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Ulrich Kamp

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Ulrich Kamp

Associate Professor

Office Hours:

Fall 2014: W 2 - 3 pm and F 11 am - 12 pm, and by appointment via email.

Personal Summary

Dr. Ulrich Kamp received his Ph.D. in Geography with an emphasis on Geomorphology from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, in 1999. In the following years, he had positions at Freie Universität Berlin, University of Nebraska – Omaha, and DePaul University in Chicago before joining The University of Montana in 2005. Dr. Kamp’s research is mainly on alpine geomorphology and glaciology, particularly Quaternary and recent glacial change including glacier monitoring using GIT. He carried out fieldwork in the mountains of South and Central Asia, and in the Rocky Mountains and the Andes. He has also a strong interest in geoarcheology and urban sustainability.


Ph.D., Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, 1999
Geography with Emphasis in Geomorphology (summa cum laude/with highest honors)
Thesis: Late Quaternary Geomorphology and Glaciation in the Eastern Hindu Kush, Chitral, Northern Pakistan

M.S., Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, 1992
Geography (major), Emphases in Geomorphology, Arid Environments, and International Development Studies
Geology (minor), Emphasis in Remote Sensing
Biology (minor), Emphasis in Ecotoxicology
Thesis: Geomorphology and Geochemistry, Basta Joint Archaeological Project, Southern Jordan

Courses Taught

ERTH 303N - Weather and Climate
GPHY 111N - Introduction to Physical Geography
GPHY 112N - Introduction to Physical Geography Laboratory
GPHY 191X - Green Cities for the 21st Century (Global Leadership Initiative, GLI) 
GPHY 314 - Global Mountain Environments
GPHY 317 - Geomorphology
GPHY 385 - Field Techniques
GPHY 421 - Sustainable Cities
GPHY 504 - Geographical Research
GPHY 505 - Research Design

Teaching Experience

DePaul University, Chicago, 2002-2005

ENV 200 – Cities and the Environment
ENV 202 – Resources, Population, and the Environment
ENV 216 – Earth System Science
ENV 230 – Global Climate Change
GEO 210 – Environmental Conservation
GEO 225 – Weather and Climate
GEO 243 – Remote Sensing
GEO 395 – Landforms and Landscapes

Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, 1995-2000

Aerial Photography
Field Class, Regional Geography: Berlin and Brandenburg
Field Class, Physical and Cultural Geography: Environmental Studies in Low Mountains
Field Class, Physical and Cultural Geography: Natural and Cultural Landscapes in Brandenburg
Geographical Methods in Regional Studies
Methods in Physical Geography: Introduction to Field Work
The Physical Environment in Regional Geography

Research Interests

Alpine Cryosphere, Climate and Environmental Change, Geoarcheology, Geographical Information Technology (GIT), Geomorphology, Human-Environment Interactions, Landscape Character Assessment, Landscape Ecology, Mountain Geography, Natural Hazards and Risks, Quaternary Glaciations, River Habitat Assessment, Urban Sustainability.

Field of Study

Cryosphere, Environmental Change, Geomorphology, Mountain Geography, Natural Hazards.


Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (GLIMS)

Co-Director of the Regional Center for Mongolia together with National University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar
Steward for the Regional Center for Southwestern Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan) at University of Nebraska – Omaha
Steward for the Regional Center for South Asia (Bhutan, India, Nepal) at ICIMOD in Kathmandu


American Association of Geographers (AAG)
American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS)
High Mountain Remote Sensing Cartography (HMRSC)
Montana Geographic Alliance
Mountain Forum (MF)
National Geographic Society

Specialized Skills

Cryosphere, Environmental Change, Geomorphology, Mountain Geography, Natural Hazards.

Professional Experience

Environmental Assessment

Assessing the Role of Glaciers in Stream Flow from the Pamir and Tien Shan Mountains. - Funded by The World Bank. GIT Expert, 2013-2014.

Hindu Kush-Himalaya-Karakoram (HKH) Glacier Monitoring Project. - Funded by The World Bank. GIT Expert, 2011-2012.

River Habitat Assessment in Berlin. - Funded by the State Office for Urban Development, Environment Protection, and Technology, Federal State of Berlin, Germany. Project Leader, Informus Inc., Berlin, 1999-2001.

River Habitat Assessment in Brandenburg. - Funded by the State Office for the Environment, Federal State of Brandenburg, Germany. Project Leader, Informus Inc., Berlin, 1999-2000.

Urban and Regional Planning

Central Places in the High Fläming. - Funded by the Federal Ministry for Regional Planning, Building and Urban Development, Germany. Project Team Member, Office for Regional Planning and Development Inc., Berlin, 1992-1994.

Model Project Wiesenburg/Fläming. - Funded by the Federal Ministry for Regional Planning, Building and Urban Development, Germany. Project Team Member, Office for Regional Planning and Development Inc., Berlin, 1992-1994.

International Experience

Institute for Space Sciences and Institute for Geographical Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
2010-2011, 2012. Experienced Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany. Field of Study: Glacier Monitoring.

Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences Program, DePaul University, Chicago, U.S.A.
2002-2005. Assistant Professor. Field of Study: Quaternary Glacial Geomorphology and Glacier Monitoring; Teaching: Physical Geography and Environmental Sciences.

Department of Geography and Geology, University of Nebraska - Omaha, U.S.A.
2001-2002. Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Max Kade Foundation, U.S.A. Field of Study: Glacier Monitoring.

Institute of Geography, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.
1995-2000. Junior Lecturer. Field of Study: Quaternary Glacial Geomorphology; Teaching: Physical, Human and Regional Geography.

Institute for Space Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
1994-1995. Junior Scientist. Field of Study: Water Quality of Urban Streams and Lakes Using Airborne Remote Sensing.

Institute of Near Eastern Archaeology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
1994. Adjunct Junior Scientist. Field of Study: Geoarcheology.

Institute for Geographical Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
1990-1992. Research Assistant in Geoarcheology and in Limnology.

Field campaigns in Algeria, India, Jordan, Lesotho, Mongolia, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, and Venezuela.

Honors / Awards

Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany; 08/2010-07/2011; 06-08/2012
Fellow, American Center for Mongolian Studies, U.S.A.; 7/2010
Fellow, Max Kade Foundation, U.S.A; 02/2001-08/2002

Selected Publications


Kamp, U. (2016): Glaciations. In: The Association of American Geographers (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester.

Khan, M.A., S.F. Khan, U. Kamp & L.A. Owen: Landslides associated with earthquakes in Pakistan. In: Singh, R. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards, Taylor & Francis, New York.