Earth Observation and Modelling

Field trip Allgäu 2020 - digital

High mountains and alpine tourism, unique biodiversity and intensively used pastures, natural forces and urban growth - all these apparent opposites come together in Germany's southernmost region, the Allgäu. How did this cultural/natural landscape develop? How is it protected, used and changed? Which strategies exist to solve areas of conflict?
In February 2020, 18 geography students (BSC) were looking forward to a hiking excursion in the Oberallgäu with base camp in Bad Hindelang. Then, Corona has thrown our plans out of the window. Nonetheless, from May to July, we prepared us in an online seminar for the topic of the excursion:

  • Alpine geology and geomorphology
  • Environmental management and regional development in Oberallgäu
  • Agricultural and forestry use
  • Tourism concepts
  • Alpine climate and hydrology
  • Vegetation and fauna in the Alps

Finally, we also spent our excursion week digitally. In a Zoom meeting, Max Löther from the Nagelfluhkette Nature Park told us about the work and importance of the nature park with current examples from the Corona summer. We interpreted landscape photos and created digital field trip guides using the 2019 field trip reports and photos.

Here, you can find the results. Click through the diverse landscape around Bad Hindelang.

Tour around Oberjoch – A digital excursion between Bad Hindelang and Oberjoch

Nagelfluhkette Nature Park – Nature meets culture

Tour from Giebelhaus to Prinz-Luitpold-Haus - Biodiversity in small space – a nature trail for discoverers

Lake Engeratsgundsee within the Allgäuer Alps Nature Reserve - Through alpine meadows up to the tarn lake

Bike tour Iller to Breitachklamm - By bike from Sonthofen along the Iller river to the Breitach gorge