Geographisches Institut
Im Neuenheimer Feld 348
D-69120 Heidelberg
Christa Moos

Phone: +49 6221 54-4571
Fax: +49 6221 54-4997
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Geomorphology and Soil Geography


Physical Geography examines the geofactors of landscapes (relief and formation of the earth’s surface, climate, soil, water, vegetation, among others) using the methods of natural sciences, records its geological and historical heritage and describes/models the currently existing interrelationships in the ecosystems.

The major research areas of the Professor of Geomorphology and Soil Geography are environmental research, geomorphology and soil science, landscape evolution, arid zone research and geoarchaeology.

Further information on the Institute’s staff, research projects, the Laboratory for Geomorphology and Geoecology and the Luminescence Laboratory, as well as our excursions can be found through the links on the individual pages.

Latest publications
  • Henselowsky, F., Eichstädter, R., Schröder-Ritzrau, A., Herwartz, D., Almoazamy, A., Frank, N., Kindermann, K., Bubenzer, O.: Speleothem growth phases in the central Eastern Desert of Egypt reveal enhanced humidity throughout MIS 5. Quaternary International, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2021.05.006
  • Engel, M., Dotterweich, M., Fülling, A., Brill, D., Broisch-Höhner, M., Totschnig, R., Seren, S., Kehl, M., 2021. Syn- and post-eruptive gully formation near the Laacher See Volcano. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. DOI: 10.1002/esp.5119.
  • Henselowsky, F., Rölkens, J., Kelterbaum, D., Bubenzer, O. Anthropogenic relief changes in a long-lasting lignite mining area („Ville“, Germany) derived from historic maps and Digital Elevation Models. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.5103
  • Hensel, E., Vogelsang, R., Noack, T., Bubenzer, O. (2021): Stratigraphy and Chronology of Sodicho Rockshelter – A New Sedimentological Record of Past Environmental Changes and Human Settlement Phases in Southwestern Ethiopia. https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2020.611700
  • Costa, P.J., Dawson, S., Ramalho, R.S., Engel, M., Dourado, F., Bosnic, I., Adrade, C. (2021): A review on onshore tsunami deposits along the Atlantic coasts. Earth-Science Reviews 212.
  • Engel, M., May, S.M., Garrett, E.G., Pilarczyk, J.E., Brill, D., eds., (2020): Geological records of tsunamis and other extreme waves. Elsevier, Amsterdam, 848 pp. https://doi.org/10.1016/C2017-0-03458-4
  • Orti, M.J., Winiwarter, L., Corral-Pazos-de-Provens, E., Williams, J.G., Bubenzer, O., Höfle, B. (2020): Use of TanDEM-X and Sentinel Products to Derive Gully Activity Maps in Kunene Region (Namibia) Based on Automatic Iterative Random Forest Approach. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (14).
  • Parker, A.G., Morley, M.W., Armitage, S.J., Engel, M., Parton, A., Preston, G.W., Russ, H., Drechsel, P. (2020): Palaeoenvironmental and sea level changes during the Holocene in eastern Saudi Arabia and their implications for Neolithic populations. Quaternary Science Reviews 249.
  • Oetjen, J., Engel, M., Pudasaini, S.P., Schuettrumpf, H. (2020): Significance of boulder shape, shoreline configuration and pre‐transport setting for the transport of boulders by tsunamis. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 45. 2118-2133. https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.4870
  • Willmes, C., Niedzolka, K., Serbe, B., Grimm, S., Groß, D., Miebach, A., Märker, M., Henselowsky, F., Gamisch, A., Rostami, M., Mateos, A., Rodriguez, J., Limberg, H., Schmidt, I., Müller, M., Hölzchen, E., Holthausen, M., Klein, K., Wegener, C., Weninger, B., Kellberg Nielsen, T., Otto, T., Weniger, G.-C., Bubenzer, O., Bareth, G. (2020): State of the art in paleoenvironment mapping for modelling applications in archaeology - Summary, conclusions and future directions from the PaleoMaps Workshop. Quaternary, 3(2), 13;
  • Bubenzer, O., Embabi, N.S., Ashour, M.M.(2020): Sand seas and dune field of Egypt. –Geosciences.10(3), 101.
  • Kock, S. T., Schittek, K., Mächtle, B., Maldonado, A., Vos, H., Lupo, L. C., Kulemeyer, J. J., Wissel, H., Schäbitz, F., Lücke, A. (2020): Multi-centennial-scale variations of South American Summer Monsoon intensity in the southern Central Andes (24-27°S) during the Late Holocene. Geophysical Research Letters 47(4), e2019GL084157. doi:10.1029/2019GL084157.
  • M.V. Maier, Y. Wolter, D. Zentler, C. Scholz, C.N. Stirn, M. Isenbeck-Schröter (2019): Phosphate Induced Arsenic Mobilization as a Potentially Effective In-Situ Remediation Technique—Preliminary Column Tests. Water, 11(11), 2364. doi: 10.3390/w11112364
  • Medialdea, A., May, S.M., Brill, D., King, G., Ritter, B., Wennrich, V., Bartz, M., Zander, A., Hurtado, S., Kuiper, K., Hoffmeister, D., Schulte, P., Gröbner, M., Opitz, S., Brückner, H., Bubenzer, O. (2020): Hillslope activity in the hyper-arid core of the Atacama Desert (northern Chile), as an indicator for humid periods during the Late Pleistocene. –Global and Planetary Change. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2019.103086
  • Ullmann, T., Sauerbrey, J., Hoffmeister, D., May, M.S., Baumhauer, R., Bubenzer, O.(2019): Assessing Spatiotemporal Variations of Sentinel-1 InSAR Coherence on Different Time Scales over the Atacama Desert (Chile) between 2015 and 2018. –Remote Sensing 11, 2960. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs11242960
  • May, S.M., Meine, L., Hoffmeister, D., Brill., D., Medialdea, A., Wennrich, V., Gröbner, M., Schulte, P., Steininger, F., Deprez, M., de Kock, T., Bubenzer, O. (2020): Origin and timing of past hillslope activity in the hyper-arid core of the Atacama Desert –the formation of fine sediment lobes along the Chuculay Fault System, northern Chile. –Global and Planetary Change. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2019.103057
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