Research Foci

Our main fields of research are

  • Impact of regional climate change on terrestrial hydrology
  • Dynamical and statistical downscaling of meteorological fields
  • Fully coupled and compartment crossing regional atmospheric and hydrological modeling
  • Modeling and observation of joint water- and energy fluxes
  • Use of commercial microwave links (CMLs) for precipitation quantification
  • Geostatistical merging of hydrometeorological variables
Fully-coupled modeling
Dynamical downscaling
Data merging
In-situ measurements

Research Regions

Our prime interest are climate sensitive regions, particularly flood- and drought prone regions. Our current activities focus on

  • Middle Europe, especially Bavaria, the Alpine Space and the Mediterranean region
  • the Near and Middle East and
  • South, West and East Africa
Alpine upland
Middle East
Western Africa



Current projects




Finished projects (selection)


Publications (latest)

Rauch, M., Bliefernicht, J., Laux, P., Salack, S., Waongo, M., Kunstmann, H. (2019) Seasonal Forecasting of the Onset of the Rainy Season in West Africa, Atmosphere, doi: 10.3390/ATMOS10090528


Smiatek, G., Kunstmann, H. (2019) Simulating Future Runoff in a Complex Terrain Alpine Catchment with EURO-CORDEX Data, Journal of Hydrometeorology, doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-18-0214.1


Dong, N., Yu, Z., Gu, H., Yang, C., Yang, M., Wei, J., Wang, H., Arnault, J., Laux, P., Kunstmann, H. (2019) Climate-induced Hydrological Impact Mitigated by a High-density Reservoir Network in the Poyang Lake Basin, Journal of Hydrology, doi: 10.1016/J.JHYDROL.2019.124148


Adeyeri, O. E., Laux, P., Lawin, A. E., Ige, O., Kunstmann, H. (2019) Analysis of hydrometeorological variables over the transboundary Komadugu-Yobe basin, West Africa, Journal of Water and Climate Change, doi: 10.2166/WCC.2019.283


Arnault, J., Wei, J., Rummler, T., Fersch, B., Zhang, Z., Jung, G., Wagner, S., Kunstmann, H. (2019) A joint soil-vegetation-atmospheric water tagging procedure with WRF-Hydro: Implementation and application to the case of precipitation partitioning in the upper Danube river basin, Water Resources Research, doi: 10.1029/2019WR024780


Zhang, Z., Arnault, J. Wagner, S., Laux, P., Kunstmann, H. (2019) Impact of lateral terrestrial water flow on land‐atmosphere interactions in the Heihe river basin in China: Fully coupled modeling and precipitation recycling analysis, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, doi: 10.1029/2018JD030174


Blöschl et al. (2019) Twenty-three unsolved problems in hydrology (UPH) – a community perspective, Hydrological Sciences Journal, doi: 10.1080/02626667.2019.1620507


Auer, H., Bliefernicht, J., Seidel, J., Kunstmann, H., Demuth, N. (2019) Evaluation of High-Resolution Ensemble Precipitation Forecasts for Early Flood Warnings in Small-Scale River Basins during the Heavy Rainfall Period 2016 in Germany, Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung, doi: 10.5675/HYWA_2019.3_1


Mott, R., Wolf, A., Kehl, M., Kunstmann, H., Warscher, M., Grünewald, T. (2019) Avalanches and micrometeorology driving mass and energy balanceof the lowest perennial ice field of the Alps: a case study, The Cryosphere, 13, 1247-1265,


Maity, R., Suman, M., Laux, P., Kunstmann, H. (2019) Bias correction of zero-inflated RCM precipitation fields: A copula-based scheme for both mean and extreme conditions, Journal of Hydrometeorology, April 2019, pages 595-611, doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-18-0126.1


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