Integrative Modelling

With the setup of the Terrestrial Observatories and the development of new sensing methods, unprecedented information about the status of and fluxes within terrestrial systems will become available, e.g. groundwater recharge, discharge of water by rivers, leaching of chemicals from the soil surface to the groundwater, turn-over of soil organic matter, emission of green house gases from the soil into the atmosphere. These processes are subject to change due to land-use, land management and climate change. Terrestrial system models are useful tools to make prognoses of the reaction of these systems to changing boundary conditions. The nested hierarchy approach combined with real-time measurements and spatially continuous non-invasive measurement techniques of TERENO represents an excellent basis for the development and the validation of integrated modelling approaches at the regional scale as well as scaling approaches and data assimilation techniques.


The CT Integrated Modelling will focus on the following tasks:

  • Integrated Modelling
  • Scaling issues
  • Data assimilation
  • Uncertainty issues



  • Sabine Attinger (UFZ)
  • Olaf Kolditz (UFZ)
  • Harald Kunstmann (KIT)
  • Harrie-Jan Hendricks-Franssen (FZJ)
  • Luis Samaniego-Eguiguren (UFZ)
  • Jan Vanderborght (FZJ)