Universität Heidelberg

Institute of Geography

Physical geography at the Institute of Geography examines the geofactors of landscapes (i.a. 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 research group of Physical Geography are environmental research, geomorphology and soil science, hydrology, landscape evolution, climate research, arid zone research and geoarchaeology.

Degrees: Bachelor, Master, PhD

Key issue hydrology

Research priorities are hydrological modelling at different spatial scales, SVAT models, evaporation, arid regions, aridity, drought trends, impact of climate variability and climate change on the water balance and the occurrence of hydrological extremes.