Working Groups


Here you can find all information about the Institute of Geography’s different task groups and departments:

Urban and Population Geography

Logo StadtgeographieDirector: Prof. Dr. Rainer Wehrhahn

Research and Teaching Emphases: Social Urban Geography and Urban Governance, Population and Social Geography, Development Geography

Regional Emphases: Latin America (Brazil, Cuba, Chile), Southern Europe (Spain, Portugal, Italy), Germany/Schleswig-Holstein

Web: (in English and in German)

Economic Geography

Logo WirtschaftsgeographieDirector: Prof. Dr. Robert Hassink

The working group WiGeo is currently analyzing the dynamic of local and regional economic activities through the eyes of entrepreneurs, businesses and political institutions in the context of economic globalization. The task group has three thematic research areas: Industrial Dynamic in Regions, Territorial Innovation Networks, and Re-migration and Regional Networks. These topics are mainly being researched in Germany and Eastern Asia (South Korea and China).

Web: (in English and in German)

Cultural Geography

Logo KulturgeographieDirector: Prof. Dr. Florian Dünckmann

The working group Cultural Geography is presently engaged in the study of the multiple and often contradictory meanings given to spaces and places and the political debates and conflicts, which can be caused by these contradictive meanings.

The working group is currently researching in the fields of rural development, the political ecology, food studies, as well as the “New Historical Geography”.

Teaching areas include emphases on the topics of political geography, the human-environment relations, and geography of tourism.

Web:  (in English and in German)

Landscape Ecology and Geo-Information (GIS)

Logo LandschaftsgeographieDirector: Prof. Dr. Rainer Duttmann

The Department of Physical Geography – Landscape Ecology and Geo-Information (LGI) has multiple emphases that can be split into three groups. One central research emphasis is the analysis and modeling of current landscape and environmental processes. In the center of the ongoing research are the topics of soil erosion through water and wind, as well as the landscape and soil degradation under the influence of global climate change. A second main research emphasis is the reconstruction of historical human-environmental processes and historical landscapes by applying advanced 3-D-analysis and 3-D-visualization technology. This interdisciplinary research takes place in close cooperation with our colleagues from the archeological, paleo-botanical, and geo-scientific fields of study.

The task group’s third research emphasis is Geo-Information processing for the environmentally based uses such as environmental monitoring. A department-sponsored Center for Geo-Information is occupied with the development of a spatial data infrastructures and the development of tools for GIS and Web GIS-based spatial analyses.

Regional Emphases: Germany/Schleswig-Holstein, China, western and middle Mediterranean territory, USA

Web: and (in German)

Earth Observation and Modelling

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Director: Prof. Dr. Natascha Oppelt

Research and Teaching:
Physical Geography General Topics (Climatology, Hydrology, Vegetation Geography), Uses of Remote Sensing for Application in Environmental Management, Environmental Monitoring, Landscape Analysis, and Modeling

Regional Emphases: Southern Germany, the Alpine region (Germany, Austria, Italy), New Zealand



Coastal Risks and Sea-Level Rise

Logo KüstengefährdungDirector: Prof. Dr. Athanasios Vafeidis (Future Ocean Excellence Cluster)

The working group Coastal Risks and Sea-Level Rise is currently researching the consequences of the sea-level rise, the increasing risks and vulnerability to coastal areas, and the different aspects of risk research. The gathering of coastal topology and the change in land use in coastal areas, the transformation of wetland areas, the interaction between salt and fresh water, offshore fishing are all fields of research presently being studied by this task group. The group is also concern with the construction of data banks, modeling, and the assessment of changes and risks. The task group’s research is mainly concentrated on Germany’s North Sea coast and the coastal areas of the Mediterranean and South America.


Geography and Media

Logo GeoMedienDirector: Prof. Christoph Corves

The main aim in teaching is Empowerment. We offer courses in the following topics:

- planning and realize change-projects
- social entrepreneurship
- environmental and sustainable communication
- video- and mediaproduction

We are methodical orientated to the concept of "Problem Solving Based Learning" and  "Education for Sustainable Development".
Web: (German)

Geography Didactics

Logo DidaktikDirector: Prof. Dr. Wilfried Hoppe

•    Education for Sustainable Change / Environmental Education
•    New Media in Geography Class
•    Agra-Ecology in Western Canada

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Social Dynamics in Coastal and Marine Areas


logo mss kielLeitung: Prof. Dr. Silja Klepp

Research topics include the effects of climate change, conflicts over resources, and the Mediterranean sea borders. Our main research perspectives are Political Ecology, Science and Technology Studies in Society (STS), critical theory and postcolonial approaches. Regional emphases: Mediterranean region, Oceania, North Sea and Baltic Sea.




The Institute of Geography’s Former Departments and Professors

Prof. Dr. Horst Sterr – Coastal Geography and Climatic Impact Research

The working group Coastal Geography and Climatic Impact Research is concerned with the natural processes and ecological circumstances in coastal areas, as well as the human usage of coastal areas. A special emphasis is given to the assessment and avoidance of coastal-specific risks like storm floods, hurricanes, and tsunamis: Risk Management; Integrated Coastal Zone Management (Integriertes Küstenzonen-Management: IKZM). Regional emphases include: the German North Sea and Baltic Sea coasts (storm floods); the Southwestern Thai Coast (Tsunamis); parts of the Brazilian and Argentinean coasts (coastal erosion); Gulf of Aquabab/Eilat in the Red Sea (aqua-cultures); the Southern Coasts of the Baltic Sea (IKZM).

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Prof. Dr. Götz von Rohr – Applied Geography and Regional Planning

Through the application of geographical knowledge and skills in the context of regional planning the most important topics are that of Apartment Logistics (Emphasis: Observations of the Apartment Market), Development of the Transportation Sector (Emphasis: Local and Regional Transportation), as well as Tourism (Emphasis: The North Sea in Schleswig-Holstein and Denmark).

Prof. Dr. Eckart Dege

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