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Nils Riach

Research associate and PhD student
E-Mail: nils.riach[at]
Phone: ++49(0)761 203-9110
Room: 01027


PhD project

  • Mapping Climate Vulnerability. An empirical case study from Baden-Württemberg


  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Climate risk and adaption

Thematic and methodological focus

  • Climate change, climate change risk, vulnerability and adaption
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Processing geodata with R(-Studio)
  • Free and open source GIS software

Regional focus

  • Southern Germany
  • Upper Rhine Valley Region


  • since 2020
   PhD student at the Chair of Physical Geography, University of Freiburg
  • since 2018
   Research associate at the Chair of Physical Geography, University of Freiburg
  • 2018
   M.Sc. in Geography of Global Change at the University of Freiburg
  • 2014 - 2018
   Scientific Assistant at the Chair of Physical Geography, University of Freiburg
  • 2011 - 2018
   Studies of Geography at the University of Freiburg


  • Angewandte Geodatenverarbeitung (WP, M.Sc.)
    Using the free programming language R, GIS-based procedures for the script-based processing of spatial data are operationalized.
  • Geodaten Kommunizieren (WP, M.Sc.)
    Using open source methods for the web-based creation of interactive and dynamic maps, a variety of presentation and visualization options for the communication of geoinformation are operationalized.
  • Vertiefung GIS-Methoden (WP, B.Sc.)
    A deepened understanding of open source GIS methods and enhanced skills in the handling of geodata are taught using typical acquisition, management, analysis and presentation techniques.

Involvement in courses

  • Aktuelle Fragen der Physischen Geographie (WP, B.Sc.)
  • Einführung in die Geographie und deren Arbeitsweisen (WP, B.Sc.)
  • Klimawandel in Mitteleuropa im Anthropozän (WP, M.Sc.)