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Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences

Chair of geomorphology - Professor Dr. Oliver Sass

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Human-Environment Relations

Man has been an important actor in the Earth system for thousands of years and the effects of human activity on processes at the Earth's surface are increasing exponentially. Accordingly, the need for interdisciplinary explanations and solutions for complex problems is increasing.
We strive to look beyond the horizon of geomorphology. In questions of landscape development, land use strategies or the management of natural hazards, we actively seek interdisciplinary cooperation and approaches to integrative geography.


  • Climate Change and Migration in the Mountain Communities of Hindu Kush (PhD project; S. Akhtar Khan / O. Sass)
  • Economic and Ethical Consequences of natural Hazards in Alpine Valleys – EE-Con (funding; Austrian Academy of Sciences; Lead: O. Sass)
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  • Drivers of land use change and water pressure in the Tafilalt oasis, Morocco (PhD project; R. Kasinger / O. Sass)
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  • Forest fires in the Tyrolean Alps and their impact on landscape development (funding: FWF; Lead: O. Sass)
  • Die komplexe Großmassenbewegung von Muktinath im Einzugsgebiet des Kali Gandaki, Nepal (Mukslide) (funding: OeAD/EPU and the Stiftungs- und Förderungsgesellschaft der Universität Salzburg, Lead: J. Götz)

Exemplary Publications:

  • Etzlstorfer, J., Götz, J. & H. Bernsteiner (2019): The complex landslide system at Khingar/Jharkot (Nepal) revisited - delineation, recent dynamics and human impact. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 21.
  • Sass, O. & S. Sarcletti (2017): Patterns of long-term regeneration of forest fire slopes in the Northern European Alps – a logistic regression approach. Geografiska Annaler Series A, 99(1): 56-71.
  • Ortner, F. & O. Sass (2017): Objective and Subjective Reality: An Integrative Research on Natural Hazards Events and Perception in Alpine Valleys. Oral presentation at the 9th International Conference on Geomorphology, New Delhi, India.
  • Ortner, F., Pölzler, T., Meyer, L. & O. Sass (2017): Natural Hazards and the Normative Significance of Expectations in Protecting Alpine Communities. Oral Presentation at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria.
  • Gingrich, S., Schmid, M., Dirnböck, T., Dullinger, I., Gaube, V., Garstenauer, R., Kainz, M., Haberl, H., Kreiner, D., Mayer, R., Sass, O., Schauppenlehner, T., Stocker-Kiss, A. & M. Wildenberg (2016): Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research in Practice: Lessons from Inter- and Transdisciplinary Research in the Austrian Eisenwurzen. Sustainability 8, 743. DOI: 10.3390/su8080743.
  • Götz, J., Weidinger, J.T., Kraxberger, S., Hennecke, A.-L., Buckel, J. & B.R. Adhikari (2015): Geomorphologic and Hydrogeologic characteristics of populated rockslide deposits (Sagarmatha National Park, Khumbu Himal, Nepal). - Journal of Water Resource and Protection 7: 1038-1048. DOI: 10.4236/jwarp.2015.713085
  • Sass, O., Heel, M., Leistner, I., Stöger, F., Wetzel, K.-F. & A. Friedmann (2012): Disturbance, geomorphic processes and regeneration of wildfire slopes in North Tyrol. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 37 (8): 883–889.

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