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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.

Orientierungsphase für das erste Semester

Das Institut für Geographie und Geoökologie heißt die Studierenden im ersten Semester herzlich willkommen! In der Woche vom 26. bis 30. Oktober finden für die Studiengänge Bachelor Geoökologie und Bachelor Lehramt Geographie einführende Informations- und Beratungsveranstaltungen statt.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Remote Sensing in Vegetation Ecology
Job opportunity: postdoc on Remote Sensing in Vegetation Ecology

The KIT Institute of Geography and Geoecology invites applications for the position of a Postdoctoral Researcher, Remote Sensing in Vegetation Ecology, 3 + 3 years.

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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)
Virus Update
Covid-19 Update

The start of lectures for the coming winter semester 2020/21 is postponed to 02.11.2020. It is assumed until further notice that also in the winter semester 2020/21 many courses will be offered mainly or completely online.


The website was adapted to the new KIT design. Not everything works as usual yet but we are working on it.

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.