One Two
You are here: Home Team Jan Blöthe

Dr. Jan Blöthe

Research AssistantJan2

Post Doc



[Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]

Tel.: (+49) - (0)228/73-60722

Fax: (+49) - (0)228/73-9099


Department of Geography

Meckenheimer Allee 166

D-53115 Bonn


Room: 154

Office hours:

during term: Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m. (and by arrangement)

Please use the following link to select a timeslot and a date for the office hours:

during the semester break: only by arrangement - please email me. 


If you are interested in writing your BSc or MSc thesis in our research group, please consult the "Teaching" tab on this website to find a list of possible themes. 


About myself:

Hi, my name is Jan Blöthe. Since October 2014, I am working as a post-doctoral researcher in the Geomorphology and Environmental Systems working group at the University of Bonn, Germany. I received my PhD in 2014 from the University of Potsdam, where I worked with Oliver Korup on valley fills and large landslides in the Himalayas.  

My main research focus lies on the sediment dynamics in high-mountain environments, including natural hazards and fluvial geomorphology. Using a variety of methods, I am trying to better understand how sediments are produced, delivered to the fluvial domain and then finally transported out of the mountain belt. While my work mainly focused on the Himalayas in the past, I have been starting to work on the wide topic of sediment dynamics in a variety of settings: Rock glacier and landslide dynamics in the arid Central Andes of Argentina (project at University of Bonn, cooperation with IANIGLA, Mendoza, Argentina); The development of outsize fans and dead-ice content in glacial moraines the European Alps (project at University of Bonn and cooperation with University of Vienna, Austria); the distribution of Sackungen in the Tatra Mountains (cooperation with University of Ostrava, Czech Republic); Landslides and sediment transport in southern Germany (project at University of Bonn). In my research, I am mainly using geomorphometric analysis, satellite-based remote sensing, and geochronological dating techniques such as cosmogenic radionuclides and optically stimulated luminescence. Recently, I have gathered some experience on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for the production of high-resolution digital topographic data and geophysical applications, such as electrical resistivity tomography, seismic refraction tomography and ground penetrating radar. 





Groh, T., and Blöthe, J.H., 2019, Rock Glacier Kinematics in the Kaunertal, Ötztal Alps, Austria: Geosciences, v. 9, p. 373, doi: 10.3390/geosciences9090373

Blöthe, J.H., Rosenwinkel, S., Höser, T., and Korup, O., 2019, Rock-glacier dams in High Asia: Rock-glacier dams in High Asia: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, v. 44, p. 808–824, doi: 10.1002/esp.4532

König, S., Schultz, J.A., Schoch, A., Blöthe, J.H., Schrott, L., and Thonfeld, F., 2019, Mountain Permafrost Distribution Modeling - A Geomorphometry-Remote Sensing Approach for the Hohe Tauern National Park, Austria: Publikationen der DGPF, v. 28, p. 675-685.



Halla, C., Blöthe, J.H., Trombotto, D., and Schrott, L., 2018, Permafrost in Argentiniens Anden - eine bedeutende hydrologische Ressource: Geographische Rundschau, v. 70, p. 36-40. 

Schoch, A., Blöthe, J.H., Hoffmann, T., and Schrott, L., 2018, Multivariate geostatistical modeling of the spatial sediment distribution in a large scale drainage basin, Upper Rhone, Switzerland: Geomorphology, v. 303, p. 375-392, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.11.026.



Otto, J.-C., Prasicek, G., Blöthe, J.H, and Schrott, L., 2017, GIS Applications in Geomorphology: Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, p. 1–30, doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.10029-6



Munack, H., Blöthe, J.H., Fülöp, R.H., Codilean, A.T., Fink, D., and Korup, O., 2016, Recycling of Pleistocene valley fills dominates 135 ka of sediment flux, upper Indus River: Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 149, p. 122–134, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.07.030



Blöthe, J.H., Korup, O., and Schwanghart, W., 2015, Large landslides lie low: Excess topography in the Himalaya-Karakorum ranges: Geology, v. 43, no. 6, p. 523–526, doi: 10.1130/G36527.1. PDF

Stolle, A., Langer, M., Blöthe, J.H., and Korup, O., 2015, On predicting debris flows in arid mountain belts: Global and Planetary Change, v. 126, p. 1–13, doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2014.12.005



Blöthe, J.H., Munack, H., Korup, O., Fülling, A., Garzanti, E., Resentini, A., and Kubik, P.W., 2014, Late Quaternary valley infill and dissection in the Indus River, western Tibetan Plateau margin: Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 94, p. 102–119, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.04.011

Munack, H., Korup, O., Resentini, A., Limonta, M., Garzanti, E., Blöthe, J.H., Scherler, D., Wittmann, H., and Kubik, P.W., 2014, Postglacial denudation of western Tibetan Plateau margin outpaced by long-term exhumation: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 126, no. 11-12, p. 1580–1594, doi: 10.1130/B30979.1



Blöthe, J.H., and Korup, O., 2013, Millennial lag times in the Himalayan sediment routing system:Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 382, p. 38–46, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2013.08.044


Curriculum Vitae

Document Actions