Naturgefahren / Natural Hazards

Prof. Oliver Korup, PhD

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Prof. Oliver Korup, PhD

 

Campus Golm | Haus 1 | Raum 1.19
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
14476 Potsdam-Golm

Why Study Natural Hazards?


Our main motivation is prediction: we wish to make informed and useful statements about the locations, impacts, magnitudes, and frequencies of natural hazards. Our current work is concerned with the prediction of landslides and their triggers; the impacts of explosive eruptions on steep, forested landscapes; how rivers respond to earthquakes; and the formation and failure of natural dams.

CV Prof. Oliver Korup

Prof. Oliver Korup, PhD

Head

Prof. Oliver Korup, PhD

 

Campus Golm | Haus 1 | Raum 1.19
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
14476 Potsdam-Golm

News

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Three posters at the Mid-European Geomorphology Meeting 2022

Nov 24-27, 2022: Natalie, Joaquin, and Georg will present their ongoing work on large landslides and global and local outbursts of glacier lakes.

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Drawings on a blackboard

Teaching in the winter term 2022 / 2023

Oct 2022: We teach a variety of classes on natural hazards, geomorphology, environmental statistics, programming, and GIS. Check out the full list here.

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New doctor: Melanie Fischer

Oct 21, 2022: Melanie successfully defended her PhD thesis on regional susceptibility and local hazard from glacier lake outbursts. Congratulations!

Logo of the German Society of Geomorphology

Three posters at the Mid-European Geomorphology Meeting 2022

Nov 24-27, 2022: Natalie, Joaquin, and Georg will present their ongoing work on large landslides and global and local outbursts of glacier lakes.

more...
Drawings on a blackboard

Teaching in the winter term 2022 / 2023

Oct 2022: We teach a variety of classes on natural hazards, geomorphology, environmental statistics, programming, and GIS. Check out the full list here.

more...

New doctor: Melanie Fischer

Oct 21, 2022: Melanie successfully defended her PhD thesis on regional susceptibility and local hazard from glacier lake outbursts. Congratulations!

Fieldwork along the Seti Khola, Pokhara, October 2019. Photo by Elisabeth Schönfeldt

New paper: Rare flood scenarios for a rapidly growing high-mountain city: Pokhara, Nepal

25 September 2022: Melanie and Oliver used hydrodynamic models and high-resolution satellite images to detect the zones of highest flood hazard in Pokhara

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Rock avalanche onto a Lamplugh Glacier, September 2022. Photo by Georg Veh

Impressive field work in Alaska and British Columbia

Sep 11-24, 2022: Natalie, Oliver, and Georg investigated the role of landslides, rock avalanches, glacier lakes, and outburst floods in a warming climate.

An overhead look at the slide in Washington. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/51689774569

New paper: Seasonal Landslide Activity Lags Annual Precipitation Pattern in the Pacific Northwest

Sep 21, 2022: Lisa found that landslides in the PNW are most likely to occur in January to February, lagging behind winter rainfall by 1-2 months.

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New paper: Deep learning reveals one of Earth's largest landslide terrain in Patagonia

15 August 2022: Using convolutional neural networks, Elli and Oliver detected thousands of squarekilometers of landslide terrain in Patagonia.

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Two invited talks at the annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Chicago, Dec 2022

August 2022: Lisa and Georg will present their latest research on rainfall thresholds for landslides in cities and ice-dam failures in high mountains.

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New team member: Natalie Lützow

August 2022: Natalie has joined the REACT project to investigate glacier-related hazards in NW North America.

Sten Gilfert (Photo: Monja Tauber)

New team member: Sten Gilfert

01 August 2022: Sten joined RETROGRESS to investigate the influence of wind and soil organic carbon on landsliding in the Coastal Rainforests of Patagonia.

Deep-seated gravitational slope deformations along the Gepatsch reservoir (Photo: Joaquin Ferrer)

Joaquin at summer school with the International Association for Engineering Geology and Environment

July 2022: Joaquin met international experts to discuss the interaction between infrastructure and large landslides in Italy and Austria.

New doctor: Elisabeth Schönfeldt

14 June 2022: Elli successfully defended her PhD thesis on giant landslides in Patagonia, Argentina. Congratulations, Elli!

Landslides in Chile after a volcanic eruption (image credits: Christian Mohr)

PhD opportunity in the DFG-funded RETROGRESS project!

12 Dec 2021: We offer a 3-year PhD position on landsliding by biomass surcharge and wind disturbance in Patagonian rainforests. Interested? Click here!

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KoUP-funded exchange with Canadian colleagues

18 - 25 Nov 2021: Olli and Georg had fruitful discussions with John Clague and Marten Geertsema about establishing joint projects on mountain hazards.

2021 EGU's Outstanding Student and PhD candidate presentation award for Elisabeth Schönfeldt

04 Nov 2021: Our group member Elli was awarded for her poster "Detect Giant Landslides with Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN)". Congratulations!

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Joaquin Ferrer (Credits: Joaquin Ferrer)

New team member: Joaquin Ferrer

On 01 Oct 2021, Joaquin Ferrer joined our research group. Joaquin will work on predicting large landslides from complex network. Welcome!

Chalk cliffs on Jasmund peninsula, Ruegen (Photo by Georg Veh)

Field classes 2021: Rügen and Harz

August / September 2021: Christian and Georg taught field classes for geoecologists and geographers in the Bachelor's program.

Glacier lake (Photo by Georg Veh)

New Article: Controls of outbursts of moraine-dammed lakes in the greater Himalayan region

July 12, 2021: Melanie published a study that explores the susceptibility of Himalayan glacier lakes to sudden outbursts.

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Elisabeth Schönfeldt doing field work (Image from Elisabeth Schönfeldt)

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Feb 11, 2021: Lisa Luna and Elisabeth Schönfeldt will be presenting their research on landslides at the University of Potsdam's #WomenInScience event"

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Wildfires (Mike Lewelling, National Park Service)

New Article: Cascading hazards in the aftermath of Australia's 2019/2020 Black Summer wildfires

Our working group contributed to a paper in Earth’s Future about cascading hazards after the Australian fire season 2019/20.

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New article in discussion: Controls of outbursts of moraine-dammed lakes in the Himalayas

Melanie tests the effects of elevation, lake area and its rate of change, glacier-mass balance and monsoonality on sudden glacier lake outburst floods.

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Rockslide in Patagonia (Image by Elisabeth Schönfeldt)

Award for Elli: best talk at the annual meeting of German geomorphologists

Sep 29: Elli convinced the committee with her talk "Giant slope failures as breeding grounds for earthflows in the Patagonian Andean foreland". Congrats!

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Bayes' Theorem

New Article: Bayesian Geomorphology

Sep 07, 2020: Oliver published an article that introduces Bayesian methods to scientists concerned with Earth surface processes and landforms.

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Lago Pueyrredón. Photo by E. Schönfeldt

New Article: Giant landslides of the Lago Pueyrredón valley in Patagonia, Argentina

Elisabeth and Oliver were involved in mapping, dating, and interpreting giant low-gradient landslides in glacial deposits around Lago Pueyrredón.

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Landslides (source: Sciencemag)

New Article: How robust are landslide susceptibility estimates?

Oliver was involved in a study that investigated whether hillslopes become more or less prone for landslides after years of monitoring.

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Earthflow in Patagonia (sketch by Elisabeth Schönfeldt)

New Article: Postglacial Patagonian mass movement in the Andean foreland

In her first PhD paper, Elisabeth analysed the role of water in triggering large earthflows in Patagonia during the late Holocene.

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A tropical mountain river. Photo by O. Korup

New Article: Tropical Mountain Rivers

Oliver and Julia wrote a review article on the geomorphology of tropical mountain rivers, and their changes through the Quarternary.

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Teaching

Our courses in the summer term 2020

Apr 15, 2020: Our courses 'Naturgefahren: Grundlagen' and 'Wie natürlich sind Naturkatastrophen im Anthrophozän?' will be online until further notice.Please visit PULS and click here for more details.

Rock avalanche in Patagonia

Fieldwork in Patagonia

Feb 10-26, 2020: Our group member Elisabeth Schönfeldt has been on a field campaign in Argentinian Patagonia. Click here to read her impressions in the field.

Deutschlandfunk (source: deutschlandradio.de)

Our research in Deutschlandfunk

Jan 02, 2020: A reporter from Deutschlandfunk interviewed our group member Georg on our new study on glacier lake outburst floods (in german).

Glacier lake at below Brewster Glacier (Image credit: Oliver Korup).

New Article: Hazard from Himalayan glacier lake outburst floods

Dec 30, 2019: Click here to learn more about the return periods of catastrophic moraine-dam failures in the Himalayas.

https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2016/09/how-review-paper

Writing a scientific paper

Nov 21, 2019: Oliver shared his experience about the Do's and Don'ts when writing a scientific paper. Click here to see our notes that we took from revising two abstracts.

Lenka Tlapakova (image credits: Lenka Tlapakova)

Visiting guest scientist

Lenka Tlapakova from the University of Ostrava spends an ERASMUS exchange in our working group. She will focus on the role of the hillslope-channel coupling in the formation of fluvial terraces.

Landslides in the wake of earthquake (image credits: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/07/blogging-danger-and-sometimes-art-deadly-landslides)

Landslides @ AGU

Dec 13, 2019: Oliver will give a talk on Bayesian landslide models at the 2019 Fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

Image source: Elisabeth Schönfeldt

Fieldwork in Pokhara, Nepal

Oct 28: Our member Melanie Fischer is assessing flood risk for Nepal's second largest city Pokhara. Georg and Elisabeth (who has taken this image) help her to measure the geometry of the Seti River.

Disturbance-ecogeomorphic research across continents

Christian Mohr attended the 2019 Coastal Rainforest Margin Research Network workshop held in Juneau initiating new collaborations with CU Denver and U Washington.

Photo by Georg Veh

Geohazards @ Galileo Conference on extreme geomorphological events, Nepal

Oct 14-19: Five of us joined a conference focusing on perturbations of the earth surface by extreme events. The field trip led us to the catastrophic consequences from the 2015 Ghorka earthquake.


Glacier lakes in Austria. Image source: Google Earth

Offer for a Bachelor thesis: Glacier lakes in the European Alps

25 Sep 2019: Click here for more information on a Bachelor thesis in our working group, focussing on multi-temporal mapping of glacier lakes in the European Alps from satellite imagery.

Rock avalanche in Alaska. Source: https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2016/07/03/lamplugh-glacier-rock-avalanche-1/

Offer for two Master theses: Rock avalanches on glaciers

25 Sep 2019: Click here to see more information for two Master theses, focussing on the detection of large rock slope failures on glaciers in the Himalaya-Karakoram and Coast Mountains of Alaska.

Mountaineers climbing the Mt. Everest in 2019

Bachelor or Master thesis: Conquering Mount Everest

Oct 28, 2019: We offer a Bachelor or Master project to systematically explore incidents during high altitude mountaineering in the Himalayas associated with natural hazards.


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