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Institut für Geographie und Geologie

Prof. Dr. Christof Kneisel

Lehrstuhl für Geographie I - Physische Geographie

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E-Mail: kneisel@uni-wuerzburg.de

Institut für Geographie und Geologie
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg

Campus Hubland Süd
Geographiegebäude
Zimmer 218

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Forschungsschwerpunkte und -interessen
  • Permafrost
  • periglaziale Morphodynamik
  • Hochgebirgsgeomorphologie
  • Gletscher-Permafrost-Interaktionen
  • Naturgefahren
  • Bodenkunde/Bodengeographie/Geobotanik
  • Anwendung geophysikalischer Methoden in der Geomorphologie, Bodenkunde und Umweltwissenschaften
  • Regionen: Schweizer Alpen (Oberengadin), Österreich (Ötztal), Nordschweden, Island
Aktuelle Forschung und Projekte

Three-dimensional internal structure and characteristics of periglacial landforms as a key to enhance the understanding of process dynamics and sensitivity to climate change

  • Drittmittelgeber: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG; KN542/13-1)
  • Laufzeit: 2014 - 2017
  • Projektleitung: Prof. Dr. Christof Kneisel  
  • Projektmitarbeiter: M.Sc. Adrian Emmert

Influence of permafrost on chemical weathering and erosion in high Alpine areas (Kooperation mit Prof. Dr. M. Egli (Projektleiter, Universität Zürich) 


Boden- und Landschaftswasserhaushalt an Waldstandorten in Unterfranken

  • Drittmittelgeber: Forschungsfonds der Philosophischen Fakultät I der Universität Würzburg
  • Laufzeit: 2014 - 2015
  • Projektleitung: Prof. Dr. Christof Kneisel  
Abgeschlossene Projekte

Spatial assessment of permafrost characteristics and dynamics in alpine periglacial environments (SPCC)


PiLS - Permafrost in Lockersedimenten

Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

2007
Habilitation an der Philosophischen Fakultät I - Historische, Philologische, Kultur- und Geographische Wissenschaften - der Universität Würzburg 
Habilitationsschrift: The nature and dynamics of frozen ground in alpine and subarctic periglacial environments.

seit 2006
Akademischer Rat am Lehrstuhl I - Physische Geographie

2006 - 2002
wiss. Assistent am Institut für Geographie der Universität Würzburg am Lehrstuhl I - Physische Geographie

2002 - 2000
wiss. Assistent im Fach Physische Geographie des Fachbereichs VI Geographie/Geowissenschaften der Universität Trier

1999
Promotion (Dr. rer. nat) - Titel der Dissertation: "Permafrost in Gletschervorfeldern - Eine vergleichende Untersuchung in den Ostschweizer Alpen und Nordschweden"

Publikationen - ausgewählte Literatur seit 2008

HELLEBRAND, H.,  MÜLLER, C., KNEISEL, C., KREITER, T. (2016):  Nicht invasive Untersuchungsmethoden zur Entwicklung von Sanierungsmaßnahmen im Wasserbau. In: Herrmann, R.A. & Jensen, J. (Hrsg.): Sicherung von Dämmen, Deichen und Stauanlagen, Handbuch für Theorie und Praxis (Vol. V, 2015), S. 121-133.

EMMERT, A., KNEISEL, C. 2016: Internal structure of two alpine rockglaciers investigated by quasi-3D electrical resistivity imaging (ERI), The Cryosphere Discuss., doi:10.5194/tc-2016-135.

ZOLLINGER, B., ALEWELL, C., KNEISEL, C., BRANDOVA, D., PETRILLO, M., PLÖTZE, M., CHRISTL, M., EGLI, M. (2016): Soil formation and weathering in a permafrost environment of the Swiss Alps: a multi-parameter and non-steady-state approach. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms: DOI 10.1002/esp.4040.

KNEISEL, C. Emmert, A., Polich, P., Zollinger, B., Egli, M. (2015): Soil geomorphology and frozen ground conditions at a subalpine talus slope having permafrost in the eastern Swiss Alps. Catena, 133: 107-118

KNEISEL, C., Emmert, A., Kästl, J. (2014): Application of 3D electrical resistivity imaging for mapping frozen ground conditions exemplified by three case studies. Geomorphology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.12.022

KNEISEL, C., RÖDDER, T. & SCHWINDT, D. (2014): Frozen ground dynamics resolved by multi-year and year-around electrical resistivity monitoring at three alpine sites in the Swiss Alps. Near Surface Geophysics, 12, 117-132.

ZOLLINGER, B., ALEWELL, C., KNEISEL, C., MEUSBURGER, C., GÄRTNER, H., BRANDOVA, D., IVY-OCHS, S., SCHMIDT, M., EGLI, M. (2013): Effect of permafrost on the formation of soil organic carbon pools and their physical–chemical properties in the Eastern Swiss Alps. Catena, 110:70-85.

RÖDDER, T., KNEISEL, C., (2012): Influence of snow cover and grain size on the ground thermal regime in the discontinuous permafrost zone, Swiss Alps.- Geomorphology,  175-176:176-189.

KNEISEL, C., RÖDDER, T., ROTH, N. & SCHWINDT, D. (2012): Electrical resistivity monitoring for the detection of changes in mountain permafrost at different time scales. In: Geological Survey of Austria, 92: GELMON, 1st International Workshop on Geoelectrical Monitoring, Vienna, 51-56.

SAEMUNDSSON, T., ARNALDS, O., KNEISEL, C., JONSSON, H., & DECAULNE, A. (2012): The Orravatnsrustir palsa site in Central Iceland – Palsas in an aeolian sedimentation environment.- Geomorphology 167–168: 13-20.

RÖDDER, T., KNEISEL, C. (2012): Permafrost mapping using quasi-3D resistivity imaging, Murtèl, Swiss Alps. Near Surface Geophysics, 10: 117-127.

EGLI, M., WERNLI, M., BURGA, C., KNEISEL, C., MAVRIS, C., VALBOA, G., MIRABELLA, A., PLÖTZE, M. & HAEBERLI, W. (2011): Fast but spatially scattered smectite-formation in the proglacial area Morteratsch: An evaluation using GIS.- Geoderma 164: 11-21.

BAUMHAUER, R., KNEISEL, C., MÖLLER, S., SCHÜTT, B. & E. TRESSEL (2011): Physische Geographie 2 - Klima-, Hydro-, Boden- und Vegetationsgeographie (=Geowissen kompakt). 2. durchgesehene Auflage. Darmstadt (Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft), 154 p.

HAEBERLI, W., NOETZLI, J., ARENSON, L., DELALOYE, R., GÄRTNER-ROER, I., GRUBER, S., ISAKSEN, K., KNEISEL, C., KRAUTBLATTER, M., PHILLIPS, M. (2011): Mountain permafrost: development and challenges of a young research field.- Journal of Glaciology 200: 1043-1058.

KNEISEL, C.  (2010): The nature and dynamics of frozen ground in alpine and subarctic     periglacial environments. The Holocene 20: 423-445.

KNEISEL, C. (2010): Frozen ground conditions in a subarctic mountain environment, northern Sweden. Geomorphology 118: 80-92.

BEYLICH, A.A. & KNEISEL, C. (2009): Sediment budget and relief development in Hrafndalur, Subarctic oceanic, eastern Iceland.- Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 41: 3-17.

KNEISEL, C., HAUCK, C., FORTIER, R. & MOORMAN, B. (2008): Advances in geophysical methods for permafrost investigations.- Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 19/2: 157-178.

HAUCK, C. & KNEISEL, C. (eds.) (2008): Applied geophysics in periglacial environments.- 240pp Cambridge University Press

Arbeitsgruppe EaSy - Environmental Systems - Assessment, Monitoring, and Modelling

Our field of research includes surface and subsurface processes and interactions of different environmental factors in various environmental systems on diverse temporal and spatial scales. With the assessment, the monitoring and the modeling of the predominantly in-situ collected data being the three mainstays of our integrated research approach, we focus on the assessment of heterogeneities in surface and subsurface parameters at sites in mid-latitudinal, high-altitudinal and subarctic environments.

Applied methods include near-surface and subsurface temperature and soil moisture measurements, pedological, ecological and geomorphological mapping, GIS-based terrain analysis and data regionalization combining field data and remotely sensed data. Near surface geophysics comprising 2D and 3D geophysical mapping and monitoring are used to characterize the oftentimes heterogeneous subsurface. Currently, our main methodological focus lies on the application of 3D electrical resistivity imaging to assess, monitor and visualize time-dependent subsurface processes.

Based on field observations and collected in-situ data, geophysical models of the subsurface as well as conceptual models of the different environmental systems are deduced in order to develop future scenarios. These scenarios describe the reaction of processes to changing environmental conditions as a function of constant and variable components of the environmental systems.

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