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Research, consultancy, and capacity building on issues related to hydrology and water resources
Heidi Barlebo Head of Department
Heidi Barlebo
Tel.: +45 9133 3601
JCR Research professor
Jens Christian Refsgaard
Tel.: +45 3070 9830

Department secretary, Camilla Sarantatis, email:, Tel. +45 9133 3603
Project secretary, Ryét Myren, email:, Tel. +45 9133 3604

The Department works with characterization, modelling, and management of water and solute transport in the hydrological cycle, in Denmark and internationally. Areas with influence on water quality and quantity in the hydrological cycle as climate, land use and water abstraction are also in focus as well as interaction between land surface, root zone, groundwater bodies, watercourses, lakes, wetlands, and the sea.

Groundwater resource and stream runoff; Contamination and transport; Quality assurance and uncertainty assessments; etc.
Borehole logging; Groundwater-surface water interaction; Salt- and fresh water zones; Optimized and integrated monitoring and modelling, Remote sensing; etc.
Climate scenarious; Floodings; Salt water intrusions; Protection of catchment areas and well fields; Water  in the landscape; etc.
Changes in the groundwater resource; Scenarious in relation to larger constructions; Changes in future irrigation needs; Protection against salt water intrusions; etc.
Integrated Water Resources Management; Implementation of the European Water Framework Directive; Adaptive management; Groundwater protection and management; etc.
Internationally institutional capacity development in research and management of water resourcer etc.

All staff members in the department


Ongoing projects:
CLEAR - Center for Lake Restauration
CRES - Centre for Regional Change in the Earth System
DK-model - National Water Resources Model
GhanAqua - Ground Water Development and Sustainable Agriculture
HOBE - Center of Hydrology
HydroCast - Hydrological Forecasting and Data Assimilation
KINDRA - Knowledge Inventory for hydrogeology research
NORDRESS - Nordic Centre of Excellence on Resilience and Societal Security
Soils2Sea - Reducing nutrient loadings from agricultural soils to the Baltic Sea via groundwater and streams
SPACE - Spatial calibration and evaluation in distributed hydrological modeling using satellite remote sensing data
TReNDS - Transport and reduction of Nitrate in Danish landscapes at various Scales

Recent projects:
BaltCICA - Climate change in the Baltic Region
CATALYST - Capacity Development for Hazard Risk Reduction and Adaptation
CLIVET - Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources and Agriculture - and Adaptation Strategies in Tanzania
CLIWAT - Climate change in the North Sea Region
HYACINTS - Climate change impacts at different scales
NeWater - New Approaches to Adaptive Water Management under Uncertainty
NiCA - Nitrate reduction in geologically heterogeneous catchments
PRECIOUS - Prediction of Climatic Impacts on Pesticide Leaching to the Aquatic Environments

International Master in Water Resources

Organisations etc.:
Danish Water Forum
IAH Danmark - International Association of Hydrogeologists

Department of Hydrology