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:

November 2018

We welcome contributions to our session "HS2.3.2 Water quality at the catchment scale: measuring and modelling of nutrients, sediment and eutrophication impacts" at the EGU 2019. The deadline for abstract submission is 10 January 2019, 13:00 CET.

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.

März 2018

The Department presents the following studies at the EGU in Vienna (08.-13. April 2018):

  • 09.04. (Mo.), 11:45–12:00 (Talk): Guse et al.: Improving parameter identifiability by computing weighted performance criteria based on daily sensitivity time series
  • 11.04. (We.), 17:30-19:00 (Poster): Guse et al.: Identification of sparse set of performance criteria for hydrological model evaluation using principal components analysis
  • 11.04. (We.), 17:30-19:00 (Poster): Ulrich et al.: MUTReWa Measures for a more sustainable management of pesticides in regional water management
  • 12.04. (Th.), 13:30-15:00 (PICO): Guse et al.: Process representation in hydrological models: Results from an online survey in Germany
  • 12.04. (Th.), 15:45–16:00 (Talk): Kiesel et al.: Do uncertainty reductions in climate change assessments really impact the predicted hydrological response?
  • 13.04. (Fr.), 11:30-11:45 (Poster): Melsen and Guse: How model parameters control hydrological drought representation in three different hydrological models


February 2018

The Department presents the following studies at the German hydrology conference Tag der Hydrologie in Dresden on 22 and 23 March 2018:

  • Conrad, M. et al.: In-situ Vergleich potentiometrischer (ionenselektiver) und optischer Sensoren zur Aufnahme von Nährstoffgehalten im Oberflächenwasser – Statistische Betrachtung und Grenzen der Sensoren
  • Guse, B. et al.: Prozessabbildung in hydrologischen Modellen: Ergebnisse einer Online-Umfrage
  • Mahmoodi, N. et al.: SWAT simulation of hydrological processes and effects of water harvesting in an Iranian Wadi System
  • Mercado-Bettín, D. et al.: Streamflow changes due to land use and land cover changes in global river basins
  • Qu, Y. et al.: Einfluss von hydrologischen Bedingungen auf das Auftreten von pelagischen Algen 
  • Sun, X. et al.: Welchen Einfluss hat die Probenahmefrequenz auf die Bewertung der Wasserqualität mittels Diatomeen?
  • Tigabu, T. et al.: Spatio-temporal variability of groundwater recharge, actual evapotranspiration and surface runoff in the Lake Tana Basin, Ethiopia
  • Ulrich, U. et al.: Eintrags-/Austragsdynamik von Metazachlor und seinen Transformationsprodukten in einem Retentionsteich
  • Wagner, P.D. et al.: Saisonale und langjährige Veränderungen der Nährstoffbelastung im landwirtschaftlich geprägten Tieflandeinzugsgebiet der Kielstau in Schleswig-Holstein

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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