Tree crowns in the Hainich National Park

Group Terrestrial Ecohydrology

Tree crowns in the Hainich National Park
Image: Janett Filipzik

The group applies modeling and field research to investigate the feedbacks between vegetation and the water cycle from the top of the canopy to the bottom of the rooting zone. Our main focus lies on interaction processes that have a capacity to tip the overall system behaviour, and we seek to understand the related mechanisms in order to better represent them in environmental models. We investigate canopy processes, vegetation induced spatial patterns of soil hydrologic properties and soil moisture as well as the process of root water uptake.

The group was in fall 2018 formed based on a joint professorship between the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZExternal link  in Leipzig. We belong both to the Institute for GeosciencesExternal link at the FSU and the Department Computational HydrosystemsExternal link at UFZ.

Group Terrestrial Ecohydrology (Office)
Institute of Geoscience, Room H206
Burgweg 11
07749 Jena
Opening hours:
Montag 09:00-12:00
Mittwoch 09:00-12:00
Donnerstag 09:00-12:00

News from the group

Keyfigure HESS Fischer et al 2023
Graphic: Anke Hildebrandt, Johanna Metzger
We had this a long time coming. This publication is based on the high-resolution dataset on canopy fluxes, soil water content and soil properties in the Hainich CZE of AquaDiva. Here we ask whether thoughfall patterns actually show up in the soil after precipitation ends. The answer: No as much as we thought! First, soil water increase shows the patterns much more than soil water content, because precipitation small compared to the soik water storage. But also, we see strong signs of preferential flow dampening the soil moistening patterns. Have a look!
Proud Gökben
Image: Gökben Demir
PhD defense
Gökben Demir (middle) successfully defended her PhD thesis with the title "The Role of Canopy Induced Heterogeneity in Subsurface Hydrological Processes" supervised by Anke Hildebrandt (right) and Beate Michalzik (left). Congratulations!!
Field campaign
Image: Ruth Magh
Field installations
Kick-off for the 3rd phase of #AquaDiva's B02 subproject. Installing unwalled lysimeters to monitor water and matter fluxes in the subsurface influenced by aboveground vegetation structure (here installed in a Scots pine stand).