AG Geoecology and Physical Geography


Working Group “Geoecology and Physical Geography”, regional focus “Africa”

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Runge


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The working group is concerned with the landscape and climate development in tropical Africa (Africa south of the Sahara), above all during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) and in the Holocene period (paleo-environmental research). In view of today’s situation, the group is investigating the sensitivity of the rainforest-savannah boundary (e.g. in the ‘ReSaKo’ project as part of the DFG Research Group 510) and the biodiversity in Africa (e.g. in the BMBF BIOTA West Research Association) in the context of the problem of global change. The main countries involved include Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. In addition to conventional land and geomorphological investigation methods, remote sensing techniques (digital satellite image evaluation) and GIS are also being applied.

The applied questions and consultation activities refer to the integrated rural regional development in developing countries (e.g. land use changes, soil erosion, thematic mapping, smallholder irrigated agriculture, consulting for infrastructure projects, road construction, education).


Valuation of diamonds at BECDOR in Bangui (05.06.2008)


Runge, J.; Shikwati, J. (eds.) (2011): Geological Resources and Good Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa. Holistic Approaches to Transparency and Sustainable Development in the Extractive Sector. Taylor & Francis Publ. UK, pp. 1-292.

In summer term 2012 the regularly consultation time is (room 2.216):
on Thursday, 15-16 h
as well on previous appointment by e-mail

Jahrestagung der Afrikagruppe deutscher Geowissenschaftler (AdG) 2010 in Frankfurt, 25.-26.06.10
Nov. 27. - Dec. 01.: Workshop for application on funding

Geological Resources and Good Governance in Central Africa
24 - 25 September 2009, Yaounde, Cameroon

Afrikatagung deutscher Geowissenschaftler in Berlin 2009

recent publications:

Runge, J. (ed.) (2010): African Palaeoenvironments and Geomorphic Landscape Evolution. Palaeoecology of Africa, 30, Taylor & Francis Publ. UK, pp. 1-306.

Runge, J. (2010): Geologische Ressourcen und Transparenz im Rohstoffsektor Zentralafrikas – eine GTZ Fallstudie. – Zbl. Geol. Paläont. Teil I, Jg. 2008, 1/2: 107-126.

Runge, J., Eisenberg, J. & M. Sangen. (Hrsg.) (2009): Kamerun - ein physiogeographisches Profil. Große Geographische Exkursion des Instituts für Physische Geographie vom 02.01.-18.01.2009. Frankfurt am Main, pp. 1–184.

Eisenberg, J. (2009): Morphogenese der Flusseinzugsgebiete von Nyong und Ntem in Süd-Kamerun unter Berücksichtigung neotektonischer Vorgänge. PhD-thesis, J.W.Goethe-University Frankfurt, 1-219.

Runge, J. (2009): Der zentralafrikanische Regenwald: Ein sensitives Ökosystem im Spannungsfeld von forstwirtschaftlicher Nutzung und (sub-)rezenter Klimadynamik. In: R. Glaser, K. Kremb & A. Drescher (Hg.), Afrika, Planet Erde, WBG Darmstadt, 199-220.

Runge, J. (2009): Des déserts et des forêts, histoire du paysage et du climat de l’Afrique Centrale au Quaternaire Supérieur; "Of deserts and forests, Late Quaternary landscape and climate history of Central Africa" ; "Von Wüsten und Wäldern, Spätquartäre Landschafts- und Klimageschichte Zentralafrikas". Revue internationale de géologie, de géographie et d'écologie tropicales; Tome 1, pp. 1-18. > pdf (519k)

Baumhauer, R. & J. Runge (eds.) (2009): Holocene Palaeoenvironmental History of the Central Sahara. Palaeoecology of Africa, 29, Taylor & Francis Publ. UK, pp. 1-274.