Dr. Theresa Blume

Dr. Theresa Blume
Haus C 4, Raum 2.25
14473 Potsdam

Funktion und Aufgaben:

Senior Scientist
Leader of the Working Group Hillslope- and Ecohydrology

Scientific Speaker of TERENO NorthEast (Environmental Observatory)

Wissenschaftliche Interessen:

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

  • Influence of geomorphology, geology, vegetation, subsurface structures and preferential flow on hydrological response and water storage
  • Hillslope-stream connectivity
  • 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"
3&5/2016 Distinguished Visiting Fellow University of Birmingham, UK
4/2009 – present Scientist at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences.
1-2/2010 Guest Scientist at the University of Keele, UK.
4/2008–3/2009 Acting Head (Lehrstuhlvertretung) of the Chair „Water- and Matter Transport in Landscapes“, Leader of the working group „Hydrological Processes“, University of Potsdam.
1/2007-3/2008 Research associate within the Project „Room for the river/Retaining water in the landscape“- ERANET CRUE, Institute for Geoecology, University of Potsdam.
8/2002 – 12/2007 PhD student at the Institute for Geoecology, University of Potsdam.
3/2002-8/2002 Research Assistant, Institute for Geoecology, University of Potsdam.
9/2000-8/2001 Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Bioresource Engineering, Oregon State University.
3-4/1999 Internship at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department of Limnophysics.
3-4/1998 Internship at the Institut of Terrestrial Ecology, Bangor, Wales, UK, Department of Geobiochemistry.

Werdegang / Ausbildung:

12/2007 Defense of Doctoral Thesis. Title:  „Hydrological processes in volcanic ash soils – Measuring, modeling and understanding runoff generation in an undisturbed catchment“
8/2002 – 12/2007 PhD student, Institute for Geoecology, University of Potsdam (a total of 12 months spent in Chile).
8/2001 Defense of M.S. Thesis. Title: “ Effect of Salinity on Particle Release and Changes in Hydraulic Conductivity in Sediments”.
9/1999-9/2001 Oregon State University, Corvallis. Department of Bioresource Engineering, M.S. Program.
10/1996- 9/1999 Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Major: Hydrology
10/1995-9/1996 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: 2012-2021)
      • PI in Project G,Phase II: "Hydrological connectivity and its controls on hillslope- and catchment scale stream flow generation"
      • PI in Project D,Phase II: Spatio-temporal dynamics of water storage, mixing and release
      • PI in Project G, Phase I: "Linking internal pattern dynamics and integral responses - Identification of dominant controls with a strategic sampling design"
      • PI in Project H,Phase I: "Residence times across scales: from plot to catchment scale”
      • Co-PI in Project I,Phase 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
  • DFG Research Unit COSMIC SENSE, Project HydroGravimetry
  • 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
  • MOSES (Helmholtz Initiative)
  • 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:

  • Chief Executive Editor for Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS)
  • Deputy Chair of the EGU Publication Committee
  • Scientific Speaker of TERENO NorthEast, Member of the TERENO Steering Committee
  • Member of the AGU Hydrology Executive Committee
  • past Chair of the AGU Technical Committee on Catchment Hydrology
  • Member of the steering committee of the German Hydrological Society (DHG)
  • Member of the AGU Award Committee for the Langbein Award (2017-2019)
  • Coordinator of the “Outstanding Student Poster Award for the Hydrological Sciences Division” at the EGU meetings (2011-2014)
  • Convener at EGU and AGU meetings
  • Member of the EGU Subdivision on Catchment Hydrology
  • EGU-Short Course: Field-instrumentation of research catchments
  • 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) and 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
  • 2009-2010 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

Recent invited talks

  • Gordon Conference on Catchment Science 2019
  • Catchment Science Symposium Berkeley 2019
  • AGU 2018
  • EGU 2017
  • 1st Workshop on Improving the Theoretical Underpinnings of Hydrologic Models, Bertinoro, 2016
  • Birmingham 2016

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