Previous News this Year

22.11.2022

World Soil Day 2022, 5 December

Soils: Where food begins

Soil nutrient loss is a major soil degradation process threatening nutrition and is recognized as being among the most important problems at a global level for food security and sustainability all around the globe. World Soil Day 2022 (#WorldSoilDay) and its campaign "Soils: Where food begins" aims to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the growing challenges in soil management, increasing soil awareness and encouraging societies to improve soil health.

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22.11.2022

New Special Issue of Quaternary International

Tara Beuzen-Waller is co-editor for a special issue in Quaternary International with Pr. Adrian G. Parker (Oxford Brookes University, UK) and Dr. Stéphane Desruelles (Sorbonne University, France).  Their contribution is "Geoarchaeology from Mediterranean Areas to Arid Margins".

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22.11.2022

HEIAA

Tübingen, 6-8 November 2023

Tara Beuzen-Waller is organizing the HEIAA a conference about "Human-Environment Interactions in Ancient Arabia" that will be held in Tübingen 6-8 November 2023. 

The call for papers is opened until 15th of january. 

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18.10.2022

Field research in Iraqi Kurdistan

SFB1070 ResourceCulture, Project B07

From August to October 2022, the SFB1070 B07 project (Dir. Prof. T. Scholten and Prof. P. Pfälzner) was conducted on the field in the Iraqi Kurdistan by Mathias Bellat, PhD. Candidate from the geomorphology and soil science working group, and Benjamin Glissmann, Post Doc. from Institue for Ancient Near East Studies. While B. Glissmann focused on a geophysical survey on the tell of Bassetki, M. Bellat collected soil samples in the Selevani plain. Over 100 locations have been visited and 550 soil samples collected.

The information collected will be a first step in drawing the soil map of the region and help to explain the distribution of the archaeological settlement through space and time.

Link to the SFB1070 B07 project

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10.10.2022

EarthShape Conference 2022

After six years of activity, the last meeting of the EarthShape consortium, a project founded by the German Science Foundation since 2016, was held. The conference took place from September 17 — 22, 2022, in Obergurgl, Austria, with the participation of more than 60 scientific collaborators from Chile and Germany. The activity included a series of keynote talks, co-working, coaching, networking, and synthesis papers writing sessions, addressing the influence of biota on land surface formation at multiple scales.

Our soil science and geomorphology group at the University of Tübingen participated in both 3-year phases of Earthshape: phase I Project 13: Microbiological stabilization of the Earth's surface across a climate gradient starting January 2016 and phase II Project 3: Microorganisms and soil structure start January 1, 2019, with the collaboration of the GFZ Potsdam, Technical University of Munich, University of Chile, University of Atacama and University of Copenhagen.

In the six years of EarthShape's activity, more than 80 scientific articles were published, outreach activities were carried out in Chile and Germany, about 20 PhDs and postdocs researched in different fields of geosciences and ecology, and strong collaborative links were established between Chilean and German scientists.

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05.10.2022

Meet your EGU Biogeosciences Team

New officers were elected for the BG Division of the European Geosciences Union, including Dr. Steffen Seitz representing terrestrial biogeosciences.

Read the blog here and meet them all:

https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/bg/2022/09/21/meet-your-bg-team-2022-23/

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24.09.2022

Presentation of Palaeosol Sequences at the DBG Conference 2022

Middle Main Terrace (BAN)

During the half-day excursion at this year's DBG conference in Trier, Dr Julian Struck (Erftverband) and Dr Peter Kühn presented two sedimentary palaeosol sequences on the Upper Middle Terrace (HET) and the Middle Main Terrace (BAN) of the Moselle to 25 participants on 09 September.

In the HET profile two interglacial soils are developed, in the BAN profile three interglacial palaeosols, the lowest of which in each case intervenes in the terrace gravels. Noteworthy in each case is a layer directly above the interglacial soil, which consisted mainly of charcoal-cored concretions and can be regarded as a stratigraphic marker layer.

Luminescence dating provided consistent ages up to the third last glacial. We would especially like to thank Mr. Müller (Baustoffrecycling Lehnen) for the extraordinary help in the field and the easy access to the outcrop. Photographs by Dr. Vincent Felde (Hannover).

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15.09.2022

Festival International de Géographie in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, France

For more than 30 years, every year at the beginning of autumn, the Festival International de Géographie celebrating geography is held, attended by more than 40,000 people. Its goal is to make geography known and share it with the public and the curious who are interested in knowledge and knowledge. Saint-Dié-des-Vosges has become a meeting place for geographers, professionals and amateurs. This year's theme is "Deserts". 

Dr. Tara Beuzen-Waller will attend the event as a representative of Tübingen's Chair of Soil Science an Geomorphology.

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15.09.2022

European Night of Research 2022 in France

The European Research Night 2022 will take place on September 30th in sixteen cities across France. This event aims to:

  • Appeal to a non-science audience by offering an exciting event
  • Reach a broad audience that interacts with researchers
  • Share “science in the making”: what are the questions, the procedures, the alliances, the successes and the difficulties?
  • Involve members of the public and awaken the desire to develop and maintain a connection with research before and after the event

Dr. Tara Beuzen-Waller will attend the event at the Speed Searching 2.0 as a representative of Tübingen's Chair of Soil Science an Geomorphology.

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13.09.2022

New Book Chapter Published

"The potential of using satellite-related precipitation data sources in arid region"

Precipitation Science: Measurement, Remote Sensing, Microphysics and Modeling addresses the latest key concerns for researchers in precipitation science, mainly observing, measuring, modeling and forecasting. Using case studies and global examples, the book demonstrates how researchers are addressing these issues using state-of-the-art methods and models to improve accuracy and output across the field. In the process, it covers such topics as discrepancies between models and observations, precipitation estimations, error assessment, droplet size distributions, and using data in forecasting and simulations. Other sections cover improved standard approaches, novel approaches, and coverage of a variety of topics such as climatology, data records, and more.

In this book chapter the general factors affecting the equilibrium and stability of arid regions are discussed, with particular focus given to rainfall, the primary factor influencing the continuity and development of these environments. Unfortunately, the scarcity or complete lack of rain gauges in such areas complicates the collection of sufficient rainfall data. Consequently, systematic steps are proposed toward the development of alternative analyses of the spatiotemporal distribution of rainfall in arid regions. The foremost approach is the incorporation of remote sensing data, along with the appropriate classifiers, into the indirect evaluation of rainfall. For the purpose of assessing the suitability of the proposed methods, a detailed study on rainfall in the eastern side of the Gulf of Suez in Egypt is presented.

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01.09.2022

New FNR-funded project on forest mosses started

In September, our new sub-project starts within the framework of the federal Forest Climate Fund (Waldklimafonds: cebBMEL and BMUV). Together with scientists from CEBra e.V. in Cottbus under the lead of Dr. Maik Veste, we investigate the influences of forest mosses on soil water retention, the soil structure and CO2 storage. The focus is on the drought resistance of forest stands, the erosion control at disturbance sites, and carbon sequestration, both in moss communities and in associated forest soils. In addition, specific species effects of individual mosses, as well as regional-climatic differences between two sites are investigated. The study sites are located in Baden-Württemberg (Schönbuch Nature Park, stable precipitation: 760 mm/year) and Brandenburg (Linde, falling precipitation: 539 mm/year). The objects of investigation are natural forest moss communities of the two locations, as well as mosses cultivated in sterile culture and restored in the field.

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Link Projektdatenband

Link Waldklimafonds

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30.08.2022

International Conference of the International Association of Geomorphologists 2022

The 10th International Conference of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) will take place in Coimbra (Portugal) from 12 to 16 September 2022, under this year's theme "Geomorphology and Global Change". Dr. Tara Beuzen-Waller will attend the event as a representative of Tübingen's Chair of Soil Science an Geomorphology.

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18.08.2022

A Novel Approch for the Spatial Extrapolation of Soil Information

A New Publication

Taghizadeh, R., Sheikhpour, R., Zeraatpisheh, M., Amirian-Chakan, A., Toomanian, N., Kerry, R., Scholten, T. (2022): Semi-supervised learning for the spatial extrapolation of soil information. Geoderma, 426, 116094. doi: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2022.116094

Digital soil mapping (DSM) can be used to predict soils at unvisited sites, but problems arise when predictions are needed in areas without any soil observations. In such situations, DSM can still extend the results from reference areas with soil data to target areas that are alike in terms of soil-forming factors and obey the same rules. Such DSM methods have low accuracy due to the complexity of spatial variation in soil, and the difficulty of matching soil-forming factors exactly between reference and target areas. A new approach for extrapolating soil information from reference to target areas is proposed in the current research. We evaluated the ability of a semi-supervised learning (SSLR→T) approach compared to a supervised learning (SLR→T) approach for extrapolating soil classes in two areas (reference and target areas) in central Iran. The SSLR→T used soil observations from the reference area and covariates from both areas. Then, the learned knowledge produced by SSLR→T was transferred to the target area to estimate soil classes. The findings revealed that SSLR→T resulted in higher overall accuracy (0.65) and kappa index (0.44) in the target area compared to the SLR→T (overall accuracy = 0.40 and kappa index = 0.18). Furthermore, the SSLR→T produced the lower values of the confusion index (mean = 0.66) compared to the SLR→T (mean = 0.80). This indicated that the SSLR→T could not only increase the accuracy but also decrease the uncertainty of the soil class predictions, compared to the spatial extrapolation predictions derived from the SLR→T. Generally, these findings indicated that leveraging covariate information from the target area during the training of DSM models in the reference area could successfully improve the generalization power of the models, indicating the effectiveness of SSLR→T for spatial extrapolation.

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27.07.2022

World Congress of Soil Science 2022:

Crossing Boundaries, Changing Society

The World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS) is the leading international soil science conference, held every 4 years in different countries and attended by over 3,000 soil scientists from around the globe. This year the conference takes place in Glasgow from 31 July to 5 August 2022 and it will be the 22nd one since it was first held in 1927 in Washington DC.

This year's motto 'Crossing Boundaries, Changing Society' focuses on the link between soil and society, with sessions covering soil systems, soil processes, soil management and how we interact with and use soils around the world.

The chair of Soil Science and Geomorphology will attend the conference. Here is a preview of the contributions from our team.

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14.07.2022

Flutkatastrophe in Braunsbach 2016

Heilbronner Stimme im Interview mit Dr. Joachim Eberle

Sechs Jahre nach der Flutkatastrophe in der Gemeinde Braunsbach inteviewte die Heilbronner Stimme Dr. Joachim Eberle zu diesem Thema. Neben neuen, gerade erst veröffentlichten Befunden spricht Eberle über mögliche Präventivmaßnahmen.

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11.07.2022

Geopark Schwäbische Alb

UNESCO zeichnet Schwefelquellen von Bad Sebastiansweiler als Geopoint aus

Die Schwefelquellen Bad Sebastiansweiler wurden durch die UNESCO als Geopoint ausgezeichnet. Damit erhält der Geopark Schwäbische Alb unter der Leitung von Dr. Sandra Teuber seinen 36. Geopoint. 

Das schwefelhaltige Wasser der Quelle wurde vermutlich seit dem Mittelalter zu Heilzwecken verwendet, wobei der Schwefel selbst aus der Posidonienschieferformation stammt. Der neue Geopoint soll eine Verknüpfung zwischen Geologie und Kulturgeschichte herstellen.

Zur Einweihung sprachen Chris Kühn (Parlamentarischer Staatssekretär und MdB), Anke Armbrust-Hikel (stellvertretend für den Landkreis Tübingen), Mössingens Oberbürgermeister Michael Bulander (Bildmitte) und Volker Gurski (Geschäftsführer des Heilbades Bad Sebastiansweiler GmbH) Grußworte.

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31.05.2022

EGU 2022

First Fully Hybrid EGU General Assembly

Finally! After two years of online meetings, the EGU 2022 was held in a hybrid format both online and in Vienna.
Between the 23rd and the 27th of Mai, the Soil Science and Geomorphology group was there. In total 6 PhD students (Corinna, Nicolas, Carla, Thomas, Kerstin, Mathias) one Post-Doc (Ruhollah) and one assistant professor (Steffen) present their research during small talks. 

The great number of PhD students present at this international symposium of first-order shows the ability and willingness of Tübingen University to promote early-career scientists. The diversity of presentations went from soil physiques and biogeosciences to Machine Learning and geoarchaeology.


Waiting EGU 2023 let’s meet us at the World Soils Sciences Congress in Glasgow this summer!

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30.05.2022

Kinder forschen in der Bodenkunde

Josh erklärt unser Citizen-Science-Projekt

Der Kurs „An die Schaufeln, fertig, los! Mit Wissenschaftler*innen den Boden erforschen“ ist ein Angebot des Hector-Institut für empirische Bildungsforschung zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichem Interesses und Denkens. Ziel ist, ein Verständnis für Wissenschaft zu vermitteln und für naturwissenschaftliche Forschung zu begeistern.

Die Kinder erschließen sich dabei gemeinsam mit Wissenschaftler*innen der AG Bodenkunde und Geomorphologie das Thema Boden und reflektieren die angewandten Arbeitsschritte im Rahmen eines Citizen-Science-Projektes. Dies bietet ihnen die besondere Gelegenheit, selbst zu echter Forschung beizutragen und das Gelernte direkt anzuwenden. Zugleich wird das forschende Interesse der Kinder gestärkt.

In unserem Projekt wird der sogenannte Tea-Bag-Index erhoben. Dabei handelt es sich um eine einfache und wissenschaftlich anerkannte Methode zur Bestimmung der Abbaurate von organischem Material (in diesem Fall von Tee) im Boden. Der Tea-Bag-Index dient Wissenschaftler*innen dazu, den Einfluss des Klimawandels auf den Boden besser zu verstehen.

Josh erklärt uns in seinem Video, was die Kinder während der Studie alles zum Tea-Bag-Index beitragen und wie viel Arbeit in dieser Forschung steckt:

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05.04.2022

Geoarchäologie

Eine neue Buchveröffentlichung unter Mitarbeit des Forschungsbereichs Bodenkunde und Geomorphologie

Unter Mitarbeit des Tübinger Forschungsbereichs für Bodenkunde und Geomorphologie ist das erste deutschsprachige Lehrbuch der Geoarchäologie erschienen. Es bietet einen hervorragenden Einstieg in eine vielfältige Disziplin, die der Archäologie wie auch der Physischen Geographie und anderen Geowissenschaften zugewandt ist. Der Überblick über die breite methodische Vielfalt der Geoarchäologie macht dieses Buch zum verlässlichen Nachschlagewerk für Studierende, Forschende und Praktiker. Es gehört daher zum unverzichtbaren Handwerkszeug für alle, die sich mit umwelt- und kulturgeschichtlichen Fragen auseinandersetzen.

Geoarchäologische Fragestellungen zählen zu den populärsten Themen innerhalb der beteiligten Fächer. Durch die Entschlüsselung von Geoarchiven mithilfe moderner Datierungs- und Analysemethoden und interdisziplinären Ansätzen gelingt es, frühere Kulturen innerhalb ihrer Umwelt zu verorten und vergangene Landschaften zu rekonstruieren. Gerade im Zeitalter des globalen Wandels erscheint es umso wichtiger, Zustände, Prozesse und Dynamiken der Vergangenheit zu verstehen, nicht zuletzt um daraus gewonnene Erkenntnisse auf zukünftige Entwicklungen anwenden zu können.

Das Buch wurde von Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern von über 30 verschiedenen Universitätsinstituten, Behörden und Forschungseinrichtungen erarbeitet. Die Herausgeber sind Sprecher des 2004 gegründeten Arbeitskreises Geoarchäologie. Ihre über 70 Mitautorinnen und Mitautoren gehören zu den kundigsten Fachleuten ihrer Themen im deutschsprachigen Raum und darüber hinaus.

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Link zum Gesamtwerk

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14.03.2022

New 'Frontiers in Soil Science' Special Issue announced: (Kopie 1)

"Connecting People and Soil: Perspectives from Eurosoil 2021 Conference"

Eurosoil 2021, the conference of the European Confederation of Soil Science Societies, aimed to bring soil science closer to the stakeholders of soil causes and other scientific disciplines. It was therefore organized based on the Sustainable Development Goals and included the "Connecting People and Soil" event, which addressed 4 priority topics for soil resource preservation and regeneration:

  • To share stakeholders’ connections and expectations with the research community to define common soil goals
  • To coordinate the establishment of common roadmaps to protect soil along the food value chain
  • To acquire common knowledge by rethinking ways of doing research
  • To foster common soil education and awareness

The corresponding key questions were addressed by scientists and stakeholders during the conference, under different formats (classical sessions, workshops, webinars etc.). A wrap-up session organized by the working groups took place on the last day of the conference.

The purpose of this Frontiers Topic is to gather and develop the main contributions and debates related to the 4 priority areas addressed by Connecting People and Soil. The main contributors are therefore solicited to either synthesize the elements brought during the conference or to develop additional contributions.

For more information please visit Frontier's website.

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14.02.2022

100 Jahre Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science

Heft 1 des Jubiläumsjahrgangs erschienen!

Das erste Heft des Jubiläumsjahrgangs der Mitgliederzeitschrift "Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science" ist jetzt erschienen. Es enthält mehrere eingeladene Artikel, vor allem in den Kategorien "Game Changer" und "Viewpoints". In einem "Editorial" werden die beeindruckende, aber auch sehr wechselvolle 100-jährige Geschichte und der aktuell erreichte Stand kurz erläutert.

Die elektronische Ausgabe der Zeitschrift ist für Mitglieder online zugänglich:  https://www.dbges.de/de/publikationen/journal-jpnss

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14.02.2022

Stellenanzeige

EFTAS Fernerkundung Technologietransfer GmbH sucht 20 neue MitarbeiterInnen

Die EFTAS Fernerkundung Technologietransfer GmbH, sucht für die Projektarbeit „INVEKOS-2022 – GIS- und fernerkundungsbasierte Agrarkontrollen“ derzeit Absolventinnen und Absolventen (B.Sc., M.Sc., Diplom o.ä.) der Fachrichtungen Geographie, Geowissenschaften, Geoinformatik, Agrarwissenschaften, Landschaftsökologie oder ähnliches.

EFTAS kontrolliert seit über 25 Jahren im Auftrag verschiedener Bundesländer die Flächen und Beihilfeanträge mehrerer Tausend landwirtschaftlicher Betriebe auf deren Richtigkeit und die Einhaltung diverser Kriterien anhand aktueller Luftbilder und Satellitenaufnahmen. Für die diesjährigen Kontrollen von landwirtschaftlichen Flächen und Anträgen im Rahmen des Projekts InVeKoS werden qualifizierte und motivierte Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter gesucht.

Gesucht werden Bewerberinnen und Bewerber mit GIS-Kenntnissen (möglichst in QGIS oder der ESRI-Software ArcGIS) und Erfahrungen mit der Auswertung und Interpretation von Luftbildern. Es werden 20 Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter mit demselben Profil gesucht.

Mit den angebotenen Stellen bietet die EFTAS eine Aufgabe und Tätigkeit an, die sowohl einen idealen Einstieg ins Berufsleben darstellt, als auch die ideale Möglichkeit bietet, wichtige Praxiserfahrung in diesem Bereich zu sammeln.

Die EFTAS Fernerkundung Technologietransfer GmbH mit Sitz in Münster ist in Deutschland einer der führenden Dienstleister für:

  • Luftbildinterpretation
  • Satellitenbildauswertung
  • Digitale Photogrammetrie
  • Geo-Informationssysteme
  • Schulung/Consulting

Zu den Kunden der EFTAS zählen kommunale, nationale wie internationale Behörden ebenso wie Auftraggeber aus der Privatwirtschaft. Von der kleinen Gemeinde bis hin zu europäischen Institutionen erarbeitet sie für ihre Auftraggeber kundenspezifische Lösungen durch Fernerkundung und GIS. EFTAS ist seit 1999 nach ISO 9001 zertifiziert.

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04.02.2022

New Laboratory Equipment Arrived:

The ICP OES PlasmaQuant 9100 Elite (analytikjena)

This week our new ICP OES PlasmaQuant 9100 Elite (analytikjena) was installed and put into operation. This allows us to measure a wide range of elements in liquids now with a high resolution of e.g. 0.002 nm at 200 nm.

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08.01.2022

Die verborgenen Schätze der Universität Tübingen

Artikel der Südwest Presse gewährt Einblicke

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