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Our research areas, which complement each other and coincide, are reflected mostly in our research projects and, to some extent, in teaching at the Department of Geography. In these areas, competences at the department and in individual research groups are pooled. Each research area covers a wide range of research questions, which can only be encountered adequately with inter- and transdisciplinary exchange.

The main objective of our research areas is  scientific networking within the department as well as an intensive cooperation within the Geoverbund ABC/J, the geoscientific network of the Aachen-Bonn-Cologne/Jülich research area, as well as on a national and international level.



The Risk research area at the Department of Geography is situated at the interface of nature and society. This enables an interdisciplinary bridge between the natural scientific process oriented research of physical geography with  the social and cultural scientific approach of human geography. Using these differing perspectives, natural disasters such as floods or landslides can be assessed, enabling practical, interdisciplinary research in risk management.




Water is the most important resource of the 21st century. Therefore, water is of particular interest for the Department of Geography. The topic needs to be addressed on both a natural and social scientific level and on both a spatial and temporal scale. The interdisciplinary approach requires us to consider not only the quantity and quality of water but also the demands of society and ecosystems. Extreme events like floods and droughts closely connect the reserach areas of Water and Risk.




As a major research area of the Department of Geography, Geomatics is committed to methodological research. This encompasses the development and analysis of methods for collecting, managing, analyzing, modeling, and presenting geospatial structures and processes. Geomatics combines the different disciplines of remote sensing, GIS, geostatistics, cartography and spatial explicit modeling and analysis. This broad range of methods forms a solid foundation for the interdisciplinary integration of physical and human geography in response to research questions in the context of socio-ecological systems. Geomatics delivers scientifically sound concepts for spatial planning, land-use management and sustainable development of coupled human-environment systems. In addition to basic research, applied research addressing current environmental considerations and land management makes Geomatics a key technology of the 21st century.

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