Professor for Water and Soil Resource Research
The working group is dedicated to a holistic view upon interactions between land use, land management, water and soil resources. Therefore, interdisciplinary research at the intersection between hydrology, soil science, geomorphology, agronomy and biogeochemistry is essential, and is the focus of the working group members.
Special interests within the working group are:
- Surface runoff and soil redistribution as affected by landscape patchiness and connectivity.
- Sediment-burden carbon redistribution and its effects upon terrestrial and aquatic carbon balance.
- Pathways of carbon from plants and microorganisms into specific carbon fractions in climatically and geochemically different soils.
- Microplastic in agricultural soils
- Sustainable management of water and soil resources.
- Land use and land management interactions with regional climate
We use and refine a wide range of conceptual and physically oriented models to analyse different aspects of water, sediment and carbon fluxes on various spatial and temporal scales. Moreover, field as well as laboratory measurements are carried out to improve process understanding, which range from sediment and carbon analyses to continuous monitoring in small catchments. Hosting the project MONSOON the working group is also engagend in large scale vegetation and climate modelling.
Apart from research in Central Europe, the working group is active in the tropical South of India as well as in Central (TropSOC project) and Western Africa (MONSOON project). The research group is part of the faculty of Applied Informatics of University Augsburg and is also involved into the activities of the Environmental Science Centre (WZU).
Working Group News
Under the direction of the Augsburg geographer Prof. Dr. Peter Fiener, a Europe-wide "EU Innovative Training Network" has been launched to investigate the pollution of agricultural soils with macro- and microplastics. A total of 14 doctoral students at eleven European research institutions are working on the topic. Their expertise gained from research should bring influence to bear with innovative products, services and ideas for the economy and society.