Prof. Dr.-Ing. Erwin Zehe

  • KIT Campus Süd

    Institut für Wasser und Gewässerentwicklung

    Lehrstuhl für Hydrologie

    Geb. 10.81

    Otto-Amman-Platz 1

    D-76131 Karlsruhe

Personal details

Born 5th May 1967, married, three children.

Hobbies: Kick boxing, running, fitness, dancing.

University education and professional experience

04/2011 - present: Professor (W3) for Hydrology, KIT;

03/2008 - 04/2011: Professor (W2) for Hydrology, Technische Universität München;

12/2003 - 03/2008: Junior-Professor for Water and Solute Transport, Institute of Geoecology, University of Potsdam;

05/2001-12/2003: Post Doc, Institute of Hydraulic Engineering, University of Stuttgart;

01/1999 - 05/2001: Post Doc, Institute of Water and River Basin Management, University of Karlsruhe;

04/1995 - 12/1998: DFG-Scholar DFG Graduate School Ökologische Wasserwirtschaft, University of Karlsruhe;

07/ 1999: Dissertation at Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Karlsruhe. Thesis: Stofftransport in der ungesättigten Bodenzone auf verschiedenen Skalen;

01/1995 - 03/1995: Researcher, Institute of Meteorology, Unversity of Bonn; 

10/1988 - 09/1994: Undergraduate and graduate studies of Physics at Universities of Freiburg and Bonn.


Office hours: Tuesday 14:00-15:30 please contact my secretary

  • Hydrologie
  • Terrestrial Water and Energy Cycles
  • Geo-statistics
  • Transport and Transformation of Contaminants in Hydrological Systems

Research interests

  • Hydrological theory
  • Thermodynamics and  organization of hydrological systems
  • Preferential flow and solute transport
  • Runoff generation and soil moisture dynamics
  • Hydrological modelling, predictability and uncertainty assessment

Selected activities and awards

  • Chief Executive Editor of the open access EGU journal Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS), since 2014;
  • Speaker of DFG Research Unit 1598: From Catchment as Organized systems to models based on dynamic functional units, 2012 – 2019;
  • Scientific Speaker KIT Centre for Climate and Environment, since 2019;
  • Executive Editor of Hydrology and Earth Systems Science, 2012  - 2014;
  • HESS Best Editor Award 2009.

Publications (Web of Science Researcher ID Q-4123-2016)