Dr. Jan Friesen



Department Catchment Hydrology
für Umweltforschung - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Tel: 0341 235 1082
Fax: 0341 235 45 1082
Jan Friesen

Gebäude 7.1 -> Raum 412


Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

seit Nov 2014

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im Department Catchment Hydrology (CATHYD), UFZ

Feb 2012 - Oct 2014

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in der AG CIWAS (Coordination and Integration of Water Sciences), UFZ

2009 - 2012

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im Department Hydrosystemmodellierung (CHS), UFZ

2004 - 2008

Dissertation in Hydrologie an der Delft University of Technology, Niederlande, Titel der Arbeit: "Der regionale Einfluss von Vegetationswasser auf die satellitengestützte Bestimmung von Bodenfeuchte in Westafrika"

2002 - 2004

Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft am Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF), Department of Ecology and Resource Management, Universität Bonn, Deutschland



Gewähltes Mitglied der Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA)

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

European Geophysical Union (EGU)

International Association of Hydrologic Sciences (IAHS)

Kooperationen / Projekte


People, Pollution and Pathogens: Süßwasserlebensräume in Bergregionen – Nutzung, Verschmutzung, und Risiken für Mensch und Umwelt (P3), 01.06.2016 - 31.05.2019, The Belmont Forum

Establishment of a “Research, Demonstration and Training Facility for Decentralized Wastewater and Sludge Management” in Oman (IATI-WW), 01.08.2015 - 31.07.2019 ,The Research Council (TRC)

RUI: Measurement and modeling of rainfall interception loss from Georgia Southern University’s urban forest (link), 15.06.2015 - 31.05.2018, National Science Foundation (NSF)

Submarine Groundwater Discharge: Adaption of an autonomous aquatic vehicle for robotic measurements, sampling and monitoring (IATI-SGD), 02.06.2015 - 01.06.2019, The Research Council (TRC)


Internationalen WasserforschungsAllianz Sachsen (IWAS-II)

Internationalen WasserforschungsAllianz Sachsen (IWAS)

Drought monitoring and yield forecast (DRYMON)

Globaler Wandel des Wasserkreislaufes - Volta Projekt (GLOWA Volta)


M. Strauch, R. Kumar, S. Eisner, M. Mulligan, J. Reinhardt, W. Santini, T. Vetter, and Friesen, J. (online first) Adjustment of global precipitation data for enhanced hydrologic modeling of tropical Andean watersheds. Climatic Change. 1-14. DOI:10.1007/s10584-016-1706-1.

J. T. Van Stan, E. S. Lewis, A. Hildebrandt, C. Rebmann, and Friesen, J. (online first) Interacting bark structure and rainfall conditions impact stemflow variability in a temperate beech-oak forest, Central Germany. Hydrological Sciences Journal.

Siebert, C., Rödiger, T., Schulz, S., Horovitz, M., Merz, R., Friesen, J., Dietrich, P., Michelsen, N., Kallioras, A., Rausch, R., Engelhardt, I., Al-Saud, M., Schüth, C. (2016): New tools for coherent information base for IWRM in arid regions: the Upper Mega Aquifer System on the Arabian Peninsula. In: Borchardt, D., Bogardi, J., Ibisch, R., (eds.), Integrated water resources management: Concept, research and implementation, Springer.

J. Friesen, J. D. Lundquist, and Van Stan, J. T. (2015): Evolution of forest precipitation water storage measurement methods. Hydrological Processes, 29, 2504–2520. doi: 10.1002/hyp.10376.

G. Strauch, K. S. Al-Mashaikhi, A. Bawain, K. Knöller, J. Friesen and T. Müller (2014): Stable H and O isotope variations reveal sources of recharge in Dhofar, Sultanate of Oman. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies, doi:10.1080/10256016.2014.961451.

Mallast, U., Gloaguen, R., Friesen, J., Rödiger, T., Geyer, S., Merz, R., and Siebert, C. (2014): How to identify groundwater-caused thermal anomalies in lakes based on multi-temporal satellite data in semi-arid regions, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 2773-2787, doi:10.5194/hess-18-2773-2014.

Van Stan, J. T., II, K. Martin, J. Friesen, M. T. Jarvis, J. D. Lundquist, and D. F. Levia (2013): Evaluation of an instrumental method to reduce error in canopy water storage estimates via mechanical displacement, Water Resour. Res., 49, doi:10.1029/2012WR012666.

Susan Steele-Dunne, J. Friesen, and N. van de Giesen (2012): Using Diurnal Variation in Backscatter to Detect Vegetation Water Stress. IEEE Trans. on Geosci. Remote Sens. Vol. 50, no. 7pp. 2618-2629, Jul. 2012.

J. Friesen, Susan Steele-Dunne, and N. van de Giesen (2012): Diurnal differences in global ERS scatterometer backscatter observations of the land surface. IEEE Trans. on Geosci. Remote Sens. Vol. 50, no. 7pp. 2595-2602, Jul. 2012.

W. Buytaert, J. Friesen, J. Liebe, and R. Ludwig (2012): Assessment and Management of Water Resources in Developing, Semi-arid and Arid Regions. Water Resources Management. Volume 26, Number 4, 841-844, DOI: 10.1007/s11269-012-9994-3

P. G. Oguntunde, A. E. Ajayi, J. Friesen, N. van de Giesen, and P. L. G. Vlek (2011): Seasonal Variation of Temporal Patterns of Water Flux in a Cashew Orchard under Sub-humid Tropical Conditions. Journal of Crop Improvement, 25(5). pp. 504-520, doi: 10.1080/15427528.2011.591482.

J. Van Stan, M. Jarvis, D. Levia, and J. Friesen (2011): Instrumental method for reducing error in compression-derived measurements of rainfall interception for individual trees. Hydrological Sciences Journal/Journal des Sciences Hydrologiques, 56(6). pp. 1061-1066, doi: 10.1080/02626667.2011.590811.

R. de Jeu, W. Wagner, T. Holmes,H. Dolman, N. van de Giesen, and J. Friesen (2008): Global Soil Moisture Patterns Observed by Space Borne Microwave Radiometers and Scatterometers. Surveys in Geophysics, 29(4), pp. 399-420, doi:10.1007/s10712-008-9044-0.

J. Friesen, C. van Beek, J. Selker, H.H.G. Savenije, and N. van de Giesen (2008): Tree Rainfall Interception Measured by Stem Compression. Water Resources Research, 44, W00D15, doi:10.1029/2008WR007074.

R. De Lange, R. Beck, N. Van de Giesen, J. Friesen, A. de Wit, and W. Wagner (2008):Scatterometer derived soil moisture calibrated for soil texture with a one-dimensional water flow model. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 46(12), 4041-4049.

J. Friesen, C. Rodgers, P.G. Oguntunde, J.M.H. Hendrickx, and N. van de Giesen (2008): Hydrotope-based protocol to determine average soil moisture over large areas for satellite calibration and validation - With results from an observation campaign in the Volta Basin, West Africa. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 46(7), 1995-2004.

J. Friesen, H. C. Winsemius, R. Beck, K. Scipal, W. Wagner, and N. van de Giesen (2007): Spatial and seasonal patterns of diurnal differences in ERS Scatterometer soil moisture data in the Volta Basin, West Africa. IAHS Red Book Series 316. IAHS Press, Oxfordshire, UK, pp. 47-55.

Compaoré, H., Hendrickx, J.M.H., Hong, S-h., Friesen, J., van de Giesen, N.C., Rodgers, C., Szarzynski, J., and Vlek, P.L.G. (2007): Evaporation mapping at two scales in the White Volta Basin, Upper East Ghana, using optical imagery. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, doi: 10.1016/j.pce.2007.04.021

Amisigo, B.A., van de Giesen, N., Rogers, C., Andah, W.E.I., and Friesen, J. (2007): Monthly Streamflow Prediction in the Volta Basin of West Africa: A SISO NARMAX Polynomial Modelling. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, doi: 10.1016/j.pce.2007.04.019

M. Hafeez, M. Andreini, J. Liebe, J. Friesen, A. Marx, and N. van de Giesen (2007): Hydrological parameterization through remote sensing in Volta Basin,West Africa. International Journal of River Basin Management, 5(1): 49-56

Hendrickx J.M. , Sung-ho Hong, J. Friesen, H. Compaore, N. C. van de Giesen, C. Rodgers, and P. L. Vlek (2006): Mapping energy balance fluxes and root zone soil moisture in the White Volta Basin using optical imagery. Proc. SPIE Vol. 6239, pp. 62390Q.1-62390Q.12.

Oguntunde P.G., J. Friesen, van de Giesen N., and Savenije H.H.H. (2006). Hydroclimatology of the Volta River Basin in West Africa: Trends and Variability from 1901-2002. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 31 (18), pp. 1180-1188.

Hendrickx J.M., J. Bruce J. Harrison, R. L. van Dam, B. Borchers, D. I. Norman, C. D. Dedzoe, B. O. Antwi, R. D. Asiamah, C. Rodgers, P. Vlek, and J. Friesen (2005): Magnetic soil properties in Ghana. Proc. SPIE Vol. 5794, pp. 165-176.

Friesen, J., Andreini M., Andah W., Amisigo B., and van de Giesen, N. (2005): Storage capacity and long-term water balance of the Volta Basin, West Africa. IAHS Red Book Series 296. IAHS Press, Oxfordshire, UK, pp. 138-145.

Friesen, J. (2002): Spatio-temporal Patterns of Rainfall in Northern Ghana. Diploma thesis, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Geography, University of Bonn, Germany