GFZ German research centre for geo sciences

Dr. Heiko Apel

Dr. Heiko Apel
Building C 4, Room 2.31 (Büro)
14473 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:

Senior scientist in the section 5.4 Hydrology.

Research Interests:

Flood risk analysis
Hydraulic Modelling
Model optimization
Sedimentdynamics and -transport
Hydrological processes


  • since 12/2002Scientist/Researcher at the section 5.4 Hydrology of GFZ
  • 10/1998-05/2002PhD at the Institute of Geoecology of the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, Section Environmental System Analysis.
Dissertation: "Risk assessment of pesticides in the Mid-Hills of Nepal - Environmental fate and population dynamics modelling"
  • 10/1991-03/1998Study of Geoecology at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany.
Degree: Diplom-Geoökologe (Dipl.-Geoökol.)
Diploma thesis: "Feasibility Study of the Development of a Decision Support System for Integrated Pest Management by Means of Fuzzy Logic and Expert Knowledge in Developing Countries with an Nepali Agro-Ecosystem as an Example"


Recent Projects :

  • Catch-Mekong ("Sediment and salt water dynamics in the Mekong delta and impacts of upstream developments")
  • CAWa ("Regional Research Network Central Asian Water")

Finalized Projects :

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