Martin Knippertz


Dr. rer. nat.

Martin Knippertz

Chair of Physical Geography and Geoecology



Building: Seminargebäude Wüllnerstraße

Room: SG406

Templergraben 55

52056 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80-97629

Office Hours

Tuesdays 10 to 11am and Wednesdays 2 to 4pm

Research Interests

Research Fields

  • Rehabilitation potentials and -concepts in mining areas
  • Soil Science
  • Geoecology

Research Regions

  • Mongolia
  • Eifel
  • Zambia


  • Studies: Geography, Geology und Economic Geography, RWTH Aachen.
  • Exam: Magister Artium 2001, Magister-Thesis: "Ecological evaluation of rehabilitated areas by selected parameters – the bauxite mine Los Pijiguaos, Venezuela" – in German
  • Dissertation: "Analysis of rehabilitation-potentials in copper mining areas of Zambia and Mongolia", 2005 – in German
  • 2000-2003: CRC 525 "Resource-orientated analysis of raw material flow"
  • since 2003: scientific assistant, Chair of Physical Geography and Geoecology, RWTH Aachen; Study Coordinator.

Research activities

  • 08-10/1999: Bauxite-mine Los Pijiguaos, Venezuela.
  • 06-11/2002: Nkana Copper-mine, Copperbelt, Zambia.
  • 07-08/2003: Copper-mine Erdenet, Mongolei
  • since 2013: Mongolia, GMIT – German-Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology
  • since 2014: Mongolia, mining rehabilitation, small-scale coal mine Nalaikh, coal-mine Baganuur

Academic Teaching

  • Introduction to cartography
  • Methods of visualization
  • Thematic and computer mapping – theory and practical application
  • Basic seminar “Physical geography” incl. field trips – Aachen, Ardennes, Eifel
  • Empirical methods of Physical geography/ Project study – Soils and relief in and around Aachen
  • Pedology in the field and the laboratory
  • Regional seminars Mongolia / Scotland / Portugal /Italie
  • Short field trips in and around Aachen/ Vulkaneifel / Südeifel
  • Excursions to Mongolia, Scotland and Italy

Current Projects



Concluded Projects


Journal Articles

Source Author(s)
[Contribution to a book, Journal Article]
Assessment of soil loss using RUSLE around Mongolian mining sites: a case study on soil erosion at the Baganuur lignite and Erdenet copper-molybdenum mines
In: Environmental earth sciences, 82 (9), 230, 2023
[DOI: 10.1007/s12665-023-10897-0]
Sodnomdarjaa, Enkhjargal (Corresponding author)
Lehmkuhl, Frank
Karthe, Daniel
Knippertz, Martin
Ganbat, Gantuya
[Contribution to a book, Journal Article]
Arsenic distribution and pathway scenarios for sediments and water in a peri-urban Mongolian small-scale coal mining area (Nalaikh District, Ulaanbaatar)
In: Environmental science and pollution research, 27 (6), 5845-5863, 2019
[DOI: 10.1007/s11356-019-07271-8]
Nottebaum, Veit Christian (Corresponding author)
Walk, Janek
Knippertz, Martin
Karthe, Daniel
Batbayar, Gunsmaa
Pötter, Stephan
Lehmkuhl, Frank
[Journal Article]
Holocene geomorphic processes and landscape evolution in the lower reaches of the Orkhon River (northern Mongolia)
In: Catena : an interdisciplinary journal of soil science, hydrology, geomorphology focusing on geoecology and landscape evolution, 98, 17-28, 2012
[DOI: 10.1016/j.catena.2012.06.003]
Lehmkuhl, Frank
Hülle, Daniela
Knippertz, Martin
[Journal Article]
Rehabilitationspotenziale in der Nkana Kupfermine/Zambia
In: Geo-öko, 27 (1/2), 35-51, 2006
Knippertz, Martin
Lehmkuhl, Frank
[Journal Article]
Copper industry in Zambia-environmental impacts and rehabilitation
In: Erzmetall, 8, 459-464, 2003
Knippertz, Martin
Giese, Marc
[Journal Article]
Vorsorge und weitsichtige Planung-GIS Einsatz bei der Analyse von Rehabiliationspotenzialen im Sambischen Kupfergürtel
In: GeoBIT, 4, 18-20, 2003
Knippertz, Martin
Baier, Klaus
[Journal Article]
Betrachtungen zur Kupfergewinnung im Zambischen Kupfergürtel unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Rehabilitation
In: Glückauf : Zeitschrift für Technik und Wirtschaft des Bergbaus, 138 (10), 2002
Knippertz, Martin
Martens, Per Nicolai
Mistry, Mark


Source Author(s)
[Contribution to a book, Contribution to a conference proceedings]
Spatial distribution, pollution, and health risk assessment of heavy metal in industrial area soils of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
In: XXIV ISPRS Congress "Imaging today, foreseeing tomorrow", Commission IV : 2021 edition, 5-9 July 2021 / editor(s): N. Paparoditis, C. Mallet, F. Lafarge, M.Y. Yang, S. Zlatanova, S. Dragicevic, G. Sithole, G. Agugiaro, J.J. Arsanjani, P. Boguslawski, M. Breunig, M.A. Brovelli, S. Christophe, A. Coltekin, M.R. Delavar, M. Al Doori, E. Guilbert, C.C. Fonte, J. Haworth, U. Isikdag, I. Ivanova, Z. Kang, K. Khoshelham, M. Koeva, M. Kokla, Y. Liu, M. Madden, M.A. Mostafavi, G. Navratil, D.R. Paudyal, C. Pettit, A. Spano, E. Stefanakis, W. Tu, G. Vacca, L. Díaz-Vilariño, S. Wise, H. Wu, and X.G. Zhou, 123-133, 2021
[DOI: 10.5194/isprs-archives-XLIII-B4-2021-123-2021]
Oyunbat, P.
Batkhishig, O.
Batsaikhan, B.
Lehmkuhl, Frank
Knippertz, Martin
Nottebaum, Veit Christian
[Abstract, Contribution to a book]
Rehabilitationspotenziale in der Kupfermine Erdenet, Mongolei
In: Festschrift zum 75. Geburtstag von Kurt Schetelig / [Hrsg.: Lehrstuhl für Ingenieurgeologie und Hydrogeologie (LIH) der Rheinisch-Westfälischen Technischen Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen], 2011
Knippertz, Martin


Source Author(s)
[Contribution to a book]
Begrifflichkeiten: Renaturierung, Rekultivierung, Rehabilitation
In: Renaturierung : Programmatik und Effektivitätsmessung / hrsg. von Gottfried Lennartz, 4-10, 2008
Knippertz, Martin
[Contribution to a book]
Copper mining in erdenet : environmental impacts and rehabilitaion
In: Geographica - Oekologica. - 16,3, 66-67, 2005
Knippertz, Martin
Lehmkuhl, Frank