Welcome to the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources Management, Kiel University


The Department of Hydrology and Water Resources Management is located in Kiel, Germany. The group focuses on ecohydrological issues in national and international catchments. Interactions of land use changes, water quality issues and its effect on aquatic ecosystems are investigated in many of the ongoing projects.

In measurement campaigns we collect field data for e.g. lab analysis and model applications. We are working together with global and regional institutions to develop sustainable concepts for rural river basins.


Current issues:

Coronavirus: Lectures and seminar courses are organized online in this semester. More information for all of our courses is available in OLAT. Please also consider the general information about the coronavirus pandemic from CAU Kiel.


July 2021

The department is hosting this year's summer school of the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS) on the topic of "Sustainable Water Management at the Saltwater-Freshwater Interface". The summer school is organized as an online event from 12 to 25 July 2021 and includes contributions from various international experts in the field. Further information: IGCS Summer School 2021 website.

Moreover, the department organizes an online workshop on "International Education in Floods and Droughts" on 8 and 9 July as a part of the SEWAMM project "Sustainable ecohydrological water management under global change in Myanmar" with project partners from Myanmar and Germany.

February 2021

IGCS Winter School 2021: Sustainable Inland Water Transportation for Blue Economy. Online event from 22 February to 7 March 2021. The Indian Institute of Technology Madras, the University of Kiel and the University of Aachen are happy to announce the IGCS Winter school 2021.

Significant stakeholders of the Inland transport and blue economy sector in India and Germany together with a group of students will participate, being an interesting opportunity for networking. More information: Link to IGCS Winter School 2021 website.

April 2020

We invite you to participate in our online session "HS2.3.1 Water quality at the catchment scale: measuring and modelling of nutrients, sediment and eutrophication impacts" at the EGU 2020. The session will be organized as an online chat on 6 May 2020 between 8:30 and 12:30 CET.

November 2019

We welcome contributions to our session "HS2.3.1 Water quality at the catchment scale: measuring and modelling of nutrients, sediment and eutrophication impacts". at the EGU 2020 . The deadline for abstract submission is 15 January 2020, 13:00 CET.

June 2019

In July the Department presents the following studies at the international SWAT-Conference in Vienna (17.-19. July 2019):

  • N. Fohrer (talk): A guideline for consistent water quality modeling
  • T. Tigabu (talk): Modelling the flow dynamics of groundwater-surface water interactions of the Lake Tana Basin, Upper Blue Nile, Ethiopia
  • N. Mahmoodi (talk): Modeling the impact of climate change on streamflow of an Iranian Wadi


At the KOSMOS-Conference 'Navigating the Sustainability Transformation in the 21st Century' at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (28.-30. August 2019) we present the following study:

  • P. Wagner (talk): Linking hydrologic and land use change models for more consistent predictions of global change impacts on water resources in India


April 2019

The Department presents the following studies and sessions at the EGU 2019 in Vienna (07.-12. April 2019):

  • 08.04. (Mo), Session HS2.3.2 (Wagner, Wade, van der Velde, Fohrer) Water quality at the catchment scale: measuring and modelling of nutrients, sediment and eutrophication impacts
  • 08.04. (Mo.), 09:15–09:30 (talk): Guse et al.: What is the role of flood wave superposition for the severity of extreme floods?
  • 09.04. (Di), 14:45-15:00 (talk): Wagner & Fohrer: Integrating feedbacks from a hydrologic model into a land use model to improve model predictions
  • 10.04. (Mi.), 11:30-11:45 (talk): Kiesel et al.: An assessment of methods to deal with climate change uncertainty – validating the selection of ensemble combinations
  • 10.04. (Mi.), 16:15-18:00 (poster): Qu et al.:  Riverine phytoplankton functional groups response to multiple stressors variously depending on hydrological periods
  • 11.04. (Do.), 08:30-10:15 (poster): Kakouei et al.: Do macroinvertebrates care how we optimize hydrological models?
  • 12.04. (Fr.), Session HS2.2.4 (Gharari, Guse, Khatami, Luce, Samaniego, Stisen): From observations to models - journey of model development



August 2018


The Department presents the following studies at the 17th Biennial Conference ERB (Euromediterranean Network of Experimental and Representative Basins) in Darmstadt from 11 to 14 September 2018:

  • Femeena et al. (poster): Predicting nutrient uptake in streams using an enhanced physically-based solute transport model
  • Sun, X. et al. (poster): Sampling frequency affects the assessment of water quality using diatom-based indices in a German lowland river
  • Wagner et al. (talk): Characterisation of the water and nutrient balance in the small rural lowland catchment of the Kielstau


At the International SWAT Conference in Brussels (17-21 September 2018) we present the following study:

  • Wagner et al. (talk): Exploring the capabilities of SWAT+ in a rural lowland catchment in the North of Germany


May 2018

Prof. Fohrer's keynote on "Multifunctional Landscapes: Assessing the Interconnectedness of Water, Food, and Biodiversity" given at the Dresden Nexus Conference 2017 is available here.



January 2018

Papers from the Department published in 2017 in journals like Hydrology and Earth Systym Sciences, Ecological Indicators, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Environmental Modelling & Software and Applied Geography are available here.

August 2017

We signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering, University of Gondar, Ethiopia on 27 July 2017. For this reason, Dr. Asrat Atsedeweyn Andargie, Academic Vice President of the University of Gondar, visited our Department last week. First cooperation activities involve the exchange and mutual supervision of PhD students.

Zwei Studenten und eine Tasse Kaffee

Signing the MoU: Prof. Dr. Asrat Atsedeweyn Andargie and Prof. Dr. Nicola Fohrer (first row), Dr. Georg Hörmann, Dr. Paul Wagner, M.Sc. Tibebe Belete Tigabu (second row)



Final theses - open topics


IGCS - Indo-German Centre for sustainability



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