Joerg Christian Robl

Jörg Christian Robl

Jörg Robl


Dept. Geography and Geology
University of Salzburg
5020 Salzburg
Hellbrunnerstraße 34/III


Research Interests

Currently my research is focused on landscape evolutions at different spatial and temporal scales. This includes the response of alpine topography on tectonic and climatic forcing and the long-term evolution of topography towards steady state but also single, hazardous events such as debris flows or rock falls.

Active Orogens
Determination of timing, rates, duration and involved volumes of processes and their feedbacks in active orogens in different spatial and temporal scales. This involves field observations and the numerical description of orogen scale deformation, crustal thickening and uplift, the development of drainage systems accompanied by fluvial erosion and hill-slope instabilities.

Natural Hazards
Exploring the occurrence, return period and run-out distance of natural hazards in alpine domains and their impact on infrastructure. This involves the field observation of landslides, debris flows, snow avalanches, rock falls and floodings with sediment redistribution, the numerical description of these processes, the development of mitigation strategies and the implementation of protecting structures in field.

Selected recent publications in Peer Reviewed Journals
Hergarten, S., Robl, J. and Stüwe, K., 2016. Tectonic geomorphology at small catchment sizes – extensions of the stream-power approach and the χ method. Earth Surf. Dynam., 4(1), 1-9.Robl, J., Prasicek, G., Hergarten, S. and Salcher, B.,2015. Glacial cirques and the relationship between equilibrium line altitudes and mountain range height: COMMENT. Geology, 43(6), e365.

Hergarten S. and J. Robl, 2015. Modeling rapid mass movements using the shallow water equations. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 671-685, doi:10.5194/nhess-15-671-2015.

Robl, J., Prasicek G., Hergarten S. and K. Stüwe, 2015. Alpine topography in the light of tectonic uplift and glaciation. Global and Planetary Change,127,34-49 doi 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2015.01.008

Hergarten S., Robl J. and K. Stüwe, 2014. Extracting topographic swath profiles across curved geomorphic features. Earth Surf. Dynam., 2: 97-104, doi 10.5194/esurf-2-97-2014