Research and teaching unit "Physical Geography and Remote Sensing"
Physical Geography and Remote Sensing is represented by the Chair for Geography and Remote Sensing (Prof. Dr. W. Mauser, hydrology, remote sensing) and the two professors for Applied Physical Geography and (Prof. Dr. R. Ludwig, environmental modeling) and Physical Geography and (Prof. Dr. K. Schulz, environmental monitoring). Main research fields are monitoring, analysis and simulation of natural systems with special emphasis on water regarding causes, impacts and management of global change processes.
The unit develops and uses integrative, spatially distributed simulation models to analyze and understand the interactions at the interface between soil, plants and the atmosphere of the Earth's surface and to develop regional scenarios on the impacts of climate change and appropriate adaptation measures. Sophisticated techniques are developed to process satellite images, to extract valuable information on the state and development of the Earth surface and to validate this information in the field.
Specific research projects deal with:
- process understanding in the complex interactions between pedosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere
- global causes and regional impacts of climate change
- monitoring of global change through remote sensing (satellite and airborne) and field experiments and measurements of water, mass and energy flows at the land surface
- development and application of new remote sensing techniques
- spatially distributed and integrative modeling of natural systems
- scenario-based analysis of the regional impact of global change
- development of decision alternatives for sustainable environmental management under conditions of global change, especially integrated water resources managment
Further information is available in German: Lehrstuhl für Geographie und Geographische Fernerkundung