Portfolio Prof. Dr. Thomas Scholten

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Academic title:
Prof. Dr.
Thomas Scholten
Organizational units:
Faculty of Science
University of Tübingen
Department of Geoscience
Faculty of Science
Geography Research Area
Department of Geoscience

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Research focus

Key issue of the soil science group is a process-based understanding of soil formation and landscape development and how these processes are influenced by natural and human factors. Our research activities focus on soil-landscape modelling, digital soil mapping and soil erosion. We use macro- to micro-environmental analyses of soils and sediments to quantify soil and site properties at different temporal and spatial scales. Our vision is to integrate results from field observations, laboratory and modeling to gain a better understanding of the processes and mechanisms that affect our soils and their interrelationship with global change.

We have a unique and rich methodological ensemble for research and teaching in Soil Science, Geoecology and Geomorphology. Our lab methods range from standard procedures of soil analysis to C sequestration and palaeopedological approaches using geochemical and micromorphological techniques. Our toolbox in digital soil mapping comprehends the very latest pedometrical methodologies and data mining techniques like deep learning, convolutional neural networks, vector quantization, feature selection and geostatistical techniques. Interdisciplinary research and teaching is well established between soil scientists, geographers, ecologists, geologists and archaeologists. Similarly, a strong cooperative and coordinated research approach is followed as shown by a large diversity of research projects, majority supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


2019 - 2025
Ulrike Luxburg, Philipp Berens
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2019 - 2021
Thomas Scholten
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2018 - 2021
Steffen Seitz
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2017 - 2021
Martin Bartelheim
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2016 - 2019
Peter Kühn, Thomas Scholten
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2016 - 2018
Peter Kühn, Thomas Scholten
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2014 - 2017
Peter Kühn
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)


Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Regierungspräsidium Freiburg
Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Halle (Saale), Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
Wageningen University and Research Center
Wageningen, Netherlands
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH (UFZ)
Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany
Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
São Paulo, Brazil
Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
Daimler AG
Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Peking University
Peking, China
Internationales Landkartenhaus (ILH)
Filderstadt, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Universität Hohenheim
Hohenheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Universität Rostock
Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Technische Universität München (TUM)
München, Bayern, Germany
Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Zonas Aridas (CEAZA)
La Serena, Chile
Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV)
Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Universität Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany
Universität Zürich (UZH)
Zürich, Switzerland
Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU)
Würzburg, Bayern, Germany
Universidad de Chile
Santiago, Chile
Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas - CSIC (EEZA)
Almeria, Spain
Universität Zürich (UZH)
Zürich, Switzerland
Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ)
Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany
Nanjing University
Nanjing, China
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America



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