816352 Hydrology and water management II

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Schulz, Karsten
Offered in
Sommersemester 2022
Languages of instruction


Statistics of hydrological variables and conceptual description of hydrological processes. Essential methods of analysis of hydro-meteorological data series are demonstrated. Their characteristic parameters and their relevance for design purposes are explained. Extreme values (storm events, floods, droughts) are given special attention. Statistical relationships between various hydrological variables are described by multivariate statistical methods, considering temporal and spatial scales. In addition to statistical methods conceptual and deterministic hydrological models are discussed, with a focus on rainfall-runoff models, flood routing methods, snow melt modeling and river basin models. The development from simple input-output models to detailed 3-D methods that account for processes on the surface and in the unsaturated and saturated subsurface is illustrated with some typical models. The impact of climate and vegetation is discussed.

Previous knowledge expected

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Knowledge of hydrological processes, their spatial and temporal variability and their underlying physical principles is imparted. Students are given an overview of conceptual hydrological models and their applications. This will enable them to select an appropriate model for each specific hydrological problem. Information on input data requirements and the complexity of implementation will facilitate the model choice.
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