Peer reviewed articles



  • Auerswald, K., Fiener, P., 2019. Soil organic carbon storage following conversion from cropland to grassland on sites differing in soil drainage and erosion history. Science of The Total Environment, 661, 481-491.
  • Fiener, P., Wilken, F., Auerswald, K. 2019. Filling the gap between plot and landscape scale – eight years of soil erosion monitoring in 14 adjacent watersheds under soil conservation at Scheyern, Southern Germany. Advances in Geosciences, 48, 31-48. 2019
  • Finke, P., Opolot, E., Balesdent, J., Berhe, A.A., Boeckx, P., Cornu, S., Harden, J., Hatté, C., Williams, E., Doetterl, S. 2019. Can SOC modelling be improved by accounting for pedogenesis? Geoderma, 338, 513-524.
  • Hardy, R.A., Quinton, J.N., James, M.R., Fiener, P., Pates, J.M. 2018. High precision tracing of soil and sediment movement using fluorescent tracers at hillslope scale. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.
  • Steger, K., Fiener, P., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Viers, J.H., Smart, D.R. 2019. Human-induced and natural carbon storage in floodplains of the Central Valley of California. Science of The Total Environment, 651, 851-858.
  • Zhang, H., Aldana-Jague, E., Clapuyt, F., Wilken, F., Vanacker, V., Van Oost, K. 2019. Evaluating the Potential of PPK Direct Georeferencing for UAV-SfM Photogrammetry and Precise Topographic Mapping. Earth Surface Dynamics Discussions, 1–34.



  • Doetterl, S., Berhe, A.A., Arnold, C., Bode, S., Fiener, P., Finke, P., Fuchslueger, L., Griepentrog, M., Harden, J.W., Nadeu, E., Schnecker, J., Six, J., Trumbore, S., Van Oost, K., Vogel, C., Boeckx, P., 2018. Links among warming, carbon and microbial dynamics mediated by soil mineral weathering. Nature Geoscience, 11(8), 589-597.
  • Heinrich, I., Balanzategui, D., Bens, O., Blasch, G., Blume, T., Böttcher, F., Borg, E., Brademann, B., Brauer, A., Conrad, C., Dietze, E., Dräger, N., Fiener, P., Gerke, H.H., Güntner, A., Heine, I., Helle, G., Herbrich, M., Harfenmeister, K., Heußner, K.-U., Hohmann, C., Itzerott, S., Jurasinski, G., Kaiser, K., Kappler, C., Koebsch, F., Liebner, S., Lischeid, G., Merz, B., Missling, K.D., Morgner, M., Pinkerneil, S., Plessen, B., Raab, T., Ruhtz, T., Sachs, T., Sommer, M., Spengler, D., Stender, V., Stüve, P., Wilken, F., 2018. Interdisciplinary geo-ecological research across time scales in the northeast German lowland observatory (TERENO-NE). Vadose Zone Journal, 17(1).
  • Vermeire, M.L., Cornelis, J.T., Van Ranst, E., Bonneville, S., Doetterl, S., Delvaux, B., 2018. Soil Microbial Populations Shift as Processes Protecting Organic Matter Change During Podzolization. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 6.
  • Wilken, F., Baur, M., Sommer, M., Deumlich, D., Bens, O., Fiener, P., 2018. Uncertainties in rainfall kinetic energy-intensity relations for soil erosion modelling. Catena, 171, 234-244.
  • Fiener P., Wilken F., Aldana-Jague E., Deumlich D., Gómez J.A., Guzmán G., Hardy R.A., Quinton J.N., Sommer M., Van Oost K., Wexler R. (2018). Uncertainties in assessing tillage erosion – How appropriate are our measuring techniques? Geomorphology, 304, 214-225.
  • Nunes J.P., Wainwright J., Bielders C.L., Darboux F., Fiener P., Finger D., Turnbull L. (2018). Better models are more effectively connected models. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, DOI:10.1002/esp.4323.



  • Thappeta S.K., Bhallamudi S.M., Fiener P., Narasimhan B. (2017). Resistance in steep open channels due to randomly distributed macro-roughness elements at large Froude numbers. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 22(12), 04017052.
  • Wilken F., Wagner P.D., Narasimhan B., Fiener P. (2017). Spatio-temporal patterns of land use and cropping frequency in a tropical catchment of South India. Applied Geography, 89, 124-132.
  • Diodato N., Borrelli P., Fiener P., Bellocchi G., Romano N. (2017). Discovering historical rainfall erosivity with a parsimonious approach: A case study in Western Germany. Journal of Hydrology, 544, 1-9.
  • Wilken F., Fiener P., Van Oost K. (2017). Modelling a century of soil redistribution processes and carbon delivery from small watersheds using a multi-class sediment transport model. Earth Surface Dynamics, 5(1), 113-124.
  • Wilken F., Sommer M., Van Oost K., Bens O., Fiener P. (2017). Process-oriented modelling to identify main drivers of erosion-induced carbon fluxes. SOIL, 3(2), 83-94.



  • Reichenau T. G., Korres W., Montzka C., Fiener P., Wilken F., Stadler A., Waldhoff G., Schneider K. (2016). Spatial Heterogeneity of Leaf Area Index (LAI) and Its Temporal Course on Arable Land: Combining Field easurements, Remote Sensing and Simulation in a Comprehensive Data Analysis Approach (CDAA). PLoS ONE 11(7): e0158451. doi:10.1371/journal.
  • Attermeyer K., Flury S., Jayakumar R., Fiener P., Steger K., Arya V., Wilken F., Van Geldern R., Premke K. 2016. Invasive floating macrophytes reduce greenhouse gas emissions from a small tropical lake. Scientific Reports, 6: 20424.
  • Doetterl S., Berhe A.A., Nadeu E., Zhengang W., Sommer M., Fiener P. (2016). Erosion, deposition and soil carbon: A review on process-level controls, experimental tools and models to address C cycling in dynamic landscapes. Earth-Science Reviews, 154: 102-122.
  • Fiener P., Auerswald K. (2016). Comment on “The new assessment of soil loss by water erosion in Europe” by Panagos et al. (Environmental Science & Policy 54 (2015) 438–447). Environmental Science & Policy, 57: 140–142.
  • Wagner, P.D., Bhallamudi, S.M., Narasimhan, B., Kantakumar, L.N., Sudheer, K.P., Kumar, S., Schneider, K., Fiener, P. (2016): Dynamic integration of land use changes in a hydrologic assessment of a rapidly developing Indian catchment. Science of The Total Environment, 539: 153-164.



  • Auerswald, K. et al. (2015): Comment on "Rainfall erosivity in Europe" by Panagos et al. (Sci. Total Environ., 511, 801-814, 2015). Science of the Total Environment.
  • Doetterl, S. et al. (2015): Soil redistribution and weathering controlling the fate of geochemical and physical carbon stabilization mechanisms in soils of an eroding landscape. Biogeosciences, 12, 1357-1371.
  • Fiener, P., Dlugoß, V., Van Oost, K. (2015): Erosion-induced carbon redistribution, burial and mineralisation - Is the episodic nature of erosion processes important? Catena, 133, 282-292.
  • Nadeu, E., Gobin, A., Fiener, P., Van Wesemael, B., Van Oost, K. (2015): Modelling the impact of agricultural management on soil carbon stocks at the regional scale: the role of lateral fluxes. Global Change Biology, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12889.
  • Schmerbeck, J., Fiener, P. (2015): Wildfires, ecosystem services, and biodiversity in tropical dry forest in India. Environmental Management. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-015-0502-4.
  • Wagner, P.D., Fiener, P., Schneider, K. (2015): Hydrologische Auswirkungen des Globalen Wandels in den Westghats: Das Beispiel des Einzugsgebiets von Mula und Mutha (Maharashtra). Geographische Rundschau, 67, 48-53.
  • Wang, Z., Doetterl, S., Vanclooster, M., van Wesemael, B., Van Oost, K. (2015): Constraining a coupled erosion and soil organic carbon model using hillslope-scale patterns of carbon stocks and pool composition. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 120, 452-465.
  • Doetterl, S., Stevens A., Six J., Merckx R., Van Oost K., Casanova-Pinto M., Casanova-Katny A., Muñoz C., Boudin M., Zagal Venegas E., Boeckx P. (2015): Soil carbon storage controlled by interactions between geochemistry and climate. Nature Geoscience, DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2516.
  • Wetzel, K.-F., Fiener, P., Grashey-Jansen, S., Heel, M. & Sass, O. (2015): Raummuster (hoch-)alpiner Standorte als Resultat landschaftsdynamischer Prozesse. In: DBG Mitteilungen 117: 170-179.



  • Auerswald, K., Fiener, P., Martin, W., Elhaus, D. (2014): Use and misuse of the K factor equation in soil erosion modeling: An alternative equation for determining USLE nomograph soil erodibility values. Catena 118:220-225.
  • Stevens, F., Bogaert, P., Van Oost, K., Doetterl, S., Van Wesemael, B. (2014): Regional scale characterization of the topographic control on the spatial distribution of soil organic carbon in cropland. European Journal of Soil Science.



  • Fiener, P., Schröder, A. (2013): Approaches to quantiy erosion induced matter transport inot open waterbodies. Korrespondenz Wasserwirschaft 10/2013: 563-567.
  • Bremenfeldt, S., Fiener, P., Govers, G. (2013): Effects of interrill erosion and crusting upon soil organic carbon dynamics – a laboratory study. Catena 104: 14-20.
  • Doetterl, S., Stevens, A., Van Wesemael, B., Van Oos,t K. (2013): Soil-profile organic carbon assessment at high vertical resolution using closed-tube sampling and Vis-NIR spectroscopy. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 77(4): 1430-1435.
  • Doetterl, S., Stevens, A., Quine, TA., Van Wesemael, B., Van Oost, K. (2013): Spatial-explicit regional-scale prediction of soil organic carbon stocks in cropland employing environmental variables ad mixed-model approaches. Geoderma. Vol. 204-205: 31-42.
  • Fiener, P., Neuhaus, P., Botschek, J. (2013): Long-term trends in rainfall erosivity – analysis of high resolution precipitation time series (1937– 2007) from Western Germany. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 171-172: 115-123.



  • Doetterl, S., Six, J., Van Oost, K. (2012): Towards constraining the magnitude of global agricultural sediment and soil organic carbon fluxes. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 37(6): 642-655.
  • Doetterl, S., Six, J., Van Wesemael, B., Van Oost, K. (2012): Carbon cycling in eroding landscapes: geomorphic controls on soil organic C pool composition and C stabilization. Global Change Biology. 18(7): 2218-2232. D
  • Schmidt, M., Reichenau, T., Fiener, P.., Schneider, K. (2012): Analyzing seasonal and inter-annual variability of carbon fluxes of a winter wheat field. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.
  • Wagner, PD., Fiener, P., Wilken, F., Kumar, S., Schneider, K. (2012): Comparison and evaluation of spatial interpolation schemes for daily rainfall in data scarce regions. Journal of Hydrology 464-465: 388-400.
  • Dlugoß, V., Fiener, P., Van Oost, K., Schneider, K. (2012): Model based analysis of lateral and vertical soil C fluxes induced by soil redistribution processes in a small agricultural watershed. Earth Surface Proc­esses and Landforms 37: 193-208.
  • Fiener, P., Dlugoß V, Korres W, Schneider K. (2012): Spatial variability of soil respiration in a small agricultural watershed – are patterns of soil redistribution important? Catena 94: 3-16.
  • Van Oost, K., Verstraeten, G., Doetterl, S., Notebaert, B., Wiaux, F., Broothaerts, .,, Six, J. (2012): Eroding the C cycle, the legacy of human-induced C erosion and burial on soil-atmosphere C exchange. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1211162109.



  • Fiener, P., Auerswald, K., Van Oost, K. (2011): Spatio-temporal patterns in land use and management affecting sur­face runoff response of agricultural catchments - a review. Earth-Science Reviews 106: 92-104.
  • Fiener, P., Seibert, S., Auerswald, K. (2011): A compilation and meta-analysis of rainfall simulation data on arable soils. Journal of Hydrology 409: 395–406.
  • Voelke,l J., Leopold, M., Doetterl, S., Schneider, A., Huerkamp, K., Hilgers, A. (2011): Origin and age of the Lower Bavarian sand-dunes landscape around Abensberg and Siegenburg. Annals of Geomorphology. 55(4): 515-536.
  • Wagner, PD., Kumar, S., Fiener, P., Schneider, K. (2011): Hydrological modeling with SWAT in a mon­soon-driven environment - experience from the Western Ghats, India. Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. 54: 1783-1790.



  • Dlugoß, V., Fiener, P., Schneider, K. (2010): Layer-specific Analysis and Spatial Prediction of Soil Organic Carbon using Terrain Attributes and Results from Soil Redistribution Modelling. American Soil Science Society Journal 74: 922-935.
  • Korres, W., Koyama, C., Fiener, P., Schneider, K. (2010): Analysis of surface soil moisture patterns in agricultural land­scapes using empirical orthogonal functions. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 14: 751-764.
  • Koyama, C., Korres, W., Fiener, P., Schneider, K. (2010): Variability of surface soil moisture observed from multi-tem­poral C-band SAR and field data. Vadose Zone Journal 9: 1014-1024.
  • Van Hemelryck, H., Fiener, P., Van Oost, K., Govers, G., Merckx, R. (2010): The effect of soil redistribution on soil or­ganic carbon: an experimental study. Biogeosciences 7: 3971-3986.



  • Auerswald, K., Fiener, P.., Dikau, R. (2009): Rates of sheet and rill erosion in Germany – a meta-analysis. Geomorphology 111: 182-193.
  • Fiener, P., Auerswald K. (2009): Effects of hydrodynamically rough grassed waterways on dissolved reactive phos­phorus loads coming from agricultural watersheds. Journal of Environmental Quality 38: 548-559.
  • Fiener, P., Auerswald, K. (2009): Spatial variability of rainfall on a sub-kilometre scale. Earth Surface Proc­esses and Landforms. 34: 848-859.



  • Fiener, P., Govers, G., Van Oost, K. (2008): Evaluation of a dynamic multi-class sediment transport model in a catch­ment under soil-conservation agriculture. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 33: 1639-1660.
  • Klar, C., Fiener, P., Lenz, V., Neuhaus, P., Schneider, K. (2008): Modelling of soil nitrogen dynamics within the decision support system DANUBIA. Ecological Modelling: 217: 181-196.



  • Fiener, P., Auerswald, K. (2007): Rotation effects of potato, maize and winter wheat on soil erosion by water. Ameri­can Soil Science Society Journal 71:1919–1925.



  • Fiener, P., Auerswald, K. (2006): Influence of scale and land use pattern on the efficacy of grassed waterways to control runoff. Ecological Engineering 27: 208-218.
  • Fiener, P., Auerswald, K. (2006): Seasonal variation of grassed waterway effectiveness in reducing runoff and sedi­ment delivery from agricultural watersheds in temperate Europe. Soil & Tillage Research 87: 48-58.



  • Fiener, P., Auerswald, K. (2005): Measurement and modeling of concentrated runoff in a grassed waterway. Journal of Hydrology 301: 198-215.
  • Fiener, P., Auerswald, K., Weigand, S. (2005): Managing erosion and water quality in agricultural watersheds by small detention ponds. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 110: 132-142.



  • Auerswald, K., Kainz, M., Fiener, P. (2003): Soil erosion potential of organic versus conventional farming evaluated by USLE modelling of cropping statistics for agricultural districts in Bavaria. Soil Use and Management 19: 305-311.
  • Fiener, P., Auerswald, K. (2003): Concept and effects of a multi-purpose grassed waterway. Soil Use and Manage­ment 19: 65-72.
  • Fiener, P., Auerswald, K. (2003): Effectiveness of grassed waterways in reducing runoff and sediment delivery from agricultural watersheds. Journal of Environmental Quality 32: 927-936.

Reviewed books / book chapters


  • Fiener, P., Auerswald, K. (2017): Grassed Waterways. In: J. Delgado, G. Sassenrath, T. Mueller (Eds.), Precision Conservation: Geospatial Techniques for Agricultural and Natural Resources Conservation. Agronomy Monographs. American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America, Inc., Madison, WI, 131-150.
  • Klar, W.C., Fiener, P., Schneider, K. (2016): Topsoil organic carbon content. In: W. Mauser, M. Prasch (Eds.), Regional assessment of global change impacts: The project GLOWA-Danube. Springer, Heidelberg, 171-176.
  • Reichenau, T.G., Klar, W.C., Lenz-Wiedemann, V.I.S., Fiener, P., Schneider, K. (2016). Nitrate leaching. In: W. Mauser, M. Prasch (Eds.), Regional assessment of global change impacts: The project GLOWA-Danube. Springer, Heidelberg, 303-310.
  • Fohrer, N., Fiener, P. (2012): Schutz vor Abtrag und Überflutung. In Handbuch der Bodenkunde. Kap. 7.5. Blume HP, Felix-Henningsen P, Fischer WR, Frede HG, Horn R, Stahr K. (eds). Ecomed. Landsberg.
  • Auerbacher, J., Billen, N., Botschek, J., Brandhuber, R., Butz, J., Ernstberger, H., Feldwisch, N., Fiener, P., Haider, J., Kaufmann, C., Marahrens, S., Mollenhauer, K., Müller, E., Prasuhn, V., Rippel, R., Rode, M., Schmidt, W., Schmittner, A., Schröder, A., Senger, M., Severin, K., Tetzlaff, B., Unterseher, E. (2012): DWA Merkblatt M910 Berücksichtigung der Bodenerosion durch Wasser bei Maßnahmenplanung nach EG-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie. DWA, Hennef, Germany.
  • Fiener, P. (2010): Effects of pattern and process interactions upon lateral water and matter fluxes in agricultural landscapes. Habilitationsschrift zur Erlangung der Lehrbefähigung im Fach Geographie an der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität zu Köln.
  • Fiener, P., Auerswald, K. (2006): Rotation effects of potato, maize and winter wheat on water erosion from cultivated land. In Sustainability - its impact on soil management and environment, Horn R, Fleige H, Peth S, Peng X (eds). Catena: Reiskirchen. 273-280.
  • Lenz, V., Klar, C., Fiener, P., Schneider, K., Tenhunen, J., Scharfenberg, H-J. (2006): Pflanzenökologie - Pflanzen­wachstum und Biomasseproduktion. In Global Change Atlas - Einzugsgebiet Obere Donau, Mauser W (ed.). LMU München: München. Kap. 2.8.2.
  • Tenhunen, J., Scharfenberg, H-J., Lenz, V., Klar, C., Fiener, P., Schneider, K. (2006): Pflanzenökologie - CO2-Flüsse und Transpiration. In Global Change Atlas - Einzugsgebiet Obere Donau, Mauser W (ed.). LMU München: München. Kap. 2.8.1.
  • Fiener, P. (2004): Concept and effects of a multi-purpose grassed waterway - long-term measuring and mathematical modeling of runoff reduction and sediment trapping. Dissertation Technische Universität München. Shaker Verlag. Aachen.

Published data / DOIs

  • Auerswald, K., Wilken, F., Fiener, P. 2019. Soil properties at the Scheyern experimental farm covering 14 small adjacent watersheds and their surroundings. ResearchGate,
  • Wilken, F., Fiener, P., Auerswald, K. 2019. Topography at the Scheyern experimental farm covering 14 small adjacent watersheds and their surroundings. ResearchGate,
  • Wilken, F., Fiener, P., Auerswald, K. 2019. Meteorological data at the Scheyern experimental farm covering 14 small adjacent watersheds and their surroundings. ResearchGate,, 2019b.
  • Auerswald, K., Wilken, F., Gerl. G., Fiener, P. 2019. Land use and land management data from the Scheyern experimental farm covering 14 small adjacent watersheds and their surroundings. ResearchGate,
  • Fiener, P., Wilken, F., Auerswald, K. 2019. Runoff and sediment delivery data at the Scheyern experimental farm covering 14 small adjacent watersheds. ResearchGate,
  • Auerswald, K., Wilken, F., Fiener, P. 2019. Runoff and sediment delivery data of 114 rainfall simulation experiments on 57 plots situated in 14 small adjacent watersheds at the Scheyern experimental farm. ResearchGate,
  • Doetterl, S., Berhe, A.A., Harden, J.W., Vogel, C, Nadeu, E., Trumbore, S., Fuchslueger, L., Arnold, C., Schnecker, J., Finke, P., Bodé, S., Griepentrog, M., Fiener, P., Six J., Van Oost, K., Boeckx, P. 2018. Nature Geosciences - 2017-09-02200-T XRD Total & Clay Mineralogy.
  • Dlugoß, V., Fiener, P. 2018. Depth distribution of soil organic carbon fractions and fraction-specific AMS 14C data in an eroding landscape. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.12310.45127.
  • Seibert, S., Auerswald, K., Fiener, P., Disse, M., Martin, W., Haider, J., Michael, A., Gerlinger, K. 2011. Surface runoff from arable land - a homogenized data base of 726 rainfall simulation experiments.