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Damage after the flood in the Eifel

Risk management of floods and droughts depends on event magnitude

How effective and sustainable is risk management of flood and drought events worldwide? Empirical data show that this obviously depends on the event... more
Prof. Peter van der Beek researches the driving forces behind mountain formation

Across Mountains and Valleys – Prof. Peter van der Beek researches the driving forces behind mountain formation

Geoscientist Peter van der Beek is a specialist in thermochronology. With this method, he looks far back into the history of mountain ranges and... more
Short break and data recording in the Argentinean Puna, the second highest mountain plateau on earth and research site of the DFG Research Training Group “StRATEGy”.

A Trip through the Andes – Geoscientists on Excursion in Argentina

At the end of November 2021, PhD students from the international research training group “StRATEGy” and the dual PhD program of the DAAD-funded... more
A tributary in the Western Himalaya in the state of Uttarakhand, India. Image Credit: Bodo Bookhagen

Climate change increases sediment flux in Asian high mountain regions

In recent decades, runoff or sediment input to rivers in the high mountains of Asia has increased sharply and will more than double by 2050. This is... more
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wagener from the Institute of Environmental Science and Geography at the University of Potsdam (l.) and Prof. Dr. Niels Hovius, Scientific Executive Director of Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) and jointly appointed professor with the University of Potsdam. Photos: Sandra Scholz (UP) and Centre for Geoscience (GFZ).

Prof. Thorsten Wagener and Prof. Niels Hovius were elected as AGU Fellows

Thorsten Wagener, holder of a Humboldt-professorship at the University of Potsdam, and Niels Hovius, jointly appointed professor with the University... more
Two Potsdam researchers are involved in the new international Center for Molecular Water Science, which has now published its research program. | Photo: AdobeStock/magann

Secrets of the Water – White Paper of the Centre for Molecular Water Science published

More than 45 institutions from Europe and across the globe - among them the University of Potsdam - have joined in an initiative for a new research... more
Prof. Dr. Manfred Strecker | Photo: Thilo Schoch

Honoured – Potsdam geoscientist Prof. Dr. Manfred Strecker elected to the Academia de Ciencias of Argentina

Geologist Professor Manfred Strecker from the University of Potsdam was inducted into the Academia Nacional de Ciencias of Argentina (Córdoba) on May... more
Representation of atomic clusters formed by gold, arsenic and sulfur in arsenian pyrite (shown in the background as imaged using Scanning Electron Microscopy; not to scale).

A mineral pump for gold in the Earth’s crust

An international team of scientists with participation of mineralogist Dr. Maria Kokh from the University of Potsdam was able to elucidate the mystery... more
Dr. Maximilian Korges and Prof. Dr. Max Wilke | Photo: Sandra Scholz

The Nursery of Mineral Resources – Geoscientists research ore genesis

They come in all kinds of colors and shapes – black, white, green, blue or shiny silver, as nondescript as rock or formed into impressive crystals.... more
Dr. Savi collecting sand for geochemical analyses | Photo: Velio Coviello

Moving Rocks – How climate warming changes mountain regions

Since 2015, geologist Sara Savi has been researching the influence of climate on debris flows in the high mountains of Argentina. In her current... more