AK Gewässer, AK Fernerkundung

Prof. Dr. Ernst-Wolfgang Löffler

ehemalige Professur für physikalische Geografie (entpflichtet)
M.A., Dr. rer. nat., Unversitätsprofessor

Curriculum Vitae:


Date and Place of birth:
25th October 1939, Heilbronn, F.R. Germany

University education:
Study of geography, geology and botany, University of Heidelberg

PhD (1967) and MA (1966), University of Heidelberg

English, French, New Guinea Pidgin (working knowledge), Thai (working knowledge), Turkish (working knowledge)

Fields of competence:
Remote sensing, geomorphology, land resources and environmental surveys, environmental risk assessment, land classification


Professional experience and positions:

Permanent positions:

1985 - 2006:
Chair of Physical Geography, Centre for Environmental Research, University of the Saarland, Saarbrücken, F.R. Germany.

2001 -2005:
Dean of Faculty  Empirische Humanwissenschaften

Professor of Geography, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg.

Research Scientist and later Principal Research with the Division of Land Research (now Division of Water Resources), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia.


Short term consultancies:

Advisor with GAF, Munich (Gesellschaft für Angewandte Fernerkundung) on compilation of map on soil erosion hazard for South Madagascar (2 weeks)

Two months consultant with GAF, Munich (Gesellschaft für Angewandte Fernerkundung) in the Usambara Moutains in Tanzania. Assessment of land use, vegetation and land degradation for the Bufferzone Development Project-Tanzania sponsered by GTZ/KfW.

One moth consultant with GAF, Munich. Application of remote sensing for monitoring degradation of mangrove in the Ayayarwaddy Delta, Myanmar. Work was carried out on behalf of the UNDP/FAO.

Six weeks consultant in Vanuatu with Hydroplan, Herdecke on behalf of ADAB. Environmental impact study on Urban Structure Development.

Two months field work in Northern and Northeast Thailand concerned with the role of termites in soil and relief development. Work sponsored by the German Research Council (DFG.)

Compilation of second edition of text book on remote sensing (Geographie und Fernerkundung)

Visiting Professor University of Chiang Mai, Thailand within the framework of the GTZ-funded Masters course on "Environmental Risk Assessment for Tropical Ecosystems" (University Cooperation between the Universities of Chiang Mai and the Saarland). Lectures on remote sensing and Environmental Impact Assessment

Visiting Professor University of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby sponsored by the DAAD (2 months). Lectures on the application of remote sensing

Consultant with Thai Australian Water Resources, Project for M.P.W. Australia (one month). Advice on the use remote sensing for mapping ground water resources

Field research concerned with geomorphology of Northeast Thailand sponsored by the German Research Council

Land Use Advisor with McGowan International with the Thai-Australian Tung Kula Ronghai Project (six months work between 1985 and 87). Coordination of reforestation, pasture improvement and soil conservation activities of the Royal Forest Department, the Department of Livestock Development and the Land Development Department in the Tung Kula Ronghai area, Northeast Thailand.

Consultant with McGowan International. Work on soil salinity and land classification in the Tung Kula Ronghai area, Northeast Thailand. Work (involvement 3 months).

Consultant for land use and land system mapping and assessment of land use capability in West Kalimantan, Indonesia for McGowan and Associates.

Visiting lecturer, University of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby (4 months).

Consultant soil scientist and remote sensing specialist for McGowan Associates in the Karaj Watershed Management Project, Iran. Soil survey and assessment of erosion hazard mainly by air photo interpretation in the catchment area of the Karaj Dam near Teheran. Four months work.



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