Dr. Ingo Heidbüchel

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

Foto Ingo Heidbüchel

Research Topics

I'm interested in how hydrologic processes interact to create the hydrologic and hydrochemical catchment response that we observe. How fast do catchments conduct water (transit time) and what controls the speed of their reaction to rain events (response time)?

Curriculum vitae


Postdoc at the University of Bayreuth, Professorship of Hydrological Modeling

· DFG project: “Defining archetypal transit time distributions and their dynamics in real-world catchments


Postdoc at the UFZ (Leipzig), Department of Hydrogeology


Postdoc at the GFZ (Potsdam) within the TERENO project


PhD in Hydrology at the University of Arizona in Tucson (USA)

· PhD Thesis: “On the Variability of Hydrologic Catchment Response: Inherent and External Controls”

Oct-Dec 2007

Hydrogeologist at Bittner Water Consult in Windhoek (Namibia)

Jul-Aug 2007

Research Assistant at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Madrid (Spain)


Diploma (≈Master) in Hydrology at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg

· Diploma Thesis: “Groundwater Recharge in Ephemeral Streams, Application of a Coupled Surface Water / Groundwater Model”

Jul-Oct 2005

Internship at the University of Stockholm (Sweden), Department of Physical Geography


Study Abroad at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch (New Zealand)


Heidbüchel, I., Yang, J., Musolff, A., Troch, P., Ferré, T., and Fleckenstein, J. H. (2020): On the shape of forward transit time distributions in low-order catchments. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 24, p. 2895-2920, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-2895-2020.

Heidbüchel, I., Güntner, A., Blume, T. (2016): Use of cosmic-ray neutron sensors for soil moisture monitoring in forests. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 20, p. 1269-1288, https://doi.org/ 10.5194/hess-20-1269-2016.

van der Velde, Y., Heidbüchel, I., Lyon, S. W., Nyberg, L., Rodhe, A., Bishop, K., Troch, P. A. (2015): Consequences of mixing assumptions for time-variable travel time distributions. Hydrological Processes, 29, 16, p. 3460-3474, https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.10372.

Heidbüchel, I., Troch, P. A., Lyon, S. W. (2013): Separating physical and meteorological controls of variable transit times in zero-order catchments. Water Resources Research, 49, 11, p. 7644-7657, https://doi.org/10.1002/2012WR013149.

Heidbüchel, I., Troch, P. A., Lyon, S. W., Weiler, M. (2012): The master transit time distribution of variable flow systems. Water Resources Research, 48, 6, https://doi.org/10.1029/2011WR011293.


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