• Overview

Physical Geography

The Physical Geography research group of Ghent University focuses on man-environment interactions in the context of a changing environment

Research is mainly focussing on hydrogeomorphological processes at various scales from small catchments (50-150 ha) to large river basins (Upper Blue Nile) in relationship to land use and cover, land management and climate variability.

Long-term (Late-Holocene), Medium-term (<200 years) and present-day dynamics are studied using various methodologies including:

geomorphological mapping SfM-modelling hydrogeomorphic modelling run-off and sedimentload permafrost

Furthermore, the research group is also involved in geoarcheological investigations in Egypt, Iran, and the study of permafrost in the Russian Altai Mountains and development projects in Ethiopia.


Recent publications

Frankl, Deckers, Moulaert, Van Damme, Haile, Poesen, Nyssen (2016) — Integrated solutions for combating gully erosion in areas prone to soil piping: innovations from the drylands of Northern Ethiopia.

Nyssen, Van Nieuland, Vandenberghe, Juilleret, Terhorst (2016) — Grèzes litées and their genesis: the site of Enscherange in the Rhenish-Ardennes Massif as a case study.

Lannoeye, Stal, Dinssa, Zenebe, Nyssen, Frankl (2016) — The use of SfM-photogrammetry to quantify and understand gully degradation at the temporal scale of rainfall events: an example from the Ethiopian drylands.