Prof. Dr. Peter Fiener

Water and Soil Resource Research
Phone: +49 821 598 2665
Fax: +49 821 598 2264
Room: 2003 (B)
Visiting hours: Tuesday 2:00 - 3:30 pm (during the semester break only by appointment via e-mail)
Address: Alter Postweg 118, 86159 Augsburg

Curriculum Vitae

Peter Fiener is a full professor at the Institute of Geography and head of the working group since 2013. From 2011 to 2012 he was full professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India. He did his Habilitation at the Institute of Geography at the University Cologne, focusing on pattern and processes interactions affecting lateral water and matter transport in agricultural landscapes. His PhD was carried out in the framework of an interdisciplinary project focused on sustainable agriculture, where he was measuring and modelling surface runoff and soil erosion.


since 2013    Professor for Water and Soil Resource Research at the Department of Geography, University of Augsburg

2011‐2012    Professor at the Indo‐German Centre for Sustainabilty; Indian Institute of Technology Madras; IGCS Spokesman

2004‐2013    Senior Scientist at the Department of Geographie; University Cologne

2010             Habilitation "Effects of pattern and process interactions upon lateral water and matter fluxes in agricultural landscapes"

2005             PostDoc at K.U. Leuven, Belgien, Laboratory of Geomorphology, Prof. Dr. Gerard Govers

2003‐2004    PostDoc at Bundeswehr Hochschule München am Institut für Wasserwesen Fachbereich Wasserwirtschaft und Ressourcenschutz

2000‐2003    PhD Student Technischen Universität München

2003             PhD Thesis "Concept and effects of a multi‐purpose grassedwaterway ‐ long‐term measuring and mathematical modeling

                     of runoff reduction and sediment trapping"; Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Karl Auerswald

1998             Master in Geography at Universität Augsburg and Ludwig‐Maximilian‐Universität München (LMU)

Research foci

  • Measuring and modelling of surface runoff, soil erosion and lateral matter fluxes.

  • Analysis of effects of spatio-temporal patterns, structures and connectivity in agricultural landscapes upon water and matter fluxes.

  • Coupling lateral water and matter fluxes with biogeochemical processes in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

  • Land use and land management effects upon biogeochemical cycling.

  • Microplastic in arable soils.

  • Sustainable use of water and soil resources.

  • Areas of specific interest: South India, Central Africa

Courses / Teaching

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Peer review articles


  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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