Physical Geography

Physical geography focuses on man-environment interactions in the context of a changing environment and climate.

News in the spotlight

On Thursday, 29 February 2024, Adugnaw Birhanu Zegeye successfully defended his PhD: "Hydrological study of Mount Guna , a shield volcano on the Ethiopian Plateau".

Supervisors: Prof Kristine Walraevens (UGent), Prof . Dr Jan Nyssen (UGent).

Members of the examination committee: Chairman: Prof Dr Haosheng Huang (UGent), Prof Dr Margaret Chen (VUB), Prof Dr Stefaan Dondeyne (VUB), Prof Dr Amaury Frankl (UGent), Prof Dr Thomas Hermans (UGent), Dr Alemau Yenehun Beyene (UGent).

Research themes

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 domain.

runoff and sediment yield
hydrogeomorphic modelling
land management

Prof. dr. Amaury Frankl

erosion hydrology geomorphology climate change

Prof. dr. Kwinten Van Weverberg

climate modelling climate extreme precipitation

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