• DFG - Research Training Group "NatRiskChange"

Welcome to the RTG NatRiskChange

In the wake of changing hydro-climatological, geo-physical and socio-economic conditions the magnitude, frequency and impact of certain types of natural hazards are likely bound to change as well. This is highly of utmost importance for many regions in the world where risks due to natural hazards have to be managed and mitigated and this is where the research training group “Natural hazards and risks in a changing world (NatRiskChange)” aims to foster the scientific knowledge basis. This research training group started on October 1st 2015 and is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG. The central goal of NatRiskChange is to pursue the development of methods to improve hazard and risk analysis and quantification based on the transient, non-stationary nature of hazards and risks in response to changing natural and anthropogenically altered components of the Earth system. Key scientific aims are the development, testing, and pilot application of studies on identification, quantification (mechanisms) and prediction of transient natural hazards and associated risks.


First paper out by 3rd cohort doctoral researcher Paul Voit

At the end of his first year, Paul Voit already published his first research article on a new index for quantification of heavy rainfall events. Congratulations!

Dr. Melanie Fischer mit Doktorhut

Defense by Melanie Fischer

On 21 October, Melanie Fischer defended her dissertation on Glacial Outburst Floods in the Greater Himalayas. Congratulations!

Reza Esfahani

Defense by Reza Dokht Dolatabadi Esfahani

On 28 October, Reza Esfahani defended his dissertation on "Time-dependent Monitoring of Near-surface and Ground Motion Modeling". Congratulations!

Seti Khola River in informal settlement in Pokhara

New paper out by 2nd cohort doctoral researcher Melanie Fischer

Melanie Fischer and others have published an article in a special issue of NHESS, titled "Rare flood scenarios for a rapidly growing high-mountain city in Pokhara, Nepal". Congratulations!

NatRiskChange members at the Geo.X Retreat

NatRiskChange members at the Geo.X Retreat

Eight doctoral and postdoctoral NatRiskChange members participated in the Geo.X retreat. There they had the chance to present their research and meet other geoscientists from Berlin and Potsdam.

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group photo at the NatRiskChange retreat

NatRiskChange Fall Retreat 2022 in Niemegk

NatRiskChange PhDs and PIs spent three days together at the NatRiskChange Fall Retreat 2022, with great talks, inspiring discussions, some fun and serious games and a hike through the lovely countryside of Brandenburg. All PhD students from the 3rd cohort and some associated members had the chance to present the current status of their research to the group and discuss open questions. There was plenty of time for getting to know each other, networking and exchanging ideas on the way forward.

group photo at the NatRiskChange retreat