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for Environmental Information Science

The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ is a national centre of excellence for integrative environmental research. It was established in 1991 as the only centre in the Helmholtz Association exclusively devoted to environmental research in a great variety of fields. Founded in response to the severe pollution prevailing in East Germany, the UFZ has become a world-wide acknowledged centre of expertise in the remediation and restoration of contaminated landscapes, as well as the preservation of biodiversity, natural landscapes and water resources.

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UFZ developed a regional ground-water model in the context of the SUSTAIN H2O project which aims to develop and demonstrate management tools and practices for pollution reduction in the Songhuajiang-Liaohe River Basin (SLRB) in order to support the realization of the “12th Five Year Plan” of the Peoples Republic of China. The best possible implementation of the groundwater system in the area was implemented as an OpenGeoSys simulation model in order to simulate water and mater transport in the subsurface under changing conditions. The investigation focusses on the impact of urban development as well as potential groundwater pollution threats on the drinking water safety in the area.

The German Aerospace Centre - DLR is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. The Earth Observation Center - EOC of DLR conducts research in the field of remote sensing and seeks answers to urgent social questions relating to the environment and climate, mobility and planning, prevention and management of natural catastrophes, and civil security.

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Among other activities, DLR conducted first data processing and analyses to reveal inundation dynamics on Poyang Lake based on a dailyresolved intraannual time series of optical and radar satellite data. Furthermore, colleagues of EOC of DLR brought and bring in their expertise gained in numerous Sino-German projects, such as the BMBF funded DELIGHT project, which dealt with development transition in the Yellow River Delta, and supplied an environmental information system - including extensive capacity building - to local authorities and stakeholders.

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH – FZJ develops technologies that benefit research in Germany and worldwide in the areas of health, energy, and environment including climate and terrestrial system research, as well as information technology. Innovative instrumentation, e.g. supercomputers, tools for research with neutrons, nanotechnology, and imaging techniques for medicine, plant- and geosciences, allow science to break through to new knowledge for societal benefit.

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JÜLICH developed a model system which aims to simulate the regional water and energy cycle. Spaceborne observations of soil moisture, soil temperature, and leaf area index are implemented into the system to improve the representation of the real conditions as well as the model performance for hydrological predictions. The system can be used for water resources management e.g. by optimizing irrigation schedules in semi-arid regions to increase the water use efficiency. Research has been focused on the Heihe river basin, Gansu, in a strong cooperation with Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute (CAREERI-CAS) and Beijing Normal University.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology – KIT was founded 2009 as a merger of Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (KIT Campus North) and University of Karlsruhe (KIT Campus South). KIT/Campus North is a large-scale research institution of the Helmholtz Association conducting program-oriented provident research on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany. Research of its remote lab Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (KIT/IMK-IFU), located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, focuses on biosphere-hydrosphere-atmosphere interactions in complex terrain and climate change impacts on the water cycle and the biosphere on local to regional scales.

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In collaboration with Hohai University, Nanjing, the fully coupled, mesoscale regional atmospheric-hydrologic modeling system WRF-HMS was developed, which allows in particular investigations of the long-term interactions between groundwater, the land surface and the atmosphere. In addition, an age-weighted evapora-tion tagging approach was implemented in a regional climate model, which allows assessments of atmospheric water residence times. Research focuses on the Poyang Lake basin in South China.

The Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Re-sources Research-IGSNRR is a multidisciplinary research institute focusing on physical geography and global change, human geography and regional development, natural resources and the environment, geographical information systems and surface simulation, the terrestrial water cycle and water resources, ecosystem network observation and modeling, and Chinese agricultural policy. The institute aims to solve major natural resource and environmental problems related to national sustainable development and improve its own innovative capacity at the same time.

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IGSNRR developed a surface modeling method which aims to simulate climate change, DEM, soil properties, and other environmental variables; set up a dynamic model for simulating spatial distribution of human population; detected land-cover changes with higher spatial and temporal resolutions and established a distributed hydrological model and simulated evolution process of water resources under different climatic scenarios. These models were used in many regional areas in China, such as in the Poyang Lake basin in South China.

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Current News

12-13 Dec 2016 Prof. Peng (IWHR) visits UFZ

09.12.2016 Wasserkonferenz in Shanghai

15-22.10.2016  Helmholtz-Delegation in China

20.09.2016 Delegation of Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences

12.08.2016 Delegation of China Petroleum University visits the UFZ

07/08.07.2016 Digital Earth Summit in Beijing (Presentation of RCEIS)


24/26 10.2016: Workshop and Research visiting program of DFG-NSFC Project in Beijing

20.09.2016: Workshop and Research visiting of CRAES in Leipzig

17/18.08.2016: EU project SUSTAIN HO2 final workshop in Beijing

29.10-01.11.2015: 4th Workshop on “Managing Water Resources for Urban Catchments” in Chaohu

28.09–03.10.2015: 3rd Workshop on “Managing Water Resources for Urban Catchments” in Leipzig

OGS Tutorial books

Computational Hydrology I: Groundwater Flow Modeling
Hydrology II — in press


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