Dr. Helene (Petschko) Goetz

Research and teaching assistant
Helene (Petschko) Goetz, Dr
wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
Helene Goetz
+49 3641 9-48981
+49 3641 9-48852
Room 133
Grietgasse 6
07743 Jena

As a geomorphologist with strong geomatics interests I like to combine my knowledge on the geomorphological processes, their nature and relationships with the environment (geology, climate, land use), with my geospatial analysis skills. My key research areas include mapping on high resolution digital elevation models and orthophotos, and spatial statistical analysis within GIS using open source platforms. I am performing applied research, focusing on natural hazards and ways of their avoidance, e.g. by providing susceptibility maps for communities. Additionally, my research interests span to research on landslide event inventory mapping using UAVs and the nature, history and evolution of human impact on geomorphological processes, such as erosion or landslides and possible ways of assessing these impacts spatially.

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Teaching is for me an important interface from theory to research and likewise from students to academics. Room for discussions and questions during a class is often the starting point for a fruitful exchange of ideas between students and academics. As a teacher I enjoy to introduce the subject by always taking into account the current state of the art. With my teaching, I share my passion for the subject geomorphology and geomatics in lively, stimulating and challenging (field) classes. Similarly, it is important for me to continuously reflect on my teaching effectiveness, to improve my course material and learn about new teaching methodologies.


GEOG 211 – Introduction to spatial analysis with GIS (BSc.)
GEO 411 Landscape management and earth observation (MSc.)


Key research areas and recent projects Show content

Key research areas

  • Mapping and monitoring of geomorphological processes with SfM-MVS Photogrammetry
  • Natural hazard analysis
  • Geostatistical and geospatial modeling techniques
  • Modelling and designing landslide susceptibility maps for land use planning

Recent projects

  • LaCCiLUC "Network for Environmental Modeling of Earth Surface Processes: Landslide Hazards in the Context of Climate and Land Use Change" funded within the Ideas competition for the establishment and development of innovative R&D networks with partners in the Danube States by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research -BMBF (03/2017 - 02/2019)
  • EASICLIM "Eastern Alpine Slope Instabilities under Climate Change" funded within the 9th Call of the Austrian Climate Research Programme – ACRP of the Climate and Energy Fund of the Austrian Federal Government (03/2017 - 02/2019).
  • ILLAS "Integrating Land use Legacies in Landslide Risk Assessment to support Spatial Panning" g funded within the 9th Call of the Austrian Climate Research Programme ACRP of the Climate and Energy Fund of the Austrian Federal Government (04/2017 - 03/2020).
  • Terrestrial SfM and MVS photogrammetry for monitoring erosion processes within an active sinkhole
Service to the discipline and Academic/Professional Society Membership and Offices Show content
  • Co-Chair of the IAG Geomorphological Hazards Working Group (since 2018)
  • Chair, Austrian research group for geomorphology and global environmental change (geomorph.at; 2013-2018)
  • Executive committee member of the Austrian Association of Geographers (2012-2014)
  • Memberships:
    • Austrian Association of Geographers (seit 2008)
    • European Geosciences Union (EGU; seit 2010)
    • Austrian research group for geomorphology and global environmental change (seit 2012)
    • AK Geomorphologie (seit 2016)
    • AK Naturgefahren (seit 2016)
    • we4DRR - women exchange for Disaster Risk Reduction (seit 2016)

Reviewer activities for the journals:

  • Environmental Earth Sciences
  • Geomorphology
  • Geoscientific Model Development (GMD)
  • International Journal of Geoinformation
  • Journal of Maps
  • Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (NHESS)
  • Natural Hazards (NHAZ)
  • Regional Environmental Change
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