Harald Kunstmann

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research IMK-IFU, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

University of Augsburg, Institute of Geography, Augsburg, Germany

Abstract: The investigation of feedback mechanisms between the land surface, soil, vegetation and the atmosphere on different spatial and temporal scales requires model systems that comprise the full regional water cycle, i.e. from the atmosphere via the unsaturated and saturated zone till the river bed. Potentials and limits of specific coupled model approaches and case studies will be presented to initiate discussions how existing approaches can be extended towards consideration of further ecohydrological processes.

Personal Resume: Professor Harald Kunstmann works in the field of regional climate- and hydrological modeling, trying particularly to bridge between meteorology and hydrology by developing fully coupled model systems. He holds the chair for Regional Climate and Hydrology at University of Augsburg in joint appointment with the Campus Alpine of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. He is authoring more than 40 ISI referenced articles and is associate editor of Journal of Hydrology. Prof. Kunstmann is vice president of IHAS-ICCLAS (International Commission on the Coupled Land-Atmosphere System, International Association of Hydrological Sciences), convener and co-convener at EGU and IAHS conferences and in the Scientific Steering Committee of TERENO (Terrestrial Environmental Observatories, http://www.tereno.net).