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Dr.-Ing. Markus Reisenbüchler

Technische Universität München

Projects and research activities

Jan. 2018 - today:

VieWBay: Coupling and of hydrology and hydromorphodynamics in large scales - an approach for whole Bavaria. 

Jan. 2019 - Dec. 2019:

DAAD-IKYDA: NEREID - Development and application of an integrated mathematical model for reservoir sediment management

Jan. 2017 - Nov. 2019:

EU Interreg Project: DanubeSediment - Restoration of the sediment balance in the Danube river

Jan. 2016 - Dec. 2017 and Jan. 2018 - Jun. 2019:

2D-hydromorphological modelling at the Saalach River (WWA-Traunstein, Salzburg AG)



Sustainable river management - technical and ecological needs

Lecturer (assistant)
Duration2 SWS
TermWintersemester 2020/21
Language of instructionEnglish
Position within curriculaSee TUMonline
DatesSee TUMonline


Admission information


After successful completion of the course the students are able to analyse river management issues regarding legal frameworks and can evaluate the impact / benefit of comprehensive river management strategies in the setting of these frameworks. They understand the interaction of technical and ecological needs in river basins and can evaluate potential measures to develop sustainable solutions.


Within the course the students learn to understand aquatic ecosystem management by hands-on experience as well as to present and interpret the results obtained. - General principles of integrated river engineering and detailed technical and ecological needs - Legal frameworks in river engineering planning and their practical application - Ecological benefit analysis of water engineering projects - Functioning of aquatic ecosystems - Analysis of engineering impacts and mitigation strategies, in theory and practice - Hydromorphological modeling

Teaching and learning methods

The seminar consists of lectures, exercises and group work, interactive discussions and a presentation. The lectures will be held as a blended learning format, using synchronous (live online lectures and discussions) as well as asynchronous methods (e.g. literature study, discussion forum). During the exercises and group work, the students have the opportunity to practically apply the new knowledge, identify specific problems and deepen their understanding of hydromorphological modeling as well as aquatic ecosystem functioning. Demonstrations and hands-on guidelines will be provided to guide and support the students in their work. In group sessions and discussions, the students analyse and define problems and try to find solutions, allowing for an interactive exchange between the students and a deepening of the topics. The results will be presented as part of a report. Additionally, the students will give a presentation on their task, allowing the students to highlight their approach and discuss critical aspects.


The module this seminar is part of consists of two seminars, one in each semester. To complete the module, the students will present their project work from both seminars in a report. As part of this, they will give a presentation during the seminar, showing their progress and approach.

Recommended literature

Wetzel Robert G. (2001): Limnology: Lake and River Ecosystems, Academic Press Gilvear David J., Greenwood Malcolm T., Thoms Martin C. (2016) (Eds.): River Science - Research and Management for the 21st century. Wiley Blackwell



  • Reisenbüchler, M.; Bui, M.D.; Rutschmann, P. Reservoir Sediment Management Using Artificial Neural Networks: A Case Study of the Lower Section of the Alpine Saalach River. Water 202113, 818.
  • Reisenbüchler, M (2020): Rolling stones - Modelling sediment in gravel bed rivers. Dissertation, TUM (
  • Reisenbüchler, M; Skiba, H; Schwaller, G. Außendorf, M. DanubeSediment: Wie steht es um den Sedimenthaushalt der Donau? Korrespondenz Wasserwirtschaft 2020 
  • Reisenbüchler, M.; Bui, M.D.; Skublics, D.; Rutschmann, P. Sediment Management at Run-of-River Reservoirs Using Numerical Modelling. Water 202012, 249.
  • Reisenbüchler, M.; Bui, M.D.; Skublics, D.; Rutschmann, P. Enhancement of a numerical model system for reliably predicting morphological development in the Saalach River. International Journal of River Basin Management 2020
  • Kaveh, K.; Reisenbüchler, M.; Lamichhane, S.; Liepert, T.; Nguyen, N.D.; Bui, M.D.; Rutschmann, P. A Comparative Study of Comprehensive Modeling Systems for Sediment Transport in a Curved Open Channel. Water 201911, 1779. 
  • Reisenbüchler, M.; Bui, M.D.; Skublics, D.; Rutschmann, P.  An integrated approach for investigating the correlation between floods and river morphology: A case study of the Saalach River, Germany. Science of The Total Environment 2019 Vol. 647, p: 814-826. 
  • Reisenbüchler, M.; Liepert, T.; Nguyen N.D.; Bui M.D.; Rutschmann, P. Prelimirary study on a Bavaria-wide coupled hydrological and hydromorphological model. Proc. of the 32nd EnviroInfo conference, Garching, Germany, 2018 p:145-148 (
  • Reisenbüchler, M.; Nguyen N.D.; Liepert, T.; Bui, M.D.; Rutschmann, P. TELEMAC - A hydrodynamic solver for HPC? InSiDE Magazine Spring 2018, 2018, Vol. 16, p 95:97 (
  • Reisenbüchler, M.; Bui, M.D.; Skublics, D.; Rutschmann, P. Implementing the concept of sediment balance for reliable predicting future river development and management: A hydro-morphological study in the Saalach River. Proc. of the 5th IAHR Europe Congress - New Challenges in Hydraulic Research and Engineering, Trento, Italy, 2018 p: 541-542. (download)
  • Reisenbüchler, M.; Bui, M.D.; Skublics, D.; Rutschmann, P. Hydromorphological effects of an open stone ramp on flood events in the Saalach River. Book of Abstracts of the International symposium on the effects of global change on floods, fluvial  geomorphology and related hazards in mountainous rivers, Potsdam, Germany, 2017 p: 46-47. (download)
  • Reisenbüchler, M.; Bui, M.D.; Rutschmann, P. Implementation of a new Layer-Subroutine for fractional sediment transport in SISYPHE. Proceedings of the XXIIIrd Telemac-Mascaret User Conference, Paris, France, 2016 p: 215-220. (download)


  • 03/2016 - 10/2020: PhD-study at the Chair of Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering, TUM
  • 10/2013 - 03/2016: M.Sc. Environmental Engineering, Technische Universität München
    • Master's Thesis: The influence of an open stone ramp on flood events in the Saalach river
  • 10/2010 - 09/2013: B.Sc. Environmental Engineering, Technische Universität München
    • Bachelor's Thesis: Hochwasserbasisstudie an der Glonn in Allershausen (WWA-München)


Supervised Theses and Study Projects

Master's Thesis:

  • Untersuchungen zur Hydromorphologie großer Gletscherflüsse - Am Beispiel des Katuns
  • Implementierung des Sedimenttransportes über Wehre in TELEMAC-MASCARET
  • Analyse der hydromorphologischen Veränderung der bayerischen Donau der letzten 200 Jahre
  • Entwicklung einer Methode zur automatischen Bestimmung der Sohlrauheit für hydraulische Simulationen mit TELEMAC-2D
  • Analysis of numerical modelling results using ANN
  • Langzeitsimulation des Geschiebetransports: Parameterstudie zur Rechenzeitoptimierung am Beispiel der Unteren Salzach 
  • Comparison of two hydromorphological softwares - Hydro_AS and Telemac

Study Project:

  • Analysis of the inflow velocity field of power plants with a 2D numerical model
  • Literature Review (IKYDA-NEREID) Different Models in the Scientific Hydraulic Work & The Influence of Climate Change on Sediments and Reservoir Management
  • Hydromorphologische Modellierung an der Isar zwischen Lenggries und Bad Tölz

Bachelor's Thesis:

  • Rekonstruktion von Schwebstoffdaten mittels Künstlicher Intelligenz: Künstliche Neuronale Netze und Suchverfahren
  • Erstellung eines 1D Modells der Deutschen Donau (engl.: 1D HEC-RAS Modell of German Danube)
  • Literaturstudie zum Einfluss der Sohlporosität auf den Geschiebetransport (engl.: Literaturestudy about the effect of soil porosity on sedimenttransport)
  • Der Einfluss von Buhnen auf Stauraumspülungen in der Saalach
  • Effiziente Modellierung von Sohlenbauwerken in Telemac2D - Die Saalach von Kiblingersperre bis Zollhauswehr (engl.: Efficient modeling of riverbed buildings in Telemac2D - The river Saalach from the Dam Kibling to the Zollhaus Weir)