WRHC 2021 ONLINE   Droughts, Floods & and their emerging Challenges

11th Water Research Horizon Conference 2021 | 15th-16th JUNE 2021

jointly organised by  the Water Science Alliance and the Wassernetzwerk Baden-Württemberg

supported by Deutscher Stifterverband



Session A1: Droughts and Water Security | 15.6.2021 15:00 – 16:30

At Risk of Drought: Prediction Challenges from Climate to Hydrology to Impact

Kerstin Stahl, Environmental Hydrological Systems, University Freiburg

Drought and Variability - Coping with Risk and Uncertainty

Mariele Evers, Professor Ecohydrology and Water Resource Management, University of Bonn

Water Scarcity in Germany: Lessons Learned after three Years and Perspective Options for Action

Christoph Donner, Harzwasserwerke GmbH Hildesheim


Session A2: Ecosystems under Pressure | 16.6.2021 14:50 – 16:20

Multiple Perspectives on Large-scale Ecosystem Response to Drought

René Orth, Hydrology-Biosphere-Climate Interactions, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry Jena

Forests and Droughts – Evidence of Risks and Implications for Soil- and Water-related Ecosystem Services

Karl-Heinz Feger, Site Ecology and Plant Nutrition, TU Dresden

Predicting Impacts of Climate and subsequent hydrological Changes on Stream Organisms

Sonja Jähnig, Ecosystem Research, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries


Session B1: Floods, Sediments and Pollution | 16.6.2021 14:50 – 16:20

Changes in Hydrogeomorphic Response to Extreme Rainfall in Headwater Systems: Hazards and Vulnerabilities

Marco Borga – Agricultural, Forestry and Biosystems Engineering, University of Padua (IT)

Assessment of Bedload Supply in steep Torrents during Floods: an Instrument for strategic Planning with local Impact

Catherine Berger – Geo7, Bern (CH)

Christian Stamm – Environmental Chemistry, eawag Dübendorf (CH)


Session B2: Extremes in Urban Areas | 16.6.2021 16:30 – 18:00

Let (Urban) Water and Data flow

Peter Steen Mikkelsen – Environmental Engineering, TU of Denmark (DK)

Attribution of Changes in Drought and Flood Damage

Heidi Kreibich, Flood Riks and Climate Adaptation, German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) Potsdam

Extreme Precipitation – Lessons for Urban Development and Urban Renewal

Jörn Birkmann, Urban Development and Spatial Planning, University of Stuttgart


Session C1: Tipping Elements – Response to Extremes | 15.6.2021 15:00 – 16:30

David Hannah – Hydrology, University of Birmingham (UK)

Continental-scale patterns and causes of river flooding

Wouter Berghuijs – Earth Sciences, VU Amsterdam (NL)

Response of Riverine Biota to multiple Stressors

Daniel Hering, Aquatic Ecology, University of Duisburg-Essen


Session C2: Multi-Hazard-Risks | 16.6.2021 16:30 – 18:00

The Co-Evolution of Droughts and Heatwaves in Europe

Luis Samaniego, Computational Hydrosystems, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig

Adaptive Behavior of Residents across different Weather-related Hazards

Annegret Thieken, Geography and Disaster Risk Research, University of Potsdam

Multi Hazards and the assessing of cascading Effects: Challenges and Ways forward

Christian Kuhlicke, Environmental Risks and Extreme Events, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig / University of Potsdam




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