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Jason Goetz

Research assistant
Jason Goetz


Institut für Geographie
Department of GISsience Group
Room 133
Grietgasse 6
07743 Jena

Phone: +49 3641-9-48861
Fax: +49 3641-9-48852
office hours:
nach Vereinbarung

Jason Goetz

Research and teaching assistant

As a scientific researcher in spatial analysis and modeling, I focus on improving our understanding of complex spatial problems using a combination of remote sensing techniques, statistical analysis and geographical information systems (GIS). Additionally with a strong background in physical geography, I perform applied research focus on modeling Earth surface processes and landforms. My key interest has been on regional modeling of landslide occurrence, with a focus on impacts of forest harvesting activities. Other interests include developing susceptibility maps of landslide hazards, and quantifying morphological characteristics of landslides from high-resolution digital terrain models. Overall, I like to apply my knowledge to research for creative solutions to better support decision-making for environmental planning.


  • GEO 408 (Lab section) - Environmental Statistics and GeoComputation

Key research areas

  • Exploring techniques for improving spatial prediction of Earth surface processes
  • Regional modeling of landslides and and investigating prepatory and triggering conditions
  • Developing custom GIS tools for quantifying landform features

Curriculum vitae

Since 10/2013

Research assistant (PhD Student), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Department of Geography, GIScience Group, Jena, Germany
05/2014 - 09/2014

Research Assistant, University of Waterloo, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, Waterloo, Canada
04/2013 - 03/2014
09/2012 - 12/2012

Researcher, Austrian Institute of Technology, Department of Health and Environment, Tulln, Austria
02/2014 - 07/2014
10/2011 - 11/2014

Research Assistant, University of Vienna, Department of Geography and Regional Research, Vienna, Austria
01/2010 - 04/2012

Master of Science, University of Waterloo, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, Waterloo, Canada
    Thesis: Natural and anthropogenic controls of landslides on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada (
09/2010 - 05/2012
01/2010 - 05/2010
01/2008 - 05/2009
  Teaching assistant at the University of Waterloo, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, Waterloo, Canada
Undergraduate courses:
  • Geography field research
  • Geography and human habitat
  • Computer cartography: principles and design
09/2005 - 12/2009   Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Honours Geography, Cooperative with a Specialization in Biophysical Systems, University of Waterloo, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, Waterloo, Canada
01/2008 - 09/2008   Geomatics Technician, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Canada - Cooperative education placement
05/2007 - 09/2007   GIS Technician, Environment Canada, Canadian Ice Service, Ottawa, Canada - Cooperative education placement
09/2006 - 12/2006   Outdoor education instructor, Toronto Outdoor Education Schools, Toronto District School Board, Etobicoke, Canada - Cooperative education placement


05/2011 - 04/2012

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC CGS M)
05/2010 - 04/2011

Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (OGS)
05/2011 - 04/2012
05/2010 - 04/2011

President's Graduate Scholarship

Professional Society Membership

  • European Geosciences Union (EGU; 2013 - present)

  • Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG; 2011 - 2012)

Selected Publications

Goetz, J.N., Guthrie, R.H. & Brenning, A.  (2014). Forest harvesting is associated with increased landslide activity during an extreme rainstorm on Vancouver Island, Canada. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. (nhess-2014-220).

Goetz, J.N., Bell, R. & Brenning, A. (2014). Could surface roughness be a poor proxy for landslide age? Results from the Swabian Alb, Germany. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 39, 1697-1704, doi: 10.1002/esp.3630.

Wyhlidal, S., Rank, D., Schott, K., Heiss, G. & Goetz, J.  (2014). Analysis of isotopic signals in the Danube River water at Tulln, Austria, based on daily grab samples in 2012. Isotopes in environmental and health studies, (ahead-of-print), 1-13.

Petschko, H., Brenning, A., Bell, R., Goetz, J. & Glade, T.  (2014). Assessing the quality of landslide susceptibility maps - case study Lower Austria, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 14, 95-118, doi:10.5194/nhess-14-95-2014.

Goetz J.N., Guthrie, R.H. & Brenning, A.  (2011). Integrating physical and empirical landslide susceptibility models using generalized additive models. Geomorphology 129(3-4), 376-386.


M.Sc. Jason Goetz
Research and teaching assistant

Visiting address

Lehrstuhl für Geoinformatik
Room 133
Grietgasse 6
07743 Jena

Postal address

Institut für Geographie
Lehrstuhl für Geoinformatik
Löbdergraben 32
07737 Jena

Phone:  +49-3641-9-48861
Fax.: +49-3641-9-48852
Office hours
by appointment