Working Group “Geoecology and Physical Geography”, regional focus “Africa”
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Runge
The working group is concerned with the landscape and climate development in tropical Africa (Africa south of the Sahara), above all during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) and in the Holocene period (paleo-environmental research). In view of today’s situation, the group is investigating the sensitivity of the rainforest-savannah boundary (e.g. in the ‘ReSaKo’ project as part of the DFG Research Group 510) and the biodiversity in Africa (e.g. in the BMBF BIOTA West Research Association) in the context of the problem of global change. The main countries involved include Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. In addition to conventional land and geomorphological investigation methods, remote sensing techniques (digital satellite image evaluation) and GIS are also being applied.
The applied questions and consultation activities refer to the integrated rural regional development in developing countries (e.g. land use changes, soil erosion, thematic mapping, smallholder irrigated agriculture, consulting for infrastructure projects, road construction, education).
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