University of Potsdam

Institute of Earth and Environmental Science

Geoecology is an interdisciplinary environmental science. It aims at understanding the complex correlations and interactions in the environment with the objective of identifying and analysing problems arising from the different priorities of man and nature and to suggest solutions. Geoecological methods include the selective observation of processes in field and laboratory, chemical analysis, geoinformatics, remote sensing, and mathematical modelling. Geoecology at Potsdam University is characterised by:

  • Target-oriented field studies of different structures and processes in various landscapes
  • Conversion of the process understanding gained into mathematical models to simulate varied geoecological problems
  • Implementation into geoecological planning procedures, environmental management and project development
  • Research questions on flood protection, climate and global change


– Bachelor of Science Geoecology

– Master of Science Geoecology

Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 24-25, Haus 1, 14476 Potsdam-Golm
Academic advice:
Dr. Thorsten Lipp

Potential fields of work:

  • Research and science
  • Engineering offices
  • Natural hazard management
  • Nature conservation and environmental protection
  • Public offices and authorities
  • International aid

Expertise for studying: Basic knowledge of English
Entry requirement: Numerus clausus

Application and enrolment:

  • Deadline of application: 15th July
  • Matriculation: end of August
  • Start of course: winter term
  • For the Master course: start/enrolement also possible for the summer term

Hydrological courses (selection):

  • Hydrology
  • Applied hydrology
  • Hydrological process models
  • Flood risk
  • Dryland water ressources
  • River bed hydraulics and tracer techniques
  • Wetland eco-hydrology
  • Irrigation and Agricultural Hydrology
  • Ecohydrological models in research and practice

Chair hydrology and climatology

Prof. Dr. Axel Bronstert

Research foci:

  • Climate change and extreme hydrological events
  • Sediment transport in landscapes
  • Radar-supported remote sensing of precipitation
  • Understanding and predicting flash floods