Welcome to the Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management

A cordial welcome to the website of the Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management (HRBM) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM)!

The mission of the chair is the analysis of hydrological data and processes and the development of applied hydrological models for the sustainable management of water resources in Bavaria, Germany and worldwide.

Efforts in this direction have been made through research in various areas during the past 7 years. We have been focusing on hydrological extremes (floods and droughts), integrated water resources management, alpine hydrology, urban hydrology, groundwater mixing processes, water quality, remote sensing and hydrological digitalization.

The internationalization has become one of the strengths of our Chair. Research staff from around the world contribute to our team here in Munich. This provides us with valuable experience that we also use in the guidance of our students in the field of environmental engineering.

You can find more information about our Chair, our research, and our teaching activities on this website; feel free to explore it. We highly appreciate your visit.

Current Issues

Successful doctoral defense of Mr. Michael Neumayer

Congratulations to Michael Neumayer for the successful defense of his doctoral thesis entitled „Gebietsübergreifende Retentionspotenzialanalyse einer naturnahen Gewässer- und Auengestaltung als Beitrag zum dezentralen Hochwasserrückhalt“ on July 27, 2021. Dr.-Ing. Michael Neumayer passed the dissertation examination with distinction.

The PhD project was supervised by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Disse and Prof. Dr. Gabriele Chiogna (both TUM) and Prof. Dr. Robert Jüpner (TU Kaiserslautern).


Declining glaciers endanger sustainable development of the oases along the Aksu-Tarim River (Central Asia)

Tobias Bolch, Doris Duethmann, Michel Wortmann, Shiyin Liu & Markus Disse (2021) 

Tarim River basin is the largest endorheic river basin in China. Due to the extremely arid climate the water supply solely depends on water originating from the glacierised mountains with about 75% stemming from the transboundary Aksu River. The water demand is linked to anthropogenic (specifically agriculture) and natural ecosystems, both competing for water. Ongoing climate change significantly impacts the cryosphere. The mass balance of the glaciers in Aksu River basin was clearly negative since 1975. The discharge of the Aksu headwaters has been increasing over the last decades mainly due to the glacier contribution. The average glacier melt contribution to total runoff is 30–37% with an estimated glacier imbalance contribution of 8–16%. Modelling using future climate scenarios indicate a glacier area loss of at least 50% until 2100. River discharge will first increase concomitant with glacier shrinkage until about 2050, but likely decline thereafter. The irrigated area doubled in the Aksu region between the early 1990s and 2020, causing at least a doubling of water demand. The current water surplus is comparable to the glacial runoff. Hence, even if the water demand will not grow further in the future a significant water shortage can be expected with declining glacial runoff. However, with the further expansion of irrigated agriculture and related industries, the water demand is expected to even further increase. Both improved discharge projections and planning of efficient and sustainable water use are necessary for further socioeconomic development in the region along with the preservation of natural ecosystems.

Vorbesprechung hydrologische und bodenkundliche Geländeübung 2021

am Freitag, 16. Juli um 14 Uhr via zoom

Die hydrologische und bodenkundliche Geländeübung findet in diesem Jahr zu Beginn des Wintersemesters statt - in der Woche vor VL-Beginn - vom 11. bis 15. Oktober. Wie im vergangenen Jahr wird sie an der Waldklimastation Freising durchgeführt.

Da die Veranstaltung erst im August oder September in Tumonline einsehbar ist, können Sie sich im Rahmen der Vorbesprechung vorab informieren und anmelden. Darüber hinaus können Sie sich auch per e-mail an alexander.gerner@tum.de anmelden. Die Anmeldungen stehen unter dem Vorbehalt, dass die Teilnehmerzahl auf 30 Studierende begrenzt ist.


Meeting-ID: 646 6936 4746
Kenncode: Praktikum

Danube Floodplain Online Course


Registration is now open for the Danube Floodplain Online course!: Reducing the flood risk through floodplain restoration along the Danube River and tributaries. 

Floodplains were through the history the lively part of landscapes, where different land management was synced with the repeating flooding. With the intensification of land use, the floodplains diminished, were drained, settled or even heavily polluting factories were built on them, supported by infrastructure to prevent overflooding. The risk of flooding became hazard to loss of property and lives. Both are increasing under the climate change. According to the recent management and scientific evidence bringing river to its natural path of flooding, is the best possible solution to tackle multiple water, drought, biodiversity and land management related challenges of our time. Danube Floodplain project shows this is possible. In the online course we tackle the cross-cutting water management tools developed for the Danube region, and applicable across its boundaries. We tackle the historical floodplain loss, flood risk, and on application case studies we discuss the win-win measures.

Successful doctoral defense of Ms. Sonja Teschemacher

Congratulations to Sonja Teschemacher for the successful defense on April 27, 2021 of her doctoral thesis entitled "Gebietsübergreifende Retentionspotenzialanalyse agrarwirtschaftlicher und konstruktiver Maßnahmen des dezentralen Hochwasserrückhalts"!

KliMoBay - Potentials of climate protection and adaption in Bavarian peatlands

A website of our Project “KliMoBay - Potentials of climate protection and adaption in Bavarian peatlands” is available now (in German). An English version will be released soon. www.klimobay.de


Course TUM.stadt "City & Water"

Dear students,

this year the interdisciplinary master course TUM.stadt "City & Water“  is organized by the chair of hydrology and river basin management. It is the follow-up of TUM.stadt “City & Well-being” from last summer semester. The course will be held online. It consists of a lecture series (3ECTS) and an optional seminar (3ECTS). The course aims are to practice interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration. The starting lecture will be at Friday 16th April, 9 am.

All TUM-students are invited!

New Publication!: Sustainable Management of River Oases along the Tarim River/China (SuMaRiO)

By Bernd Cyffka; Markus Disse and Florian Betz (2021)

This book discusses approaches to sustainable management of river oases along the Tarim River located in Xinjiang (northwest China).

The Tarim Basin is one of the most arid regions in the world. Surrounded by the high mountain of Tian Shan, Kunlun and Pamir, the Taklamakan Desert dominates the landscape. The Tarim River originating from the snow and glacier melt in the mountains is the only relevant source of freshwater in this extreme environment – both for anthropogenic needs in agriculture Sustainable Management of River Oases and urban areas and the natural ecosystems of the Tarim River floodplains.

Since the 1960s, the Chinese government has been promoting the development of the western provinces of China. Demographic development and socio-economic changes led to a rapid change of land use, which has substantially affected the quantity and quality of arable land, surface and ground water and impaired natural ecosystems and their ability to provide relevant ecosystem services. In particular, presently there is a conflict between water demand for agricultural irrigation and natural riparian vegetation – a conflict that might intensify in future due to climate change.

Against this background, 11 German and 6 Chinese universities and research institutes have formed the SuMaRiO consortium (Sustainable Management of River Oases along the Tarim River) to investigate sustainable water- and land-management strategies for the region.

Here, the authors of the SuMaRiO project summarize the key results of 5 years of interdisciplinary research conducted by this consortium within the ‘Sustainable Land Management’ program of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. They present specific results from the different work packages on climatology, hydrology, ecology, agricultural sciences, social sciences and economics. Furthermore, this book introduces the interdisciplinary research approach of the entire consortium, which has resulted in comprehensive policy recommendations for sustainable water- and land management and a decision support system, which is based on the results of the study. The authors present an example of how interdisciplinary aspects and international cooperation are able to contribute to sustainable development in complex socio-ecological environments.

Recent Publications

Alqadi, M.; Al Dwairi, A.; Dehnavi, S.; Margane, A.; Al Raggad, M.; Al Wreikat, M.; Chiogna, G. (2021)  A Novel Method to Assess the Impact of a Government’s Water Strategy on Research: A Case Study of Azraq Basin, Jordan. Water 2021, 13, 2138. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13152138 

Arias-Rodriguez, L.F.; Duan, Z.; Díaz-Torres, J.d.J.; Basilio Hazas, M.; Huang, J.; Kumar, B.U.; Tuo, Y.; Disse, M. (2021) Integration of Remote Sensing and Mexican Water Quality Monitoring System Using an Extreme Learning Machine. Sensors21, 4118. https://doi.org/10.3390/s21124118 

Francesca Perosa, Sami Fanger, Aude Zingraff-Hamed, Markus Disse, (2021) A meta-analysis of the value of ecosystem services of floodplains for the Danube River Basin, Science of The Total Environment, Volume 777, 2021, 146062, ISSN 0048-9697, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146062.

Perosa, F.; Gelhaus, M.; Zwirglmaier, V.; Arias-Rodriguez, L.F.; Zingraff-Hamed, A.; Cyffka, B.; Disse, M. (2021) Integrated Valuation of Nature-Based Solutions Using TESSA: Three Floodplain Restoration Studies in the Danube Catchment. Sustainability13, 1482. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031482

Maria Kaiser, Stephan Günnemann, Markus Disse (2021) Spatiotemporal analysis of heavy rain-induced flood occurrences in Germany using a novel event database approach, Journal of Hydrology, 125985, ISSN 0022-1694, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2021.125985.

Lin, Q.; Leandro, J.; Gerber, S.; Disse, M. (2020). Multistep Flood Inundation Forecasts with Resilient Backpropagation Neural Networks: Kulmbach Case Study. Water , 12, 3568. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12123568

Bhola, P. K., Leandro, J., and Disse, M. (2020). Building hazard maps with differentiated risk perception for flood impact assessment, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 2647–2663, https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-20-2647-2020. https://nhess.copernicus.org/articles/20/2647/2020/

Teschemacher, S.; Bittner, D.; Disse, M. (2020). Automated Location Detection of Retention and Detention Basins for Water Management. Water 2020, 12, 1491. doi.org/10.3390/w12051491

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