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Institute of Hydraulic Engineering
and Water Resources Management
Groundwater

Head of the research group: Prof. Dr.-Ing. H. Schüttrumpf

The underground is a natural reservoir that stores approximately 69% of the world's fresh water. Groundwater is Germany's largest source of drinking water and process water, but it also has great ecological significance. The dynamics of groundwater have been a focal point of the institute's research for many decades. The sustainable management, use and protection of groundwater as a resource play a significant role in this.


The "Groundwater" research group develops large-scale numerical models for describing the flow and transport processes in porous media and in bedrock aquifers. It also conducts experiments using physical models on the flow and quality of groundwater.

Related to the groundwater problems of opencast mining in the Lower Rhine brown coal reserve, research has been carried out consistently over the past few years on the hydraulic optimisation of wells and on the impact of iron clogging and other chemical processes on the ageing process of wells. The objective is to develop methods and technologies for the cost-effective and energy-efficient operation of wells in the long term.

Current research topics

  • Clogging tendency of vertical filter wells
  • Statistical optimisation of the groundwater network
  • Subterranean distribution of flooding on the Rhine
  • Risks of livestock farming for ground and surface water