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Prof. Dr. Peter van der Beek

Prof. van der Beek becomes President of the European Geosciences Union

Peter van der Beek, Professor of General Geology at the University of Potsdam, was elected to serve as EGU President for the term 2025–2027. He was …
Eruption at Geldingadalir in Iceland in 2021

The telltale sound of volcanoes

Before volcanoes erupt, there is already rumbling underground. Recognising characteristic features in this “sound” is an important step on the way to …
The participants of the workshop for young geoscientists

Geoscientific Cooperation with India Strengthened – Indo-German Week of the Young Researcher at the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology

A workshop for young geoscientists took place at the foot of the Himalayas in Dehra Dun from November 25 to December 1, 2023, funded and co-organized …
3D point cloud model of the Golm Campus

From Space and From the Air, with Laser and Neutrons – Modern Sensor Technology Helps to Better Understand the World

Archimedes discovered the law of hydrostatic buoyancy because he himself caused his bathtub to overflow, Isaac Newton is said to have discovered the …
Olkaria geothermal field

KAWI KWA TAIFA – Energy for the nation – Potsdam and Kenyan Geosciences Researchers Investigate Geothermal Areas in the East African Rift Valley

Ol Karia – red ochre in the Maasai language, is a clayey, iron rich deposit found in areas with volcanic hot springs in the Kenya Rift. Red ochre is …
Tief eingeschnittenes Flussbett des Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, Indien

Narrow Valleys, steep river gradients – how Big Data Analyses help understanding the Himalayas

Based on over 1000 measurements of uplift rates in the Himalayas, a team with participation of the University of Potsdam were able to show that …
The Great Barrier Reef.

Climate Witnesses on the Seabed – Dr. Manfred Mudelsee develops statistical methods to evaluate data from climate archives

Natural climate archives provide a glimpse into bygone times. Researchers extract data from these archives that go back thousands, hundreds of …
Der botsuanische Bodenwissenschaftler Prof. Peter Eze sitzt am Schreibtisch an seinem Laptop.

“Soils build the basis for existence of lives on our planet” – Georg Forster Research Fellowship for Batswana soil scientist Peter Eze

Peter N. Eze is a soil scientist and professor at the Botswana International University of Science & Technology. His research centers on pure and …
The researchers of the KAHR project are investigating what lessons can be learned from the flood of the century and how such devastating damage can be avoided in the future.

After the Flood – what can be learned from reconstruction in the flooded areas along the Ahr and Erft rivers

In July 2021, parts of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia experienced one of Germany's most severe natural disasters after 1945. The …
Geoscientist Dr. Gerold Zeilinger wearing AR glasses

Using AR Glasses to Get a Better View - Gerold Zeilinger wants to use augmented reality to make landscape planning decisions easier

“Many people cannot imagine complex objects in space when they see them on a flat plan or map. If, for example, a wind turbine is to be erected or a …