Complex geological processes on Earth form geo-resources. These comprise metals, aggregates, industrial minerals, hydrocarbons, water and soil. Research on these geo-resources is organized in different research groups of the KIT Climate and Environment Center. Raw materials mined or won from these geo-resources represent the basis for our economy. Responsible use of these raw materials creates prosperty, work and a world worth living in.

Our research is focused at developing solutions for the societal challenges related to the responsible use of geo-resources in order to use them responsibly for future generations to cover their demand. The research is organized in the various institutes and the THINKTANK „Industrial Resource Strategies“.


The joint Think Tank of the state of Baden-Württemberg, industry and KIT develops cross-disciplinary concepts for the efficient use of raw materials for Germany as a high-tech location.

Factsheet Rohstoffsicherung

Prof. Jochen Kolb und Prof. Christoph Hilgers vom KIT sowie Dr. Peter Buchholz von der Deutschen Rohstoffagentur (DERA)  haben die aktuellen Entwicklungen im Bereich der nationalen und internationalen Rohstoffsicherung zusammengefasst.

Zum Factsheet
Short films on the opportunities and risks of using geothermal energy - only available in German

Our contact persons

Prof. Dr. Jochen Kolb
Spokesperson Topic Geological Resources

+49 721 608-47356jochen kolb does-not-exist.kit edu

Institute of Applied Geosciences
Geochemistry & Economic Geology

KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Campus Süd
Adenauerring 20b, Building 50.40
76131 Karlsruhe


Portrait Prof. Dr. Blum
Prof. Dr. Philipp Blum
Debuty Spokesperson Topic Georesources

+49 721 608-47612philipp blum does-not-exist.kit edu

Institute of Applied Geosciences
Engineering Geology

KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Campus Süd
Kaiserstraße 12
76131 Karlsruhe