Jörg Völkel

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil.

1987 …2024

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Professor Völkel conducts research into global climate change and (cultivated) landscape formation during notable transition periods in the course of the climate and land use history of the earth system. He analyzes geoarchives (based on geomorphodynamics and soil formation) in Central Europe, Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and high altitude mountainous regions such as the Rocky Mountains and the Alps. These geoarchives serve to validate future environmental scenarios. Other areas of interest include Critical Zone research (TUM-CZO), earth functions and protection, geophysical prospecting and geoarchaeology. After studying geography, biology, soil science and geology at RFU Bonn (diploma 1985, first state examination 1986), Professor Völkel obtained his doctoral degree from the same university in 1988, where he was also awarded the university’s doctoral prize. In 1993 Professor Völkel acquired his postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation) from the University of Regensburg and subsequently took up a teaching position at JGU Mainz. Prior to joining TUM in 2007 he was professor of soil science at FSU Jena and the University of Regensburg. Professor Völkel heads the German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Training Group 462 “Palaeo Ecosystem Research”, coordinates several research associations (BMBF, StMUV), is a member of the Bavarian Climate Council (StMUV), of the Geomorphology Commission (Bavarian Academy of Sciences) and is chief editor of the Annals of Geomorphology.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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