Michael Vieweg

Helmholtz Centre for
Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

phone +49 341 6025 1643



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Research Interests

Interaction between groundwater and surface water in the hyporheic zone and development of novel in-situ measurement techniques

  • statistical time-series analysis of continous aerobic respiration and other hydrological data obtained from a gravelly 3rd order stream
  • deriving of time-variant aerobic respiration rates in the hyporheic zone by combining continuous EC and O2 measurements
  • development of a planar-optode based method for the in situ measurement of vertical oxygen profiles in gravelly streambeds

Professional and Academic Career

since 2017

Researcher at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department Conservation Biology

2010 - 2016

PhD student at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department Hydrogeology

2007 - 2008

Graduate Assistant at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Division Computational Environmental System (Visualization Center)


University Diploma in Geography at University of Leipzig (Germany)
Subsidiary subjects: Geology, Sociology

2003 - 2004

Student Assistant at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department of Conservation Biology


Schulz‐Zunkel, C., Seele‐Dilbat, C., Anlanger, C.,…Vieweg, M., ... (2022): Effective restoration measures in river‐floodplain ecosystems: Lessons learned from the ‘Wilde Mulde’project. International Review of Hydrobiology. doi.org/10.1002/iroh.202102086

Kretz, L., Bondar-Kunze, E., Hein, T., Richter, R., Schulz-Zunkel, C., Seele-Dilbat, C., van der Plas, F., Vieweg, M. & Wirth, C. (2021): Vegetation characteristics control local sediment and nutrient retention on but not underneath vegetation in floodplain meadows. PloS one. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0252694

Sendek, A., Kretz L., van der Plas, F., Seele-Dilbat, C., Schulz-Zunkel, C., Vieweg, M., Bondar-Kunze, E., Weigelt, A. & Wirth, C. (2021): Topographical factors related to flooding frequency promote ecosystem multifunctionality of riparian floodplains. Ecological Indicators. doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2021.108312

Brandt T., Vieweg M., Laube G., Schima R., Goblirsch T., Fleckenstein J.H., & Schmidt C. (2017): Automated in Situ Oxygen Profiling at Aquatic–Terrestrial Interfaces. Environmental Science & Technology. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.7b01482

Vieweg M., Kurz M.J., Trauth N., Fleckenstein J.H., Musolff A. & Schmidt C. (2016): Estimating time-variable aerobic respiration rates in the streambed by combining electrical conductivity and dissolved oxygen time-series. Journal of Geophysical Research Biogeosciences. doi:10.1002/2016JG003345

Schmadel N.M., Ward A.S., Kurz M.J., Fleckenstein J.H., Zarnetske J.P., Hannah D.M., Blume T., Vieweg M., Blaen P.J., Schmidt C., Knapp J.L.A., Klaar M.J., Romeijn P., Datry T., Keller T., Folegot S., Marruedo A.I. & Krause S. (2016) Stream solute tracer timescales changing with discharge and reach length confound process interpretation. Water Resources Research 52. doi:10.1002/2015WR018062

Trauth N., Schmidt C., Vieweg M., Oswald S.E. & Fleckenstein J.H. (2015): Hydraulic controls of in-stream gravel bar hyporheic exchange and reactions. Water Resources Research. doi:10.1002/2014WR015857

Trauth N., Schmidt C., Maier U., Vieweg M. & Fleckenstein, J.H. (2014): Hyporheic transport and biogeochemical reactions in pool-riffle systems under varying ambient groundwater flow conditions. Journal of Geophysical Research. doi:10.1002/2013JG002586

Trauth N., Schmidt C., Maier U., Vieweg M. & Fleckenstein, J.H. (2013): Coupled 3D stream flow and hyporheic flow model under varying stream and ambient groundwater flow conditions in a pool-riffle system. Water Resources Research. doi:10.1002/wrcr.20442

Vieweg M., Trauth N., Fleckenstein J.H. & Schmidt C. (2013): Robust Optode-Based Method for Measuring in Situ Oxygen Profiles in Gravelly Streambeds. Environmental Science & Technology. doi:10.1021/es401040w

Schmidt C., Musolff A., Trauth N., Vieweg M. & Fleckenstein, J.H. (2012): Transient analysis of fluctuations of electrical conductivity as tracer in the stream bed. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. doi:10.5194/hess-16-3689-2012

Conference Contributions

Vieweg M., Fleckenstein J. H., and Schmidt C. “Estimating streambed travel times and respiration rates based on temperature and oxygen consumption”, AGU Fall Meeting 2015, 14-18th December 2015, San Francisco, USA. (Presentation)

Vieweg M., Schmidt C., Musolff A., and Fleckenstein J.H. “Deriving variable travel times and aerobic respiration in the hyporheic zone using electrical conductivity as natural tracer”, EGU General Assembly 2014, 27th April -13th May 2014, Vienna, Austria. (poster)

Vieweg M., Schmidt C., and Fleckenstein J.H. “Deriving time-variant aerobic respiration in the hyporheic zone by combining continuous EC and O2 measurements”, AGU Fall Meeting 2013, 9-13 December 2013, San Francisco, USA. (Presentation)

Vieweg M., Schmidt C., and Fleckenstein J.H. “Measuring vertical oxygen profiles in the hyporheic zone using planar optodes”, EGU General Assembly 2012, 22-27 April 2012, Vienna, Austria. (poster)

Trauth N., Vieweg M., Schmidt C., and Fleckenstein J.H. “Integrated field experiments and numerical modelling to evaluate the factors controlling water flow and redox conditions in the hyporheic zone”, EGU General Assembly 2011, 3-8 April 2011, Vienna, Austria. (poster)

Videos from our research activities  :-)

To investigate the interaction between river and floodplain at Klinger Pauls Loch (part of the Röderaue in Saxony), temporary water and groundwater gauges were installed and surveyed in December 2022. The aerial survey will allow a better assessment of the floodplain structure from the air.

Visualization of our groundwater model of the Leipzig Northwest Floodplain. It is based on soil profiles of all available boreholes (red dots), 58 ground- and surface water monitoring wells (red dots with green square) and long-term data of the LMBV, and was set up and calculated by IWS and IBGW (using PCGEOFIM). The modell is coupled with surface water data and represents the groundwater levels form 1997-2021. Among other things, it serves as a basis for the floodplain development concept of the project "Lebendige Luppe" and our habitat models.

Installation of two multilevel pore-water probes in the hyporheic zone of a partially overflowed gravel bar at the Selke river. We investigated aerobic respiration (oxygen depletion levels) at depths of 5cm, 30cm, 45cm and 75cm. The probes were located using a laser tachymeter.

Two separate flood events occured at the Selke between March and June 2013. The snow melt resulted in a first flood from 11th April (at 0:28) with a peak discharge of 15 m³/s. Extreme weather conditions caused a second flood starting by the end of May (at 1:25) with a discharge over 25 m³/s. The mean discharge of the Selke is 1.5 m³/s.

Measurements of stream level and oxygen concentration in the streambed around a gravel bar (at 45 cm depth). In Vieweg et al. (2016) we could show, how the differences in oxygen concentration are a consequence of different travel times in the streambed. The frequent stream level changes are induced by an upstream water mill.

Selke at February 2012. Anchor ice, Selke is freezing up completely.