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

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).

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Nov. 16, 2021

World Soil Day, 5 December 2021

World Soil Day 2021 (#WorldSoilDay) and its campaign Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity aims to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the growing challenges in soil management, fighting soil salinization, increasing soil awareness and encouraging governments, organizations, communities and individuals around the world to commit to proactively improving soil health. 

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Water and Soil Resource Research
Physical Geography and Climate Science
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Water and Soil Resource Research

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