Further research topics

The R&D projects of the research group neither directly falling into the category “water balance and climate change” nor into the category “nutrients” are summarized here. Topics include the development of approaches for assessing further matter fluxes and for refining simulation of selected pathways:

  • Derivation of natural background values and threshold values for groundwater
  • Assessment of pesticide leaching risk
  • Delineation of artificially drained areas
  • Delineation of areas displaying soil erosion
  • Delineation of rainfall intensity data for soil erosion modelling
  • Development of conceptual hydrogeological model and travel time assessment
  • Determination of heavy metal loads in catchments
  • Determination of pharmaceuticals in river systems.
  • Model based assessment of micro plastic inputs into river systems

Knowledge transfer and outreach:

The general methodology to derive natural background levels and groundwater threshold values has been processed on EU level in document No.18 of the Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) for the EU-WFD Framework. Research findings for the “Soil Erosion Atlas of Hesse” have been disseminated to experts as well as the interested public by an internet-based data viewer hosted by the Hessian Agency for the Environment and Geology (Department for Soil Protection and Soil Information): http://bodenviewer.hessen.de/viewer.html

Key R&D projects:

Period Funding institutionProject / topic
2017-2020Hessisches Landesamt für Naturschutz, Umwelt und Geologie (HLNUG) Generation of torrential rain warning maps using RADOLAN and geodata using the example of the federal state of Hesse
2017-2020Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)Development of a model for determining the micro plastic input into the Baltic Sea via the Warnow river (MikroCatch_Balt)
2017-2020Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)Development of a model for determining the micro plastic input into the North Sea via the Weser river (PLAWES)
2017Hessisches Landesamt für Umwelt und Geologie (HLUG)Update of soil erosion atlas in Hesse
2017Niedersächsischer Landesbetrieb für Wasserwirtschaft, Küsten- und Naturschutz (NLWKN)Human pharmaceutical pollution in surface waters of Lower Saxony
2016-2017Bund/Länder-Arbeitsgemeinschaft Wasser (LAWA)Procedures for residence time assessment
2015-2016Niedersächsischer Landesbetrieb für Wasserwirtschaft, Küsten- und Naturschutz (NLWKN)Human pharmaceutical pollution in surface waters of Lower Saxony
2012-2015Hessisches Landesamt für Umwelt und Geologie (HLUG)Refinement of conceptual hydrogeological model Hessen for travel time assessment
2012-2013Hessisches Landesamt für Umwelt und Geologie (HLUG) and Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD)Assessment of high temporal resolution radar-based precipitation data for improved soil erosion modelling
2011-2013Bezirksregierung MünsterSource apportionment of copper and zinc pollution in surface waters of the river Ems
2011Landesamt für Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und ländliche Räume Schleswig - Holstein (LLUR)Delineation of artificially drained areas in Schleswig - Holstein
2008-2009Hessisches Landesamt für Umwelt und Geologie (HLUG)Soil erosion atlas Hesse
2009-2010Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE)Pesticide leaching risk assessment in Germany
2009-2011Hessischen Landesamtes für Umwelt und Geologie (HLUG)Conceptual hydrogeological model Hessen for travel time assessment
2007-2009Umweltforschungsplan des Umweltbundesamtes (UBA)Conceptual hydrogeological model to evaluate he efficiency of nitrate reduction measures
2005-2007EU-STREPS-FP6BRIDGE: Developing a common methodology for the evaluation of groundwater environmental quality
2002-2005Working Group of the Federal States on water issues (LAWA)Natural background levels for groundwater

Key publications:

  • Kreklow, J., Steinhoff-Knopp, B., Friedrich, K. u. Tetzlaff, B. (2020): Comparing Rainfall Erosivity Estimation Methods Using Weather Radar Data for the State of Hesse (Ger-many).- Water, 12, 1424; DOI:10.3390/w12051424.
  • Kreklow, J., Tetzlaff, B., Burkhard, B. u. Kuhnt, G. (2020): Radar-Based Precipitation Climatology in Germany - Developments, Uncertainties and Potentials.- Atmosphere, 11(2), 217, https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11020217.
  • Kreklow, J., Tetzlaff, B., Kuhnt, G. u. Burkhard, B.(2019): A Rainfall Data Intercompari-son Dataset of RADKLIM, RADOLAN, and Rain Gauge Data for Germany. Data 4, 118. DOI:10.3390/data4030118.
  • Tetzlaff, B., u. Steffen, D. (2018): Model-based analysis of water pollution by human pharmaceuticals at the landscape scale - Глава II/79: Анализ загрязнения воды фармацевтическими продуктами в масштабе ланд-шафта с помощью моделирования.- In: Sychev, V.G. u. Müller, L. (ed.): Novel methods and results of landscape research in Europe, Central Asia and Siberia.- Russian Academy of Sci-ences, Moskau, II, 369-372, DOI: 10.25680/2266.2018.94.61.176.
  • Tetzlaff, B., Friedrich, K., Vorderbrügge, T., Vereecken, H. u. Wendland, F. (2013): Distributed modelling of mean annual soil erosion and sediment delivery rates to surface waters.- Catena, 102, 13-20, doi 10.1016/j.catena.2011.08.001.
  • Tetzlaff, B. u. Wendland, F. (2012): Modelling sediment input to surface waters for German states with MEPhos: Methodology, sensitivity and uncertainty.- Water Resources Management, 26 (1), 165-184, DOI 10.1007/s11269-011-9911-1.
  • Kuhr, P.; Kreins, P.; Kunkel, R.; Voigt, H.J.; Wolter, R. & Wendland, F. (2012): Konzeptionelles hydro(geo)logisches Modell zur Bewertung von Maßnahmen zur Reduktion der Grundwasserbelastungen durch Nitrat. Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung 56, H.3, 111-125.
  • Herrmann, F., Berthold, G., Fritsche, J.-G., Kunkel, R., Voigt, H.J. & Wendland, F (2012): Development of a conceptual hydrogeological model for the evaluation of residence times of water in soil and groundwater: the state of Hesse case study, Germany.- Environmental Earth Sciences 67:2239–2250.
  • Kuhr, P.; Kreins, P.; Kunkel, R.; Voigt, H.J.; Wolter, R. & Wendland, F. (2012): Konzeptionelles hydro(geo)logisches Modell zur Bewertung von Maßnahmen zur Reduktion der Grundwasserbelastungen durch Nitrat. Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung 56, H.3, 111-125.
  • Wendland, F., Berthold, G., Fritsche, J.-G., Herrmann, F., Kunkel, R., Voigt, H.-J. (2011): Konzeptionelles hydrogeologisches Modell zur Analyse und Bewertung von Verweilzeiten in Hessen.- Grundwasser 16/3, 163-176.
  • Tetzlaff, B., Kuhr, P., Vereecken, H. u. Wendland, F. (2009): Aerial photograph-based delineation of artificially drained areas and their relevance for water balance and nutrient modeling in large river basins.- Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 34, 552 – 564..
  • Tetzlaff, B.; Kuhr, P. & Wendland. F. (2009): A new method for creating maps of artificially drained areas in large river basins based on aerial photographs and geodata Irrigation and Drainage, Volume 58, Issue 5, 569-585.
  • Wendland, F., G. Berthold, A. Blum, P. Elsass, H.-G. Fritsche, R. Kunkel & R. Wolter (2008): Derivation of natural background levels and threshold values for groundwater bodies in the Upper Rhine Valley (France, Switzerland and Germany). Desalination, 226, 160-168.
  • Wendland, F., A. Blum, M. Coetsiers, R. Gorova, J. Griffioen, J. Grima, K. Hinsby, R. Kunkel, A. Marandi, T. Melo, A. Panagopoulos, H. Pauwels, M. Ruisi, P. Traversa, J. S. A. Vermooten & K. Walraevens (2008): European aquifer typology: a practical framework for an overview of major groundwater composition at European scale. Environmental Geology, 55 (1), 77-85.
  • Kunkel, R., F. Wendland, S. Hannappel, H. J. Voigt & R. Wolter (2007): The influence of diffuse pollution on groundwater content patterns for the groundwater bodies of Germany. Water Science and Technology, 55 (3), 97-105.
  • Voigt, H. J., S. Hannappel, R. Kunkel & F. Wendland (2005): Assessment of natural groundwater concentrations of hydrogeological structures in Germany. Geologija - Vilniaus Universitetas, 50, 35-47.
  • Wendland, F., S. Hannappel, R. Kunkel, R. Schenk, H. J. Voigt & R. Wolter (2005): A procedure to define natural groundwater conditions of groundwater bodies in Germany. Water Science and Technology, 51, 249-257.
  • Wendland, F., R. Kunkel & H. J. Voigt (2004): Assessment of groundwater residence times in the pore aquifers of the River Elbe Basin. Environmental Geology, 46, 1-9.
  • Kunkel, R. & F. Wendland (1997): WEKU - A GIS-supported stochastic model of groundwater residence times in upper aquifers for the supraregional groundwater management. Environmental Geology, 30, 1-9.
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