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Benjamin Fersch

Dr. Benjamin Fersch

group: Regional Climate and Hydrology
room: 043
phone: +49 8821 183 267
fax: +49 8821 183 243
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Dr. Benjamin Fersch

Research fields:

  • Coupled dynamic hydrometeorological modeling
  • Model development - combined atmospheric and hydrological models for water budget analysis
  • Regional atmospheric modeling
  • Impact studies of groundwater dynamics on land-atmosphere water and energy exchange
  • Hydrological modeling
  • Process studies of two-way coupled feedback of water and energy exchange between land and atmosphere
  • Land-Surface-Models (Noah LSM, Noah MP)
  • Atmospheric moisture mapping by combining regional atmospheric modeling and remote sensing products
  • TERENO (http://www.tereno.net)
  • ACROSS (http://across-project.de)


  • Weather Research and Forecast Model – WRF
  • WRF-Hydro (Hydrologically enhanced WRF)
  • Hydrological Modeling System – HMS
  • Noah-LSM, NOAH-MP

Recent projects:

  • ACROSS - soil moisture ground truthing using cosmic ray probes and a wireless soil moisture network (http://across-project.de)
  • Feedback mechanisms between terrestrial hydrology and atmospheric water and energy exchange (http://www.reklim.de)
  • Implementation of a 2-d distributed groundwater model in WRF-Hydro


  • 2012 Advancement award by Friends of VFF-IFU e.V. for the publication: Fersch, B., Kunstmann, H., et al. (2012): "Continental Scale Basin Water Storage Variation from Global and Dynamically Downscaled Atmospheric Water Budgets in Comparison with GRACE Derived Observations.", J. Hydromet. DOI 10.1175/JHM-D-11-0143.1

Completed projects:

  • 2011-2013 Precipitation Feedback Study for the Poyang Lake and Hai River regions of China (PREFEED)
  • 2007-2011 Assessment of continental-scale water balances from atmospheric moisture fluxes and the Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment (GRACE)

 List of Publications