Environmental Systems Analysis

Welcome to the online representation of our research group "Environmental Systems Analysis". If you do not find what you are looking for please do not hesitate to contact us. Thanks a lot for your interest!


Who we are

We are a group of researchers who are convinced that our interdisciplinary research can contribute to solving pressing environmental challenges. Our scientific co-operations combine complementary expertise to create synergies that enable us to advance our understanding of environmental processes and interdependencies, to provide the knowledge for policy decisions and sustainable management, and to raise public awareness and responsibility for our environment.


What we are looking for

We focus on interdisciplinary approaches to analyze the processes and interactions of environmental systems. In order to deepen our knowledge on mechanism and influencing parameters our research combines methods from system science and experimental data with mathematical modelling.


What we teach

For the study programs Geoecology, Geoscience, Environmental Sciences and Applied Environmental Geoscience we teach the scientific methodologies to analyze and understand complex environmental systems. On the basis of specific objectives or research questions students learn how to identify system elements, interactions and boundaries, their translation into mathematical/quantitative descriptions and their analysis including uncertainty and sensitivity.


How you can contact us

If you would like to learn more about our activities please have a look at the up-coming events and our publications or feel free to contact us.


Zentrum für Angewandte Geowissenschaften



Prof. Dr. Christiane Zarfl


Hölderlinstr. 12

Raum: S 534

72074 Tübingen



Marion Schäffling

Tel.: +49-(0)7071-29-73153

Fax: +49-(0)7071-29-5059

NEW: Publications

1.   Rehse et al. (2016) Short-term exposure with high concentrations of pristine microplastic particles leads to immobilisation of Daphnia magna. Chemosphere 153, 91-99.

2.     Winemiller et al. (2016) Balancing hydropower and biodiversity in the Amazon, Congo and Mekong. Science 352, 128-129.

3.    de Souza Machado et al. (2016) Metal fate and effects in estuaries: A review and conceptual model for better understanding of toxicity. Sci. Total Environ. 541, 268-281.