiss National Committee in IUGG (International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics)
since Jan. 2000 Member of Swiss Geophysical Commission
since April 2000 Board of Directors in Swiss Geothermal Association


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