Geomorphology is the study of the forces and processes that have shaped and are still shaping the relief of the earth. We investigate, measure and balance recent processes such as rockfall, slope movements and fluvial transport as well as the associated natural hazards. To understand landscape development, we also look into the geological past.
We use modern, quantitative investigation methods, such as laser scanning and drone surveys to measure the terrain surface and its changes, nearsurface geophysics to explore the subsurface near to the surface, as well as microclimatic and hydrological measurements to understand recent geomorphological processes. Methods of palaeomagnetics and environmental magnetics are also used to reconstruct environmental conditions of the geological past.
In terms of human-environment research, we work closely with various neighbouring disciplines such as geoecologists, archaeologists, soil scientists, climate researchers and human geographers.