• Earth and Environmental Systems

Highlights from Earth System Science

The Olorgesailie Basin in the Kenya Rift Valley, part of the Eastern Branch of the East African Rift System. In the background the high topography of the Rift’s border faults.


Why a whole region is rotating in the middle of Africa

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wagener

Environmental researcher Thorsten Wagener joins University of Potsdam with Humboldt Professorship

Environmental scientist Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wagener has been awarded a Humboldt Professorship and will be joining the University of Potsdam to carry out research and teach.

Professor Oswald

Counting Neutrons for Environmental Research

Researchers measure soil moisture with the help of particles from space

Working with the ice core drill

Into the Eternal Ice

Ricarda Winkelmann is a climate researcher and junior professor at the University of Potsdam and the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research

Daniel Vollmer, instaling a multi-sensor observatory in Iceland.

Fire and Ice – why Eva Eibl does research in Iceland in the mid of winter

People from all over the world travel through Iceland to see glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes, geysers - but the true highlights are hidden from the eye.

Jonathan Weiss while monitoring GPS-Ground Motion sensors in the Andean Highlands. Photo: J. Weiss.

From GPS to geodynamics - how surface measurements help understand earthquakes and Earth structure

While there are some well-established theories of orogenesis, many aspects of how, when and why mountain ranges are created remain a mystery.

Traces of devastation by volcanic ash. | Photo: Prof. Dr. Oliver Korup.

Powdered with Ash or Covered in Ice

Volcanic Eruptions and Meltwater Lakes

Eruption of Holuhraun, 2014.

Iceland’s Boiling Ground

how to predict volcanic eruptions earlier