Prof. Dr. Andreas Güntner

Group Leader
Prof. Dr. Andreas Güntner
Building C 4, Room 2.31
14473 Potsdam

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 Environmental Science and Geography)

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

Research Interests:

Hydrological monitoring and modelling from local to global scales
  • Understanding water storage variations in space and time, from surface water bodies to the vadose zone and the groundwater
  • Developing geodetic/geophysical monitoring techniques for hydrological applications, in particular
    - terrestrial gravimetry for water storage and transport monitoring
    - Cosmic Ray Neutron Sensing (CRNS) for soil moisture 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 (in particular for the WaterGAP Global Hydrology Model (WGHM))
  • Installation and operation of hydrological and hydro-gravimetric observatories and monitoring systems (e.g., TERENO-Northeast, Wettzell, SAGOS, AGGO, MOSES)


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.


  • G3P (Global Gravity-based Groundwater Product) (EU H2020))
  • HYGRA (Terrestrial hydro-gravimetry)
  • CosmicSense (DFG Research Unit 2694: Large-Scale and High-Resolution Mapping of Soil Moisture on Field and Catchment Scales – Boosted by Cosmic-Ray Neutrons), Project HG
  • 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), Project P3
  • MAGIC (Simulation studies for a Mass change And Geosciences International Constellation) (ESA)
  • HOSGO (Hydrological and oceanic signals in geodetic observations at the Argentine-German Geodetic Observatory (AGGO)) (BMBF) (finished 2018)
  • EGSIEM (European Gravity Service for Improved Emergency Management) (EU H2020) (finished 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 2017)

Research Boards and Committees:

Member of TOPC - GCOS (The Terrestrial Observation Panel of Climate in the Global Climate Observing System), Steward for the Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) Groundwater and Terrestrial Water Storage (TWS)


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

publications are currently loading
back to top of main content