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Theoretical Ecohydrology Lab | Institute of Geoecology
Technische Universität Braunschweig
Langer Kamp 19c, 4th floor
38106, Brunswick, Germany

(f) +49 531 391-5606

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We use theoretical methods—conceptual, mathematical, and numerical models—to study ecohydrological processes in terrestrial systems. We are currently working on:

  • hydrological and biogeochemical flux re-scaling
  • isotope ecohydrological model development for the soil–plant–atmosphere continuum
  • numerical solvers for wildfire propagation modelling
  • urban ecohydrological functions at the city scale

We teach courses on terrestrial ecohydrology in the Environmental Sciences, Civil Engineering, and Environmental Engineering graduate programmes.

We consider ourselves as a bridge between the Institute of Geoecology and the Leichtweiß-Institute for Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources at Technische Universität Braunschweig.


winter term 22–23

  • Foundations of Ecohydrology (Özgen, Gillefalk)
  • Ecohydrological Project (Özgen, Gillefalk)

summer term 22

  • Urban Ecohydrology (Gillefalk)
  • Ecohydrological Modelling (Özgen)


  • Runoff generation and surface hydrodynamics across scales with the SERGHEI model. Forschungszentrum Jülich under Application-Nr. 26702, 1 May 2021 – 31 Oct 2023.
  • SERGHEI: Simulation environment for geomorphology, hydrodynamics and ecohydrology in integrated form – gitlab


  • Dr. Mikael Gillefalk, 2021–now, Urban ecohydrology

phd students

I'm actively seeking PhD students. Contact me if you would like to work with me on topics in computational ecohydrology.

graduate students

  • Dharini Balachandran, 2022–now, Soil–plant–atmosphere continuum modelling

co-advised students

in progress

  • Hemant Kumar, MTech. Neural networking to predict transpiration using sap flow and soil moisture data from tropical rainforest, PI: Hemalatha, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India.
  • Advaith Jayan, MTech. GIS and remote sensing based analysis to assess the potential of green roofs in urbanised areas in India, PI: Arlikatti, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India.
  • Lennart Steffen, PhD. Performance optimisations for the Hydroinformatics Modeling System (hms++), PI: Hinkelmann, Technische Universität Berlin.
  • Aziz Hassan, PhD. Urban flash flood modelling based on merged rainfall satellite data — Application to Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, PI: Hinkelmann, Technische Universität Berlin.
  • Rachel Middleton, MSc. Flux re-scaling in ecohydrological systems, Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship, PI: Molins, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, USA.


  • Franziska Tügel, PhD, 2022. Flash flood modeling with a specific focus on arid regions and infiltration, PI: Hinkelmann, Technische Universität Berlin.
    First position: Postdoc, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Jiaheng Zhao, PhD, 2019. Fully coupled robust shallow water flow and sediment transport model on unstructured grids, PI: Hinkelmann, Technische Universität Berlin.
    First position: Postdoc, Loughborough University, UK.


  • We have an Erasmus+ agreement with the Escuela de Ingeniería y Arquitectura, Universidad de Zaragoza to exchange undergraduate and graduate students as well as teaching staff.
  • We have a letter of understanding with the Geoinformatics and Earth Observation Group, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham to exchange graduate students.


Author: ilhan özgen xian

Created: 2023-01-30 Mo 16:10