Mission Statement


We are dedicated to fundamental research to identify and quantify dynamic sediment processes, such as erosion, sediment transport and deposition that shape the world's landscapes and oceans. Such processes are governed by the dynamic response of sediments to geological and environmental forces acting on timescales from seconds to Millions of years, and are archived in the geological records of mountains, lakes and oceans.  

We combine sedimentological, geophysical, geochemical, geotechnical and numerical-modeling techniques to investigate the stratigraphic record and study rates and states of Earth-system processes to advance our understanding and predictability of complex interactions between tectonics, climate and anthropogenic impacts, to meet the challenges society faces as stewards of our changing planet.

For our research, we consider it very important to think and act in interdisciplinary "crossing-boundary" domains, which reflects our vision to transfer knowledge over boundaries where different "classical" geoscientific research disciplines typically meet. One unifying theme in our work is to:

Study the archive to quantify the underlying process.

For instance, with respect to one of our focus-activities related to Geohazard, rather than looking into the geological records to identify past climatic and tectonics activity from event-deposits in the stratigraphic record in a descriptive and qualitative way, this message reflects our aim to deliver quantitative constraints on magnitude-frequency relationships for reliable hazard assessments, along with a profound process-based understanding of the underlying driving forces to evaluate mitigation strategies.

Group Picturefrom left to right: Michael Strasser, Tobias Schwestermann, Jasper Moernaut, Christoph Daxer, Patrick Oswald,
Moritz Liebl, Jana Molenaar, Maddalena Sammartini, Steven Huang and Arata Kioka.