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.
  • Modelling soil redistribution with conceptual, physically-oriented and data-driven, machine learning approaches
  • Sediment-burden carbon redistribution and its effects upon terrestrial and aquatic carbon balance.
  • Macro and Microplastic in agricultural soil systems (coordinating the EU Innovative Training Network SOPLAS)
  • 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, physically oriented and date-driven, machine learning models to analyse different aspects of water, sediment, carbon and microplastic 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, carbon and microplastic analyses to continuous monitoring in small catchments.

Apart from research in Central Europe, the working group is active in the tropical South of India as well as in Central and Western Africa. 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) and the Centre for Climate Resilience (ZfK).


June 13, 2024

New Preprint

Auerswald, K., Geist, J., Quinton, J. N., and Fiener, P.: HESS Opinion: Floods and droughts – Land use, soil management, and landscape hydrology are more significant drivers than increasing temperatures, EGUsphere [preprint]


The preprint is open for discussion!


DOI:, 2024.

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April 18, 2024

New publication

Öttl, L.K., Wilken, F., Juřicová, A., Batista, P.V.G., Fiener, P. (2024) A millennium of arable land use – the long-term impact of tillage and water erosion on landscape-scale carbon dynamics. SOIL 10, 281-305.



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April 15, 2024

New publication

Thappeta, S.K., Chandra, V., Bhallamudi, S.M., Fiener, P., (2024) Flow depths, velocities around non-uniform size roughness elements in supercritical flows: a comparison of numerical and experimental results, in: Chembolu, V., Dutta, S. (Eds.), Advances in river corridor research and applications. Springer, pp. 285-300.

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