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Main research interests

  • Recent and past environmental changes
  • Effects of Global Change
  • Modern system theories and complexity
  • Natural hazards and risk research
  • Human-environment interactions
  • Human Impact research
  • Biogeomorphology

Range of methods

  • Development of conceptual and empirical models
  • Numerical and statistical modelling
  • Remote sensing (incl. aerial photos, laserscans)
  • Field work (incl. laserscanning, drilling, geophysical measurements, mapping, sediment archives)
  • Laboratory methods (incl. sediment analyses, geophysical and geochemical analytics)
  • Event documentation

Study Areas

The focus is on mountain areas, because of

  • high sensitivity against human impacts
  • significant geomorphic activity
  • severe potential for natural hazards and risks
  • indicative properties for studying the effects of global environmental change

Current study areas are located in: Austria, China, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Romania

Tasman Glacier (2010, New Zealand)
Debris flow event (2011, Mittleres Ennstal, Steiermark)
Fluvio-geomorphic investigations (2011, Kleinsölktal, Steiermark)
Landslide (2009, Stössing, Niederösterreich)


ENGAGE - Geomorphological Systems and Risk Research

Institut of Geography and Regional Research
University of Vienna

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Universitaetsstrasse 7

A-1010 Vienna
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