Dr. Conrad Jackisch



research interests

  • Generic systemhydrology and eco-hydrological modelling
  • Identifikation and recovery of functional units in the landscape
  • Comprehensive linkage of field experiments and system understanding
  • Interactions between the anthropo-, hydro- and ecosphere



  • DFG research unit FOR 1598 'CAOS' (From Catchments as Organized Systems to Models based on Functional Units). more...
  • Development of minimal adequate model complexity and geophysical analysis in meso-scale catchments.
  • Soil-hydrological sensor comparison study.


Former Projects:

  • 2004: Small-scale effects of land use on erosion and non-point matter intake in a loessial landscape, Guanting Reservoir, Northern China
  • 2005: Estimation of a Water Household Balance of the Aiuaba Experimental Basin, NE Brazil
  • 2006: Master thesis on exploration and modelling of a semi-arid, peripheral, ungauged catchment (NW India)

  • 2007-08: Research project on modelling of crops in hydrological systems (UFZ)

  • 2009-11: Research on free energy and entropy production as link between hydrological responses and landscape organisation (TUM)





  • Hydrological Measurement Techniques (Field Course)
  • Exercises in Hydrology (GitHub)



Peer-reviewed articles in ISI-listed journals

  • Jackisch C., Durner W., Germer K., Graeff T. and the Sensor Comparison Consortium, in submission: Soil moisture and matric potential – what do we measure? submitted to Vadose Zone Journal
  • Jackisch, C. and Zehe, E.: Ecohydrological particle model based on representative domains, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 3639-3662, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-3639-2018, 2018.
  • Loritz, R., Gupta, H., Jackisch, C., Westhoff, M., Kleidon, A., Ehret, U., and Zehe, E.: On the dynamic nature of hydrological similarity, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 3663-3684, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-3663-2018, 2018.
  • Reck A., Jackisch C., Hohenbrink T.L., Schröder B., van Schaik L., 2018: Impact of seasonal macropore dynamics on infiltration: field experiments and model simulations,Vadose Zone Journal https://doi.org/10.2136/vzj2017.08.0147
  • Angermann L., Jackisch C., Allroggen N., Sprenger M., Tronicke J., Weiler M. and Blume T., 2017: Form and function in hillslope hydrology: characterization of subsurface flow based on response observations , Hydrology and Earth System Sciences https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-3727-2017
  • Jackisch C., Angermann L., Allroggen N., Sprenger M., Blume T., Tronicke J. and Zehe E., 2017: Form and function in hillslope hydrology: in situ imaging and characterization of flow-relevant structures, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-3749-2017
  • Allroggen N., Jackisch C. and Tronicke J., 2017: Four-dimensional gridding of time-lapse GPR data, IWAGPR https://doi.org/10.1109/IWAGPR.2017.7996067
  • Seibert S.P., Jackisch C., Ehret U., Pfister L. and Zehe E., 2017: Unravelling abiotic and biotic controls on the seasonal water balance using data-driven dimensionless diagnostics, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-2817-2017
  • Loritz R., Hassler S.K., Jackisch C., Allroggen N., van Schaik L., Wienhöfer J. and Zehe E., 2017: Picturing and modelling catchments by representative hillslopes, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-1225-2017
  • Zehe E.and Jackisch C.,2016: A Lagrangian model for soil water dynamics during rainfall-driven conditions, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-3511-2016
  • Müller B., Bernhardt M., Jackisch C. and Schulz K., 2016: Estimating distributed soil texture using time series of thermal remote sensing – A case study in central Europe, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-3765-2016
  • Zehe E., Ehret U., Pfister L., Blume T., Schröder B., Westhoff M., Jackisch C., Schymanski S.J., Weiler M., Schulz K., Allroggen N., Tronicke J., van Schaik L., Dietrich P., Scherer U., Eccard J., Wulfmeyer V., and Kleidon A., 2014: HESS Opinions: From response units to functional units: a thermodynamic reinterpretation of the HRU concept to link spatial organization and functioning of intermediate scale catchments, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-18-4635-2014
  • Jackisch C., Zehe E., Samaniego L., and Singh A., 2013: An Experiment to Gauge an Ungauged Catchment: Rapid Data Assessment and Eco-Hydrological Modelling in a Data Scarce Rural Catchment, Hydrological Sciences Journal, https://doi.org/10.1080/02626667.2013.870662
  • Samaniego L., Kumar R., and Jackisch C., 2011: Predictions in a data-sparse region using a regionalized grid-based hydrologic model driven by remotely sensed data, Hydrology Research, https://doi.org/10.2166/nh.2011.156


Conference proceedings


  • Jackisch C., Kleidon A., Loritz R., Zehe, E., 2018: A thermodynamic interpretation of soil water retention and dynamics, EGU 2018
  • Jackisch C., Allroggen N., Tronicke J., and Zehe E., 2018: Complementary development of geophysical and hydrological observation and modelling techniques advancing understanding of soil water processes in structured soils, EGU 2018
  • Jackisch C. and Allroggen, N., 2017: 4D ground penetrating radar measurements as non-invasive means for hydrological process investigation, EGU 2017
  • Jackisch, C., Durner, W. and the Sensor Comparison Consortium, 2017: In situ soil moisture and matrix potential – what do we measure?, EGU 2017
  • Jackisch, C., Demand, D., Allroggen, N., Loritz, R. and Zehe E., 2017: The perceptual trap: Experimental and modelling examples of soil moisture, hydraulic conductivity and response units in complex subsurface settings., EGU 2017
  • Jackisch, C., Durner, W. and the Sensor Comparison Consortium, 2017: In-situ Bodenfeuchte und Matrixpotenzial – Was messen wir?, Tag der Hydrologie 2017
  • Jackisch C. and Allroggen, N., 2016: Realtime infiltration process monitoring in macroporous soil – a plot-scale experiment accompanied by high-resolution time-lapse 3D GPR, EGU 2016
  • Jackisch C. and Zehe E.,2015: A physical model to test hydro-geo-ecological organisation and process interaction., EGU 2015
  • Jackisch C., Angermann L., and Allroggen N., 2015: Complementary experiments to understand rapid flow in periglacial slope deposits, EGU 2015
  • Jackisch C., Allroggen N., Angermann L., and Zehe E., 2015: Pushing the basins and squeezing the models, EGU 2015
  • Jackisch C., Zehe E., Germer K., Allroggen N. and van Schaik L., 2015: A novel physical eco-hydrological model for preferential flow challenging observational and modeling concepts,AGU Chapman 2015
  • Jackisch C., van Schaik L., Graeff T., and Zehe E., 2014: Dynamic soil properties for understanding flow and transport in the landscape (co-organized), EGU 2014
  • Jackisch C., Allroggen N., Tronicke J., and Zehe E., 2014: Hydrogeophysics: From non-invasive site characterization to improved process understanding, EGU 2014
  • Jackisch C., Sprenger M., Allroggen N., van Schaik L., Weiler M., and Zehe E., 2014: Isotope and tracer methods: flow paths characterization, catchment response and transformation processes, EGU 2014
  • Jackisch C. and Zehe E. ,2013: Subsurface flow, solute transport, and energy processes: Concepts, modelling, and observations, EGU 2013
  • Jackisch C. and Zehe E. ,2013: The role of interfaces in flow and transport in porous media, EGU 2013
  • Jackisch C., Zehe E., Samaniego L., and Singh A., 2012: Insights from an Experiment to Gauge an Ungauged Catchment, IAHS 2012
  • Jackisch C. and Zehe E.,2012: Disentangle Structured Soil Domain, Fluid Properties and Fluid Dynamics, IAHS 2012
  • Jackisch C. and the CAOS Team,2012: Hydrological Functional Unit Identification, EGU 2012
  • Jackisch C. and Zehe E.,2012: A Lagrangian Representation of Water Movement in Structured Soils, EGU 2012
  • Jackisch C., Zehe E., Ehret U., Graeff T., and Blume T., 2010: Free Energy as Link to Hydrological Responses and Landscape Organization, EGU 2010
  • Jackisch C., Zehe E., Graeff T., and Blume T., 2009: Free Energy in Landscape Organisation,MEP Workshop 2009, MPI-BGC Jena
  • Jackisch C., Samaniego L., Hildebrandt A., 2009: Problems with modelling crops in the water cycle, EGU 2009
  • Jackisch C., Hildebrandt A., Samaniego L., 2008: Hydrologic and Crop Models in the Mesoscale: Review and Integration Proposal, EGU 2008




  • Jackisch C., 2016: Linking structure and functioning of hydrological systems - How to achieve necessary experimental and model complexity with adequate effort, https://doi.org/10.5445/IR/1000051494
  • Jackisch C., 2007: Towards applied modeling of the human-eco-system: an approach of hydrology based integrated modeling of a semi-arid sub-catchment in rural north-west India, URN: nbn:de:kobv:517-opus-13513


10/00–05/07    University of Potsdam, Institute for Geoecology

  • Education as Dipl. Geoecologist (equiv. MSc) with major in hydrology
  • Scholar of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation
  • Diploma Thesis: 'Towards Applied Modeling of the Human-Eco-System - an approach of hydrology based integrated modeling of a semi-arid sub-catchment in rural north-west India'


10/07–07/08    Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig
                      Department Computational Hydrosystems


10/08–09/11    Technische Universität München, Institute of Water and Environment

  • Scholar of the German Academic Foundation
  • PhD Student 'Minimum Adequacy of Model Complexity and Geophysical Exploration'


10/11–05/18    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Water Resources and River Basin Management

  • Continuation of PhD 'Minimum Adequacy of Model Complexity and Geophysical Exploration'
  • PostDoc in the DFG research unit CAOS