Simon Schmidt, PhD Candidate

Office 204
Bernoullistrasse 30
4056 Basel

Phone: +41 (0)61 207 04 83


PhD student funded by the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN). Project title: “Erosionsrisikokarte für das Berggebiet: ERK-Berg – Prototyp der ERK2 für die Bergzonen III, IV und die Sömmerungsgebiete“.


Publication list

Schmidt, Simon; Alewell, Christine; Panagos, Panos; Meusburger, Katrin: Regionalization of monthly rainfall erosivity patterns in Switzerland, in: Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 20, 4359-4373, 2016.

Schmidt, Simon; Meusburger, Katrin; de Figueiredo, Tomás; Alewell, Christine: Modelling Hot Spots of Soil Loss by Wind Erosion (SOLOWIND) in Western Saxony, Germany, in: Land degradation & development, 2016.

Helbig, Henrik; Schmidt, Simon; Köthe, Rüdiger: Hazard of highways by water induced soil erosion in Saxony-Anhalt / Gefährdung von Autobahnen durch Wassererosion in Sachsen-Anhalt, in: Strasse und Autobahn 66, 12, 851-860, 2015.



Since 2015
PhD Student, University of Basel, Switzerland

2011 – 2015
M. Sc. Physical Geography / Geoecology, University of Leipzig, Germany
Thesis: “Developing of a wind erosion screening-model to estimate the potential susceptibility of soil loss on agricultural fields in Western Saxony”

2011 – 2013
Studies in Soil Science, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

2010 – 2011
Studies in Geography and GIS, University of Lisbon, Portugal

2008 – 2011
B. Sc. Geography, University of Hamburg, Germany
Thesis: “Implication of deforestation on geomorphological processes  – a GIS- based analysis of the spatial dimension of  Soil Erosion in  Mato Grosso, Brazil”

Employment Information

2014 – 2015
Internship at German Development Coorperation (GIZ) and Ministry of Environment and Natural Resource Protection Tbilisi, Georgia

2013 – 2014
Employment at Scholz Engeneering-Survey GmbH Leipzig, Germany

Internship at the State Office for Geology and Mining Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

Internship at the University of Applied Science of Bragança, Portugal