Curriculum Vitae

Florian is a post-doc working in the field of soil system dynamics. His specific interests are the role and drivers of soil degradation on ecosystem services. Florians research is mainly located in central Africa (DRC, Uganda, Rwanda), India and Europe. Florians expertise covers a wide range of methods including remote sensing and numerical modelling.

since 2021    Senior researcher and administrative coordinator of EU project SOPLAS

2019-2021    Split post-doc position at University Augsburg and ETH Zürich

2017-2019    Post-doc at University Augsburg 
2014-2017    PhD at University Augsburg in cooperation with GFZ Potsdam and Leibniz-ZALF 
2008-2013    BSc and MSc in Physical Geography at University of Cologne

Research foci

  • Soil system dynamics
  • Soil degradation
  • Biogeochemical cycling
  • Remote and proximal soil sensing
  • Hydrological and sedimentological modelling
  • Macro and micro plastic in soils

Courses / Teaching

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No courses available.

For teaching activities see


SS 2022

Übung Boden- und Wasserressourcen - Practical course: soil and water resources


WS 2021/22

Boden- und Wasserressourcen (S) - soil and water resources (seminar)

Spezielle Methoden der Physischen Geographie


WS 2020/21

Boden- und Wasserressourcen (S) - soil and water resources (S)

GIS basierte Bodenerosionsmodellierung als Basis für das Boden- und Wasserressourcenmanagement

Spezielle Methoden der Physischen Geographie


SS 2020

Grundlagen der Einzugsgebietsanalyse mit GIS


WS 2019/20
7598 Vom Punkt in die Fläche 
7583 Vorlesung Spezielle Methoden der Physischen Geographie

SS 2019
7580 Geländepraktikum - Seminar zur Feldbodenkunde 
7729 GIS basierte Bodenerosionsmodellierung als Basis für das Boden- und Wasserressourcenmanagement - GIS based soil erosion modelling for soil and water resources management 

WS 2018/19
7584 Angewandte Bodenkunde 
7757 Boden- und Wasserressourcen (Begleitseminar) - Soil and water resources (course) 
7585 Labormethoden 
7641 Vom Punkt in die Fläche – GIS basierte Interpolationsverfahren 

SS 2018
7701 Angepasstes landwirtschaftliches Management und Sturzflutrisiko - Feldmessungen, GIS-Analysen und Modellierung - Smart agricultural management to reduce local flood risk - field measurements, GIS analysis & modelling 

7514 Proseminar zur Vorlesung: Physische Geographie 2 (Wilken 1) 
7513 Proseminar zur Vorlesung: Physische Geographie 2 (Wilken 2) 


WS 2017/18
7714 Einführung in die GIS basierte Modellierung 
7669 Labormethoden (Wilken) 
7513 Proseminar zur Vorlesung: Physische Geographie 1 (Wilken 1) 
7515 Proseminar zur Vorlesung: Physische Geographie 1 (Wilken 2) 

SS 2015
7641 NF Bodenkunde: Themen der Bodengeographie 


Wilken, Florian
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Öttl, Lena K., Wilken, Florian, Hupfer, A., Sommer, M., Fiener, Peter (2022): Non-inversion conservation tillage as an underestimated driver of tillage erosion.
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Wilken, Florian, Fiener, Peter, Ketterer, Michael, Meusburger, Katrin, Muhindo, Daniel Iragi, van Oost, Kristof, Doetterl, Sebastian (2021): Assessing soil erosion of forest and cropland sites in wet tropical Africa using 239+240Pu fallout radionuclides.
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Fiener, Peter, Wilken, Florian (2021): Bodenerosion in Mitteleuropa - Auswirkungen des Klima- und Landmanagementwandels.
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van Wesemael, Bas, Chabrillat, Sabine, Wilken, Florian (2021): High-spectral resolution remote sensing of soil organic carbon dynamics.
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Bartlett, Jesamine C., Westergaard, Kristine Bakke, Paulsen, Ingrid M. G., Wedegärtner, Ronja E. M., Wilken, Florian, Ravolainen, Virve (2021): Moving out of town? The status of alien plants in high‐Arctic Svalbard, and a method for monitoring of alien flora in high‐risk, polar environments.
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Corrigendum published at
Doetterl, Sebastian, Asifiwe, Rodrigue K., Baert, Geert, Bamba, Fernando, Bauters, Marijn, Boeckx, Pascal, Bukombe, Benjamin, Cadisch, Georg, Cooper, Matthew, Cizungu, Landry N., Hoyt, Alison, Kabaseke, Clovis, Kalbitz, Karsten, Kidinda, Laurent, Maier, Annina, Mainka, Moritz, Mayrock, Julia, Muhindo, Daniel, Mujinya, Basile B., Mukotanyi, Serge M., Nabahungu, Leon, Reichenbach, Mario, Rewald, Boris, Six, Johan, Stegmann, Anna, Summerauer, Laura, Unseld, Robin, Vanlauwe, Bernard, Van Oost, Kristof, Verheyen, Kris, Vogel, Cordula, Wilken, Florian, Fiener, Peter (2021): Organic matter cycling along geochemical, geomorphic, and disturbance gradients in forest and cropland of the African Tropics – project TropSOC database version 1.0.
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Öttl, Lena Katharina, Wilken, Florian, Auerswald, Karl, Sommer, Michael, Wehrhan, Marc, Fiener, Peter (2021): Tillage erosion as an important driver of in‐field biomass patterns in an intensively used hummocky landscape.
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Fiener, Peter, Dostál, Tomáš, Krása, Josef, Schmaltz, Elmar, Strauss, Peter, Wilken, Florian (2020): Operational USLE-based modelling of soil erosion in Czech Republic, Austria, and Bavaria - differences in model adaptation, parametrization, and data availability.
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Wilken, Florian, Ketterer, Michael, Koszinski, Sylvia, Sommer, Michael, Fiener, Peter (2020): Understanding the role of water and tillage erosion from 239+240Pu tracer measurements using inverse modelling.
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Baartman, Jantiene E. M., Nunes, João Pedro, Masselink, Rens, Darboux, Frédéric, Bielders, Charles, Degré, Aurore, Cantreul, Vincent, Cerdan, Olivier, Grangeon, Thomas, Fiener, Peter, Wilken, Florian, Schindewolf, Marcus, Wainwright, John (2020): What do models tell us about water and sediment connectivity?.
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Zhang, He, Aldana-Jague, Emilien, Clapuyt, François, Wilken, Florian, Vanacker, Veerle, Van Oost, Kristof (2019): Evaluating the potential of post-processing kinematic (PPK) georeferencing for UAV-based structure- from-motion (SfM) photogrammetry and surface change detection.
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Fiener, Peter, Wilken, Florian, Auerswald, Karl (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.
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Heinrich, Ingo, Balanzategui, Daniel, Bens, Oliver, Blasch, Gerald, Blume, Theresa, Böttcher, Falk, Borg, Erik, Brademann, Brian, Brauer, Achim, Conrad, Christopher, Dietze, Elisabeth, Dräger, Nadine, Fiener, Peter, Gerke, Horst H., Güntner, Andreas, Heine, Iris, Helle, Gerhard, Herbrich, Marcus, Harfenmeister, Katharina, Heußner, Karl-Uwe, Hohmann, Christian, Itzerott, Sibylle, Jurasinski, Gerald, Kaiser, Knut, Kappler, Christoph, Koebsch, Franziska, Liebner, Susanne, Lischeid, Gunnar, Merz, Bruno, Missling, Klaus Dieter, Morgner, Markus, Pinkerneil, Sylvia, Plessen, Birgit, Raab, Thomas, Ruhtz, Thomas, Sachs, Torsten, Sommer, Michael, Spengler, Daniel, Stender, Vivien, Stüve, Peter, Wilken, Florian (2018): Interdisciplinary geo-ecological research across time scales in the northeast German lowland observatory (TERENO-NE).
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Fiener, Peter, Wilken, Florian, 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?.
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Wilken, Florian, Baur, Martin, Sommer, Michael, Deumlich, Detlef, Bens, Oliver, Fiener, Peter (2018): Uncertainties in rainfall kinetic energy-intensity relations for soil erosion modelling.
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Wilken, Florian, Fiener, Peter, Van Oost, Kristof (2017): Modelling a century of soil redistribution processes and carbon delivery from small watersheds using a multi-class sediment transport model.
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Wilken, Florian, Sommer, Michael, Van Oost, Kristof, Bens, Oliver, Fiener, Peter (2017): Process-oriented modelling to identify main drivers of erosion-induced carbon fluxes.
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Wilken, Florian, Wagner, P. D., Narasimhan, B., Fiener, Peter (2017): Spatio-temporal patterns of land use and cropping frequency in a tropical catchment of South India.
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Wilken, Florian (2018): Uncertainties in measuring and modelling erosion-induced soil organic carbon dynamics in arable landscapes.
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Attermeyer, K., Flury, S., Jayakumar, R., Fiener, Peter, Steger, K., Arya, V., Wilken, Florian, van Geldern, R., Premke, K. (2016): Invasive floating macrophytes reduce greenhouse gas emissions from a small tropical lake.
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Reichenau, Tim G., Korres, Wolfgang, Montzka, Carsten, Fiener, Peter, Wilken, Florian, Stadler, Anja, Waldhoff, Guido, Schneider, Karl (2016): Spatial heterogeneity of Leaf Area Index (LAI) and its temporal course on arable land: combining field measurements, remote sensing and simulation in a Comprehensive Data Analysis Approach (CDAA).
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Wagner, Paul D., Fiener, Peter, Wilken, Florian, Kumar, Shamita, Schneider, Karl (2012): Comparison and evaluation of spatial interpolation schemes for daily rainfall in data scarce regions.
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