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Priv. Doz. Dr. Heidi Kreibich

Group Leader
Priv. Doz. Dr. Heidi Kreibich
Building C 4, Room 2.33 (Büro)
14473 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:

  • Head of Working group "Flood risk and climate adaptation"
  • Lecturer (Privatdozentin) at the Geography Department, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Research Interests:

  • Flood risk assessment
  • Flood vulnerability analysis and loss modelling
  • Flood damage mitigation and risk management
  • Multi risk assessments


  • since 1/2015 Head of working group "Flood risk and climate adaptation" at the Section Hydrology
  • since 10/2015 lecturer (Privatdozentin) at the Geography department at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 09/2002 - 12/2014 (Senior) Scientist at the Section Hydrology, GFZ
  • 02/1998 - 12/2001 PhD research position at the Leibnitz Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim
  • 08/1998 - 05/2000 Visiting researcher at the National Institute for Amazon-Research (INPA) in Manaus, Brazil
  • 11/2000 - 12/2000 Visiting researcher at the Centre for Isotope-Research (CENA) in Piracicaba, Brazil


  • 03/2015 Habilitation "Flood damage analysis, modelling and mitigation" at the Geography department at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 08/1998 - 06/2002 Dissertation at the Philipps-University of Marburg, thesis: „N2 fixation and denitrification in a floodplain forest in Central Amazonia, Brazil“ 
  • 12/1991 - 09/1997 Student of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin


  • NatRiskChange - Natural Hazards and Risks in a Changing World
  • Regional Flood Model for Germany
  • SPATE - Space-time Dynamics of Extreme Floods
  • DECIDER - Integrative Development, Evaluation and Governance of Flood Risk Reduction Measures in HCMC Vietnam
  • ClimXtreme FLOOD - Linking extreme, large-scale river floods and their impact in Central Europe to climate and weather mechanisms
  • Data mining human behaviors for flood risk assessment in coupled human-environment systems, HEIBRiDS graduate program  

Research Boards and Committees:

  • since 2021 Panta Rhei Chair, International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)
  • since 2020 Contributing author for the IPCC Working Group 2 Assessment Report 6 (AR6)
  • since 2017 Science officer for Natural Hazards & Society of EGU Division Natural Hazards
  • since 2015 Executive Editor of the ISI-Journal “Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences”
  • since 2015 Member of the Editorial Board of the ISI-Journal “Hydrological Sciences Journal”
  • since 2012 Evaluator for European Commission FP7 & H2020 research proposals and project


  • 2017 Helmholtz ERC Recognition Award
  • 2016 Best Real Estate Paper Award COBRA 2016
  • 2015 Water Resources Research 2015 Editors’ Choice Award
  • 2015 GFZ senior scientist employee award

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