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Harald Kunstmann, PI of the project Hydrological Modeling, was invited as an expert to the Bavarian Parliament and advocated for more research. Currently, there is a lack of data: "We need far more soil moisture measurements because only through them do we understand why groundwater replenishment is currently declining."

Report on the public hearing of the Bavarian Parliament (German only)

Article and video report by br24 (German only)

2023 feature on CRNS and Bonner sphere spectrometer measurements at the measuring station Schneefernerhaus at Zugspitze (only available in German)

The UFZ published a press release featuring air-borne CRNS measurements. A blimp was used for this campaign, which was conducted during an intensive CRNS measuring campaign in the Selke catchment.

ZDFzeit Documentary on draughts in Germany and their investigation, with contributions by Cosmic Sense team members Martin Schrön (UFZ) and Andreas Güntner (GFZ).

(Available in German only, until August 15th 2028)


The start of the second phase of Cosmic Sense was featured in the TERENO newsletter 1/2022 (published July 2022, page 6)

Article about CRNS-based soil moisture measurements and Cosmic Sense in the german newspaper Welt (german only)

In May 2022 a press release was published by the University of Potsdam and the Forschungszentrum Jülich, feauring the kick-off of the second phase of Cosmic Sense (German only)


Short documentary about activities of the research unit in Marquardt

In preparation for the defense of the second phase of Cosmic Sense a short documentary was produced, featuring the activities of the Cosmic Sense team at the research site Marquardt.

Informational video about CRNS in agriculture

On January 18, 2021, the IAEA (The International Atomic Energy Agency) posted an informational video on Youtube about the use of CRNS probes in agriculture. This video explains how the galactic cosmic ray can be utilized for monitoring landscape soil moisture to improve agricultural water-management. Access the video here.


Television report on CRNS measurements in Park Sanssauci

On August 16, 2020, there was a television report on ARD about the use of the CRNS methodology, which is also of central importance in the Cosmic Sense project. Thanks to the scientific work in progress te project team expects the application of CRNS in many other field-/research- and practical area. For example, in cooperation with the "Stiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin Brandenburg" (Foundation for Prussian Palaces and Gardens Berlin Brandenburg) there is currently a CRNS sample measurement of the working group of Sascha Oswald in the Sanssouci Palace Park in Potsdam. The aim is to develop an optimal irrigation strategy for the park during the dry summer months.

Reference: Tagesthemen from ARD (edited), and rbb-documentary film (edited) from 25.08.2020.

Press release of the University of Potsdam about this project here (only in german language)

Article in the research magazine "Portal Wissen"

The Research Magazine of the University of Potsdam "Portal Wissen" featured an article about CRNS and Cosmic Sense: Counting neutrons for Environmental Research.

Find the entire volume of the magazin in pdf format here.


Television report

On 29 June 2019 there was a television report "Gut zu Wissen" from Bayrischer Rundfunk about our Cosmic Sense soil moisture measurement campaign, if you are interested you can watch the report here.      


Dr. Martin Schrön receives the Klar-Text price for science communication

For his PhD thesis and its presentation Martin Schrön has won the Klar-Text Prize of the Klaus-Tschira Stiftung in the category of Geosciences November 2018

Read his article here.