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February2023 – Milan Daus completed his doctoral examination

Milan Daus successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Reservoir management in Germany: Societal implications of a multi-facetted system" on 03 February 2023. The cumulative dissertation was supervised by Rüdiger Glaser and was written in the framework of the inter- and transdisciplinary research project "Challenges of Reservoir Management". Congratulations!

January 2023 – Neu at Melbourne universities for presentations, networking and publication

In early 2023, Friedrich Neu will present first results of his empirical research on 'resettlement of coastal residents in the Ghanaian Volta Delta near Keta' at several universities in Melbourne. The four-month stay will further be harnessed for networking with Australian scientists at La Trobe Uni, Uni Melbourne and RMIT, who also study resettlement, but mainly with case studies in (Southeast) Asia and the Asia-Pacific, and for laying the foundations for a joint scientific publication. More ...

January 2023 – Freiburg working groups in Halle

This year's conference "Neue Kulturgeographie" takes place from 26-28 January in Halle. The theme of the conference is "Geographies of Overlapping Crises". We are happy that a number of students and colleagues of all three human geography working groups are going to be there. For more information on the conference and the program are available at

December 2022 – SWR Science Talk "Climate Change in the Alps"

How are the European Alps changing in the light of climate change and how do growing temperatures affect permafrost resources at high elevations? Jan Blöthe talks about this with Christine Langer as part of the SWR "Science Talk" in a half-hour interview on the topic of "Climate Change in the Alps", available in the ARD Mediathek (German only). mehr ...

November 2022 – Facing up to climate change ...

In the lecture series organised by Fridays for Future and Studienrat Tübingen, Rüdiger Glaser will give a presentation on 8.11.2022 on climate change in Baden-Württemberg, its causes, course, consequences and adaptation measures. In particular, he will address the findings from the various research projects of the Water Network, Transrisk, Clim'Ability and LoKlim.

October 2022 - Michael Kahle analyzes winter of the 18th century using artificial intelligence

At the workshop "Extreme Event 'Cold Winter' in the 18th Century. Traces in Contemporary Literature, Culture and Science" of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of the European Enlightenment (IZEA), Michael Kahle presented how historical text documents from the Virtual Research Environment can be analyzed using Artificial Intelligence. The winters of the 18th century in Central Europe can thus be classified in terms of their characteristics (length, temperature, precipitation, high water, snowfall) and their intensity. more ...

Oktober 2022 – Nora Winsky receives Ralf Dahrendorf Prize of the Badische Zeitung 2022

For her doctoral thesis on "Tourism Worlds On- and Offline: On the Mediatisation of Tourist Practices in Freiburg and the Black Forest Region", Nora Winsky received this year’s Ralf Dahrendorf Prize. The prize for young researchers is awarded every two years for outstanding dissertations on Upper Rhine regional studies. Congratulations!

October 2022 - New paper on the distribution of TBEV in Germany

October 2022 - New paper on the distribution of TBEV in Germany

Predicted probabilities of TBEV for the Southwest of Germany

During the last year the research group at the chair of Physical Geography comprising of Prof Dr R Glaser, Dr K Braun, N Riach and R Hologa together with epidemiologists J Borde and G Dobler developped a model to predict the distribution of TBEV in Germany based on land use patterns and climatological conditions. The relevant paper is now online and open access: ... more

Oktober 2022 – R. Glaser gives lecture at the Climate Day of the Construction Industry in Leinfelden-Echterdingen

At the Climate Day of the Baden-Württemberg construction industry on 5.10.2022, Rüdiger Glaser will speak about "Climate change, climate consequences and climate adaptation options for companies in Baden-Württemberg." Among other things, he will refer to the research results from the Clim'Ability Design and LoKlim research projects.

September 2022 – Michael Kahle presents statistical methods to analyse text corpuse

At the conference "Early Medieval Mobility - Interdisciplinary Approaches" of the Academy of Sciences in Heidelberg, Michael Kahle presented how historical documents from the Coolaborative Research Environment can be analyzed using modern methods of Machine Learning. This gives insights on the correlations between climatic conditions and the degree of mobility for different means of transport in the European area between 1000 and 1500 CE. more ...

September 2022 - Deutschlandfunk report with R. Glaser

The sensational discovery of a small clay water goddess is the occasion for a report on drought and climate change that was broadcast on „Deutschlandfunk Kultur“. It features Rüdiger Glaser in several sequences and sound bites, who addresses the historical and current climate change situation and how society deals with it.

September 2022 - R. Glaser gives lecture on climate development

1000 years of climate. A look from the past into the near future. As part of the Environment Days, Rüdiger Glaser and Stefan Rahmstorf gave a talk in the packed Historisches Kaufhaus in Freiburg on the climate development of the last 900 years and the 100 years ahead on a local, regional and global level.

Juli 2022 – R. Glaser and N. Scholze speakers at a sustainable Logistics Workshop

How can the logistics sector in the Upper Rhine region deal with climate change and become more sustainable? This was the question posed at an internationally oriented workshop held on July 6, 2022 at the “Grünhof” location on Freiburg’s former freight train site. In addition to numerous presentations on current pilot projects such as "The Electric Highway" (Ministry of Transport BW) or "Vehicle-integrated Photovoltaics" (Fraunhofer ISE), Rüdiger Glaser and Nicolas Scholze presented results and findings from the Clim'Ability Design research project.

July 2022 - Jan Blöthe on 3SAT and SWR on the glacier collapse in the Dolomites

On a beautiful summer day, a large block of a glacier on the Marmolata in the Dolomites broke off and developed into a destructive avalanche of ice, water and rock. Are such events becoming more likely due to climate change and what effects on the high mountain landscape of the Alps should we continue to expect? Jan Blöthe talked about this with Ingolf Baur in the „3sat magazine NANO“ and with Ralf Caspary in the programme „SWR2 Impuls“.

June 2022 – Rüdiger Glaser gives lecture at the University of Stuttgart

Rüdiger Glaser will give a semester lecture at the Center for Teaching and Continuing Education I Studium Generale of the University of Stuttgart on 22.06.22 on "Global Change. Topics - Concepts - Perspectives". The three current crises "War in Ukraine", "Climate Crisis" and "Pandemic" will be presented as well as other topics from the "Global Risk Maps", the "Planetary Boundaries" and the Millennium Development Goals. What are the perspectives?