Dr. Peter Houben





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Themen für Diplom- und Bachelorarbeiten

How students rate my courses, e.g., graduate classes in 'fluvial geomorphology', 'theory and methodology', or 'applied geomorphology'.


Undergraduate courses

  • Introduction to physical geography (first-year basics in geology, geomorphology, soil geography, climatology, regional landscape development);

  • Field methods of physical geography (basic field applications in geomorphology and soil geomorphology);

  • Fundamentals of soil geography, history of geography (lectures as part of a lecture series "Introduction to geography");

  • Landforms and soils: nature and diagnostic linkages between lithology, near-subsurface parent material, and soil formation; soil geomorphology as a tool for studying landform evolution in space and time; land use impacts on the soil profiles and soilscapes;

  • Applied Phyiscal Geography (flood hazards, beaver ecogeomorphology, river restoration);


Graduate courses

  • Geomorphic systems analysis - quantitative geomorphology: basics, methods, applications, research frontiers (advanced seminar);

  • Fluvial morphology (fundamentals of fluvial sedimentology/morphology, methodology, from classic to recent approaches to fluvial systems research, fluvial change in selected earth surface environments);

  • Applied geomorphology; application of quantitative geomorphic and paleohydrologic approaches to reconstruct sediment and water discharge during the 2005 flood event in an alpine sediment cascade (utilizing high-resolution geodata and GIS applications, geomorphic field mapping, hydraulic reconstruction of flood stages and bedload transport, etc.) (seminar and field course; homepage 2008/09); 

  • Applied geomorphology: Impact of beaver re-population on floodplain water and sediment fluxes and vegetation (field course);

  • Theory and methodology of geomorphology (advanced seminar);

  • Holocene sediment budgeting in long-term cultivated areas: land use history, soil erosion and within-catchment redeposition; approaches and techniques (methods and field applications) (field course);

  • Paraglacial geomorphology; northern Alps (paraglacial cycling; spatio-temporal succession of glacial, periglacial, and fluvial domains during Lateglacial deglaciation and early Holocene); advanced seminar combining GIS applications and teaching in geomorphic field reconnaissance);

  • Near-subsurface analysis: field and laboratory course in near-subsurface strats and soilscape (including field exercises in coring, augering, exposure analyses, refraction seismic and geoelectrical measurements, exercises in laboratory standard methods);

  • Application of fluvial morphology to sustainable river restoration and self-maintaining management;


Doctoral and diploma theses

  • Angebotene Diplom- und Bachelorarbeiten
  • Examples of supervised theses in ecogeomorphology: John and Klein, 2003, Lutra 46, 183-188; John and Klein, 2004, Quaternaire 15, 219-231. 

... and various field trips

  • two-weeks field trip France/Spain
  • two-weeks field trip W Spain (Extremadura, Andalusia)
  • Holocene Alpine sediment cascades (Reintal, Kleinwalsertal)
  • one day field trips about structural geomorphology, glaciation history, paraglacial cycling, karst and land use in the N Alps
  • Tectonic, climatic and human controls on Pleistocene to Holocene valley formation and alluviation in the Rio Palancia watershed (Prov. Valencia, Spain)
  • several regional field trips to upland and basinal landscapes in Germany (landform evolution, fluvial geomorphology, paleoperiglacial lithostrats, Pleistocene and Holocene landscape change, human impact on soilscape evolution, etc.)