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Jan Kalvoda

jankalvoda Professor Jan Kalvoda RNDr DSc

Charles University in Prague
Faculty of Science
Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology
Albertov 6, Prague 2
28 43, Prague
Czech Republic

Phone +420-22195-1365
Fax +420-22195-1367

See also personal page at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.

Current research interests

Geomorphology of high mountains in Europe and High Asia, glaciation and environments in the Quaternary, physical geography of central Europe, geomorphological hazards and risks, geodynamics and geomorphological aspects of the theory of orogenesis.


Geomorphology, Mathematical geography, Theory of Physical geography, Palaeogeography of the Quaternary, Environment of high mountains, the Earth in the universe.

Curriculum vitae

2008 – present: – Member of research team "Geomorphology and Geodynamics", Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague

2008 – 2015 – Member of the team "World Centre of Excellence on Landslide Disaster and Reduction" (Charles University in Prague, UNESCO)

2006 – present: – Member of the Quaternary Palaeoenvironments Group, University of Cambridge

2003 – 2017 – Supervisor of (Mgr. and Ph.D.) study programmes in Physical Geography and Geoecology, Charles University in Prague

2000 – Present: Member of the Research Centre for Dynamics of the Earth, Czech Republic

1997 – 2003 Head of the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague

1994 – 1997 Vice-dean of the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague

1994 – (etc.) Professor of Physical Geography (Charles University, Prague)

1992 – Associate Professor of Physical Geography (Charles University, Prague)

1991 – D.Sc. in Physical Geography (Charles University, Prague)

1974 – Research worker (Czechoslovak Academy of Science, Geological Institute)

1973 – RNDr. in Natural Sciences (specialization in Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology), Charles University, Prague

1972 – PhD. degree in Physical Geography (Czechoslovak Academy of Science and Charles University, Prague)

1966 – Master Degree of Geography (Charles University, Prague)

Research activities of Jan Kalvoda are concentrated on: 1) dynamic and evolutional geomorphology, 2) landform development and the environment in the Quaternary, 3) physical geography of central Europe and High Asia, 4) cosmology related to Earth Sciences. During eight mountaineering and scientific expeditions he acquired original field materials, especially in the Asian mountain ranges. He had been, before his arrival at the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, on February 1st, 1991, for about 20 years research worker of geological departments of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. He especially examined slope movements and other Quaternary and recent geomorphological processes, morphotectonically (e.g. seismically) active areas and Late Cainozoic landforms development in Central Europe, as well as in the Balkans, Asia Minor, Tian-Shan, Pamirs, Himalayas and Karakoram, very often in landscapes with an extreme dissected relief. Jan Kalvoda published a series of papers especially aimed at a) relief development and recent geodynamics in the Bohemian Massif and the Carpathian System, b) geomorphological record of the Late Cenozoic orogeny in the Asian mountain ranges. The results of his studies are a contribution to the physical geographical research of the Alpine-Himalayan orogene and to the geomorphological evidence of the dynamics of the near-surface part of the Earth's crust. In this way, field and interpretation data were obtained for further research on 1) glacial geomorphology and related phenomena in the Late Cenozoic, 2) geodynamic interpretation of measurements and monitoring of the Earth's surface movements, 3) geomorphological evidence of natural hazards and risks.

Jan Kalvoda visited universities in Amsterdam (1991), Manchester (1993), Heidelberg (1995) and Jena (1996) and in France he was awarded by M.E.N.E.S.R. a Senior Scientific Fellowship (4 months, in 1996) at the Department of Geography and the Centre of Eco-geographical Research at the University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg. In 1997 he spent 4 months at the University of Oxford as Visiting Research Fellow of the School of Geography and in 1998 two months at the University of Cambridge as Visiting Research Fellow of the Department of Geography and the Fitzwilliam College. Jan Kalvoda continued his research work at the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg in September 2001 (2 months), the University of Oxford in 1999, 2002, 2006, 2011 and 2013 (the Department of Geography and the Environmental Change Unit, altogether 12 months) and the University of Cambridge in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011, the Department of Geography, altogether 8 months), especially in the fields of geomorphology, Quaternary geology and physical geography.

In the period 1994 – 1997, Jan Kalvoda was Vice-dean of the Faculty of Science at Charles University in Prague. He was member of the Scientific Boards of the University of Ostrava (1998 – 2001), the Charles University in Prague (2000 – 2003) and head of the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology (1997 – 2003). Jan Kalvoda is active member of the Research Centre for Dynamics of the Earth (Czech Republic, 2000 – etc.). At present time, he also is member of the Scientific Board of the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, member of the Editorial Board of journal "Geomorphology" (Elsevier) and member of the International Association of Geomorphologists. He is member of the Czech Geographical Society, the Czech Geomorphological Association and the Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists (Acad. Sci, CR).

Selected publications

Emmer A., Kalvoda J. (2017): The origin and evolution of Iskanderkul Lake in the western Tien Shan and related geomorphic hazards. – Geografiska Annaler, Series A, Physical Geography, 99, 2, 139 – 154, Stockholm.
Steklá T., Kalvoda J., Kostelecký J. (2017): Landforms and morphogenetic processes in the locality of Geodetic Observatory Pecný, Ondřejovská vrchovina Highland. – Acta Universitatis Carolinae, Geographica, 52, 1, 5 – 17, Praha.
Kalvoda J., Balatka, B. (2016): The Geomorphological Evolution and Environmental Hazards of the Prague Area. – In: T. Pánek, J. Hradecký (eds.): Landscapes and Landforms of the Czech Republic. World Geomorphological Landscapes. Springer Verlag, 422 p., 43 – 57, Heidelberg, Berlin.
Balatka, B., Kalvoda J., Gibbard P. (2015): Morphostratigraphical correlation of river terraces in the central part of the Bohemian Massif with the European stratigraphical classification of the Quaternary. – Acta Universitatis Carolinae, Geographica, 50, 1, 63 – 73, Prague.
Kořínková D., Svojtka M., Kalvoda J. (2014): Rate of erosion and exhumation of crystalline rocks in the Hunza Karakoram defined by apatite fission track analysis. – Acta geodynamica et geomaterialia, 11, 3 (175), 235 – 253, Prague.
Klokočník J., Kostelecký J., Kalvoda J., Eppelbaum L. V., Bezděk A. (2014): Gravity Disturbances, Marussi Tensor, Invariants and Other Functions of the Geopotential Represented by EGM 2008. – Journal of Earth Science Research, 2, 3, 88–101, New York.
Kalvoda J., Košler J., Svojtka M. (2013): Landform evolution of the Makalu – Barun region in the East Nepal Himalaya. – In: Kuhle M. (Ed.): "Tibet and High Asia" Vol. VIII, 309 – 333, Shaker Verlag, Aachen. (Book serie "Geography International", Vol. 3, 368 pp.)
Kalvoda J., Klokočník J., Kostelecký J., Bezděk A. (2013): Mass distribution of Earth landforms determined by aspects of the geopotential as computed from the global gravity field model EGM 2008. – Acta Universitatis Carolinae, Geographica, 48, 2, 17 – 25 and (appendix) 77 – 97, Prague.
Kalvoda J., Novotná E. (2013): Antonín Strnad. – In: Hayden Lorimer and Charles W. J. Withers (Eds.): Geographers Biobibliographical Studies, Vol. 32, 173 p., 137 – 148. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, London, New Delhi, New York, Sydney.
Novotná E., Kalvoda J. (2013): Antonín Strnad (1746 – 1799) – the first professor of physical geography at Charles University in Prague – Acta Universitatis Carolinae, Geographica, 41, 1, 41 – 46, Prague.
Balatka B., Gibbard P., Kalvoda J. (2010): Morphostratigraphy of the Sázava river terraces in the Bohemian Massif. – Acta Universitatis Carolinae, Geographica, XLV, 1 – 2, 3 – 34, Prague.
Vilímek V., Zvelebil J., Kalvoda J., Šíma J. (2010): Landslide field research and capacity building through international collaboration. Landslides, 7, 3, 375 – 380. Berlin, Heidelberg.
Balatka B., Gibbard P., Kalvoda J. (2010): Evolution of the Sázava valley in the Bohemian Massif. – Geomorphologia Slovaca et Bohemica, AV SR, X, 1, 55 – 76, Bratislava.
Kalvoda J., Klokočník J., Kostelecký J. (2010): Regional correlation of the Earth Gravitational Model 08 with morphogenetic patterns of the Nepal Himalaya. – Acta Universitatis Carolinae, Geographica, 45, 2, 53 – 78, Prague.
Balatka B., Kalvoda J. (2008): Evolution of Quaternary river terraces related to the uplift of the central part of the Bohemian Massif. – Geografie – SČGS, 113, 3, 205 – 222, Praha.
Kalvoda J. (2007): Dynamics of landform evolution in the Makalu – Barun region, Nepal Himalaya. – Geografický časopis (Bratislava), 59, 2, 85–106.
Carr S., Engel Z., Kalvoda J., Parker A. (2007): Towards a revised model of Quaternary mountain glaciation in the Krkonoše Mountains, Czech Republic. – In: A. S. Goudie, J.
Kalvoda (Eds.): Geomorphological variations. P3K Publishers, 407 p., 253 – 268, Prague.
Kalvoda J. (2007): Dynamics of glacial and periglacial processes as evidence of global change. – Acta Universitatis Carolinae, Geographica, XL (2005), 1 – 2, 69 – 88, Prague.
Kalvoda J. (2007): Glacial and periglacial landforms, processes and environments. – In: V Cílek (Ed.): Earth System: History and Natural Variability", Vol. 2, Encyclopedia of Life Supported Systems. UNESCO, EOLSS Publisher, 2nd revised edition, 120 – 144, Oxford.
Goudie A.S., Kalvoda J. (Eds., 2007): Geomorphological Variations. – P3K Publ., 407 p., Prague.
Kalvoda J. (2007): Morphostructural evolution of the relief in the locality of the Geodynamic Observatory at Pecny, the Ondrejovská Vrchovina Highland, Czech Republic. P3K Publishers, 407 p., 388 – 406, Prague.
Kalvoda J., Goudie A. S. (2007): Landform evolution in the Nagar region, Hispar Mustagh Karakoram. – In: Goudie, A. S., Kalvoda, J. (eds.): Geomorphological Variations. P3K Publishers, 407 p., 87 – 126, Prague.
Balatka B., Kalvoda J. (2006): Geomorphological regionalization of the relief of Bohemia. – Kartografie a. s., 68 p. 3 maps, 1 tab., Prague.
Kalvoda J., Balatka B. (2006): Morphostructural evolution of the relief of the Bohemian part of the Çesky masiv Massif. – In: B. Balatka, J. Kalvoda: Geomorphological regionalization of the relief of Bohemia. – Kartografie a. s., 68 p. 3 mapy, 1 tab., Praha.
Nikonov A. A., Kalvoda J. (2006): Recent morphotectonic movements of the Vakhsh nappe in the northern Pamirs. – Geomorphologia Slovaca, 6, 1, 23 – 35, Bratislava.
Vaní_ková V., Kalvoda J. (2006): Geomorphology of the Divoká Orlice Valley in the Zemská Brána Gate area, the Orlické hory Mountains, Czech Republic. – Geomorphologia Slovaca, 6, 1, 36 – 44, Bratislava.
Goudie A. S., Kalvoda J. (2004): Recent geomorphological processes in the Nagar region, Hunza Karakoram. – Acta Univ. Carol., Geogr., XXXIX, 1, 188 p., 135 – 148, Prague.
Kalvoda J., Kostelecky J. (jr.), Kostelecky J. (2004): A pilot morphotectonic interpretation of position changes of the permanent GPS stations in Central Europe. – In: D. Drbohlav, J. Kalvoda, V. Vozenílek: Czech Geography at the Dawn of the Millenium. Czech Geogr. Soc., Palacky University in Olomouc, 428 p., 113 – 123, Olomouc.
Engel Z., Kalvoda J. (2002): Morphostructural development of the sandstone relief in the Bohemian Cretaceous Basin. – In: R. Prikryl, H. A. Viles (Eds.): Understanding and managing stone decay. SWAPNET 2001. 225 – 231, 367 p., Prague.
Kalvoda J. (1999): The dynamics of the universe evolution since the origin of the Earth. – Acta Facultatis Rerum Naturalium Universitatis Ostraviensis, Geographia – Geologia, 181, 7, 7 – 28, Ostrava.
Kalvoda J., Rosenfeld Ch. (Eds, 1998): Geomorphological Hazards in High Mountain Areas. – The GeoJournal Library, Vol. 46, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 314 p., Dordrecht, Boston, London.
Kalvoda J. (1998): Geomorphological hazards and risks in the High Tatra Mountains. – In J. Kalvoda, Ch. Rosenfeld (Eds.): Geomorphological Hazards in High Mountain Areas. The GeoJournal Library, Vol. 46, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 314 p., 263 – 284, Dordrecht, Boston, London.
Kalvoda J., Zvelebil J., Vilímek V. (1997): Geomorphological history and monitoring of selected rapid mass movements in north-western Bohemia. – Paläoklimaforschung, 19, Special Issue: ESF Project "European Paleoclimate and Man", J. A. Matthews et al. (Editors): "Rapid mass movement as a source of climatic evidence for the Holocene", 444 p., 137 – 146, Mainz, Stuttgart.
Kalvoda J., Prásek J. (1996): Geomorphological observation in the area of the Becva geodynamic polygon (the Moravskoslezské Beskydy Mountains). – Studia Geomorphologica Carpatho-Balcanica, 30, 63 – 72, Kraków.
Kalvoda J., Balatka B. (1995): Chronodynamics of the Labe River antecendence in the Decínska vrchovina Highland. – Acta Montana, Ser. A, 8 (97), 43 – 60, Praha.
Kalvoda J., Vilímek V., Zeman A. (1994): Earth's Surface Movements in the Hazardeous Area of Jezerí Castle, Krusné hory Mountains. - GeoJournal, 32, 3, 247 – 252, Dordrecht, Boston, London.
Kalvoda J. (1994): Rock Slopes of the High Tatras Mountains. – Acta Univ. Carol., XXIX. 2, 13 – 33, Praha.
Kalvoda J. (1993): Some observations on the morphotectonic activity in the Pamirs and the Tian Shan. – Acta Univ. Carol., Geogr., XXVII, 2, 3 – 20, Praha.
Kalvoda J. (1992): Geomorphological Record of the Quaternary Orogeny in the Himalaya and the Karakoram. – In: Development in Earth Surface Processes, 3, 315 p. and 4 encl., Elsevier, Amsterdam.
Demek J., Kalvoda J. (1992): Geomorphology and the Location of Nuclear Power Plant Sites: the Czechoslovakian Experience. – GeoJournal, 28, 4, 395 – 402, Dordrecht, Boston, London.
Kalvoda J. (1990): Geomorphology of the Gharesa glacier region in the Karakoram. – Acta Univ. Carol., Geogr., XXV, 2, 3 – 27, Praha.
Kalvoda J. (1988): Recent orogeny of the Himalayas – a remarkable geomorphological event. – Journal of Geodynamics, 9, 2 – 4, 319 – 329, Amsterdam.
Kalvoda J. (1987): The dynamic of the Universe evolution in the epoch of Earth's history. – Ças. Mineral. Geol. 32, 1, 87-103, Praha.
Kalvoda J. (1984): The nature of geomorphic processes in the Himalayas and Karakoram. – St. Geomorph. Carp.–Balcan., 18, 45 – 64, Kraków.
Cílek V. jun., Kalvoda J. (1983): Weathering rinds of the Karakoram crystalline rocks. – Ças. Mineral. Geol., 28, 2, 127 – 137, 4 plates, Praha.
Kalvoda J. (1982): Quaternary morphogenetic events in the Himalayas. – Sb. Geol. Ved, R. A, 14, 141 – 186, Praha.
Kalvoda J. (1982): The spacetime structure related to the geological events. – Sb. vedec. prac. Vys. sk. bán. v Ostrave, XXVIII, R. horn.-geol., 1, 45 – 69, Ostrava.
Kalvoda J. (1982): An outline of the Quaternary morphogenetic processes in the East Nepal Himalaya. – In: V. K. Verma (Editor): Himalaya; landforms and processes. Today and Tomorrow Printer and Publishers, 87 – 113, New Delhi.
Kalvoda J., Smolíková L. (1981): A note to the weathering processes in the East Nepal Himalayas. – J. Nepal Geol. Soc., 1, 2, 18 – 36, Kathmandu.
Kalvoda J. (1978): Genesis of the Mount Everest (Sagarmatha). – Rozpr. Çs. Akad. Ved, R. mat. prír. Ved, 88, 2, 62 p. and encls., Praha.
Kalvoda J. (1976): The relief of the Himalayas and its recent modellation. – Rozpr. Çs. Akad. Ved, R. mat.prír. Ved, 86, 1, 52 p. and encls., Praha.