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Physical Geography

The main research areas of physical geography are in the fields of climate science and environmental sciences. In terms of methods, they are based on the development of new technologies as well as on the combination of analytical methods, measurements, and different modeling approaches. The latter range from geostatistical and geochemical models to supercomputer-based simulations with physical, numerical models.

All focus areas at our institute, in particular, aim to gain a better understanding of the processes that govern the various systems of interest; this unifying effort goes hand in hand with establishing links to other environmental, socio-ecological, and socio-economic aspects on different timescales.


Research focus areas

The approaches at our institute cover an exceptionally wide spectrum of climate sciences. They range from the “reading” of so-called climate proxies (eg tree rings, soil properties) to the recording of climate-controlled phenomena from space (remote sensing) to the simulation of climate processes with the help of models and supercomputers. The interaction between different subsystems of the climate (atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere) plays a central role in order to better understand the functioning of the Earth-Atmosphere-System. In addition, the research focuses on periods ranging from the weather scale (a few days) to many centuries.

Detailed information and current projects can be found on the pages of the working groups:

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Detailed information and current projects can be found on the pages of the working groups:

Content coming soon.

Detailed information and current projects can be found on the pages of the working groups:

Working Groups