Jochen Wenninger Dr.

Senior Lecturer in Hydrology


Dr. Jochen Wenninger graduated in hydrology at the University of Freiburg, Germany in 2002. Before joining the Core of Hydrology and Water Resources at IHE Delft, Delft, The Netherlands in 2008, he worked as a scientific staff member at the Institute of Hydrology in Freiburg engaged in research and lecturing. There he was mainly involved in experimental field research and laboratory work and managed the isotope laboratory of the institute. In June 2007, he obtained his PhD degree from the same University with the dissertation entitled “Studies of hydrological processes in the soil-vegetation-atmosphere system”.

The main qualifications of Dr. Wenninger are in the area of catchment hydrology and hydrological processes research as well as large scale water resources assessment, planning and evaluation. His research is focused on the process knowledge and modelling of water fluxes at varying spatial and temporal scales. He has extensive experience in using tracer methods, especially natural water isotopes.

Dr. Wenninger is teaching parts of the MSc Programme in Hydrology and Water Resources, is involved in supervising MSc students, and is guiding PhD fellows during their research. He is experienced as researcher, expert and project leader in many projects in several European countries as well as in the eastern and southern parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia.


Visit Jochen's profile on Google Scholar or

Journal papers:


Tekleab, S., Uhlenbrook, S., Savenije, H.H.G., Mohamed, Y., Wenninger, J., Modelling rainfall–runoff processes of the Chemoga and Jedeb meso-scale catchments in the Abay/Upper Blue Nile basin, Ethiopia [Modelisation des processus pluie-debit sur les bassins versants meso-echelle de la Chemoga et de la Jedeb dans le bassin de l’Abay / Nil Bleu superieur, en Ethiopie], (2015) Hydrological Sciences Journal, 60 (11), pp. 2029-2046. DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2015.1032292

Camacho Suarez, V.V., Saraiva Okello, A.M.L., Wenninger, J.W., Uhlenbrook, S., Understanding runoff processes in a semi-arid environment through isotope and hydrochemical hydrograph separations, (2015) Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 19 (10), pp. 4183-4199. DOI: 10.5194/hess-19-4183-2015

Yin, L., Zhou, Y., Huang, J., Wenninger, J., Zhang, E., Hou, G., Dong, J., Interaction between groundwater and trees in an arid site: Potential impacts of climate variation and groundwater abstraction on trees, (2015) Journal of Hydrology, 528, pp. 435-448. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.06.063

Yang, Z., Zhou, Y., Wenninger, J., Uhlenbrook, S., Wan, L., Simulation of groundwater-surface water interactions under different land use scenarios in the Bulang catchment, Northwest China, (2015) Water (Switzerland), 7 (11), pp. 5959-5985. DOI: 10.3390/w7115959


Munyaneza, O., Mukubwa, A., Maskey, S., Uhlenbrook, S., Wenninger, J., Assessment of surface water resources availability using catchment modelling and the results of tracer studies in the mesoscale Migina Catchment, Rwanda, (2014) Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18 (12), pp. 5289-5301. DOI: 10.5194/hess-18-5289-2014

Sutanto, S.J., Van Den Hurk, B., Dirmeyer, P.A., Seneviratne, S.I., Rockmann, T., Trenberth, K.E., Blyth, E.M., Wenninger, J., Hoffmann, G., HESS Opinions "a perspective on isotope versus non-isotope approaches to determine the contribution of transpiration to total evaporation", (2014) Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18 (8), pp. 2815-2827. DOI: 10.5194/hess-18-2815-2014

Tekleab, S., Wenninger, J., Uhlenbrook, S., Characterisation of stable isotopes to identify residence times and runoff components in two meso-scale catchments in the Abay/Upper Blue Nile basin, Ethiopia, (2014) Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18 (6), pp. 2415-2431. DOI: 10.5194/hess-18-2415-2014

Yin, L., Zhou, Y., Huang, J., Wenninger, J., Hou, G., Zhang, E., Wang, X., Dong, J., Zhang, J., Uhlenbrook, S., Dynamics of willow tree (Salix matsudana) water use and its response to environmental factors in the semi-arid Hailiutu River catchment, Northwest China, (2014) Environmental Earth Sciences, 71 (12), pp. 4997-5006. DOI: 10.1007/s12665-013-2891-0

Yang, Z., Zhou, Y., Wenninger, J., Uhlenbrook, S., A multi-method approach to quantify groundwater/surface water-interactions in the semi-arid Hailiutu River basin, northwest China [Une approche pluridisciplinaire pour quantifier les interactions eau superficielle - eau souterraine dans le bassin semi-aride de la riviere Hailiutu, Nord-Ouest de la Chine], (2014) Hydrogeology Journal, 22 (3), pp. 527-541. DOI: 10.1007/s10040-013-1091-z

Hou, L., Wenninger, J., Shen, J., Zhou, Y., Bao, H., Liu, H., Assessing crop coefficients for Zea mays in the semi-arid Hailiutu River catchment, northwest China, (2014) Agricultural Water Management, 140, pp. 37-47. DOI: 10.1016/j.agwat.2014.03.016

Huang, J., Zhou, Y., Yin, L., Wenninger, J., Zhang, J., Hou, G., Zhang, E., Uhlenbrook, S., Climatic controls on sap flow dynamics and used water sources of Salix psammophila in a semi-arid environment in northwest China, (2014) Environmental Earth Sciences, 73 (1), pp. 289-301. DOI: 10.1007/s12665-014-3505-1

Tekleab, S., Mohamed, Y., Uhlenbrook, S., Wenninger, J., Hydrologic responses to land cover change: The case of Jedeb mesoscale catchment, Abay/Upper Blue Nile Basin, Ethiopia, (2014) Hydrological Processes, 28 (20), pp. 5149-5161. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9998


Zhou, Y., Wenninger, J., Yang, Z., Yin, L., Huang, J., Hou, L., Wang, X., Zhang, D., Uhlenbrook, S., Groundwater-surface water interactions, vegetation dependencies and implications for water resources management in the semi-arid Hailiutu River catchment, China - A synthesis, (2013) Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 17 (7), pp. 2435-2447. DOI: 10.5194/hess-17-2435-2013

Teferi, E., Bewket, W., Uhlenbrook, S., Wenninger, J., Understanding recent land use and land cover dynamics in the source region of the Upper Blue Nile, Ethiopia: Spatially explicit statistical modeling of systematic transitions, (2013) Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 165, pp. 98-117. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2012.11.007

Yin, L., Zhang, E., Wang, X., Wenninger, J., Dong, J., Guo, L., Huang, J., A GIS-based DRASTIC model for assessing groundwater vulnerability in the Ordos Plateau, China, (2013) Environmental Earth Sciences, 69 (1), pp. 171-185. DOI: 10.1007/s12665-012-1945-z


Sutanto, S.J., Wenninger, J., Coenders-Gerrits, A.M.J., Uhlenbrook, S., Partitioning of evaporation into transpiration, soil evaporation and interception: A comparison between isotope measurements and a HYDRUS-1D model, (2012) Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 16 (8), pp. 2605-2616. DOI: 10.5194/hess-16-2605-2012

Munyaneza, O., Wenninger, J., Uhlenbrook, S., Identification of runoff generation processes using hydrometric and tracer methods in a meso-scale catchment in Rwanda, (2012) Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 16 (7), pp. 1991-2004. DOI: 10.5194/hess-16-1991-2012

Yang, Z., Zhou, Y., Wenninger, J., Uhlenbrook, S., The causes of flow regime shifts in the semi-arid Hailiutu River, Northwest China, (2012) Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 16 (1), pp. 87-103. DOI: 10.5194/hess-16-87-2012


Tekleab, S., Uhlenbrook, S., Mohamed, Y., Savenije, H.H.G., Temesgen, M., Wenninger, J., Water balance modeling of Upper Blue Nile catchments using a top-down approach, (2011) Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 15 (7), pp. 2179-2193. DOI: 10.5194/hess-15-2179-2011


Teferi, E., Uhlenbrook, S., Bewket, W., Wenninger, J., Simane, B., The use of remote sensing to quantify wetland loss in the Choke Mountain range, Upper Blue Nile basin, Ethiopia, (2010) Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 14 (12), pp. 2415-2428. DOI: 10.5194/hess-14-2415-2010

Wenninger, J., Beza, D.T., Uhlenbrook, S., Experimental investigations of water fluxes within the soil-vegetation-atmosphere system: Stable isotope mass-balance approach to partition evaporation and transpiration, (2010) Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 35 (13-14), pp. 565-570. DOI: 10.1016/j.pce.2010.07.016


Koch, K., Wenninger, J., Uhlenbrook, S., Bonell, M., Joint interpretation of hydrological and geophysical data: Electrical resistivity tomography results from a process hydrological research site in the Black Forest Mountains, Germany, (2009) Hydrological Processes, 23 (10), pp. 1501-1513. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.7275


Uhlenbrook, S., Didszun, J., Wenninger, J., Source areas and mixing of runoff components at the hillslope scale - A multi-technical approach, (2008) Hydrological Sciences Journal, 53 (4), pp. 741-753. DOI: 10.1623/hysj.53.4.741

Wenninger, J., Uhlenbrook, S., Lorentz, S., Leibundgut, C., Idenfication of runoff generation processes using combined hydrometric, tracer and geophysical methods in a headwater catchment in South Africa, (2008) Hydrological Sciences Journal, 53 (1), pp. 65-80. DOI: 10.1623/hysj.53.1.65


Brandes, E., Wenninger, J., Koeniger, P., Schindler, D., Rennenberg, H., Leibundgut, C., Mayer, H., Gessler, A., Assessing environmental and physiological controls over water relations in a Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) stand through analyses of stable isotope composition of water and organic matter, (2007) Plant, Cell and Environment, 30 (1), pp. 113-127. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3040.2006.01609.x


Tilch, N., Uhlenbrook, S., Didszun, J., Wenninger, J., Kirnbauer, R., Zillgens, B., Leibundgut, C., Hydrological process studies on flood genesis in the Lohnersbach catchment (Kitzbuheler Alps, Austria) [Hydrologische Prozessforschung zur Hochwasserentstehung im Lohnersbach-Einzugsgebiet (Kitzbuheler Alpen, Osterreich)], (2006) Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung, 50 (2), pp. 67-78.


Uhlenbrook, S., Wenninger, J., Lorentz, S., What happens after the catchment caught the storm? Hydrological processes at the small, semi-arid Weatherley catchment, South-Africa, (2005) Advances in Geosciences, 2, pp. 237-241.


Wenninger, J., Uhlenbrook, S., Tilch, N., Leibundgut, C., Experimental evidence of fast groundwater responses in a hillslope/floodplain area in the Black Forest Mountains, Germany, (2004) Hydrological Processes, 18 (17), pp. 3305-3322. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.5686



Wenninger, J. (2007), Prozesshydrologische Untersuchung im System Boden-Vegetation-Atmosphare, I. f. Hydrologie, Freiburger Schriften zur Hydrologie, 25, Dissertation, 150 pp., Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg, Freiburg.


Diploma thesis:

Wenninger, J. (2002), Experimentelle Untersuchung zur Dynamik von Hanggrundwasser und dessen Ubertritt in die Talaue und den Vorfluter im Brugga-Einzugsgebiet, I. f. Hydrologie, Diplomarbeit, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat, Freiburg.