The Chair of Geopedology and Landscape Development emphasizes on the analysis of earth surface processes, landforms and functions. Projects address soil as a resource and an environmental compartment in basic, methodological and applied research. Within the scope of nationally and internationally linked research projects we analyzse geomorphodynamics and pedogenesis in natural and anthropogenically disturbed landscapes. The work of our group included research on application and evaluation of remote sensing data for surface development analysis, field portable techniques for characterization of the shallow subsurface, and physical methods to determine the mechanic and hydraulic properties of soils and sediments. The group has experience in the quantification of surface and subsurface processes, with a focus on study areas from the plot to the catchment scale.
As part of nationally and internationally networked research projects, the climatic, genetic, and human development in nature and cultural landscapes have been recorded and reconstructed on various spatial and temporal scales. Our work contributes to a deeper understanding of the regeneration potential of ecosystems. With a basis in geomorphology, quaternary geology, and soil science; geopedology is an integrated approach to the consideration of relief, rock, and soil.