About me


My name is Wolfgang Schwanghart. I am a geomorphologist at the University of Potsdam. I study Earth surface processes and how they act in and feedback on mountain environments. My interests on these interactions span several time scales and spatial scales, and include tectonic processes and long-term climate variability, Holocene morphodynamics, natural hazards and risks, and the present day nexus of climate change, water resources and renewable energies. If geomorphologists were to be classified into field workers and modellers, I’d definitely position myself between both. My main methodological tools include digital terrain analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), landscape evolution modelling, data mining and exploration, and statistical analysis and machine learning. In the field, I am studying landforms using a suite of geodetic techniques, sedimentary analysis, and numerical age control.

Teaching is an integral part of my work. I am leading courses on geomorphology, geostatistics, spatial statistics, and GIS at the University of Potsdam. In addition, I have conducted courses on MATLAB and TopoToolbox (for example this one). If you are interested in hosting such course, please contact me.

In addition, I am associate editor of the journal Earth Surface Dynamics and member of the scientific advisory board of the German Working on Geomorphology (Arbeitskreis Geomorphologie).