Dr. Jens Kiesel

Department of Hydrology and Water Resources Management
Olshausenstr. 75
D-24118 Kiel
Room    S1/R. 120

0431-880 1186
0661-3802 4949

Fax 0431-880 46 07  
E-Mail jkiesel@hydrology.uni-kiel.de


Research topics

  • Hydrologic and hydraulic modelling
  • Climate change impact and uncertainty
  • Freshwater ecology
  • Programming and GIS


Scientific employment

  • Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Hydrology and Water Resources Management, Institute for Natural Resource Conservation, CAU Kiel (since March 2021)
  • Postdoctoral researcher, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin (August 2014 - February 2021)
  • PhD Scholarship by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU), (2007-2010)



  • PhD in Geography (July 2014). Topic of the dissertation: Ecohydrologic and hydraulic stream modelling to describe aquatic habitats.
  • Diploma in Civil Engineering with major in Hydrology, Water Engineering and Hydraulics (2000-2006) in Darmstadt (TUD), Australia (UNSW) and Ethiopia (AAU). Topic of Thesis: Selection of a suitable hydrologic model for the Awash River, Ethiopia.



  • "Spatio-temporal dynamics of environmental variables, stressors and their interactions on the instream- and catchment scale", CAU Kiel, PI: Prof. Nicola Fohrer, Project Management: Jens Kiesel. Project within the Collaborative Research Center "Multilevel response to stressor increase and release in stream ecosystems" (RESIST) at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Funding: DFG, 2021-2024 (part-time).
  • "Global Freshwater Biodiversity Research (GLOWABIO)", IGB Berlin, PI: Dr. Sami Domisch. Funding: Leibniz Competition and IGB Berlin. (part-time)
  • "Global change effects on river ecosystems (GLANCE)", IGB Berlin, PI: Prof. Sonja Jähnig. Funding: BMBF-FONA, 2014-2020 (part-time)
  • More than 40 projects in international development with a focus on Africa and Asia. For further details see: CV. 2008-ongoing.



Review activities for: Advances in Geosciences, Hydrological Processes, Hydrological Sciences Journal, Ecohydrology and Hydrobiology, Ecological Indicators, Agricultural Water Management, Water, River Research and Applications, Computers and Geosciences, Journal of Hydrology, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Environmental Modelling and Software, International Journal of River Basin Management, PeerJ, Frontiers

Research profiles


Peer-reviewed publications 

  • Kiesel J, Stanzel P, Kling H, Fohrer N, Jähnig S, Pechlivanidis I. 2020. Streamflow-based evaluation of climate model sub-selection methods. Climatic Change, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-020-02854-8
  • Jähnig SC, ... Kiesel J, ... 2020. Revisiting global trends in freshwater insect biodiversity. Wires Water https://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1506
  • Tigabu TB, Wagner PD, Hörmann G, Kiesel J, Fohrer N. 2020. Climate change impacts on the water and groundwater resources of the Lake Tana Basin, Ethiopia. Journal of Water and Climate Change, doi: 10.2166/wcc.2020.126
  • Schürz C, Mehdi B, Kiesel J, Schulz K, Herrnegger M. 2020. A systematic assessment of uncertainties in large-scale soil loss estimation from different representations of USLE input factors – a case study for Kenya and Uganda. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 24, 4463-4489.
  • Mahmoodi N, Kiesel J, Wagner PD, Fohrer N. 2020. Integrating water use systems and soil and water conservation measures into a hydrological model of an Iranian Wadi system. Journal of Arid Land. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40333-020-0125-3
  • Guse B, Kiesel J, Pfannerstill M, Fohrer N. 2020. Assessing parameter identifiability for multiple performance criteria to constrain model parameters. Hydrological Sciences Journal, DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2020.1734204.
  • Kakouei K, Domisch S, Kiesel J, Kail J, Jähnig S. 2020. Climate model variability leads to uncertain predictions of future abundances of stream macroinvertebrates. Scientific Reports, Nature Research 10:2520, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-59107-y
  • Kiesel J, Kakouei K, Guse B, Fohrer N, Jähnig S. 2020. When is a hydrological model sufficiently calibrated to depict flow preferences of riverine species? Ecohydrology 2020;e2193. https://doi.org/10.1002/eco.2193.
  • Blöschl G, ..., Kiesel J, ... 2019. Twenty-three unsolved problems in hydrology (UPH) – a community perspective, Hydrological Sciences Journal, 64:10, 1141-1158.
  • Vu T, Kiesel J, Guse B, Fohrer N. 2019. Towards an improved understanding of hydrological change - Linking hydrologic metrics and multiple change point tests. Journal of Water and Climate Change 10.4, 743-758.
  • Vu T, Kiesel J, Guse B, Fohrer N. 2019. Analysis of the occurrence, robustness and characteristics of abrupt changes in stream flow time series under future climate change. Climate Risk Management 26, 1-18.
  • Berger C, Kiesel J. 2019. Conceptual Model of Salinity Intrusion by Tidal Trapping. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering 145(10): 04019033, 1-8.
  • Gericke A, Kiesel J, Deumlich D, Venohr M. 2019. Recent and Future Changes in Rainfall Erosivity and Implications for the Soil Erosion Risk in Brandenburg, NE Germany. Water 2019: 11, 1-18.
  • Guse B, Pfannerstill M, Kiesel J, Strauch M, Volk M, Fohrer N. 2019. Analysing spatio-temporal process and parameter dynamics in models to characterise contrasting catchments. Journal of Hydrology 570, 863–874.
  • Sada R, Schmalz B, Kiesel J, Fohrer N. 2019. Probable Changes in Climate and Hydrological Regimes of the Western Siberian Lowlands. Environmental Earth Sciences 78:56, https://doi.org/10.1007/s12665-019-8047-0.
  • Kiesel J, Gericke A, Rathjens H, Wetzig A, Kakouei K, Jähnig SC, Fohrer N. 2019. Climate change impacts on ecologically relevant hydrological indicators in three catchments in three European ecoregions. Ecological Engineering 127, 404-416.
  • Irving K, Kuemmerlen M, Kiesel J, Kakouei K, Domisch S, Jähnig SC. 2018. Daily stream flow and hydrological metrics for Germany, as predicted by a simple regression model. Scientific Data 5:180224, DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2018.224.
  • Kakouei K, Kiesel J, Domisch S, Irving K, Jähnig S, Kail J. 2018. Projected effects of climate change- induced flow alterations on stream macroinvertebrate abundances. Ecol Evol. 2018;00:1–17. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3907
  • Guse B, Pfannerstill M, Gafurov A, Kiesel J, Lehr C, Fohrer N. 2017. Identifying the connective strength between model parameters and performance criteria. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 21, 5663-5679, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-5663-2017.
  • Kiesel J, Guse B, Pfannerstill M, Kakouei K, Jähnig SC, Fohrer N. 2017. Improving hydrological model optimization for riverine species. Ecological Indicators 80, 376-385, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.04.032.
  • Kakouei K, Kiesel J, Kail J, Pusch M, Jähnig SC. 2017. Quantitative hydrologic preferences of benthic stream invertebrates in Germany. Ecological Indicators 79, 163-172.
  • Kiesel J, Pfannerstill M, Schmalz B, Khoroshavin V, Sheludkov A, Veshkurseva T, Fohrer N. 2017. Modelling of hydrological processes in snowmelt-governed meso-scale catchments of the Western Siberian Lowlands. International Journal of Hydrology Science and Technology, DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2018.10007182.
  • Schmalz B, Kruse M, Kiesel J, Müller F, Fohrer N. 2016. Water-related ecosystem services in Western Siberian lowland basins - Analysing and mapping spatial and seasonal effects on regulating services based on ecohydrological modelling results. Ecological Indicators 71: 55-65.
  • Guse B, Kail J, Radinger K, Schröder M, Kiesel J, Hering D, Wolter C, Fohrer N. 2015. Eco-hydrologic model cascades: Simulating land use and climate change impacts on hydrology, hydraulics and habitats for fish and macroinvertebrates. Science of the Total Environment 533: 542-556.
  • Kail J, Guse B, Radinger J, Schröder M, Kiesel J, Kleinhans M, Schuurman F, Fohrer N, Hering D, Wolter C. 2015. From hydrology to species assemblages - a modelling framework to assess the effect of pressures on river habitat conditions and biota. PLOS ONE | DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0130228.
  • Kiesel J, Schröder M, Hering D, Schmalz B, Hörmann G, Jähnig SC, Fohrer N. 2015. A new model linking macroinvertebrate assemblages to habitat composition in rivers: development, sensitivity and univariate application. Fundamental and Applied Limnology 186 (1-2).
  • Schmalz B, Kuemmerlen M, Kiesel J, Cai Q, Jähnig SC, Fohrer N. 2014. Impacts of land use changes on hydrological components and macroinvertebrate distributions in the Poyang lake area. Ecohydrology 2014, DOI: 10.1002/eco.1569
  • Schröder M, Kiesel J, Schattmann A, Jähnig SC, Lorenz AW, Kramm S. 2013. Substratum associations of benthic invertebrates in lowland and mountain streams. Ecological Indicators 30, 178-189.
  • Kiesel J, Schmalz B, Brown G, Fohrer N. 2013. Application of a hydrological-hydraulic modelling cascade in lowlands for investigating water and sediment fluxes in the catchment, channel and reach. Journal of Hydrology and Hydromechanics 61(4), 313-325.
  • Abdulla N, Petersen G, Kiesel J, Wade S. 2013. Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources in Yemen. Journal of Earth Science and Engineering 3, 629-638.
  • Zhao GJ, Hörmann G, Fohrer N, Kiesel J, Gao JF, Li HP. 2012. Application of a nutrient model for sediment yield and phosphorus load estimation in a data scarce catchment in South China. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin 21(7a), 1894-1904.
  • Kiesel J, Schmalz B, Savant G, Fohrer N. 2012. Across the scales: From catchment hydrology to instream hydraulics. In: Understanding Changing Climate and Environment and Finding Solutions. Editors: R-P. Hinkelmann, Y. Liong, D. Savic, MH. Nasermoaddeli, K-F. Daemrich, P. Fröhle, D. Jacob. TuTech Innovation. 
  • Jähnig SC, Kuemmerlen M, Kiesel J, Domisch S, Cai Q, Schmalz B, Fohrer N. 2012. Modelling of riverine ecosystems by integrating models: conceptual approach, a case study and research agenda. Journal of Biogeography 39(12), 2253–2263.
  • Liu H, Kiesel J, Hörmann G, Fohrer N. 2011. Effects of DEM horizontal resolution and methods on calculating the slope length factor in gently rolling landscapes. Catena 87, 368-375.
  • Kiesel J. Fohrer N, Schmalz B. 2010. Considering aquatic habitat properties in integrated river basin management - an ecohydrological modelling approach. Hydrocomplexity: new tools for solving the wicked water problems. (edited by Savenije H, Demuth S, Hubert P.), IAHS Publications 338. Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, UK, 137-139.
  • Kiesel J, Fohrer N, Schmalz B, White MJ. 2010. Incorporating landscape depressions and tile drainages of a northern German lowland catchment into a semi-distributed model. Hydrological Processes 24, 1472 1486.
  • Liu H, Fohrer N, Hörmann G, Kiesel J. 2009. Suitability of S factor algorithms for soil loss estimation at gently sloped landscapes. Catena 77. 248-255.
  • Kiesel J, Hering D, Schmalz B, Fohrer N. 2009. A transdisciplinary approach for modelling macroinvertebrate habitats in lowland streams. IAHS Publications 328, 24-33. 
  • Kiesel J, Schmalz B, Fohrer N. 2009. SEPAL – a simple GIS-based tool to estimate sediment pathways in lowland catchments. Advances in Geosciences 21(3), 25-32.