Dr. Holger Rupp


Dr. Holger Rupp

Department Soil System Science
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Lysimeter facility Falkenberg
Falkenberg 55
39615 Altmärkische Wische, Germany

Tel: +49 391 810 9773
Fax: +49 341 235 45 9773

Holger Rupp
Dr. Holger Rupp

CV / Scientific Career


Graduate Engineer



Occupational activities

1979 - 1983

Study at the University of Rostock, Discipline Rural Engineering

1983 - 1987

Scientist at the Research Centre for Soil Fertlity, Muecheberg, Germany

1987 - 1988

Senior Engineer for Rural Project Planning, Potsdam, Germany

1989 - 1991

Scientific Officer at the Scientific Centre for Amleioration Planning, Falkenberg, Germany

1991 - 1993

Scientist at the State Office for Environmental Protection

ab 1993

Scientist at Institute of Inland Water Research of the GKSS-Research Centre, Lysimeter Facility Falkenberg, Germany

ab 2005

Sensior Scientist, UFZ Department of Soil System Sciences

Research interests

- Studies on water and mass fluxes in soils
- Solute dynamics of wetlands
- Diffuse Pollution of Water Resources

Co-operations / Projects

ReKKS - Innovations for Sustainable Use of Agricultural Resources and Climate-adaption in the Arid Steppes of Kazakhstan and Southwestern Siberia in the Frame of the German BMBF assistence measure „CLIENT II – International Partnerships for sustaiablee Innovations“

Sub-project 2 Optimization of Water Budget by an innovative Soil Management
Runtime 2017 - 2020

Partner: Amazonen-Working Plants H. Dreyer GmbH & Co. KG, UGT GmbH, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Leibniz University Hannover

AZOTE - Determining potential nutrient retention rates as an ecosystem service in riparian zones

Promoted by: Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG)
Runtime 2016 - 2019

Project partners: Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG), Department of Conservation Biology


Rupp, H.; Tauchnitz, N.; Meissner, R. 2021. The Effects of Soil Drying Out and Rewetting on Nitrogen and Carbon Leaching–Results of a Long‐Term Lysimeter Experiment. Water-Sui, 13, 17, doi:10.3390/w13182601.

Haselow, L., Meissner, R., Rupp, H. & Miegel, K. Evaluation of precipitation measurements methods under field conditions during a summer season: A comparison of the standard rain gauge with a weighable lysimeter and a piezoelectric precipitation sensor. Journal of Hydrology 575, 537-543, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.05.065 (2019).

Rupp, H., R. Meissner, and P. Leinweber. 2018. Plant available phosphorus in soil as predictor for the leaching potential: Insights from long-term lysimeter studies. Ambio 47 (Suppl. 1): 103-113.

Bednorz, D., N. Tauchnitz, O. Christen, H. Rupp, and R. Meissner. 2016. The Impact of Soil Heterogeneity on Nitrate Dynamic and Losses in Tile-Drained Arable Fields. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution 227 (10).

Bednorz, D., N. Tauchnitz, O. Christen, H. Rupp, and R. Meissner. 2016. Evaluating the transferability of measurements from simple constructed non weighable gravitation lysimeters to predict the water regime on field scale-a case study. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 179 (6):809-820.

Schulz-Zunkel, C., F. Krueger, H. Rupp, R. Meissner, B. Gruber, M. Gerisch, and H.-R. Bork. 2013. Spatial and seasonal distribution of trace metals in floodplain soils. A case study with the Middle Elbe River, Germany. Geoderma 211-212:128-137.

Shaheen, S., J. Rinklebe, H. Rupp, and R. Meissner. 2014. Lysimeter trials to assess the impact of different flood–dry-cycles on the dynamics of pore water concentrations of As, Cr, Mo and V in a contaminated floodplain soil. Geoderma 228-229: 5-13.

Shaheen, Sabry M., Jörg Rinklebe, Holger Rupp, and Ralph Meissner. 2014. Temporal dynamics of pore water concentrations of Cd, Co, Cu, Ni, and Zn and their controlling factors in a contaminated floodplain soil assessed by undisturbed groundwater lysimeters. Environmental Pollution 191 (0):223-231.

Meissner, R., H. Rupp, J. Seeger and P. Leinweber. 2010. Strategies to mitigate diffuse phosphorus pollution during rewetting of fen peat soils. Water Science and Technology 62(1): 123-131.

Rupp, H., J. Rinklebe, S. Bolze and R. Meissner. 2010. A scale-dependent approach to study pollution control processes in wetland soils using different techniques. Ecological Engineering 36: 1439–1447.


German Soil Science Society