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


The research group Physical Geography focuses on the interaction between geomorphological processes and human impacts. This mainly involves the effect of changes in land use, land management, hydrology and climate on the surface of the Earth. Focus is given to spatial scales of small (50-150 ha) to medium-sized catchments (15,000 km2) and on dynamics on short (present-day processes) to medium terms (<200 years). Geomorphological processes are investigated using the latest research methods, often in collaboration with developments in the Geomatics research groups. The Physical Geography research group is strongly involved in (university) development projects (in particular in Ethiopia).

Keywords: erosion — mass wasting — runoff and sediment yield — SfM-photogrammetry — hydrogeomorphic modelling — climate — land management


PhD student Sofie Annys has been awarded the Prize Yola Verhasselt for Tropical Geography for her research on the impact of the Ribb dam and irrigation scheme on local livelihoods in northern Ethiopia. She has obtained a trav…

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In Northern Ethiopia, safe water and improved sanitation facilities generally lacking, especially in rural areas. In order to improve both the water and sanitation infrastructure, as well as to improve access and hygienic usa…

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Prof. dr. Amaury Frankl
Tenured Academic Staff
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
Dr. Stefaan Dondeyne
Scientific Staff
Sofie Annys
Scientific Staff, PhD Student
Yongchao Duan
PhD Student
Hanne Hendrickx
Assisting Academic Staff, PhD Student

Voluntary Staff