Institute of Geography and Geoecology (IFGG)

Institute of Geography and Geoecology (IFGG)


We investigate and teach the interactions between society, soils, water, vegetation and climate. Without an understanding of this interplay, a sustainable approach to our environment is impossible.



Virus Update
Covid-19 Update

During summer 2021, teaching takes place in online or hybrid formats. Practical courses are partly held in-class. Information on the individual courses can be found on Ilias. Make sure that e-mails from the Ilias system can reach you. Please also see the KIT FAQ page on the topic.

Die Ammer
Online symposium at the Aueninstitut on free-moving rivers

At the end of the project Free Moving Rivers in Germany (Freier Pendelraum für Fließgewässer in Deutschland) funded by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, DBU) the online conference ’Free Moving Rivers’ - more space for rivers took place at the Department of wetland ecology in Rastatt on November 24th, 2020.

New tool to recognize ecosystem change

In a new publication in the renowned journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS), the consortium of the German Biodiversity Exploratories with the participation of Sophia Leimer and Wolfgang Wilcke of the IFGG show that increasing land-use intensity in grassland and forest changes the relationship between biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and the resulting ecosystem services, which are important for humans. With the proposed method which is based on network theory, a novel tool becomes available with which the entire complexity of the anthropogenically caused ecosystem changes can be recognized.

Alfred Wirthmann
Obituary - Alfred Wirthmann

Alfred Wirthmann; who has died at the age of 92, was a central figure of this institute. From 1968 to 1996 he was Professor of Geography in Karlsruhe. The study course Geoecology in Karlsruhe was introduced on his initiative in 1986.

Obituary (in German)

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Erwin Project
New project

The project called ErWiN contributes to a better understanding of the dynamics of forest fires and to reducing the risk of forest fires. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Fabian Faßnacht.

Reflectance follows function
Why plant reflectance follows function

An article in Nature Scientific Reports with Dr. Teja Kattenborn as first author explains why the reflectance of plants follows function.