PD Dr. Peter Houben


Research foci

  • Coupled human-natural systems: Environmental impact of human activities and their interactions with earth surface systems;

  • Applied fluvial morphology, river restoration;

  • Fluxes of sediment and energy in earth surface systems;

  • Stratigraphies of the near-subsurface, soils, and fluvial environments;

  • Theory and methodology of geomorphology.


Approaches and methods

  • Systems-based, quantitative methodologies from fluvial morphology, sedimentology and soil geomorphology (e.g., sediment budget concepts);

  • Blend of field-oriented data recording and GIS applications.





Current research projects


Educational activities



Other activities, awards

  • Member of professional associations: AAG, AGU, German Geomorphology Research Group, Geoarcheology Research Group;

  • Peer reviews (Geomorph., ESPL, QI, Geoarchaeology, IAHS Red Books, Comptes Rendus, Catena, ZfGeom., J. Env. Informatics), guest editor for international journals;

  • Invited speaker: Univ. Tours (2006); DFG - Univ. of Sapporo (2007); 39th Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium, Austin (TX), 2008; DFG German-Japanese Workshop Schneefernerhaus (2009); Dt. Geographentag (2009); Grad. School Univ. of Kiel (2011).

  • Convener of 2nd international Open LUCIFS Workshop 2006: "New trends in Geomorphology – systems-based understanding of long term man-landscape interactions"; (see PAGES Newsletter 2006, 14/2; Geomorphology 108); Co-covener Jahrestagung 2010 des AK Geomorphologie

  • Secretary of the PAGES - LUCIFS initiative (2003-2008);

  • Guest lecturer at the Dept. of Geography, University of Bonn, Geomorph. and Env. Res. Group; University of Cologne;

  • Doctoral thesis awarded by the VGDH (biennial award in Physical Geography); poster award 2000 (German Geomorph. Res. Group).