Stefan Uhlenbrook Prof. dr.

Professor of Hydrology


Since November 2015, Professor Stefan Uhlenbrook is the Coordinator of the UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP, UNESCO programme) and the Director of the Programme Office on Global Water Assessment in Perugia, Italy. Before that he worked at UNESCO-IHE as Professor of Hydrology (since 2005), Deputy Director (Vice-Rector) for Academic and Student Affairs (2000-2014) and Director a.i. (acting Rector; 2014-2015). He did his PhD (1999) and habilitation (2003) at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He is also a professor for experimental hydrology at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands (since 2009).

Professor Uhlenbrook’s main expertise includes water assessments, hydrological process research, river basin modelling and water resources management. Many of his research and development projects have demonstrated the impact of global changes on water cycle dynamics in different hydro-climate regions in Africa, Asia and Europe. He is keen on translating science-based knowledge to effective policies and strategies that contribute to environmental, economic and societal sustainability. Therefore, Stefan is involved in supporting Member States in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly SDG 6 on Water and Sanitation.


Some publications

  • Ranasinghe, R., Duong, T.M. Uhlenbrook, S., Roelvink, D., Stive, M., 2013: Climate-change impact assessment for inlet-interrupted coastlines. Nature Climate Change. Volume 3, Issue 1, 83-87.
  • Uhlenbrook, S., De Jong, E., 2012: T-shaped competency profile for water professionals of the future. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 16 (10), 3475-3483.
  • Hu, Y., Maskey, S., Uhlenbrook, S., 2012: Downscaling daily precipitation over the Yellow River source region in China: a comparison of three statistical downscaling methods. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 1-14.
  • Di Baldassarre, G., Uhlenbrook, S., 2012: Is the current flood of data enough? A treatise on research needs to improve flood modelling. Hydrological Processes, 26, 1, 153-158, doi: 10.1002/hyp.8226.
  • Uhlenbrook S. (Ed.), 2011: Treatise in Water Sciences, volume no. 2 Hydrology. Volume 2 of the four volumes reference work (>2000 pages) consists of 20 chapters written by multiple authors and is published jointly by Elsevier and IWA Publishing (chief editor: Peter Wilderer, TU Munich). ISBN: 978-0-444-53193-3, 546 pages hard cover, but it is also published online as interactive reference works.
  • Masih, I., Uhlenbrook, S., Maskey, S., Smakhtin ,V., 2011: Streamflow trends and climate linkages in the Zagros mountains, Iran. Climatic Change, 104:317-338. DOI 10.1007/s10584-009-9793-x.
  • Foppen, J.W, Orup, C., Adell, R., Poulalion, V., Uhlenbrook, S., 2011: Using multiple artificial DNA tracers in hydrology. Hydrological Processes, 25, 19, 3101-306, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.8159.
  • Hrachowitz M., Bohte R., Mul M.L., Bogaard T.A., Savenije H.H.G., Uhlenbrook S., 2011: On the value of combined event runoff and tracer analysis to improve understanding of catchment functioning in a data-scarce semi-arid area. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 2007–2024, doi:10.5194/hess-15-2007-2011.
  • Love D., Uhlenbrook S., Corzo-Perez G., Twomlow S., Van der Zaag P., 2010: Rainfall-interception-evaporation-runoff relationships in a semi-arid catchment, northern Limpopo basin, Zimbabwe. Hydrological Sciences Journal, vol. 55, issue 5, pp. 687-703. DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2010.494010
  • Nyenje P.M., Foppen J.W., Uhlenbrook S., Kulabako R., Muwanga A. 2010: Eutrophication and nutrient release in urban areas of sub-Saharan Africa — A review. Science of the Total Environment, 408, 447–455, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2009.10.020.




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