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 in Northern France (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.

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

Keywords: geomorphological mapping — SfM-modelling — hydrogeomorphic modelling — run-off and sediment load — permafrost


As a follow-up to the TropiLakes conference that took place on the shores of Lake Tana in 2015, the journal Land Degradation and Development has released a special issue related to Environmental Change in Lake Catchments of E…

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In Ethiopia, many big dams are constructed to increasingly provide electricity and irrigation agriculture for its population (cfr. the Climate Resilient Green Economy strategic plans of the government). These dams have very i…

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Prof. dr. Jan Nyssen
Tenured Academic Staff
Prof. dr. Morgan De Dapper
Tenured Academic Staff
Prof. dr. ir. David Dehenauw
Visiting Professor
Prof. dr. Sil Lanckriet
Visiting Professor
Prof. dr. Willy Verheye
Visiting Professor
Dr. Amaury Frankl
Scientific Staff
Dr. Miro Jacob
Scientific Staff
Sofie Annys
Scientific Staff, PhD Student
Hanne Hendrickx
Assisting Academic Staff, PhD Student
Min Luo
PhD Student

Voluntary Staff

  • No voluntary staff