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Urfttal-Reservoir, Eifel, Germany

At the Chair of Water Resources Management and Climate Impact Research a range of water resources-related topics are addressed, which prospective students may want to choose from in accordance with their personal interests and future professional ambitions:

  • Physically-based modeling of hydrological processes at the Meso-scale. Possible modeling tools include the REW model, WASIM and the TOPKAPI model.
  • Representative Elementary Watershed (REW) model extension, application and verification.
  • Meso-scale representation of moisture fluxes in physically-based modelling applications.
  • Hydrodynamic models of fluvial systems for real-time forecasting and inundation risk assessment.
  • Multi-criteria model calibration and validation using satellite products such as remotely-sensed soil moisture and evapo-transpiration.
  • Uncertainty analysis in flow forecasting on the basis of Bayesian inference.
  • Impact analysis and mitigation of low flows in river basins and coastal areas.
  • Water allocation studies and climate impact research on water resources at the basin scale.
  • Investigations of management and optimization options for water resources and hydropower systems against the background of climatic change.
  • Impacts of land-use changes on water resources.
  • Impacts of climate change on the hydrology of glaciated river basins.
  • Analysis and validation of global data sets for water resources applications and climate impact assessments. Data sets include re-analysis products (ERA-Interim, NCAR/NCEP, Japanese Reanalysis, MERRA), satellite precipitation (TRMM) and evaporation estimates (MODIS) as well as IPCC climate change scenarios. For this type of research the model- and data integration platform Delft-FEWS developed by DELTARES will be employed.
  • Flood modeling in urban environments using nested 2D modeling techniques.
  • Participatory approaches of watershed management.


At present we engage in active scientific cooperation with the Dutch Research Institute DELTARES, the Faculty of Geo-Information and Earth Observation of the University of Twente, RWTH Aachen University and TU Delft as well as University of Dortmund-Essen.