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).

News & Publications

July 4, 2022

Ploughing and tilling soil on slopes is jeopardising future farm yields

Researchers from the University of Augsburg and Lancaster University are investigating how soil tillage on slopes affects the crop yields of entire regions. The results of their study have now been published in the journal Nature Food.

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June 24, 2022

Tillage exacerbates the vulnerability of cereal crops to drought

New publication:

Quinton, J.N., Öttl, L.K. & Fiener, P. (2022): Tillage exacerbates the vulnerability of cereal crops to drought. Nat Food 3, 472–479. https://doi.org/10.1038/s43016-022-00533-8

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May 9, 2022

UAS-based high resolution mapping of evapotranspiration in a Mediterranean tree-grass ecosystem

New publication:

Simpson et al. (2022): UAS-based high resolution mapping of evapotranspiration in a Mediterranean tree-grass ecosystem. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 321 (2022).

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2022.108981

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Contact

 

Prof. Dr. Peter Fiener

 

Professor

Water and Soil Resource Research

 

Phone: +49 821 598 2665

Email: peter.fiener@geo.uni-augsburg.de

 

Petra Richter

 

Secretary

Physical Geography and Climate Science

 

Phone: +49 821 598 2670

Email: sekretariat-phygeo@geo.uni-augsburg.de

 

Anna Stegmann

 

Administrative Assistant

Water and Soil Resource Research

 

Phone: +49 821 598 2741

Email: anna.stegmann@geo.uni-augsburg.de

General Contact:

 

Address

Lehrstuhl für Wasser und Bodenressourcen

Institut für Geographie

Universität Augsburg

Alter Postweg 118

 

86159 Augsburg

 

 

Phone (Secretary): +49 821 598 2670

E-Mail (Secretary): sekretariat-phygeo@geo.uni-augsburg.de

 

 

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