Ass.-Prof. Dr. Jan-Christoph Otto
Department of Geography and Geology
Room No. 3.032
Changes of high mountain landscapes manifested through landform changes, dynamic sediment movements and the related consequences for society are a focus in my scientific work. Currently the formation of glacial lakes in the Austrian Alps and their impact on geomorphologic systems as well as the mountain environment are of great interest to me (Link to project FUTURELAKES). I am also involved in activities focussing on permafrost and glacier related slope stability issues and implications on natural hazards.
In my research I combine traditional geomorphological quantitative and qualitative field methods with shallow geophysics and GIS analysis.
Working together with an motivated group of fellows and students is an important part of my scientific and professional attitude. Investigate ongoing changes of environmental systems and their possible challenges to society, contribute to find solutions and communicate them to the public is my main motivation for being a scientist.