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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
Anys, Markus ... Markus Weiler
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Geissler, Joschka Understanding and predicting the spatial and temporal variability of snow processes under different vegetation covers combining laser observations and point measurements Markus Weiler
  • Monitoring snow accumulation and ablation underneath different canopy
  • In-situ measurements using SnoMoS-stations in the black forest and the alps
  • UAV-based LiDAR measurements to compute high resolution vegetation indices
Greiwe, Jan Impact of drought on nitrate dynamics in streams Jens Lange
  • High frequency monitoring of stream nitrate concentration by UV-vis spectrometry
  • Analysis of diel nitrate patterns for inference of in-stream nitrate processing during variable environmental conditions
  • Influence of revitalization measures on the stream nitrate budget
  • Interplay of longitudinal solute transport and biological processes (nutrient spiraling)
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
Linke, Felicia Biocide input from façade coatings into soil and groundwater - sources, input pathways and transformation Jens Lange
  • Measurement of selected biocides in soil and groundwater with special focus of input pathways
  • Further development of the biocide leaching model FReWaB-Plus
  • Experiments on the influence of urban surfaces on biocide input to soil and groundwater
Schwemmle, Robin The Combined Effects of Climate Change and Agricultural Practice Change on Water Quality Markus Weiler
  • Further development of RoGeR to model the spatial-temporal dynamic of solute transport using StorAge Selection functions
  • Impact analysis of climate change scenarios and agricultural management scenarios
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


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