20 Faculty of Geosciences
Luisenstrasse 37/ I, Room 223
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 6506
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 6507
Geography has adopted the motto “Exploring, Understanding, Designing Change – Globally, Regionally, Locally.” In line with this philosophy, geography studies at LMU Munich focus on sustainable spatial development, environmental management, and global change research. Themes covered include: sustainable management of water resources and land use in the face of climate change, conflict in the relationship between people and ecology, hazard research, resource utilization, urbanization and megacities, demographic change as well as mobility and migration. Methodologies studied focus on areas which include spatial modeling of nature, environment, economy and society, remote sensing, geographical information systems, sustainable land use, resource and risk management, research into stakeholder engagement and regional governance, environmental analysis, evaluation and management, and location analysis. The Geography Department offers an integrated bachelor degree program in geography in addition to teacher training programs. The bachelor degree program stresses a thorough grounding in methodology and covers a broad spectrum of approaches in the fields of regional global change research, remote sensing and spatial modeling, environmental analysis, land use management, conservation and threats to nature. Further focal areas are the spatial relevance of economic and social processes, global location research and resource economy, and sustainable multi-scale spatial development.
Department of Earth an Environomental Sciences
Geoscience programs are programs administered jointly by LMU Munich and TU Munich and take place under the umbrella of the Munich Geocenter. The programs apply a natural science-based approach to the earth as a system. The materials which make up the earth, such as minerals and rocks, together with natural processes occurring on and in the earth – such as plate tectonics, vulcanism, earthquakes, rock formation, and development of life forms and biospheres – and man-made processes such as raw material production and pollution distribution, are analyzed, reproduced in experiments, and described using modern techniques of analysis and observation. Key roles are played by topics such as safeguarding and sustainable utilization of resources, utilization of materials, assessment of risks from natural disasters, development of geoinformation services, bioevolution of life, and paleoclimatic research. A structured International Doctoral Program, “THESIS – Complex Processes in the Earth: Theory, Experiment and Simulation,” is available within the scope of the Elite Network of Bavaria.