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Ongoing PhD projects

The Chair of Hydrology promotes especially PhD studies strongly relating to experimental hydrology in order to turn the present experimental sites into “the field laboratory par excellence”, in which the feasibility of innovative experimental research is warranted. A combination of field and modelling work is requested, what requires talent, motivation as well as broadly based theoretical and practical skills.
In this context the exchange with national and international research groups of other labs / universities during the PhD project is welcome.

Current PhD studies at the Chair of Hydrology:

student thesis assistance keywords
Demand, Dominic Spatio-temporal dynamics of soil water storage and infiltration processes Markus Weiler
  • Analyzing saturated and unsaturated water storage dynamics
  • Classification of infiltration processes and the influences on soil moisture
  • Soil hydrological mapping of relevant parameters
  • Modelling of runoff generation processes using RoGeR
Fernández, Elena Fluorescent tracers to study processes of pesticide transformation in stream systems Jens Lange,
Friederike Lang
  • Analysis of degradation and sorption processes in a laboratory flume mesocosm
  • Multi-tracer field experiments in stream systems and artificial wetlands
  • Modeling of the data collected by the use of a dynamic transport model
  • Creation of scenarios and recommendations for suitable measures in the regional water management
Herbstritt, Barbara New temporal dimensions in stable isotope hydrology Markus Weiler,
Werner Aeschbach
  • Development of a continuous measurement technique
  • Water stable isotope analysis in high temporal resolution
  • Tree interception effects in water stable isotopes
  • In-situ sampling of water stable isotopes in xylem
Hoffmann, Annemarie Estimating the risk of flood and landslides with a multi-dimensional, UAV-based measuring system Markus Weiler
  • Sensor validation through results of terrestrial measurements in exclusive test sites
  • Detection of wild run off and coupling with RoGeR model
  • Multi-dimensional recording of landslides
Jackisch, Nicole Urban Hydrology and its influence by groundwater Markus Weiler
  • Rainwater management/rainwater infiltration
  • Interaction of groundwater and surface water
  • Tracer and isotope studies in urban hydrology
  • Effects of rainwater infiltration on groundwater quality
Kaplan, Nils Surface Connectivity: From Hillslope Contributions to Expanding Stream Networks Markus Weiler
  • Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of the Expanding Stream Network
  • Time-Lapse Camera Monitoring in the Attert Catchment (Luxemburg)
  • Detection of Infiltration Excess Overland Flow
  • Implementing Temporal and Spatial Dynamic Stream Networks  in the Hydrological Model RoGeR
Koelbing, Merle Spatial variability of meteorological parameters in urban areas and actual evapotranspiration from urban surfaces Tobias Schütz,
Markus Weiler,
Andreas Christen
  • Assessment of the spatial variability of meteorological parameters in the mesoscale using measurements taken by a mobile climate station in Freiburg i. Br. (Germany)
  • Modelling meteorological parameters according to the surrounding settlement structure on the basis of a LIDAR dataset with 1x1m² resolution as spatial input data
  • Developing an evapotranspiration layer for urban areas based on the Penman-Monteith equation for the already existing runoff generation model RoGeR
Schaffitel, Axel Assessing the soil water budget of urban areas Markus Weiler,
Kurt Roth
  • Analyzing the solil water budged of partly sealed areas
  • Green storm water management
  • Distrubution of stabile water isotopes in the soil soil
  • Soil moisture measurments
Seeger, Stefan The influence of biodiversity on soil water redistribution and the amounts and source depths of plant water uptake Markus Weiler,
Michael Scherer-Lorenzen
  • In-situ measurement of stable water isotope in the soil
  • Determination of transpiration rates and water uptake depths of different vegetation types
  • Quantification of soil water redistribution
Sohrt, Jakob Cycling of nitrogen and phosphorus in temperate forested hillslopes Markus Weiler,
Jan Siemens
Steinbrich, Andreas Development of a model to quantify runoff formation processes in spatial and temporal high resolution Markus Weiler,
Markus Casper
  • Runoff formation processes
  • Precipitation-Runoff-Modelling
  • Formation of floods and flash floods


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