Sektion 5.4: Hydrologie

Dr. Theresa Blume

Funktion und Aufgaben:

Senior Scientist
Leader of the Working Group Hillslope- and Ecohydrology

Wissenschaftliche Interessen:


Investigation of hydrological processes with innovative experimental methods and numerical modelling:

    • Influence of geomorphology, geology, vegetation, subsurface structures and preferential flow on hydrological response and water storage
    • Soil moisture as a control for runoff response
    • Root water uptake
    • Use of tracers for the investigation of hydrological processes: stable isotopes, dye tracers, geogenic tracers, temperature
    • Investigation of groundwater-surface water interactions with various methods, e.g. high spatial resolution fibre optic temperature sensing
    • Dynamics and controls of groundwater recharge
    • Connecting paleo-climatic proxy time series with recent hydrological data sets


since 2015                      Leader of the Working Group "Hillslope and Ecohydrology"

March/May 2016              Distinguished Visiting Fellow University of Birmingham, UK

April 2009 – present         Scientist at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences.

Jan.-Feb. 2010                Guest Scientist at the University of Keele, UK.

April 2008–March 2009     Acting Head (Lehrstuhlvertretung) of the Chair „Water- and Matter            Transport in Landscapes“, Leader of the working group „Hydrological Processes“, University of Potsdam.

Jan.2007-March 2008        Research associate within the Project „Room for the river/Retaining water in the landscape“- ERANET CRUE, Institute for Geoecology, University of Potsdam.

Aug.2002 – Dec.2007       PhD student at the Institute for Geoecology, University of Potsdam.

March 2002-Aug.2002       Research Assistant, Institute for Geoecology, University of Potsdam.

Sept. 2000-Aug. 2001       Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Bioresource Engineering, Oregon State University.

March/April 1999               Internship at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department of Limnophysics.

March/April 1998               Internship at the Institut of Terrestrial Ecology, Bangor, Wales, UK, Department of Geobiochemistry.

Werdegang / Ausbildung:

December 18th 2007           Defense of Doctoral Thesis. Title:  „Hydrological processes in volcanic ash soils – Measuring, modeling and understanding runoff generation in an undisturbed catchment“

Aug. 2002 – Dez.2007         PhD student, Institute for Geoecology, University of Potsdam (a total of 12 months spent in Chile).

August 21st 2001                Defense of M.S. Thesis. Title: “Effect of Salinity on Particle Release and Changes in Hydraulic Conductivity in Sediments”.

Sept. 1999-Sept. 2001         Oregon State University, Corvallis.

Department of Bioresource Engineering, M.S. Program.

Oct. 1996- Sept. 1999          Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Major: Hydrology

Oct. 1995-Sept. 1996           University of Kaiserslautern, Major: Chemistry




  • DFG Research Unit (Forschergruppe) FOR 1598 From Catchments as Organised Systems to Models based on Dynamic Functional Units (CAOS) - Synthesizing remote sensing, geophysics and process hydrology with a suitable mathematical framework to improve hydrological modelling at the lower mesoscale (Duration: 2012-2018)

Phase II:

PI in Project G: "Hydrological connectivity and its controls on hillslope- and catchment scale stream flow generation"

PI in Project D: Spatio-temporal dynamics of water storage, mixing and release

Phase I:

PI in Project G: "Linking internal pattern dynamics and integral responses - Identification of dominant controls with a strategic sampling design"

PI in Project H: "Residence times across scales: from plot to catchment scale”

Co-PI in Project I: "From subsurface structures to functions and texture - linking virtual realities and experiments at the plot and hillslope scales”

  • DFG Project HILLSCAPE (HILLSlope Chronosequence And Process Evolution):
    Identifying dominant controls on hillslope functioning and feedback processes by
    interdisciplinary experiments along chronosequences
  • H2020 Marie Curie RISE project HIFREQ: Smart high-frequency environmental sensor networks for quantifying nonlinear hydrological process dynamics across spatial scales
  • TERENO (Duration: 2011-2025): Coordinator of the hydrology work package
  • ICLEA – Virtual Institute of Integrated Climate and Landscape Evolution Analysis (Duration: 2012-2017) – PI Work package 1: Hydrological and climate data
  •  Helmholtz Alliance Remote Sensing and Earth System Dynamics: WP H3: Development of GNSS reflectometry for soil moisture retrieval at the field scale and for global applications

Wissenschaftliche Gremien:

  • Executive Editor for Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS)
  • Coordinator of the “Outstanding Student Poster Award for the Hydrological Sciences Division” at the EGU meetings (2011-2014)
  • Convener at EGU and AGU meetings
  • Chair of the AGU Technical Committee Hydrology-Surface Water
  • Member of the EGU Subdivision on Catchment Hydrology
  • EGU-Short Course: Field-instrumentation of research catchments
  • Member of the steering committee of the German Hydrological Society (DHG)
  • Member of the steering committee of ICLEA – The Virtual Institute of Integrated Climate and Landscape Evolution Analyses
  • Referee for ISI journals (Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Hydrological Processes, Journal of Hydrology, Water Resources Research,…)
  • Editor of Frontiers in Earth Science
  • Referee for the German Science Foundation (DFG)
  • Referee for the Swiss Science Foundation SNF
  • Initialization and maintenance of the “Experimental Hydrology Wiki”, a platform for the exchange of experiences with different types of hydrological equipment and the evaluation of sensors



  • 2016 Distinguished Visiting Fellow University of Birmingham
  • February 2009-February 2010 – selected participant within the  ProFiL-Programme for scientific leadership training of the Technical University Berlin, the Humboldt-University Berlin, the Free University Berlin and the University of Potsdam
  • 2008 YSOPP Award of the European Geosciences Union (Young Scientist Outstanding Poster Presentation Award)
  • 2004 Scholarship of the Graduate School “Earth Surface Processes”       
  • 2002 Scholarship of the State of Brandenburg
  •  2000 M.G. Cropsey Agricultural Engineering Scholarship
  • 1999 Scholarship of the Baden-Württemberg – Oregon Exchange Programme



  • EGU 2017
  • 1st Workshop on Improving the Theoretical Underpinnings of Hydrologic Models, Bertinoro, 2016
  • Birmingham 2016
Theresa Blume
Dr. Theresa Blume
Gebäude C 4 , Raum 2.25
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1512