Universität Jena

Chair of geoinformatics, geohydrology and modelling

The various departments of the Chair synergistically use innovative techniques of remote sensing (FE), geographic information systems (GIS), system analysis and modelling (SAM), information management and informatics (IMI) as well as software engineering (SE) and apply these in developing Integrated River Catchment Valuation Systems (IRCVS) e.g. for the analysis of water and material transport with a view to problem-solving in implementing the European Water Framework Directive (WFD).

Scientists from the fields of geoinformatics, geography, hydrology, informatics, information processing and software development cooperate closely in multi-project teams. This professional potential is continuously complemented by visiting researchers from Germany and abroad.

The master course in geoinformatics offers students at the FSU-Jena a research and application-oriented integrated training in geoinformatics and remote sensing. This course is unique due to the combined teaching of the technologies and methods of both disciplines. In the course, these are not only taught disciplinarily. Their synergy potential is rather tapped by means of problem-oriented combination based on project examples from basic research and practical application.

Degree: Master of Science — Geoinformatics


Institute of Geosciences

Chair of Hydrogeology

The courses have been developed for students of the disciplines geosciences (B.Sc. and M.Sc), biogeosciences (B.Sc. and M.Sc.) and of the area of specialisation Applied Environmental Sciences (B. Sc. AUW), but they also offer contentual extension for students of other disciplines such as geography, materials science, microbiology or environmental chemisty, physics, chemistry and biology. Moreover, the Chair of Hydrogeology is engaged in various programmes of  structured training for doctoral students at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena and in graduate schools of the Max-Planck-Society and the  Helmholtz Association.



Ecohydrology and Ecological Modelling

The goal of our group is to understand the impact of vegetation on water fluxes below the root zone using both modelling tools and field research. Main issues are canopy processes, spatial patterns of soil hydrologic properties and soil moisture as well as the process of root water uptake.