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

Phone: +49 6221 54-4571
Fax: +49 6221 54-4997
Opening Hours
Mon–Thu, 9 am–12 noon

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.

During the exploration of Marocco's Erg Chebbi (October 5th to October 15th 2018) the research group will publish regular updates in the GIScience News Blog.

Latest publications
  • Kock, S.T., Schittek, K., Mächtle, B., Wissel, H., Maldonado, A., Lücke, A. (2019): Late Holocene environmental changes reconstructed from stable isotope and geochemical records from a cushion-plant peatland in the Chilean Central Andes (27°S). Journal of Quaternary Science 34(2), 153-164. https://doi.org/10.1002/jqs.3088
  • Vogelsang, R., Bubenzer, O.Kehl, M., Mayer, S., Richter, J., Zinaye, B. (2018): When Hominins Conquered Highlands—an Acheulean Site at 3000 m a.s.l. on Mount Dendi/Ethiopia. – Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology. (https://doi.org/10.1007/s41982-018-0015-9)
  • Schittek, K., Forbriger, M., Berg, D., Hense, J., Schäbitz, F. Eitel, B. Last millenial environmental dynamics in the western Peruvian Andes inferred from the development of a cushion-plant peat hillock. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 30, 115-124. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ppees.2017.09.002
  • Puy, A. Herzog, M., Escriche, P., Marouche, A., Oubana, Y., Bubenzer O. Detection of sand encroachment patterns in desert oases. The case of Erg Chebbi (Morocco). Science of the Total Environment 642, 241-249. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.05.343
  • Youssef, M., Henselowsky, F., Bubenzer, O.: Palaeohydrology and its impact on groundwater in arid environments: Gebel Duwi and its vicinities, Eastern Desert, Egypt. CATENA, 117, 29-42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2018.06.028
  • Kindermann, K., Van Peer, P., Henselowsky, F., (2018): At the lakeshore – An Early Nubian Complex site linked with lacustrine sediments (Eastern Desert, Egypt). Quaternary International, 485, 131-139. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2017.11.006
  • Paris, R., Ramalho, R.S., Madeira, J., Ávila, S., May, S.M., Rixhon, G., Engel, M., Brückner, H., Herzog, M., Schukraft, G., Perez-Torrado, F.J., Rodriguez-Gonzalez, A., Carracedo, J.C., Giachetti, T. Mega-tsunami conglomerates and flank collapses of ocean island volcanoes. Marine Geology 395, 168-187. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2017.10.004
  • Siart, C., Forbriger, M. Bubenzer O. [eds.]. Digital Geoarchaeology. New Techniques for Interdisciplinary Human-Environmental Research, 269 p.–Natural Science in Archaeology. Springer International https://www.springer.com/de/book/9783319253145
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