Research Land System Science
The Department of Geoecology maintains four landscape laboratories that extend from the central and lower Harz mountains, the eastern Harz foreland, the Helme-Unstrut stratified plain and the Querfurt plate to the Finne on the one hand and to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in the north-eastern German lowlands on the other. The Central German drylands, loess landscapes as well as the young moraine landscape with typical periglacial landscape elements such as extensive, flat sandy areas, hills and depressions are covered.
The research topics include land use systems, water and landscape budgets in agricultural landscapes and small catchment areas. Specifically, long-term monitoring of runoff and water quality is conducted along the Salza River, and research is conducted at the TERENO site DEMMIN on remote sensing monitoring and the use of remote sensing for precision agriculture. The Agricultural and Food Research Centre (AEVZ) Merbitz is used to answer soil and agri-geographical questions. Accordingly, the landscape laboratories are equipped with field measurement technology and are sampled in campaigns on a regular or question-based basis.
All landscape laboratories are visited as part of courses in the geography programme. The results collected in the landscape labs can be the basis for final theses and are sometimes also used in projects. The focus of each landscape laboratory varies due to the natural features of the area, but usually includes identical learning objectives and content depending on the semester of study.