Applied Physical Geography in Central Asia

Study Area, Professional and Methodological Focus

[Translate to Englisch:] Die Untersuchungsgebiete der APG in Zentralasien

Our recent focus area is in Kyrgyzstan at the Naryn River. Previously, we have been active at the Tarim River in NW China. In addition, we participated in smaller studies at the rivers Talas (Kyrgyzstan) and Syr Darya (Kazakhstan).



[Translate to Englisch:] Fachliche und methodische Schwerpunkte

Unsustainable land and water use as well as the consequences of climate change cause signifcant social-ecological challenges for the Central Asian people. We apply modern methods of geodata analysis to assess ecological relationships and use the results to develop sustainable management solutions in close cooperation with local stakeholders. It is of particular interest for us to use open source software and - as far as possible - open access data. This does not only ensure reproducibility in science - it allows also the replication by local scientists and authorities in Central Asia where the access to expensive software or data is rather limited.


ÖkoFlussPlan - Our recent Project in Central Asia

Aim of this BMBF funded project is to protect the riparian forests along the Naryn River and to develop sustainable alternatives to energy supply. During the project period from August 2019 to July 2022, a consortium of five German and several Kyrgyz partners is working on comprehensive recommendations for sustainable management of the floodplains of the Naryn River.


Overview over the ÖkoFlussPlan Project


Title - Funding - Project Period

Full Title: ÖkoFlussPlan - Preservation of Selected Ecosystem Services in the Floodplains of the Naryn River (Kyrgyzstan)

Project Period August 2019 - July 2022

Funding: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF): CLIENT II –  Internationale Partnership for Sustainable Innovations

Lead: Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Applied Physical Geography and Floodplain Institute Neuburg

Project Partners

Project Partners


  • TU Munich, Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management
  • TH Ingolstadt, Institute of new Energy Systems (InES)
  • Eberswald University for Sustainable Development, Chair of Communication and Socio-Economics
  • ÖKON – Landscape Ecology, Hydrobiology and Environmental Planning
  • CitrinSolar Energy and Environmental Technology

Projektpartner in Kirgistan:

  • Naryn State University, Naryn
  • Kyrgyz State University for Construction, Transport and Architecture, Bishkek
  • World Agroforestry Centre, Central Asia Office, Bishkek
  • Eco-Consult LTD, Naryn
  • Kyrgyz Soil Science Society, Bishkek
  • Aktal und Emgek-Talaa Local Self Governance
  • Forest Departments Naryn und Aktalaa

Project Lead

Bernd Cyffka
Prof. Dr. Bernd Cyffka
Head of the Professorship of Applied Physical Geography | KU research center Floodplain Institute Neuburg
Room: O14-003


Magdalena Lauermann
Magdalena Lauermann
Research Associate, Applied Physical Geography
Building Osten 14  |  Room: O14-005
Florian Betz
Dr. Florian Betz
Research Associate, Applied Physical Geography and Floodplain Institute
Building Osten 14  |  Room: O14-005