Department of Geoscience

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"Integrated Hydrosystem Modelling"


Fall School in Bad Urach, Germany, October 2019

On 7th to 11th October, the fall school 2019 will take place in Bad Urach.
This year's topic is Modeling Microbial Activity and Bioreactive Transport. Besides lecturers from the Universities of Tübingen and Hohenheim, Brian Ingalls from the University of Waterloo will teach part of the classes.

The program consists of the following contents:
   - Monday:   Modeling enzyme kinetics and growth in mixed systems (Holger Pagel, University of Hohenheim)
   - Tuesday:   Competition, inhibition, thermodynamic constraints of microbial systems (Adrian Mellage, University of Tübingen)
   - Wednesday:   Modeling isotope fractionation in bioreactive systems (Olaf Cirpka, University of Tübingen)
   - Thursday:   Modeling molecular biology (Brian Ingalls, University of Waterloo)
   - Friday:   Transport and transport-limitation of bioreactive systems (Olaf Cirpka, University of Tübingen)

Waterloo Field School 2019, Canada, April/May 2019

The third generation of doctoral candidates in the Integrated Hydrosystem Modelling RTG attended the Hydrogeology Field School at the University of Waterloo (Canada) from April 21 to May 10 2019.
The course was run by Dr. Colby Steelman with the help of his teaching assistants Joey Ju and Max Salman. It was a blend of lectures, field work and demonstrations, as well as individual and group assignments. Teaching was performed by professors, researchers, industry experts and graduate or post-graduate students. Our fellow attendees were graduate students from different Canadian universities (Waterloo, Guelph, McMaster, Queen’s and others).


Visiting Researchers in the Summer Semester 2019

  • Tanguy LeBorgne, Université de Rennes (May 2019)
  • Michael D. Annable, University of Florida (May 2019)
  • Jörg Lewandowski, Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei (IGB) (May 2019)
  • Christina Smeaton, University of Waterloo (May 2019)
  • Christy Remucal, University of Wisconsin (May 2019)
  • Barbara Maher, Lancaster University (July 2019)
  • Daniel Hunkeler, University of Neuchâtel (July 2019)

Visiting Researchers in the Winter Semester 2018

  • Thilo Behrends, University of Utrecht (October 2018)
  • Norman Wildmann, German Aerospace Center (November 2018)
  • Andreas Hartmann, University of Freiburg (November 2018)
  • Rainer Helmig, University of Stuttgart (November 2018)
  • Marco Keiluweit, University of Massachusetts (December 2018)
  • Thorsten Hüffer, University of Vienna (January 2019)
  • James Kirchner, ETH Zurich (January 2019)
  • Todd Gouin, TG Environmental Research (January 2019)
  • Juliane Hollender, EAWAG (February 2019)
  • Barbara Maher, Lancaster University (February 2019)
  • Eric Little, OSTHUS Inc., Melbourne, USA (February 2019)

Numerical Methods Course in Freudenstadt, Germany, October 2018

From the 8th to the 12th of October, the fall school on Numerical Methods in Integrated Hydrosystem Modelling took place, gathering not only the new students from the third cohort of RTG 1829 "Integrated Hydrosystem Modelling", but also senior RTG students, external PhD students and supervisors.
The fall school was an intensive week of learning how useful and practical numerical methods are. With a mix of lectures and exercises the participants got an insight to what is behind the scenes of numerical hydrosystem models in a motivating learning environment. The increased awareness for numerical errors helps to differentiate between real model results and artefacts created by numerical schemes.


New PhD Students 2018

We welcome our new PhD students who joined the Research Training Group during the last months!

This third and last round of PhD students are:

  • Luciana Chavez Rodriguez, topic "Modelling of Pesticide Turnover in Soils"
  • Michelle Viswanathan, topic "Bayesian Multi-Purpose Modelling of Processes in the Soil-Crop-Atmosphere Nexus on the Landscape Scale"
  • Jonas Allgeier, topic "Numerical Simulation of Flow and Biogeochemical Reactive Transport in the Ammer Floodplain"
  • Anna Störiko, topic "Development of Reactive-Transport Models of Nitrogen Cycling Informed by Molecular-Biological Data"
  • Ran Wei, topic "Modelling Water Quality in Rivers"
  • Elena Petrova, topic "How do Microbes Eat Rocks? Modelling Biogeochemical Reactions at the Rock/Water Interface in Fractured Limestone Aquifers"
  • Philipp Selzer, topic "Particle-Based Simulation of Transport in Heterogeneous Coupled Hydrosystems"
  • HanFang Hsueh, topic "Overcoming Erroneous Overconfidence in Parameter Estimation for Soil Moisture Models"
  • Ishani Banerjee, topic "Strategies to Model De-Gassing in Porous Media"
  • Hemanti Sharma, topic "Catchment Scale Simulation of Erosion, Sediment Transport, and Deposition"

"Integrated Hydrosystem Modelling 2018" Conference

The RTG organizes its second international conference on April 3-6, 2018 under the general theme "How complex should integrated models be?"

The keynote lectures are organized in five blocks:

  • How Important is Realistic Geology in Hydrological Modelling?
  • Controls of Reactive Transport on Scales Relevant for Management
  • Modelling Soil-Plant Interactions
  • Travel-Time Based Modelling of Transport in Hydrological Systems
  • PDE-Based versus Conceptual Integrated Models

Please see the conference website for details on the program.