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.



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.