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Dr. Anna Smetanova


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TU Berlin
Institute of Ecology
Building BH-N, Raum 802
Phone: +49 (0)30 314-73545
Fax: +49 (0)30 314-23309







  • Soil erosion measuring, mapping and modelling
  • Functioning and evolution of human influenced landscapes
  • Water and sediment connectivity
  • Interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral research, transfer of knowledge
  • Sustainable & zero-degradation multifunctional landscapes


  • 2014-2016 PostDoc INRA, Laboratoire d'Etude des Interactions entre Sol-Agrosystème-Hydrosystème, Working Group: Erosion and Solid Transport, Montpellier, France
  • 2015-2016 Visting Researcher, TU Berlin and  Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Potsdam, Germany
  • 2011-2013 DBU Research Fellow, MOE-Autauschstipendienprogramm, Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, Osnabrück, Germany (University Mainz, University Kiel, University Koblenz-Landau, arealGmBh)
  • 2010 Visiting researcher, Slovak National Scholarship Fund, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium
  • 2009 Visiting researcher, Erasmus Student Placement, Institute for Environmental Sciences, University Koblenz–Landau, Landau/Pfalz, Germany
  • 2009 Visiting researcher, Scholarship of Bilateral Agreement between Slovakia and Poland, Faculty of Earth Sciences and Landscape planning, Marie-Curie Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland
  • 2007-2013 PhD. in Physical Geography, Geoecology and Geomatics, Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 2005-2006 Study stay, Institute of Geoecology and Geoinformation, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
  • 2005-2007 MSc. in Physical Geography and Geoecology, Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 2002-2005 Bc. in Geography and Cartography, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia


  • COST Action ES 1306 Short Term Scientific Mission (ES1306-011215-06362): 'Stakeholder analysis of perceived relevance of connectivity issues across the EU'
  • ‘Impact of Past AgricuLture on soil erOsion in ViseGrad History (I-PLOVGH)’
  • APVV-15-0054, názov: Fyzikálne založená segmentácia georeliéfu a jej geovedné aplikácie / Physically based land surface segmentatiaon and its applications in geosciences. (cooperation partner)



  • AgreenSkills Postdoc Fellowship (grant 267196): FAIR-ER Med : Comparative analyses of factors determining soil erosion rates based on network of Mediterranean monitored catchments for the innovative, adaptive and resilient agriculture of the future
  • DBU 30011/301: The effect of Biochar and Terra Preta Substrates on hydrophobicity and erodibility of soils
  • GUK 224/2009 Geometric landforms changes due to long-term influence of denudation-accumulation processes in the agricultural landscape of the Trnavská pahorkatina Hilly Land, principal investigator
  • GUK 295/2008 The contribution of accumulation to the spreading of bright patches and landforms evolution in agricultural landscape (on the example of the part of Trnavská pahorkatina Hilly Land), principal investigator


  • Guest Editor: Special Issue “Mapping and modelling soil erosion to address societal challenges in a changing world”, submitted to Land Degradation & Development
  • 2016-2018 Chair of subdivision: Soil, Environment and Ecosystem Interactions of the EGU Division of Soil System Science
  • Since 2014 Memeber of WG4 Usable Indices for Connectivity and WG5 Transitions of connectivity research towards sustainable land and water management of COST-Action CONNECTEUR
  • Since 2012 Founding Member of the BRIDGE Network for interdisciplinary research in geosciences


     Smetanová, A., Follain, S., David, M., Ciampalini, R., Raclot, D., Crabit, A., Le Bissonnais, Y. 2019. Landscaping compromises for land degradation neutrality: The case of soil erosion in a Mediterranean agricultural landscape. Journal of Environmental Management 235, 282–292. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.01.063

    Paton, E.N., Smetanová, A., Krueger, T., Parsons, A. 2019. Perspectives and ambitions of interdisciplinary connectivity researchers. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 537–548, 2019. https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-537-2019

     Smetanová, A., Le Bissonnais, Y., Raclot, D., Nunes, J.P., Licciardello, F., Le Bouteiller, C., Latron, J., Rodríguez Caballero, E., Mathys, N., Klotz, S., Mekki, I., Gallart, F., Solé Benet, A., Pérez Gallego, N., Andrieux, P., Moussa, R., Planchon, O., Santos, J.M., Alshihabi, O., Chikhaoui, M., Follain, S. 2018. Temporal variability and time compression of sediment yield in small Mediterranean catchments: impacts for land and water management. Soil Use & Management 34, 388-403. https://doi.org/10.1111/sum.12437

     Smetanová, A., Paton, E.N., Maynard, C., Tindale, S., Fernández‐Getino, A.P., Marqéus Pérez, M.J., Bracken, L., Le Bissonnais, Y., Keesstra, S.D. 2018. Stakeholders' perception of the relevance of water and sediment connectivity in water and land management. Land Degradation and Development 29, 1833 –1844 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/ldr.2934

    Raclot, D., Le Bissonnais, Y., Annabi, M., Sabir, M., Smetanová, A. 2017. Main issues for preserving Mediterranean soil resources from water erosion under global change. Land Degradation and Developement 29, 789 - 799. doi: 10.1002/ldr.2774

    Smetanová, A., Verstraeten, G., Notebaert, B., Dotterweich, M., Létal, A. 2017.Landform transformation and long-term sediment budget for a Chernozem-dominated lowland agricultural catchment. CATENA 157, 24-34. doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2017.05.007

    Pereira, P., Brevik, E., Munoz-Rojas, M., Miller, B., Smetanova, A., Depellegrin, D., Misiune, I., Novara, A., Cerda, A. 2017. Soil mapping and process modelling for sustainable land management. In: Pereira, P., Brevik, E., Munoz-Rojas, M., Miller, B. (eds) Soil mapping and process modelling for sustainable land use management, Elsevier, 29–60. ISBN: 9780128052006.

    Pavelka J, Smetanová A, Rejman J, Kováčik P. 2017. Interdisciplinary tillage erosion experiment: setting up a field in grassland with a Bronze Age – Iron Age ard plough. Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica 43 (1), 2017.

    Smetanová, A., Dotterweich, M., Diehl, D., Ulrich, U., Fohrer, N. 2013. Influence of biochar and terra preta substrates on wettability and erodibility of soils. Zeitschrift für geomorphologie, 57, Suppl 1, 111-134.

    Smetanová, A., Grznár, P., Burian, L., Horáčková, Š., Létal, A. 2012. Geoarchaeological interpretation of buried gully as a part of geomorphological research. Geographia Casoviensis,6, 1, 2012, 49-58.

    Smetanová, A. 2011. The influence of agriculture on the topography of lowland loessic hilly lands. A review. AGUC, 55, 2, 2011, 265-281.

    Smetanová, A., Šabo, M. 2010. Bright patches in chernozem areas on loess – an evidence of soil erosion and relief changes. Studies in Geography (45), 2010, 143-152.

    Rejman, J., Smetanová, A. 2010. Soil translocation under pre-sowing tillage operations on loess slope with various inclination. Studies in Geography, 45, 2010. 79-88.

    Smetanová, A. 2009 Bright patches on chernozems and their relationship to the relief. Geographical Journal, 61, 3, 2009, 215-227.

    Smetanová, A., Kožuch, M., Čerňanský, J. 2009 The land use changes in 20th century and their geomorphological implications in lowland agricultural area (Voderady, Trnavská tabuľa Table Plain, Slovakia). Geomorphologica Slovaca et Bohemica, 2, 2009, 57-63.

    Smetanová, A. 2008. Contribution of water and tillage erosion to bright patches formation on the base of erosion modelling (Case study Trnavská pahorkatina Hill Land, Slovakia). Preliminary results. Landform Analysis, 9, 2008, 45-48.

    Smetanová, A. 2008. Contribution to the discussion on the origin of bright patches in loessic areas with Chernozems (Case study: selected part Trnavská pahorkatina Hill Land, Slovakia). In: 15th Internat. Congress of ISCO : Proceedings Volume (Budapest 18. – 23. 5. 2008). Budapest : Geographical Research Institute HAS.


Published regional geography based popular science

    Smetana, V., Smetanová, A., Smetanová, E. 2017. The environment of Mikula and its surrounding. In: Nováková, M., Tóth, P. (ed.) Mikula-Grammikola, 10-31.

    Smetana, V., Smetanová, A. 2016. The physical geography of the municipality Rumanová. In: Bátovská J. (ed.), Rumanová.

    Smetana, V., Smetanová, A. 2014. The physical geography of the municipality Starý Hrádok and its surrounding. In: Bátovská J. (ed.), Starý Hrádok in the time. Starý Hrádok, 3-13.

    Smetana, V. Smetanová, A. 2014. The environment of the municipality Starý Tekov and its surrounding. In: Bátovská J. & Kinčok B. (eds.) et al., Starý Tekov – the municipality' s monography. Starý Tekov, 9-23.

    Smetanová, A. , Smetana, V. 2014: The environment of the municipality and its surrounding. In: Bátovská j. (ed.) et al., Devičany – the municipality' s monography. Devičany, 8-23.

    Šíma, P., Smetanová, A., Lengyel, J. 2013. The physical geography of the municipality Bánov. In: Bátovská, J. (ed), Bánov., Bánov, 6-20.

    Smetana, V., Smetanová, A. 2013. The environment in Bohunice and its surrounding. In: Bátovská, J. (ed.) Bohunice, 6-14.

    Smetana, V., Smetanová, A. 2010. The environment in Tlmače and their surroundings. In: Bátovská, J. (ed.) Tlmače in the flow of the time, 9-27.

    Smetana, V., Smetanová, A. 2010. The physical geography of Levice and its surrounding. In: Bátovská, J. (ed.) Levice, 8-23.



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