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


Jan Nyssen has worked at the Department of Geography of Ghent University since 2007. Driven by passion for Ethiopian culture, he has established himself as a worldwide reference regarding the regional geomorphology of Ethiopi…

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Topoclimate, and more precisely orographic rains on windward slopes and leeward rain shadow, controls the spatiotemporal variability of rainfall, vegetation, and hydrology in tropical mountains. Such variability has a substan…

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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. Kwinten Van Weverberg
Tenured Academic Staff (Part-time)
Prof. dr. ir. David Dehenauw
Visiting Professor
Prof. dr. Sil Lanckriet
Visiting Professor
Dr. Sofie Annys
Scientific Staff
Dr. Stefaan Dondeyne
Scientific Staff
Ting Feng
PhD Student
Hanne Hendrickx
Assisting Academic Staff, PhD Student
Goedroen Lamote
Assisting Academic Staff
Mingjuan Xie
PhD Student

Voluntary Staff

  • No voluntary staff