South America

South America is a research focus of the Chair of Climatology. In particular, the high mountain regions of the Andes constitute an area of interest with their complex topography and the resulting climatic conditions. Due to the problematique of missing infrastructure and difficult accessibility - which is common to many high mountain regions in the world - the application of remote sensing methods and numerical modelling to study the interaction of climatic boundary conditions on land cover is the focal point of our research activities (e.g. high-Andean wetlands).

Galápagos Archipel

Galápagos Archipel
Galápagos Archipel


DynAmics of pRecipitation in transition: The Water source for the Galápagos ArchIpelago under climate ChaNge

The water source for the Galápagos Archipelago under Climate Change


Bild eines Bofedales
Landscape in the Peruvian Andes
Investigation of vegetation changes of Bofedales with the help of remote sensing data as a contribution to landscape planning in southern Peru

Bofedales - Andean wetlands in southern Peru

(Project completed)

Lead and contact:

Dr. Marco Otto


Otto, M. and R. Gibbons (2017):
Potential effects of projected decrease in annual rainfall on spatial destribution of high Andean wetlands in Southern Peru.
Wetlands 37 (4): 647-659. DOI: 10.1007/s13157-017-0896-2

Otto, M. et al.(2011):
Hydrological differentiation and spatial distribution of high altitude wetlands in a semi-arid Andean region derived from satellite data.
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 1713-1727, 2011 doi:10.5194/hess-15-1713-2011