Environmental Systems Analysis

Welcome to the online representation of our research group "Environmental Systems Analysis". If you do not find what you are looking for please do not hesitate to contact us. Thanks a lot for your interest!


July 2022: Discussing the future of rivers at I. S. Rivers conference

Christiane Zarfl (session host, scientific committee) and Rebecca Peters (speaker: "Integrated impact assessment for sustainable hydropower planning in the Niger and Volta catchments (West Africa)") visited the 4th I. S. Rivers conference in Lyon, France. This international conference is dedicated to research and practices on natural and human-impacted large rivers. More specifically, it focuses on their functioning, on changes and processes, interface and interactions, management policies and engineering.

The delicate balance of river sediments

Global satellite data quantify changes in sediment flux in 414 rivers (Zarfl, C. & Dunn,F., June 2022)


New edition of the book Rivers of Europe published

Rivers of Europe

2nd Edition - November 10, 2021

Editors: Klement Tockner, Christiane Zarfl, Christopher Robinson


New DFG Research Unit funded "Pollutant – Antibiotic Resistance – Pathogen Interactions in a Changing Wastewater Irrigation System"

Our sub-project deals with "Integrated modelling of pollutant fate, antibiotic resistance, and pathogenic bacteria". Matthias Böckmann will support this in the context of his doctoral project that just started in December 2021. Welcome!

Who we are

We are a group of researchers who are convinced that our interdisciplinary research can contribute to solving pressing environmental challenges. Our scientific co-operations combine complementary expertise to create synergies that enable us to advance our understanding of environmental processes and interdependencies, to provide the knowledge for policy decisions and sustainable management, and to raise public awareness and responsibility for our environment.

What we are looking for

We focus on interdisciplinary approaches to analyze the processes and interactions of environmental systems. In order to deepen our knowledge on mechanism and influencing parameters our research combines methods from system science and experimental data with mathematical modelling.

What we teach

For the study programs Geoecology, Geoscience, Environmental Sciences and Applied Environmental Geoscience we teach the scientific methodologies to analyze and understand complex environmental systems. On the basis of specific objectives or research questions students learn how to identify system elements, interactions and boundaries, their translation into mathematical/quantitative descriptions and their analysis including uncertainty and sensitivity.

How you can contact us

If you would like to learn more about our activities please have a look at the up-coming events and our publications or feel free to contact us.