Ruhr-Universität of Bochum

Institute of Hydrology, Water Resources Management and Environmental Engineering

The Institute
The Institute of Hydrology, Water Resources Management and Environmental Engineering within the Faculty of civil and environmental engineering at the Ruhr-University Bochum offers courses and actively performs research in the field of Hydrologic Engineering and Water Management. Hydraulic Engineering is mainly covered at the educational level.

Hydrologic Engineering
In addition to basic hydrological principles of planning and design of structures in the water sector, water management and river engineering, hydrological evaluation in the field of environmental management is becoming increasingly important. Meteorological and hydrological measurements (e.g. precipitation, runoff and soil moisture) and mathematical models with deterministic and stochastic approaches are providing the fundamental basis for these advancements. In addition to hydrometry, hydrological modelling is the main focus in research and teaching at our institute.

Water Management
The main focus of research and teaching in the area of water management is water supply and flood control measures.

THe main focus Water Supply includes methods and procedures for an increased and sustainable protection of the availability of natural water resources to accommodate various anthropogenic needs, in particular the utilisation of water. As water is a part of the natural environment, it is of utmost importance to minimize or compensate possible negative impacts on its functions. The goal is a rational and ecologically sound utilisation of water according to sustainable development principles (Agenda 21).

Flood Control Measures include the quantitative evaluation of the hydrological phenomenon flooding as well as preventive flood control measures and defense. In addition to planning and design basics in Hydrologic Engineering, further methods and procedures are provided that are concerned with damage avoidance or reduction in the case of flood.

Hydraulic Engineering comprehends the principles of engineering design of various structures in the water sector (dams, flood control reservoirs, weirs, hydro power plants, meliorations). For students with a main focus in water engineering (a combined main subject of the institutes “Environmental Engineering” and “Hydrology, Water Resources Management and Environmental Engineering”), our institute provides lectures that cover topics such as dam construction, maintenance and waterway construction.

Further information:

Institute of Geology, Mineralogy and Geophysics

– Bachelor of Science Geosciences

– Master of Science Geosciences

– German-Argentinian binational M.Sc. programme “Applied Geothermics”

Universitätsstraße 150, 44801 Bochum
Academic advice:
Dr. Thomas Fockenberg

Potential fields of work:

  • Geological and environmental authorities
  • Engineering offices
  • Waterworks
  • Sustainable development and climate change
  • Disposal technology
  • Research and teaching

Expertise for studying: knowledge of mathematics, physics and chemistry,
knowledge of languages (English and ideally additional languages)
Entry requirement: B.Sc.: free admission; M.Sc.: NC

Application and enrolment:

  • B.Sc.: Start of studies: Winter semester
    Registration: Online registration 2ndJuly to the end of November
  • M.Sc.: Start of studies: Winter and summer semester
    Application phase: Beginning of June to 15th July

Hydrological courses (selection):

  • Basics of hydrogeology
  • Inorganic hydrochemistry
  • Organic hydrochemistry
  • Groundwater hydraulics
  • Groundwater modelling
  • Crevasse aquifers
  • Isotope hydrogeochemistry
  • Hydrogeochemical modelling
  • Tracer methods
  • Well construction & drilling technology
  • GIS in hydrogeology
  • Residential water management
  • Hydrogeological field exercises (5 days)
  • Field exercise: hydrogeology, mineralogy and geothermal energy of the central Andes (14 days)

Chair of Applied Geology

Prof. Dr. Stefan Wohnlich
Prof. Dr. Tobias Licha

Research foci:

  • Hydrogeochemistry and water-rock interactions
  • Geothermal energy and groundwater
  • Hydrogeology of solid and unconsolidated rocks
  • Mining impacts and post-mining use
  • Anthropogenic impacts on groundwater

Hochschule Bochum –
Bochum University of Applied Sciences

Institute of Water and Environment

The Institute of Water and Environment of the Bochum University of Applied Sciences concentrates on three scientific fields of research and teaching:

  • Enviromental technology
  • Urban water management
  • Hydraulic engineering / hydromechanics

In the three affiliated research laboratories, an interdisciplinary team including engineers and natural scientists deals with complex technical issues. These are: water supply, waste water discharge, wastewater treatment, ground water remediation, hydropower, decentralised energy systems and river basin management. High practicability of the technological developments and designs in terms of industrial use and applicability has priority.

Hydraulic Engineering and Hydrology

Lectures: water yield, water demand, discharge calculation for flowing waters, hydropower utilisation, weir hydraulics, dimensioning methods in reservoir management, partial aspects of agricultural water engineering, water management planning tasks, hydrological planning parameters, measuring techniques for natural data collection, flood models, water balance models, statistical methods to ascertain dimensioning parameters

Tutorial: Tasks relating to the contents of the lectures

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