Research topics:


Dynamics of morphostructural landform evolution

Recent dynamics of landform evolution is observed in Central Europe and in the High-Asian mountain ranges. Geodynamic measurements are interpreted in the framework of geomorphological evolution of selected parts of Bohemian Massif in the late Cenozoic. The dynamics of geomorphological processes and morphotectonic effects in fault zones are studied mainly in mountain regions of the High-Asia. 


     


Fluvial systems evolution and dynamics

Palaeogeographical evolution of the river network and fluvial terraces in Central Europe are studied in the context of the climate-morphogenetic and morphotectonic processes in the Quaternary. The spatial distribution of fluvial processes in the valley network is analysed in the context of anthropogenic influence. The research also focuses on landform changes in river beds and flood-plains. 


     


Glacial and periglacial landforms and processes

The research aims to reconstruct glacial and periglacial environment in the Bohemian Massif (Central Europe), selected mountain areas and polar regions. Geomorphological analyses, geophysical survey, geochronological dating and sedimentological methods are used for reconstructions of local glaciations. Periglacial landforms are studied in terms of their origin and activity.

 

     



Slope movements and geomorphological hazards

Prominent relief changes are connected with slope movements and natural hazards. These landform changes and processes are studied in the Bohemian Massif, Western Carpathiens, Tien-Shan and Peruvian Andes. Ongoing research focuses on glacial lake outburst floods in the Cordillera Blanca and Tien-Shan ranges.


   


Quaternary landscape changes

Environmental changes during the Quaternary period are investigated in mountain areas. Most of the data are derived from natural archives (lake deposits, peats, floodplains) whereas historical events are analyzed using dendrochronological approach. Moreover, treeline shifts and extreme environmental events (floods, debris flows, avalanches) are assessed in order to gain climatic proxies.