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Dr. Rainer Bell

Research Associate

Post doc



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Department of Geography

Meckenheimer Allee 166

D-53115 Bonn


Room: 154


Office hours: by arrangement



Research interests/regions
  • Integrative natural hazard and risk analysis and management, cascading hazards and risks

  • Mountain geomorphology, landslides, floods, permafrost

  • Early warning systems

  • GIS, Remote sensing and spatial analysis in general

  • Himalayas (Nepal), Andes, Austria, Germany, Norway, Iceland, China



Research Projects
Current projects
  • EifelfloodS – Eine GFZ HART und Uni Potsdam NatRisk Initiative (since Sept. 2021)

  • Spatial occurrence and hydrological significance of Andean permafrost, Agua Negra, Argentina (HyPerm) (2021-2024)


Completed projects
  • Resilience of tourism systems to natural hazards in the Himalayas (touRES) (2017-2020, Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW))

  • Susceptibility map for debris flows, debris slides and soil slides in Western Norway, Trøndelag and Agder, (Norway) (2014-2017, Norwegian water resources and energy directorate (NVE), in collaboration with Norwegian Geotechnial Institute (NGI)

  • Deriving landslide metrics and analysing landslide age based on surface roughness from Airborne Laser Scanning Digital Terrain Models (2013)

  • Development of methods for the landslide hazard assessment in Lower Austria (MoNOE) (2009-2014, Province of Lower Austria, Austria)

  • Integrated landslide early warning systems (ILEWS) (2007-2010, BMBF)

  • Integrative Landslide Risk Analysis and Perception in the Swabian Alb, Germany (InterRISK) (2003-2007, DFG)



Teaching (at Universities of Bonn, Vienna and Klagenfurt)

  • GIS courses including remote sensing (topics: geomorphology, natural hazard and risk modelling)

  • Field courses in geomorphology

  • Courses on Earth System Science and Global Environmental Change

  • Introductory courses to geomorphology and physical geography

  • Field trips (e.g. Nepal, Romania, European Alps, SW-Germany, Eifel/Rheinland)

  • KaVoMa course: Multi hazards and risk analysis




  • Deutscher Arbeitskreis für Geomorphologie (AK Geomorphologie)

  • Deutscher Arbeitskreis für Naturgefahren und Naturrisiken (AK Naturgefahren/Naturrisiken)

  • European Geoscience Union (EGU)

  • Österreichische Geographische Gesellschaft (ÖGG)

  • Österreichische Forschungsgruppe für Geomorphologie und Umweltwandel


Publications and talks

Curriculum Vitae (short form)


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