Prof. Dr. Andreas Güntner

Andreas Güntner
Prof. Dr. Andreas Güntner
Group Leader
Building C 4, Room 2.31
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1559
+49 331 288-1570

Function and Responsibilities:

Senior scientist in Section 'Hydrology'
Head of the Working Group ' Hydrogravimetry and large-scale hydrology'
Professor for Hydrogravimetry at Potsdam University ( Institute of Earth and Environmental Science)

ResearcherID C-9892-2011
ORCID 0000-0001-6233-8478

Research Interests:

Hydrological monitoring and modelling from local to global scales
  • Water storage variations in space and time from surface water bodies to the vadose zone and the groundwater
  • Developing geodetic monitoring techniques for hydrological applications, in particular
    - terrestrial gravimetry with superconducting gravimeters for water storage monitoring
    - GNSS reflectometry for surface soil moisture and snow monitoring
  • Satellite gravimetry (GRACE, GRACE-FollowOn) for the assessment of large-scale water storage changes
  • Integration of monitoring data with hydrological models, multi-critierial calibration (for WASA-SED or for the WaterGAP Global Hydrology Model, for instance)
  • Linking recent runoff and sediment dynamics with paleoflood archives
  • Hydrological modelling of dryland areas (WASA-SED)
  • Installation and operation of hydrological observatories (e.g., Wettzell, TERENO-Northeast, SAGOS, AGGO, TIGO)


Since 2015            Joint appointment of GFZ and University of Potsdam as Professor for

Since 2003            Scientist at GFZ, Section Hydrology

2002                      Promotion (Dr. rer. nat.) in the field of geo-ecology/hydrology, Potsdam University.
                             Title of thesis:
                             Large-Scale Hydrological Modelling in the Semi-Arid North-East of Brazil

2002                     Research scientist, University of Potsdam, Department of Geoecology

1997 - 2001           PhD student, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

1991 – 1997          Studies in Hydrology at the University of Freiburg, Germany.
                            Title of Diploma thesis:
                            Application of the rainfall-runoff model TOPMODEL in the Brugga basin


  • HYGRA (The effect of water storage variations on in-situ gravity measurements and their use for hydrology)
  • GlobalCDA (DFG Research Unit 2630:Understanding the global freshwater system by combining geodetic and remote sensing information with modelling using a calibration/data assimilation (CDA) approach)
  • CosmicSense (DFG Research Unit 2694: Large-Scale and High-Resolution Mapping of Soil Moisture on Field and Catchment Scales – Boosted by Cosmic-Ray Neutrons)
  • HOSGO (Hydrological and oceanic signals in geodetic observations at the Argentine-German Geodetic Observatory (AGGO)) (BMBF)
  • EGSIEM (European Gravity Service for Improved Emergency Management) (EU H2020) (finished by end of 2017)
  • Helmholtz Alliance “Remote Sensing and Earth System Dynamics” (EDA),
    Project Hydrosphere H3 "Development of GNSS reflectometry for soil moisture retrieval at the field scale and for global applications" (finished by end of 2017)
  • WLDYN (Assessing the spatiotemporal dynamics of water volumes in large wetlands and lakes by combining remote sensing with macro-scale hydrological modelling) (DFG)


2011                 European Geosciences Union (EGU): Union Service Award

2005                 American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2004 Editors’ Citation for Excellence in
                        Refereeing (Journal: Water Resources Research)

2004                 Travel grant of the Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Stiftung

2004                 Award of the University Society Potsdam for the best PhD at Potsdam University in
                        the Academic Years 2002 / 2003

2002                 Publication Award for Junior Scientists 2002 of Leibniz-Kolleg Potsdam