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Ulrich Kamp, Associate Professor

Location: Stone Hall 205
Hours: Spring 2014: M 3-4, W 2-3, and by appointment.

Phone: (406) 243-6469
Fax: (406) 243-4840


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)
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

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.

Active Research Projects

Monitoring of Glaciers in the Mongolian Altai Mountains. GLIMS Regional Center for Mongolia. - (Co-Director of Regional Center).

Assessing the Role of Glaciers in Stream Flow from the Pamir and Tien Shan Mountains. - The World Bank. (Co-PI).

Impacts of Climate Change and Changes in Socio-economic Structure on Traditional Agriculture and the Development of Sustainable Communities among Indigenous Populations: A Research, Education, and Community Development Initiative between The University of Montana Native American Research Laboratory and Kumaun University in India. - U.S. – India Educational Foundation, Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI). (U.S. Science Team Member).


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.

Selected Publications

Work in Progress and Work in Review

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

Kamp, U. & C.G. Pan: First glacier inventory for Mongolia, derived from Landsat imagery from 1989-2011. Remote Sensing of Environment.

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.

Specialized Skills

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

Field of Study

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

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.


ERTH 303N - Weather and Climate
GPHY 111N - Introduction to Physical Geography
GPHY 112 - 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

Active Graduate Student Projects

Craig Koller: Geopolitics of Humanitarian Aid to Kashmir following the 2005 Earthquake.

Shane Thurlo: Water Resources and the Transformation of Society in Ladakh, India: The Case Study of Stok.

William Klaczynski: On the Map, But Off the Grid: Life Along the North Fork of the Flathead.


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



Krumwiede, B.S., U. Kamp, G.J. Leonard, J.S. Kargel, A. Dashtseren & M.Walther (2014): Recent glacier changes in the Mongolian Altai Mountains: case studies from Munkh Khairkhan and Tavan Bogd. In: Kargel, J.S., M.P. Bishop, A. Kaab & B. Raup (Eds.), Global Land Ice Measurements from Space. Satellite Multispectral Imaging of Glaciers. Praxis-Springer, Berlin, 481-508.

Quincey, D., M.P. Bishop, A. Kaab, E. Berthier, B. Flach, T. Bolch, M. Buchroithner, U. Kamp, S.J.S. Khalsa, T. Toutin, U.K. Haritashya, A. Racoviteanu, J.F. Shroder & B. Raup (2014): Digital terrain modeling and glacier topographic characterization. In: Kargel, J.S., M.P. Bishop, A. Kaab & B. Raup (Eds.), Global Land Ice Measurements from Space. Satellite Multispectral Imaging of Glaciers. Praxis-Springer, Berlin, 113-144.

Racoviteanu, A., T. Bolch, R. Bhambri, S. Bajracharya, P. Mool, R.K. Chaujar, J. Kargel, G. Leonard, R. Furfaro, A. Kääb, R. Rauenfelder, I. Sossna, U. Kamp, M. Byrne, A.V. Kulkarni, I.M. Baghuna, E. Berthier, Y. Arnaud, M.P. Bishop & J.F. Shroder (2014): Himalayan glaciers (India, Bhutan, Nepal). In: Kargel, J.S., M.P. Bishop, A. Kaab & B. Raup (Eds.), Global Land Ice Measurements from Space. Satellite Multispectral Imaging of Glaciers. Praxis-Springer, Berlin, 549-582.


Kamp, U., B.S. Krumwiede, K.G. McManigal, C.G. Pan, M. Walther & A. Dashtseren (2013): The Glaciers of Mongolia. Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) Occasional Papers, 61, 48 pp.

Kamp, U., B.S. Krumwiede, K.G. McManigal, M. Walther & A. Dashtseren (2013): Glaciers of Mongolia. In: Williams, R.S., Jr. & J.G. Ferrigno (eds.), State of the Earth's Cryosphere at the Beginning of the 21st Century: Glaciers, Global Snow Cover, Floating Ice, and Permafrost and Periglacial Environments. Satellite Image Atlas of Glaciers of the World, U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1386–A, A75 and A128.

Kamp, U., K.G. McManigal, A. Dashtseren & M. Walther (2013): Documenting glacial changes between 1910, 1970, 1992 and 2010 in the Turgen Mountains, Mongolian Altai, using repeated photographs, topographic maps and satellite imagery. The Geographical Journal, 179, 248-263.

Kamp, U. & L.A. Owen (2013): Polygenetic landscapes. In: Shroder JF, Owen, L.A. (Eds.), Tectonic Geomorphology, Treatise in Geomorphology, 5, Academic Press, San Diego, 370-393.

Khan, S.F., U. Kamp & L.A. Owen (2013): Documenting five years of landsliding after the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, using repeat photography. Geomorphology, 197, 45-55.

Napieralski, J.A., I. Barr, U. Kamp & M. Kervyn (2013): Remote sensing and GIScience in geomorphological mapping. In: Shroder JF, Bishop, M.P. (Eds.), Remote Sensing and GIScience in Geomorphology, Treatise in Geomorphology, 3, Academic Press, San Diego, 187-227.


Kamp, U., B.J. Growley, G.A. Khattak & L.A. Owen (2012): GIS-based landslide susceptibility mapping for the 2005 Kashmir earthquake region. Chinese translation of the original paper in: Geomorphology, 2008, 101, 631-642.

McManigal, K.G., S.J. Halvorson, N. Wangdi, U. Kamp & T. Wangchuk (2012): An investigation of glacial retreat and impacts on water security in Lunana Valley, Bhutan. Himalaya, 31, 52-54.

Roa-Lobo, J.G. & U. Kamp (2012): Using the topographic wetness index (TWI) for the assessment of flood hazard in Trujillo State, Venezuela. Revista Geográfica Venezolana, 53, 109-126. (In Spanish).


Copland, L., T. Sylvestre, M.P. Bishop, J.F. Shroder, Y.B. Seong, L.A. Owen, A.B.G. Bush & U. Kamp (2011): Expanded and recently increased glacier surging in the Karakoram. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 43, 503-516.<