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Prof. Dr. Kerstin Stahl


Chair of Environmental Hydrological Systems
DFG Heisenberg Professorship
Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg
Friedrichstraße 39
D-79098 Freiburg

Phone: +49 (0)761 - 203-3532
Fax: +49 (0)761 - 203-3594
E-Mail: stahl.gif
Branch office "Blue Container", Stefan-Meier-Straße 31a

Kerstin Stahl 


the creation of a Website for the new Chair of Environmental Hydrological Systems is in progress

Publications         CV (pdf)

Research Interests

hydroclimatic variability and change, impacts of climate change on hydrology, low flows and drought, mountain hydrology, transboundary rivers, vulnerability and risk

Projects and Collaborations (current)

from 09/2016: TrenDHy (DFG)

2016-2021: DRIeR: Drought impacts, processes and resilience: making the invisible visible (Wassernetzwerk Baden-Württemberg)

2013-2016: BAFU NW: Effect of climatic change on groundwater and low flow

2013-2016: DrIVER: Drought impacts: Vulnerability thresholds in monitoring and early-warning research. Belmont Forum/G8HORCs (DFG) project

2012-2015: ASG Rhein: Glacier and snowmelt runoff components in the river Rhine, Commission for the Hydrology of the Rhine (KHR/CHR)

2011-2015: DROUGHT-R&SPI: Fostering European Drought Research and Policy Interfacing. EU FP7 Integrated Project. Lead WP3: Drought sensitive regions in Europe: impacts, vulnerability, and risk

2010-2013: DROUGHT-CH: Early recognition of critical drought and low-flow conditions in Switzerland - coping with shortages in soil moisture, groundwater and runoff. NFP 61 Project with partners in CH.

2007-2011: EU project WATCH (Water and Global Change), WB4: Extremes (through University of Oslo)

2009-2010: Hitze und Dürre in der Regio (mit Andreas Matzerakis, Meteorologisches Institut Freiburg)

2004-to date: Hydroclimatic Variability in British Columbia, Canada (with Dan Moore at UBC)


2008-2009: Vulnerability of transboundary river flow agreements (with Aaron Wolf and TFDD@OSU)

Scientific Employees

Postdocs and Project Scientists

Dr. Veit Blauhut (DRIeR-Projekt), Dipl. Hyd. Irene Kohn (ASG-Rhein-Projekt), Dr. Michael Stölzle (Niedrigwasser Projekte LUBW und BAFU)

PhD Students

Main Advisor: Benedikt Heudorfer, Marit van Tiel, Jost Hellwig

Co-advisor: Annette Boesmeier (Geographie, Freiburg), Mathilde Erfurt (Geographie, Freiburg), Georgios Skiadaresis (Waldbau, Freiburg)

Graduated: Erik Tijdeman (PhD, Freiburg, graduated Nov. 2017), Daphné Freudiger (PhD, Freiburg, graduated Nov. 2017), Veit Blauhut (PhD, Freiburg, graduated Nov. 2015), Maria Staudinger (PhD, Uni Zürich, graduated Dec. 2014), Michael Stölzle (PhD, Freiburg, graduated June 2014), Agustin Brena (PhD, Freiburg, graduated June 2012), Lukas Gudmundsson (PhD, Oslo, graduated Sept. 2011)

Teaching (current)


Grundlagen der Hydrologie (Bachelor Umweltnaturwissenschaften)

Aktuelle Themen der Umwelthydrologie (Wahlpflichtseminar - Bachelor Studiengänge)

Gewässerökologie (Bachelor Umweltnaturwissenschaften)

Modul 7 (Master Hydrologie): Globale Hydrologie

Modul 10 (Master Hydrologie): Exkursion

Modul 13 (Master Hydrologie): Hydrohazards




2015 Habilitation und licence to teach

2001 Dr. rer. nat., Inst. f. Hydrologie, Uni Freiburg

1997 Diplom Hydrologie, Inst. f. Hydrologie, Uni Freiburg


2016 Professor for Environmental Hydrological Systems(DFG Heisenberg Professorship), University of Freiburg

2014-2016: Substitute of the Professorship for Environmental Hydrology

2008-2014: Research Scientist, Inst. f. Hydrologie, Uni Freiburg 

2007-2010: Research Scientist, Dept of Geosciences, Univ. of Oslo, Norway

2004-2007: Post-Doc/Research Scientist , Dept of Geography, Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2001-2003: Post-Doc (DFG Forschungsstipendium), Dept of Geosciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA




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