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Research Group Dikau

Geomorphological and Environmental Research Group

Main Research Areas

Our main areas of research in geomorphology include a variety of material transport processes and methods of material transport analysis such as:


  • Georelief analysis
  • Geomorphological mapping
  • Sediment budget modeling
  • Slope stability analysis
  • Natural hazards and risk analysis
  • Modeling of permafrost spread
  • Rock glacier kinematics
  • Destabilization of permafrost cliffs
  • Soil erosion modeling
  • Biogeomorphology


Questions and Concepts

  • How do changes in land use affect soil erosion?
  • Is it possible that changes in the georelief from the past as well as the present could help us gain an understanding of future developments?
  • Could these findings aid in the assessment of natural hazards and risks?
  •  What kind of consequences do fluctuations in climate have for gravitational and periglacial processes?

These are only a few of the questions we are seeking to find answers to. Identifying and finding solutions for the challenges that arise from human-environmental interaction lies at the center of our research.

Geomorphological Maps

Online Plattform in German

Here you can download all geomorphological maps from the GMK program of emphasis and their companion volumes/supplementary booklets. In addition you will find an ArcGIS© set providing symbols and colors for high mountain geomorphology ready for download.

Please cite the extented copyright when you make use of any maps or companion volumes/supplementary booklets.

Click here to find information on the ArcGIS© symbol set in english.



Head of Research Group
Prof. Dr. Richard Dikau


Contact Information

University Professor
Dr. Richard Dikau

In retirement since 01.03.2016

Meckenheimer Allee 166, Room No. 137
D-53115 Bonn
Phone: +49 (0)228 73-7225

Consultation-hours by arrangement.

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