Robert Schweppe

Hydrowissenschaftliche Software Entwicklung (HSD)

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

phone: ++49 - 341 - 235 1784

Robert Schweppe


Climate changes leads to drastic changes in the environment. Agriculture faces increasing weather related risks such as droughts. Modern insurance policies can help avert the worst consequences. Those policies are powered by new technology. They are informed by latest scientific insights. They leverage big data to flexibly estimate individual risks.

We have a decade long record of hydrologic modelling. Our expertise opens up more precise ways to estimate the plant available water at the root zone than currently used in the insurance sector. We initiated the Simucrop project to explore avenues how we can provide added value to clients and partners.

Personal expertise

  • hydrologic modelling with mHM, HTESSEL, LARSIM and others
  • development of supplementary software tools like MPR and in-house Python and Fortran libraries
  • experience in academia and private engineering sector

Short CV

since 07/2017
01/2014 – 06/2017

Project engineer at HYDRON GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany

04/2013 – 10/2013

Student Research Assistant at the Department of Computational Landscape Ecology at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany

07/2007 – 06/2010 &

10/2011 – 04/2012

Student Research Assistant at the Troposheric Aerosols working group at the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Leipzig, Germany

10/2011 – 12/2013

Master of Science "Management of Natural Resources", Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Master's thesis: “Assessing the impact of HRU aggregation schemes on model performance in SWAT”

10/2007 – 07/2010

Bachelor of Science "Geography", University of Leipzig, Bachelor's thesis: "Characterization and source analysis of atmospheric aerosol particles at ZOTTO, Siberia"

10/2012 – 10/2013

 01-2022 - 03-2022

scholarship holder of the private-public Deutschlandstipendium

fellowship holder of the Helmholtz Field Study Fellowship programme


Feigl, M., Thober, S., Schweppe, R., Herrnegger, M., Samaniego, L., and Schulz, K.: Automatic regionalization of model parameters for hydrological models, Wat. Res. Res., (submitted).

Schweppe, R., Thober, S., Müller, S., Kelbling, M., Kumar, R., Attinger, S.,
and Samaniego, L.: MPR 1.0: a stand-alone multiscale parameter regionalization tool
for improved parameter estimation of land surface models, Geosci. Model Dev., 15, 1–24, 2022.

Heintzenberg, J., Birmili, W., Otto, R., Andreae, M. O., Mayer, J.-C., Chi, X., and Panov, A.: Aerosol particle number size distributions and particulate light absorption at the ZOTTO tall tower (Siberia), 2006–2009, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 8703-8719,, 2011.