The department carries out both basic and applied research in the following areas: Geomorphology, Hydrology and Fluvial Geomorphology, Geoinformatics in Geoecology and Dendrogeomorphology.
Geomorphological research belongs to the department´s traditional and long developed scientific guidelines. It is focused on the mechanisms and chronology of slope deformations in flysch, Quaternary landscape evolution and neotectonics.
Apart from general principles, hydrological and fluvial geomorphology research is oriented towards the area of application. Main solved issues comprise erosion and transport modeling, sediment balances, disconnectivity of streams, and rainfall-runoff modeling.
Geoinformation methods are successfully applied in solving the issues of the historic landscape evolution in industrial and natural landscapes. Dendrogeomorphological research deals with the development and application of tree-ring analyses in the study of a wide range of natural hazards (landslides, floods, rockfall and others). Individual research teams cooperate with leading foreign researchers in the field. The Ph.D. students of the Environmental Geography study programme thus spend a part of their study at top foreign working sites.
Field research is mainly conducted in the area of the Western Carpathians but partial research issues are also solved abroad (e.g. the Alps, the Taurus Mountains, the Caucasus, the Caspian Sea or Patagonia).
Contact persons of individual research areas:
- Geomorphology – prof. RNDr. Tomáš Pánek, Ph.D.
- Hydrology – doc. RNDr. Tomáš Galia, Ph.D.
- Geoinformatics – RNDr. Jan Miklín, Ph.D.
- Dendrogeomorphology – doc. RNDr. Karel Šilhán, Ph.D.
Updated: 13. 11. 2017