is the most important resource of the 21st
century and an essential element for the survival of human beings and
ecosystems. As floods or high water, water turns out to be a life
threatening risk factor.
In the center of the main research area are topics and approaches, which deal with current water-related problems like lack of water, water quality, food security, and flood- and drought-crisis on a local to global level. All named problems connected with water will increase in many regions because of the global environmental change (climate and land use change, demographic development, etc.).
Due to its spatial relation and the analysis of correlations between humans and environment, Geography is the principal science for developing well-founded solutions by interdisciplinary research projects.
the understanding of scientific and ecosystematic processes,
socio-economic and political issues are crucial for extensive
discussions in geographical water science. Merging results from
physical and human geographical research is essential for the
definition of sustainable action strategies.
The main research focus “Water” at the Department of Geography consists of different natural- and social sciences oriented disciplines of Geography dealing with interdisciplinary approaches to current issues at different scales of space and time.