In recent times water‐related hazards have captured public attention and led to an increased interest in developing hydrologic forecasting systems. Forecasts of flood events with short lead times, of around 6‐72 hours in advance of a forecasted precipitation event, support emergency services provision and response, for example the temporary evacuation of people from hazard zones. Complementing a hydrologic forecasting system with the prediction of the hazard footprint as well as the direct consequences of a forecasted rainfall event is crucial to determine timely site‐specific flood losses and their effective propagation over large scale domains and thus improving responsiveness for multiple critical decision support needs. To our knowledge, a flood risk cascade from meteorological forecast to impacts at high resolution and across large domains within a systematic framework for the whole of Switzerland has not yet been realised and would provide considerable social and economic benefits.

Currently I am developing a national hydrological modelling framework for Switzerland that:

  • is transparent, exchangeable, and easily accessible through an open source modelling framework;
  • has an automated topological build for hundreds of gauges;
  • characterizes a wide range of hydrological behaviours making it applicable and transferable to multiple regions;
  • is computationally efficient for its use as an operational simulation tool for evaluating and improving the predictability of hydrological forecasts;
  • is comparable with existing and future studies and data – therefore reducing the risk of redundancy in the proposed forecasting system and ensuring future developments in other parts of the impact modelling chain are compatible.
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2016

Schneider, Flurina; Bonriposi, Mariano; Graefe, Olivier; Herweg, Karl Günter; Homewood, Christine; Huss, Matthias; Kauzlaric, Martina Catharina; Liniger, Hanspeter; Rey, Emmanuel; Reynard, Emmanuel; Rist, Stephan; Schädler, Bruno; Weingartner, Rolf (2016). MontanAqua: Tackling Water Stress in the Alps: Water Management Options in the Crans-Montana-Sierre Region (Valais). GAIA - ökologische Perspektiven für Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft / ecological perspectives for science and society, 25(3), pp. 191-193. Oekom Verlag 10.14512/gaia.25.3.11

2015

Schneider, Flurina; Bonriposi, Mariano; Graefe, Olivier; Herweg, Karl Günter; Homewood, Christine; Huss, Matthias; Kauzlaric, Martina Catharina; Liniger, Hanspeter; Rey, Emmanuel; Reynard, Emmanuel; Rist, Stephan; Schädler, Bruno; Weingartner, Rolf (2015). Assessing the sustainability of water governance systems: the sustainability wheel. Journal of environmental planning and management, 58(9), pp. 1577-1600. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/09640568.2014.938804

Weingartner, Rolf; Kauzlaric, Martina (eds.) (2015). Die Region Valle Maggia ̶ Locarno aus hydrographischer Perspektive. Bericht zur Fachexkursion des Geographischen Instituts der Universität Bern, 9.–12. Juni 2015. Publikation Gewässerkunde: Vol. 649. Bern: Geographisches Institut, Universität Bern

2014

Reynard, Emmanuel; Bonriposi, Mariano; Graefe, Olivier; Homewood, Christine; Huss, Matthias; Kauzlaric, Martina Catharina; Liniger, Hanspeter; Rey, Emmanuel; Rist, Stephan; Schädler, Bruno; Schneider, Flurina; Weingartner, Rolf (2014). Interdisciplinary assessment of complex regional water systems and their future evolution: how socioeconomic drivers can matter more than climate. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, 1(4), pp. 413-426. Wiley 10.1002/wat2.1032

Weingartner, Rolf; Schädler, Bruno; Reynard, Emmanuel; Bonriposi, Mariano; Graefe, Olivier; Herweg, Karl Günter; Homewood, Christine; Huss, Matthias; Kauzlaric, Martina Catharina; Liniger, Hanspeter; Rey, Emmanuel; Rist, Stephan; Schneider, Flurina (2014). MontanAqua: Wasserbewirtschaftung in Zeiten von Knappheit und globalem Wandel Wasserbewirtschaftungsoptionen für die Region Crans-Montana-Sierre im Wallis (NFP 61). Schweizerischer Nationalfonds

Weingartner, Rolf; Kauzlaric, Martina Catharina (2014). Impacts of Global Warming on Mountain Runoff: Key Messages From the IPCC Report. In: Kohler, Thomas; Wehrli, André; Jurek, Matthias (eds.) Mountains and Climate Change. A Global Concern (pp. 38-39). Bern: Geographica Bernensia

2013

Finger, David Christian; Hugentobler, Andreas; Huss, M.; Voinesco, A.; Wernli, Hans Rudolf; Fischer, Daniela; Weber, E.; Jeannin, P.-Y.; Kauzlaric, Martina Catharina; Wirz, Andrea Corinne; Vennemann, T.; Hüsler, Fabia; Schädler, Bruno; Weingartner, Rolf (2013). Identification of glacial meltwater runoff in a karstic environment and its implication for present and future water availability. Hydrology and earth system sciences, 17(8), pp. 3261-3277. European Geosciences Union EGU 10.5194/hess-17-3261-2013

Reynard, Emmanuel; Bonriposi, Mariano; Graefe, Olivier; Herweg, Karl Günter; Homewood, Christine; Huss, Matthias; Kauzlaric, Martina Catharina; Liniger, Hanspeter; Rey, Emmanuel; Rist, Stephan; Schädler, Bruno; Schneider, Flurina; Weingartner, Rolf (2013). MontanAqua: anticiper le stress hydrique dans les Alpes – Scénarios de gestion de l’eau dans la région de Crans-Montana-Sierre (Valais): résultats finaux et recommandations Universités de Berne, Lausanne et Fribourg

Finger, David Christian; Hugentobler, Andreas; Huss, Matthias; Voinesco, Alice; Wernli, Hans; Fischer, Daniela; Weber, Eric; Jeannin, Pierre-Yves; Kauzlaric, Martina; Wirz, Andrea; Vennemann, T.; Hüsler, Fabia; Schädler, Bruno; Weingartner, Rolf (2013). Identification of glacial melt water runoff in a karstic environment and its implication for present and future water availability. Hydrology and earth system sciences discussions, 10(3), pp. 2743-2788. European Geosciences Union 10.5194/hessd-10-2743-2013