The VIWA Project Partners – short description

Project partners have experience in development and use of high-resolution (1km), coupled agro-ecological/economic models to simulate global agricultural production potentials, hydrological modeling, CGE models and regional climate-models, high performance computing (HPC ), in the operational use of remote sensing for hydrology and agriculture and in the governance of water resources and SDGs.

Prof. Dr. Wolfram Mauser, Dept. of Geography, University of Munich (coordinator). Extensive experience in development and application of hydrologic land surface models with remote sensing data, coordination of large projects (GLOWA-Danube) and co-design processes with multi-sectoral stakeholders.

Prof. Dr. Gernot Klepper, Dr. Ruth Delzeit, Institute for World Economy (IfW), Kiel. CGE modeling of world trade. The research area “Environment and Natural Resources” examined microeconomic and macroeconomic adjustment processes to more global and country-specific scarcity of natural resources by means of a CGE model.

Prof. Dr. Sabine Attinger, Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research UFZ, Leipzig. Mrs. Attinger has many years of experience in the development of hydrological models. She heads the Dept. CHS, which for years successfully developed the open source hydrological model system mHM including analysis tools ( It is a renowned groundwater modeler and has extensive expertise in scaling methods. Currently it develops regional and global groundwater models in mHM.

Prof. Dr. Christina von Haaren, University of Hanover. Sustainability assessment: Extensive work on models and scenarios for the assessment of ecosystem services and studies on spatial governance of natural resources in different countries.

Prof. Dr. Daniela Jacob, Dr. Andreas Hänsler, Helmholtz-Center Geesthacht, Climate Service Center (GERICS) Germany, Hamburg. Extensive experience in development and application of dynamic regional climate models, analysis of climate model ensembles, working with interdisciplinary users of regional climate information as well as multi- and transdisciplinary process of co-design and co-development of practice-relevant products for decision makers.

Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller, Dr. Anton Frank, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of Bavarian Academy of Sciences, Munich. Excellent skills in parallel computing, computer graphics, parallel programming, cluster, grid, cloud computing, data archiving and Big Data technologies. Operator of SuperMUC, one of the most powerful computers in the world (> 6.8 petaflops).

Dr. Heike Bach, VISTA Geoscience Remote Sensing GmbH, Munich. Innovative private enterprise (SMEs), that for 20 years translates scientific methods based on remote sensing into operational services. Water management (runoff modeling, flood monitoring, water quality, ..) and agricultural applications (production forecast, Precision Farming, ..) use to high-resolution optical and microwave (SAR) sensors.