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Collaborative Workshop: Water Ages in the Hydrological Cycle

From 18 to 20 October 2017, the workshop will be held in the Black Forest, Germany (Hotel Saigerhöh, Saig).
Workshop Water Ages in the Hydrological Cycle

The goal of the workshop is to foster inter-disciplinary discussion about approaches, methods and models to determine water age and transit times throughout the hydrological cycle.

The rapid development of novel analytical instruments resulted in new opportunities for water flow paths estimation and water flux quantification. However, it remains a challenge how to combine the different tracer techniques, ranging from natural tracers (e.g. isotopes of water, carbon and nitrogen, water temperature) to noble gas tracers and other natural and anthropogenic substances in the water, to cover travel times from hours to several decades and centuries throughout hydrological compartments.

The workshop aims to bring together the multidisciplinary experience and knowledge of measuring and simulating water ages and transit times with special focus on the interlinkages between the atmosphere, vegetation, soils, ground- and surface waters. Discussion and exchange on current challenges with measurements, and developing an appropriate theoretical framework for linking water ages in different systems and with different time scales are needed, and we hope that the workshop will define this Framework and develop possibilities for further collaborative research in this field.

Please let us know if you are willing to attend the workshop latest by 31 July 2017.

Postdocs and PhD students from Baden-Württemberg are asked to submit a short Motivation letter (max. 1 page) to demonstrate the benefit of this workshop for their scientific career. The deadline for this application is 15 July 2017.


Organizing committee:

Prof. Dr. Markus Weiler, Chair of Hydrology, University of Freiburg

Prof. Dr. Werner Aeschbach, Institute of Environmental Physics, Heidelberg University

Prof. Dr. Christiane Werner, Chair of Ecosystem Physiology, University of Freiburg

PD Dr. Christiane Stumpp, Helmholtz Zentrum München and University of Freiburg



Prof. Dr. Markus Weiler

Phone: +49 761 203 3530

Email: leonardo2017Frx5∂hydrology uni-freiburg de


Invitation to the workshop