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Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences
Chair of geomorphology


Since 4/2019
Akad. Rat in the research group Geomorphology, Inst. of Geography, Univ. of Bayreuth.

7/2017 – 3/2019
Postdoc in the research group Alpine Landscape Dynamics (ALADYN), Dept. of Geography und Regional Science, Univ. of Graz.

6/2016 – 9/2017
Different teaching positions at the Univ. of Salzburg, Vienna and Klagenfurt.

5/2012 – 6/2016
Postdoc in the research group Geomorphology and Environmental Systems, Dept. of Geography and Geology, Univ. of Salzburg.

10/2008 – 4/2012
PhD in the project SourceSink (ESF Topo Europe Program), Univ. of Salzburg.

8/2006 – 9/2008
Assistant in the research group Geomorphology and Environmental Systems, Dept. of Geography and Geology, Univ. of Salzburg.

10/2002 – 7/2006
Diploma studies of Geography (Geology), Univ. of Bonn.

10/1999 – 2/2002
Prediploma studies of Geography (Geology), Univ. of Augsburg.


Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences
Chair of geomorphology

My research focuses on pure and applied mountain geomorphology - at home in the Eastern Alps, and abroad in the Nepalese Himalayas and the Argentinian Andes.

Both, the analysis of present-day sediment dynamics and the reconstruction of postglacial alpine landscape evolution fascinates me - particularly with respect to the way how glaciated mountain environments respond to non-glacial conditions (paraglacial adjustment). My PhD research concentrated on sediment storage quantification and postglacial landscape reconstruction in a glacially overdeepened inner-alpine basin (Gradenbach catchment, Hohe Tauern, Austrian Alps). I'm experienced in geomorphological and hydro(geo-)logical mapping, terrestrial laserscanning, structure-from-motion, field geophysics (DC resistivity, ground-penetrating radar, refraction seismic), core-drilling, stratigraphic analyses, GI Systems and 3D modelling.

At a glance

  • Sediment Budgets
  • Sediment Dynamics
  • Alpine Geohazards
  • Mountain Permafrost

Running Projects

  • Quantification and monitoring of dead ice degradation in the forefield of the largest Austrian glacier (Pasterze)
  • The complex landslide system at Jharkot (Kali Gandaki catchment, Nepal) ('Mukslide')
  • Rockfall Monitoring, Plassen Salzkammergut

Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences
Chair of geomorphology



Götz, Joachim; Salcher, Bernhard; Starnberger, Reinhard; Krisai, Robert
Geophysical, topographic and stratigraphic analyses of perialpine kettles and implications for postglacial mire formation
in Geografiska Annaler : Series A, Physical Geography vol. 100 (2018) issue 3. - pp. 254-271
doi:10.1080/04353676.2018.1446638 ...


Pomper, Johannes; Salcher, Bernhard C.; Eichkitz, Christoph; Prasicek, Günther; Lang, Andreas; Lindner, Martin; Götz, Joachim
The glacially overdeepened trough of the Salzach Valley, Austria : Bedrock geometry and sedimentary fill of a major Alpine subglacial basin
in Geomorphology vol. 295 (2017) . - pp. 147-158
doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.07.009 ...

Wronna, Martin; Baptista, Maria Ana; Götz, Joachim
On the construction and use of a Paleo-DEM to reproduce tsunami inundation in a historical urban environment - the case of the 1755 Lisbon tsunami in Cascais
in Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk vol. 8 (2017) issue 2. - pp. 841-862
doi:10.1080/19475705.2016.1271832 ...


Otto, Jan-Christoph; Keuschnig, Markus; Götz, Joachim; Marbach, Matthias; Schrott, Lothar
Detection of mountain permafrost by combining high resolution surface and subsurface information - an example from the glatzbach catchment, austrian alps
in Geografiska Annaler : Series A, Physical Geography vol. 94 (2016) issue 1. - pp. 43-57
doi:10.1111/j.1468-0459.2012.00455.x ...

Heine, Erwin; Weidinger, Johannes Thomas; Götz, Joachim
Geologisch-geomorphologische Untersuchungen des subaquatischen Bereichs von Erdströmen in den Traunsee (OÖ) unter Anwendung von Fächerecholot und parametrischem Sedimentecholot
in VGI : österreichische Zeitschrift für Vermessung & Geoinformation vol. 104 (2016) issue 1. - pp. 25-37

Morche, David; Krautblatter, Michael; Heckmann, Tobias; Haas, Florian; Götz, Joachim
Rates of slope and channel processes in the Reintal valley, Bavarian Alps
In: Beylich, Achim A. ; Dixon, John C. ; Zwoliński, Zbigniew(ed.): Source-to-sink fluxes in undisturbed cold environments - Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. - pp. 351-363
doi:10.1017/CBO9781107705791.025 ...

Krisai, Robert; Götz, Joachim
Zur Vegetationsgeschichte des Gradentales, Nationalpark Hohe Tauern, Kärnten
in Carinthia II vol. 126 (2016) issue 206. - pp. 487-502
https://www.zobodat.at/pdf/CAR_206_126_0487-0502.p ...


Salcher, Bernhard C.; Starnberger, Reinhard; Götz, Joachim
The last and penultimate glaciation in the North Alpine Foreland : New stratigraphical and chronological data from the Salzach glacier
in Quaternary International vol. 388 (2015) . - pp. 218-231
doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2015.09.076 ...

Götz, Joachim; Weidinger, Johannes Thomas; Kraxberger, Stefan; Hennecke, Anne-Lise; Buckel, Johannes; Adhikari, Basanta Raj
Geomorphologic and Hydrogeologic Characteristics of Populated Rockslide Deposits (Sagarmatha National Park, Khumbu Himal, Nepal)
in Journal of Water Resource and Protection vol. 7 (2015) issue 13. - pp. 1038-1048
doi:10.4236/jwarp.2015.713085 ...

Götz, Joachim; Otto, Jan-Christoph; Salcher, Bernhard; Buckel, Johannes
Methodische Potentiale der modernen Geomorphologie für die Analyse, Quantifizierung und Rekonstruktion von Erdoberflächenprozessen
in GW-Unterricht vol. 138 (2015) issue 2. - pp. 5-26
http://www.gw-unterricht.at/images/pdf/gwu_138_05_ ...


Schrott, Lothar; Otto, Jan-Christoph; Götz, Joachim; Geilhausen, Martin
Fundamental Classic and Modern Field Techniques in Geomorphology : An Overview
In: Switzer, Adam ; Kennedy, David M.(ed.): Methods in geomorphology - Amsterdam: Elsevier / Acad. Press, 2013. - pp. 6-21 . - (Treatise on Geomorphology; 14)
doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-374739-6.00369-9 ...

Schrott, Lothar; Götz, Joachim
The periglacial environment in the semiarid and arid Andes of Argentina - hydrological significance and research frontiers
In: Borsdorf, Axel; Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften(ed.): Forschen im Gebirge : Christoph Stadel zum 75. Geburtstag - Wien: Verl. der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2013. - pp. 53-63 . - (IGF-Forschungsberichte; 5)
https://www.zobodat.at/pdf/IGF-Forschungsberichte_ ...

Götz, Joachim; Otto, Jan-Christoph; Schrott, Lothar
Postglacial sediment storage and rockwall retreat in a semi-closed inner-alpine sedimentary basin (Gradenmoos, Hohe Tauern, Austria)
in Geografia Fisica e Dinamica Quaternaria vol. 36 (2013) issue 1. - pp. 63-80
doi:10.4461/GFDQ.2013.36.5 ...


Otto, Jan-Christoph; Götz, Joachim; Schrott, Lothar
Sediment storage in Alpine sedimentary systems - quantification and scaling issues
In: Schmidt, Jochen; International Association of Hydrological Sciences, International Commission on Continental Erosion(ed.): Sediment dynamics in changing environments - Wallingford: IAHS Press, 2008. - pp. 258-265 . - (Publication / International Association of Hydrological Sciences; 325)
https://iahs.info/uploads/dms/14521.38-258-265-32- ...


Schrott, Lothar; Götz, Joachim; Geilhausen, Martin; Morche, David
Spatial and temporal variability of sediment transfer and storage in an Alpine basin (Reintal valley, Bavarian Alps, Gemany)
in Geographica Helvetica vol. 61 (2006) issue 3. - pp. 191-200
doi:10.5194/gh-61-191-2006 ...


Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences
Chair of geomorphology

Dr. Joachim Götz

Room: 137, GEO II

Phone: +49 921 55-2325
E-mail: joachim.goetz@uni-bayreuth.de

Consultation: by appointment

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