The Institute for Modelling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems (IWS) deals with water in its full spectrum: precipitation, in rivers, lakes, soil, and the deep underground. We study water-quantity (floods, droughts) and water-quality (nutrients, contaminants). Quantity and quality are closely linked with competing water uses, ranging from agriculture and power generation, to industrial and recreational activities, energy storage and geological storage (e.g. deposits of hazardous waste).
The IWS is organized into five departments (LWW, LH2, LHG, VEGAS, and LS3) with about 90 employees dedicated to a broad spectrum of fundamental and applied research. Our approaches are based on models, field campaigns, and data and system analysis, including the development of new methods in high-performance computing environments.
In this way, we contribute to a sustainable, future-proof, and secure use of our environment and water resources. We also apply our methods to other areas, for example, energy storage systems or biological tissues, given their similarities to environmental systems.
For our basic research, we are strongly supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and other funding bodies (BMBF, EU, State of Baden-Württemberg). In applied projects, we work together with public institutions, organizations, and engineering consultants, to answer concrete scientific questions.