Projects

Current Projects  

MesiCrust: Mechanisms of Soil Erosion under Forest – The Role of Biological Soil Crusts

 

Keywords: Soil Erosion, Biological Soil Crusts, Skid Trails, Schönbuch Nature Park

Contact: Corinna Gall, Steffen Seitz

Antarctic Research: Microbial-mediated soil formation in maritime Antarctica under simulated environmental conditions

Keywords: Microbial communities, Permafrost-affected soils, Pedogenesis, Micromorphology, Maritime Antarctica

Contact: Lars Arne Meier, Thomas Scholten, Peter Kühn

EarthShape: Subproject 13 - Microbiological stabilization of the Earth's surface across a climate gradient

Keywords: Microorganisms, Sediments, Pedogenesis, Stabilization, Chile

Contact: Peter Kühn, Thomas Scholten

Spatial analysis and modelling of soil organic carbon using data Mining and digital soil mapping along a climatic gradient in West Greenland

Contact: Philipp Gries, Karsten Schmidt, Peter Kühn, Thomas Scholten

UMD-UT Cooperation Program: Soil and Human Culture Dynamics

Keywords: Holocene, Anthropology, Archaeology, Soil Science

Contact: Peter Kühn

CRC 1070/ Phase 2 Resource Cultures: Subproject B02 - Favor – disfavor? Development of resources in marginal areas

Keywords: Colluvial Deposits, Land Use and Resources, Settlement History

Contact: Sascha Scherer, Thomas Knopf, Thomas Scholten, Peter Kühn

CRC 1070/ Phase 2 Resource Cultures: Subproject S - Service project geoscientific and geoarchaeological expertise

Keywords: GIS, Environmental and Spatial Data Sets, (Geo-)Statistics

Contact: Tobias Rentschler, Karsten Schmidt, Peter Kühn, Thomas Scholten

CRC 1070 Resource Cultures - PhD School "Networks and Resource Complexes": Subproject "Perception of Soils in Society"

Keywords: Soil knowledge, Soil perception

Contact: Sandra Teuber, Thomas Knopf, Thomas Scholten

Paleosols from King George Island, Maritime Antarctica – indicators of paleoenvironmental change during the Eocene/Oligocene transition

Keywords: Antarctica, Tertiary, Paleosols, Paleoclimate, Pedogenesis, Micromorphology, Geochemistry

Contact: Diogo Noses Spinola, Peter Kühn

Quantification of Soil CO2 Emissions under the Influence of Climate Change on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau based on Freely Accessible Data

Keywords: Soil CO2 Emissions, Permafrost, Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

Contact: Anna Bosch, Karsten Schmidt, Thomas Scholten

Sensitivity and Response of the Treeline Ecotone in Rolwaling Himal, Nepal, to Climate Warming

Keywords: Treeline, Soil properties, Climate change, Rolwaling Himal

Contact: Michael Müller, Thomas Scholten

PedoScale - Hyper-scale digital soil mapping and soil formation analysis


Keywords: Digital Soil Mapping, Digital Relief Analysis, Data Mining, Knowledge Discovery

Contact: Thorsten Behrens

YANGTZE-GEO: Subproject Soil Erosion


Keywords: Soil Erosion, Terrace Condition, TerraCE, Soil Erosion Modeling, Erosion Risk Assessment, Yangtze River, YANGTZE-GEO

Contact: Felix Stumpf, Sarah Schönbrodt-Stitt, Karsten Schmidt, Thomas Scholten

CAME: Subproject Permatrans


Keywords: Soil Organic Carbon, Permafrost, Ecosystem Functioning, Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

Contact: Corina Dörfer, Peter Kühn, Thomas Scholten

PALEOENVI: The late Quaternary palaeoenvironment of the Pannonian Basin (SE Europe)

Keywords:Palaeoenvironment, Loess, Geochronology, Provenance, Geochemistry

Contact: Ann-Kathrin Schatz

BEF China: Subproject 6 Soil Properties and Soil Erosion


Keywords: Soil Erosion, Soil Properties, Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning

Contact: Steffen Seitz, Peter Kühn, Thomas Scholten

iSOIL - Interactions between soil related sciences: WP4 Pedometrics


Keywords: Soil Functions and Threats, Soil-Landscape-Modeling, Digital Soil Property Mapping, Spatial Data Analysis, Geophysics

Contact: Karsten Schmidt, Thorsten Behrens

Permafrost, Pedogenesis and Ecosystem Functioning: Feedbacks and Interactions across the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau


Keywords: Soil Organic Carbon and Nitrogen, Permafrost, Ecosystem Functioning, Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau

Contact: Frank Baumann, Thomas Scholten, Peter Kühn

Upper Palaeolithic Environment of Kostiёnki and Borshchevo, Middle Russian Plain


Keywords: Upper Palaeolithic, Paleosols, Krotovina

Contact: Dana Pietsch

Pre-Aksumite environment of Northern Tigray, Ethiopia

Keywords: Pre-Aksumite Environment

Contact: Dana Pietsch

 

Correlating Soil Classification Systems

Keyword: Soil Classification

Contact: Dana Pietsch

Previous Projects

CRC 1070/ Phase 1 Resource Cultures: Subproject S - Service project geoscientific and geoarchaeological expertise

S develops and implements information systems to provide and analyze environmental and spatial datasets of natural systems, serving as Furthermore, S serves as a geoscientific and geoarchaeological helpdesk for all sub-projects within the collaborative research centre ResourcesCultures (SFB 1070). Furthermore, S offers hands-on training courses and summer schools on GIS and handling environmental data.

Keywords: GIS, Environmental and Spatial Data Sets, (Geo-)Statistics

Contact: Karsten Schmidt, Peter Kühn, Thomas Scholten

CRC 1070/ Phase 1 Resource Cultures: Subproject B02 - Favor – disfavor? Development of resources in marginal areas

The project investigates the causes of development processes of resources and related movements into unfavourable or marginal areas by means of two integrated case studies. With respect to the resource soil and landscape-related location factors, the case studies aim on archeological and pedological analyses to work out movements.

Keywords: Colluvial Deposits, Land Use and Resources, Settlement History

Contact: Jessica Henkner, Thomas Knopf, Peter Kühn, Thomas Scholten

Ancient oases of Yemen: Marib and Sirwah

Sediment and soil description, micromorphology, soil physical, soil chemical and geochemical analyses are applied to investigate the palaeoenvironment of ancient settlements at the Ar-Rub Al-Khali desert margin in Yemen. These archaeopedological investigations are carried out in the framework of archaeological research into the Sabaean culture occurring in Ma’rib and Sirwah about 1000 BC. The project is currently financed by the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), and was additionally funded by the German Research Foundation in 2008 (DFG, PI 453/2-3).

Keywords: Landscape reconstruction

Cooperation: Dr. Iris Gerlach, German Archaeological Institute, Oriental Department

DAI http://www.dainst.de/

Contact: Dana Pietsch, Peter Kühn, Thomas Scholten

Collaborative Research Centre SFB299


The main objective of the SFB 299 is the development of an integrated methodology towards the achievement and appraisal of economically and ecologically sustainable options for regional land use which are site-specific and economic differentiated. In cooperation with the Institute of Soil Science and Soil Conservation of the Justus-Liebig-University we are developing different regionalization approaches of soil properties and Pleistcene periglacial slope deposits, based on Ground Penetrating Radar surveys, Data Mining and techniques to derive representative sample and study sites.

Keywords: Digital Soil Mapping, Landuse Concepts, Representativity

Contact: Karsten Schmidt, Thorsten Behrens, Thomas Scholten

Pedon

The Pedon project is part of the interdisciplinary research programme Biolog / Diva. Diva focusses on the relationship between Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning in Grassland Ecosystems. In PEDON the heterogeneity of site properties and water balance parameters within natural grassland stands is recorded and quantified.

Keywords: Pedodiversity, Ecosystem functioning

Contact: Ralf Gründling, Thomas Scholten

Stoff

The project STOFF project is also part of the interdisciplinary research programme Biolog / Diva focussing on processes controling interdependences between biodiversity, plant productivity, historical land use, and carbon storage as well as nitrogen mineralization.

Keywords: Pedodiversity, carbon stroage

Contact: Ralf Gründling, Thomas Scholten

Digital Soil Mapping of the Elbe river

In cooperation with the Institute of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition at the University in Halle and the Geological Survey of Saxony-Anhalt we are developing a soil map of the Elbe river for flood-risk-management and environmental protection, based on special terrain analysis approaches, the German soil assesment and Data Mining approaches.

Keywords: Digital Soil Mapping

Contact: Thorsten Behrens, Karsten Schmidt

Digital Soil Mapping of the Schwarze Elster river

A first test case for digitally mapping soils in flooding areas based on Learning Vector Quantization in the Data Mining approach. In cooperation with the Geological Survey of Saxony-Anhalt.

Keywords: Digital Soil Mapping

Contact: Thorsten Behrens

Digital Soil Mapping of the L5031in Thuringia

A digital soil mapping project we recently finished in Thuringia comprising different soilscapes. In cooperation with the State Office of Environment and Geology of Thuringia.

Keywords: Digital Soil Mapping

Contact: Thorsten Behrens, Karsten Schmidt

Environmental Reconstruction in Marocco

Environment and Prehistory in NE Morocco. A geoarchaeological Reconstruction.

Keywords: Geoarchaeology and Micromorphology

Organisation: J. Linstädter, C. Zielhofer (University of Osnabrück)

Contact: Peter Kühn

Landscape Reconstruction in Neolithic Southwest Germany

Pastures, Chert Sources, and Upland-Lowland Mobility in Neolithic Southwest Germany .

Keywords: Landscape Reconstruction

Organisation: L. Fisher (University of Illinois), C. Knipper (University of Tübingen).

Contact: Thomas Scholten, Peter Kühn

Station Truso, Poland

Pedology, geomorphology, and micromorphology at the station Truso.

Keywords: Pedoarchaeology

Organisation: Prof. Dr. S. Brather (University of Freiburg).

Contact: Peter Kühn

Geoarchaeology in Hesse

Geoarchaeology of the late middle-palaeolithic station Buhlen (Hesse). Micromorphology of sediments and soils.

Keywords: Geoarchaeology and Micromorphology

Organisation: Doris Walther (Frankfurt).

Contact: Peter Kühn

Settlement Strategies in the Midle Ages and the Modern Times

Multicausal patterns of explanation and settlement strategies in the Middle Ages and Modern Times in the Hessian Mountains. Geoarchaeological (geomorphology and soil science) investigations in the surrounding of the "Wüstung Baumkirchen" (Vogelsberg).

Keywords: Geoarchaeology and Micromorphology

Organisation: Dr. Udo Recker (LA Denkmalpflege Hessen).

Contact: Peter Kühn

The Roman Limes

Geoarchaeology in the surroundings of the Roman Limes wall at Holzheim (northern Wetterau) Comparison of both Roman and modern stages of soil development; potential of environmental inferences of Roman time soil data particularly micromorphology, heavy metals, and clay minerals.

Keywords: Geoarchaeology

Contact: Peter Kühn

A soil map for the Murtensee catchment

In cooperation with the EAWAG (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology) we are digitally mapping the Murtensee catchment in the Swiss Mittelland.

Keywords: Digital Soil Mapping

Contact: Thorsten Behrens, Karsten Schmidt