Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg

Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences,
Hydrological Chairs

At the University of Freiburg we teach Hydrology based on thematically structured instruction linked to a scientific and system-oriented approach. This is indispensable in order to find answers to current questions concerning water, environment, and climate change and to provide information in reference to important planning criteria, such as water policy, drinking water supply, flood prevention and water protection.

– Bachelor of Science Environmental Sciences

Scientific basics preparing for the master in hydrology at the faculty of forest and environmental sciences in the bachelor course „environmental science“ with the secondary subject „environmental hydrology“.

– Master of Science Hydrology

The master course in hydrology is specially designed for bachelor graduates in natural, engineering, geo and environmental sciences. The course aims at deepening the understanding of hydrological systems, processes and correlations.
In addition to a sound theoretical training, the attractive M.Sc. course in hydrology offers practical modules with state-of-the-art computer modelling, data analysis and field work technology as well as field trips.

Friedrichstraße 39, 79098 Freiburg
Academic advice:
Apl. Prof. Dr. Jens Lange

Potential fields of work:

  • Government
  • Consultants
  • International Aid and Development
  • Insurance
  • Water Supply

Entry requirement: 5 ECTS in Grundlagenmodulen zu Mathematik, Statistik, Physik, anorganischer Chemie, Bodenkunde und Hydrologie
Nachweis zur Beherrschung einer höheren Programmiersprache

Application and enrolment:

  • Bachelor of Science: Deadline of application: 15 July
    Enrolment: until mid October
    Start of course: Mid of October
  • Master of Science: Deadline of application: 30 June
    Enrolment: until mid October
    Start of course: Mid of October

Hydrological courses (selection):

  • Hydrology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Soil Physics
  • Water Resources and Water use
  • Global Hydrology
  • Hydrological Modelling
  • Ecohydrology
  • Tracer- and Isotope Hydrology
  • Modelling of Water Quality and Pollution

Chair of Hydrology

Prof. Dr. Markus Weiler

Research foci:

  • Environmental pollutants
  • Tracer and isotope hydrology
  • Sensor networks and innovative measurement systems
  • Preferential flow
  • Urban hydrology
  • Vadose zone hydrology
  • Snow and ice
  • Ecohydrology
  • Runoff generation processes and catchment hydrology
  • Hydrological extremes: floods and flash floods
  • Process interactions and feedbacks of water and solute fluxes
  • Forest hydrology
  • Surface-groundwater interaction

Chair of Environmental Hydrological Systems

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Stahl

Research foci:

  • Climate change impact on hydrology
  • Drought
  • Low flows
  • Large-scale hydrology
  • Risks of hydrological extremes
  • Sectoral vulnerability and drought risk
  • Mountain hydrology: snow and glaciers
  • Catchment hydrology
  • Surface water – groundwater interaction

Chair of Hydrological Modeling and Water Resources

J-Prof. Dr. Andreas Hartmann

Research foci:

  • Karst hydrology
  • Groundwater recharge
  • Estimation and prediction of water availability
  • Process-based modeling
  • Model evaluation by stable water isotopes and water quality data