Dr. Katrin Meusburger, Research Associate
Phone: +41 (0)61 207 36 31
Soil erosion is well known to be the main threat to the sustainability of soils, nonetheless its prediction over spatio-temporal scales remains a major scientific challenge. During the last years I addressed this challenge by drawing the bow from basic soil science and small scale field work (fallout radionuclides, stable isotopes), via geostatistics, GIS and remote sensing, to the assessments and modelling at large scale, to understand the drivers of soil degradation and to quantify soil loss in arable land as well as in steep mountain areas.
Areas of Specialisation
- Soil degradation processes
- Fallout radionuclides as soil and sediment tracers (137Cs, 239+240Pu, excess 210Pb)
- Sediment fingerprinting with compound specific stable isotopes (CSIA)
- Environmental modelling with remote sensing and GIS
- Natural hazards and rainfall erosivity (R-factor)
07/2005-3/2009 PhD at the Group of Environmental Geosciences, University of Basel, Switzerland; Thesis title: “Soil erosion in the Alps – causes and risk assessment”
10/1999-1/2005 Diploma in Hydrology, Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany.
10/1998-9/1999 Chemistry studies and in 2000 Prediploma, Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany.
Current and previous employment positions
since 1/2012 Research fellow (Oberassistentin) in the Group of Environmental Geosciences, University of Basel, Switzerland.
11/2010-5/2011 Visiting researcher at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (Ispra, Italy) in the framework of a Collaboration agreement between the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment and the Institute for Environment and Sustainability; Project-title: “Rainfall erosivity mapping for Switzerland”.
11/2009-11/2010 Post-doctoral investigator within the Strategic Korean-Swiss Cooperative Program.
7/2009-12/2011 Post-doc within the project: “Prediction of erosion susceptibility of alpine grasslands in Switzerland” funded by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment at Group of Environmental Geosciences, University of Basel, Switzerland.
2/2005-7/2005 Assistant researcher at the Institute of Hydrology (IHF), Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.
1/2003-3/2003 Internship at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Christchurch, New Zealand.
8/2001-10/2001 Internship at the Eidgenössischen Anstalt für Wasserversorgung, Abwasserreinigung und Gewässerschutz (EAWAG), Zürich, Switzerland.