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Dr. Michael Rinderer

 

PostDoc / Scientific employee
 

Chair of Hydrology
Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg
Friedrichstraße 39
D-79098 Freiburg

Fon: 0761 - 203 3519
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Michael Rinderer

Scientific Interests

  • Runoff generation processes
  • Ecohydrology
  • Isotope and hydrochemical tracers
  • Spatial-temporal patterns and hydrological connectivity
  • Natural hazards (floods, sediment transport)
  • Soft data, citizen science

 

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PROJECTS   |   PUBLICATIONS

 

PROJECTS                                                                                                                    Top

(for a complete list see personal webpage)

Phosphorus and Water Flux in Forested Headwaters

Phosphorus and Water Flux Dynamics in Runoff and Plant Uptake in Forested Headwaters
(since 2017, funded by German Research Foundation, DFG)

Description:
Forest stands are known to be affected by shortage in phosphorus, an important nutrient for plants. The main source of phosphorus in forested ecosystems is either recycling of litter by microbial activity in the shallow soil layers (recycling system) or weathering of the parent material in deeper depth of the soil profile (acquiring system). The project investigates the role of subsurface runoff processes that impact the processes of nutrient supply by export of phosphorus from forest stands. Results from the first project phase indicate, that a large fraction of plant available P is lost from the forest stand by deep percolation. To better quantify this loss and to study the recovery of phosphorus supply at various soil depth after a rainstorm, hydrometric and hydrochemical monitoring at three experimental hillslopes in Germany is planned. The instrumental setup consists of a 2 m deep trench, soil moisture measurements at 5 different depth, a > 15 m deep groundwater well and spring- and streamflow measurements at the bottom of the hillslope and will be extended by a horizontal drainage that allows sampling of percolation in deeper soil depth below the trench. This experimental setup will allow quantifying the vertical re-distribution of water and nutrients during controlled sprinkling experiments and the following period of recovery of phosphorus. In addition, sap flow of trees will be monitored and sampled to better understand and distinguish the sources and coupling of water and nutrient supply of plants in recycling and acquiring ecosystems. The project aims at a better characterization of differences in susceptibility of recycling and acquiring ecosystems to an anticipated increase in nutrient flushing frequency under changed climatic conditions. The findings are planned to be generalized, integrated and tested in a model that allows to simulate ecosystem nutrition strategies in forest stands.

 

ICaRuS

ICaRuS - Investigating Catchment Runoff Response by Assessing Spatial Patterns of Groundwater Dynamics
(2015 – 2016, funded by the Swiss Science Foundation SNF)

Description:
The project builds upon previous work on topographic controls on catchment-scale groundwater dynamics (Rinderer et al., 2014, Rinderer et al., 2016) in deriving spatial patterns of groundwater response under consideration of the catchment physiographic characteristics, rainfall characteristics and antecedent soil saturation using time series clustering (Rinderer et al., 2017). Distance-based similarity measures (the integral of two time series) captured similarity in the shape and amplitude of the groundwater time series and were correlated with topographic indices. Correlation-based similarity measures (based on the cross-correlation of two time series) were more sensitive to seasonal differences in groundwater dynamics.
Based on these results it was possible to transfer groundwater dynamics from more than 50 monitoring sites to all non-monitored locations of a Swiss pre-alpine catchment. The groundwater dynamics of midslope locations were found to be most difficult to predict but had already been highlighted in earlier studies to be of key-importance in establishing hydrological connectivity between uphill sites and the lower hillslopes and streams, respectively (Rinderer et al., 2017).
An analysis of 19 months-long time series showed that the area with groundwater response that also was connected to the stream and therefore likely contributed to runoff, expanded and contracted predominantly aligned with the channel network. Isolated areas with groundwater response got connected to the stream network during short periods of time that were associated with highest streamflow (Rinderer et al., in preparation). Clear exponential relations between specific discharge and connected area or total catchment storage were identified that were very similar for the rising and falling limb of event hydrographs and for events with multiple peaks (Rinderer et al., in preparation).
The results of this project show the importance of hydrological connectivity to better understand the often non-liner runoff response in headwater streams.

 

Soft Soil Moisture Sensing – Africa

Qualitative soil moisture assessment in semi-arid Africa - The role of experience and training on inter-rater reliability
(2014, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation - DEZA)

Description:
Soil moisture differences are important indicators of the soil water deficit and have traditionally been used for allocating water resources among farmers of village communities in rural Africa. We adapted the Boots & Trousers Method (Rinderer et al., 2012) to incorporate the local farmers’ tacit knowledge and the soil properties of the study site near Arusha, Tanzania. The qualitative indicators to distinguish between the seven wetness classes are related to moisture conditions for seeding plants and brick making in this semi-arid environment.
The scheme was tested twice in 2014 with farmers, students and experts (April: 40 persons, June: 25 persons) for inter-rater reliability, bias of individuals and the importance of training how to apply the method. During the test in June in 66% of all classifications farmers assigned the same wetness class and were off by not more than one wetness class in 90%. However it was important to organize the group in small sub-groups and to provide them with good instructions. Students who had been trained in how to apply the method gained higher inter-rater reliability than their colleagues with only a basic introduction. This study demonstrates that a wetness classification scheme based on qualitative indicators can be a robust tool for capturing soil moisture variability.

 

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(for most recent updates see personal webpage)

Peer-reviewed Journal Publications

Rinderer M., Ali G., Larsen L. (accepted): Assessing structural, functional and effective hydrologic connectivity with brain neuroscience methods: State-of-the-art and research directions. Earth Science Reviews.
Van Meerveld I., Fischer B.M.C., Rinderer M., Stähli M., Seibert J. (2018): Runoff generation in a pre-alpine catchment: A discussion between a tracer and a shallow groundwater hydrologist. Geographical Research Letters 44/ Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica 44. doi: 10.18172/cig.3349.
Rinderer M., McGlynn, B., van Meerveld I. (2017): Groundwater similarity across a watershed derived from time-warped and flow-corrected time series. – In: Water Resources Research 53, p. 1-20. doi: 2016WR019856.
Rinderer M., van Meerveld I., Stähli M., Seibert J. (2016): Is groundwater response timing in a pre-alpine catchment controlled more by topography or by rainfall? – In: Hydrological Processes 30, p. 1036-1051. doi:10.1002/hyp.10634.
Fischer B. M. C., Rinderer M., Schneider P., Ewen T., Seibert J., (2015): Contributing sources to baseflow in pre-alpine headwaters using spatial snapshot sampling. – In: Hydrological Processes 29, p. 5321-5336. doi: 10.1002/hyp.10529.
Rinderer M., Komakech H. C., Müller D., Wiesenberg G.L.B., Seibert J. (2015): Qualitative soil moisture assessment in semi-arid Africa - The role of experience and training on inter-rater reliability. – In: Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 19, p. 3905-3916. doi:10.5194/hess-19-3505-2015.
Rinderer M., van Meerveld I., Seibert J. (2014): Topographic controls on shallow groundwater levels in a steep, pre-alpine catchment – When is the steady state assumption valid? – In: Water Resources Research 50(7), p. 6067-6080. doi: 10.1002/2013WR015009.
Rinderer M., Kollegger A., Fischer B. M. C., Stähli M., Seibert J. (2012): Sensing with boots and trousers – qualitative field observations of shallow soil moisture patterns. – In: Hydrological Processes 26 p. 4112-4120, doi: 10.1002/hyp.9531.
Achleitner S., Schöber J., Rinderer M., Leonhardt G., Schöberl F., Kirnbauer R., Schönlaub H. (2012): Analyzing the operational performance of the hydrological models in an alpine flood forecasting system. – In: Journal of Hydrology 412-413, p. 90-100 doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.07.047.
Achleitner S., Rinderer M., Kirnbauer R. (2009): Hydrological modeling in alpine catchments: Sensing the critical parameters towards an efficient model calibration. Water Science and Technology 60 (6), p. 1507-1514.

 

Book Chapters

Rinderer M., Seibert J. (2012): Soil Information in Hydrologic Models: Hard Data, Soft Data, and the Dialog between Experimentalists and Modelers. – In: Lin H. (Ed.): Hydropedology: Synergistic Integration of Soil Science and Hydrology. Waltham. Academic Press, Elsevier B.V., p. 515-536.
Rinderer M., Jenewein S., Senfter S., Rickenmann D., Schöberl F., Stötter J., Hegg C.: (2010): Runoff and bedload transport modelling for flood hazard assessment in small alpine catchments – the model PROMABGIS. – In: Veulliet E., Stötter J., Weck-Hannemann H. (Eds.): Sustainability in Natural Hazard Management. Springer Verlag. Berlin.
Stötter J., Meissl G., Rinderer M., Keiler M., Fuchs S.: (2002): Galtür. Eine Gemeinde im Zeichen des Lawinenereignisses von 1999. – In: Steinicke, E. (Ed.): Geographischer Exkursionsführer. Europaregion Tirol, Südtirol, Trentino, Band 2. Spezialexkursionen im Bundesland Tirol. (= Innsbrucker Geographische Studien 33/2). Innsbruck, p.167-184.

 

Articles in Conference Proceedings

Rinderer M., van Meerveld I., Stähli M., Seibert J., (2014): Controls on groundwater response timing of a subalpine catchment. – In: Pfister et al. (Ed.): Proceedings of the AGU Chapman Conference on Catchment Spatial Organization and Complex Behavior. Luxembourg, 23-26 September 2014, p. 1-9.
Rinderer M., Rickenmann D. (2009): Abfluss- und Geschiebetransportabschätzung in Wildbächen für Bemessungsfragen – Methoden aus heutiger Sicht und Unsicherheiten der Ergebnisse. – In: Rutschmann P. (Ed.): Zukunftsfähiger Wasserbau und Flussgebietsmanagement: Wasser- und Feststofftransport in Fläche und Fluss. (= Berichte des Lehrstuhls und der Versuchsanstalt für Wasserbau und Wasserwirtschaft, Nr. 123). München, p. 28-42.
Schöberl F., Stötter J., Schönlaub H., Ploner A., Sönser T., Jenewein S., Rinderer M.: (2004): PROMABGIS: Ein GIS-basiertes Werkzeug für die Ermittlung von Massenbilanzen in alpinen Einzugsgebieten – In: Internationale Forschungsgesellschaft Interpraevent (Ed.): Proceedings International Symposium Interpraevent, Riva del Garda. Vol. 3, p. 271-282.

 

Selected Conference Contributions and talks

Rinderer M. (2017): Chasing water and nutrients in mountain headwaters. IHF Kolloquium, 30th of November 2017, Freiburg, Germany. (invited talk)
Jeřábek J., Herbstritt B., Rinderer M., Gessler A., Weiler M. (2017): Investigating water and nutrient uptake by trees with in-situ measurements of water stable isotopes and phosphate in xylem. EGU Leonardo Conference 2017, 16-18 October 2017, Black Forest, Germany. (talk)
Herbstritt, B, Rinderer M., Weiler M. (2017): Diffusion-tight bags for repeated, discrete soil and xylem water vapor isotope sampling. EGU Leonardo Conference 2017, 16-18 October 2017, Black Forest, Germany. (poster)
Seeger S., Herbstritt B., Rinderer M., Weiler M. (2017): What can isotopes tell us about the influence of grassland diversity on plant water uptake? EGU Leonardo Conference 2017, 16-18 October 2017, Black Forest, Germany. (talk)
Rinderer M. (2017): Phosphorus and water flux dynamics in runoff and plant uptake in forested headwaters. Annual SPP Meeting, 9-11 October 2017, Hofgeismar, Germany. (invited talk)
Zuecco G., Rinderer M., van Meerveld H.J., Penna D., Borga M. (2017): Quantification of subsurface hydrologic connectivity in mountain catchments. 11th International AIIA Conference, 5-8 July, 2017, Bari, Italy. (poster)
Rinderer M. (2017): From Points to Patterns – Groundwater Connectivity and Catchment-Scale Streamflow Response. Young Scientist Meeting, 4th of July 2017, Freiburg, Germany. (talk)
Rinderer M., van Meerveld I., McGlynn B. (2017): Measuring and modeling spatio-temporal patterns of groundwater storage dynamics to better understand nonlinear streamflow response. European Geosciences Union General Assembly (EGU), 23-28 April 2017, Vienna, Austria. (poster)
Rinderer, M., Ali., G., Larsen L., (2017): Quantifying hydrologic connectivity with measures from the brain neurosciences – a feasibility study. European Geosciences Union General Assembly (EGU), 23-28 April 2017, Vienna, Austria. (poster)
Rinderer M., van Meerveld I., McGlynn B. (2016): From Points to Patterns – Functional Relations between Groundwater Connectivity and Catchment-scale Streamflow Response. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (AGU), 12-16 December 2016, San Francisco, USA. (poster)
Ali G., Rinderer M. (2016): When brain neuroscience meets hydrology: timeseries analysis methods for capturing structural and functional aspects of hydrologic connectivity. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (AGU), 12-16 December 2016, San Francisco, USA. (poster)
Zuecco G., Rinderer M., van Meerveld H.J., Penna D., Borga M. (2016): Comparison of subsurface connectivity in alpine headwater catchments. European Geosciences Union General Assembly (EGU), 17-22 April 2016, Vienna, Austria. (poster)
Rinderer M., McGlynn B. (2015): From points to patterns – Transferring point scale groundwater measurements to catchment scale response patterns using time series modeling. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (AGU), 14-18 December 2015, San Francisco, USA. (poster)
Ewen T., Seibert J., Rinderer M., Brunner M., Addor N., Viviroli D. (2015): Using Statistics in hydrology. World Statistics Day, 20th of October 2015, Zurich, Switzerland. (poster)
Rinderer M. (2015): Groundwater Response Timing in a Pre-Alpine Catchment: The Role of Topography, Rainfall Characteristics and Antecedent Wetness. Gordon Research Seminar: „Catchment Science: Interactions of Hydrology, Biology & Geochemistry“, 13-14 June 2015, Andover, NH, USA. (invited talk)
Rinderer M., van Meerveld I, Stähli M., Seibert J.: (2015): Groundwater Response Timing in a Pre-Alpine Catchment: The Role of Topography, Rainfall Characteristics and Antecedent Wetness. Gordon Research Conference: „Catchment Science: Interactions of Hydrology, Biology & Geochemistry“, 15-19 June 2015, Andover, NH, USA. (poster)
Rinderer M. (2014): Qualitative Soil Moisture Classification – Results of a Case Study with Farmers and Students at Mungushi/Tanzania. iMoMo – Meeting, 8th of October, Neuchatel, Switzerland. (invited talk)
Rinderer M., van Meerveld H.J, Stähli M., Seibert J. (2014): Controls on Groundwater Response Timing in a Subalpine Catchment. AGU Chapman Conference on Catchment Spatial Organization and Complex Behavior, 23-26 September, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. (poster & extended abstract)
Rinderer M. (2014): Qualitative Soil Moisture Classification – Results of a Case Study with Farmers and Students at Mungushi/Tanzania, 2nd Workshop at The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, 30th of June 2014, Arusha, Tazania. (invited keynote lecture)
Rinderer M., Fischer B.M.C., Seibert J. (2014): The “Boots & Trousers” Method: Qualitative field observations of shallow soil moisture patterns – An extension to dry soils. Tech4Dev International Conference, 3rd UNESCO Conference on Technologies for Development, 4-6 June 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland. (poster)
Rinderer M., van Meerveld I., Seibert J. (2014): When is the steady state assumption valid? – Topographic controls on shallow groundwater levels in a steep, pre-alpine catchment. European Geosciences Union General Assembly (EGU), 27th of April - 2nd of May 2014, Vienna, Austria. (poster)
Rinderer M. (2014): Sensing Soil Moisture with Boots & Trousers – The Soft Data Concept and its Context to the iMoMo Project in Tanzania. IMoMo – 1st Workshop at The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, 7th of April 2014, Arusha, Tazania. (invited keynote lecture)
Rinderer M. (2014): Using Soft Data in Model Calibration – The Dialog between Experimentalists and Modelers. IMoMo – 1st Workshop at The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, 7th of April 2014, Arusha, Tazania. (invited keynote lecture)
Rinderer M. (2013): Groundwater dynamics in a pre-alpine catchment – spatio-temporal variability and key controls. WSL – Kolloquium, 21st of May, 2013, Birmensdorf, Switzerland. (invited talk)
Rinderer M., Seibert J., Stähli M. (2013): Grundwasserdynamik eines vor-alpinen Einzugsgebietes – raum-zeitliche Variabilität und ihre dominanten Einflussfaktoren. Tag der Hydrologie 2013, 4-6 April 2013, Bern, Switzerland. (talk)
Rinderer M., Kollegger A., Fischer B.M.C., Stähli M., Seibert J. (2012): Sensing with Boots and Trousers – A new qualitative field method to capture shallow soil moisture patterns in wet environments. 10th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, 16-17 November 2012, Bern, Switzerland. (poster)
Fischer B.M.C., Rinderer M. (2012): Investigating spatial and temporal runoff generation mechanisms in a Swiss pre-alpine catchment. 10th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, 16-17 November 2012, Bern, Switzerland. (talk)
Rinderer M., Fischer B.M.C. (2012): Investigating spatial and temporal runoff generation mechanisms in a Swiss pre alpine catchment. ZHydro 2012, 15th of November 2012. Zurich, Switzerland. (talk)
Rinderer M., Kollegger A., Fischer B., Seibert J. (2012): Kartierung räumlicher Muster der Bodenfeuchte anhand qualitativer Indikatoren. Tag der Hydrologie 2012, 22-23 March 2012, Freiburg, Germany. (poster)
Rinderer M., Kollegger A., Fischer B., Seibert J. (2011): A new qualitative field method to capture shallow soil moisture patterns in wet environments. EGU Leonardo Conference: „Floods in 3D – Processes, Patterns, Predictions“, 23-25 November 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia. (poster)
Rinderer M. (2011): A new qualitative field method to capture shallow soil moisture patterns in wet environments - Proof of concept. ZHydro 2011, 15th of November 2011. Zurich, Switzerland. (poster)
Lehner I., Ewen T., Rinderer M., Fischer B., Seibert J., Seneviratne S.: (2010): Climate patterns in the long-term hydrometeorological data series oft he Rietholzbach catchment. ERB Conference 2010: "Hydrological Responses of Small Basins to a changing environment", 6-8 September 2010, Seggau, Austria. (talk)
Ewen T., Rinderer M., Barnard H., Seibert J., Lehner I., Bosshard T., Seneviratne S. (2009): A spectral analysis of runoff variability for Swiss catchments. 7th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, 20-21 November 2009, Neuchatel, Switzerland. (poster)
Rinderer M., Rickenmann D. (2009): Abfluss- und Geschiebetransportabschätzung in Wildbächen für Bemessungsfragen – Methoden aus heutiger Sicht und Unsicherheiten der Ergebnisse. "Zukunftsfähiger(s) Wasserbau und Flussgebietsmanagement", 30-31 Juli 2009 Wallgau, Germany. (invited talk)
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