Section 5.1: Geomorphology

The word geomorphology, arising from the Greek words for Earth, form and science, means the study of landforms composing a landscape, of their creation, evolution, and destruction, and of the processes that shape them. The Earth’s surface is the meeting point of the solid earth and the atmosphere and provides the habitat for all life. As such, it is the stage on which a diverse multitude of natural processes interact to shape the environment for all socio-economic activity.

Our scientists ask a broad range of questions, spanning scales in time and space from the impact of a pebble on the river bed to the evolution of a whole mountain belt. We follow an interdisciplinary research strategy to address outstanding and emerging challenges in the Earth surface sciences including:

• the role of erosion in the draw down of CO₂ into geological storage

• landscape response to climate change

• prediction and early warning of multiple, coupled natural hazards

• and the feedbacks between physical, chemical and biological processes at Earth’s surface

Head of Section

Profile photo of  Prof. Dr. Niels Hovius

Prof. Dr. Niels Hovius

Building F, room 420
14473 Potsdam
tel. +49 331 288-28810


Ms. Almuth Janisch
Assistance of Geomorphology

Building F, room 421
14473 Potsdam
tel. +49 331 288-28811