German Partners

TU Berlin, Chair for Hydrogeology

Prof. Dr. Irina Engelhardt: Project coordination and the hydrological modeling

Professor Engelhardt has worked for many years in the field of reactive transport and hydrogeological modelling at the watershed scale under variably saturated conditions. By means of laboratory tests and field studies, as well as large-scale and long term 3D simulations, she has analysed the influence of climate and global change on water resources in semi-arid regions, for example Saudi-Arabia.

University of Göttingen, Chair of Applied Geology

Prof. Dr. Martin Sauter: Characterization of aquifers and transferring of results

The working group has been engaged in study of the hydrogeology of the Lower Jordan Valley area for 20 years. The group is focussed on the investigation, characterization and modelling of karst aquifers, as well as quantification of recharge in semi-arid climates.

University of Bayreuth, Chair for Ecology and the Environmental Sciences

Prof. Dr. Thomas Koellner: Monitoring of the ecosystem capacity and virtuel water

The ‘ecosystem services’ working group at the University of Bayreuth has dealt for many years with virtual water treatment, land use and their effects on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Through regional and large-scale case studies they have analysed the impacts of land use change on ecosystem services and the trade-offs between them.

University of Würzburg, Department of Remote Sensing

Prof. Dr. Christopher Conrad (since 2019 at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg): Remote sensing, modeling of soil moist and land usage

The Department of Remote Sensing deals with the application of remote sensing parameters in terrestrial ecosystems for agricultural landscapes. For this purpose, optical sensors and SAR-remote sensing systems are used. Soil moisture information derived from SAR-Data enables the modelling of evapotranspiration.

VisDat GmbH

Dr. Micha Gebel: Decision support system, Water App, user instructions

VisDat realizes server as well as client side solutions around the topic of processing, analysis and visualization of geodata and the programming of GIS software components, and develops browser-based software for forecasting within the scope of implementing EU-WRRL. VisDat has developed a water resource management system for the region Miyun, China and South Africa.

BAH Berlin (Office for Applied Hydrogeology)

Dr. Ruben Müller: Optimizing of water-economical processes, user instructions

BAH provides services to different customers from the water industry and conducts research in the field of hydrology and software development. BAH is member of DWA and BWK, and has an extensive background in the field of engineering hydrology, water management and software development. It contributed to various FuE-Projects (such as RIMAX-Mulde, GLOWA-Elbe, BeWi-Havel). Recent publications account for the experience in multicritirial optimization in the field of hydrology and water management.

BGR (Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources)


The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources is the central geoscientific authority providing advice to the German Federal Government in all geo-relevant questions. It is subordinate to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). In the field of hydrology, BGR focusses on groundwater exploration, quantitative and qualitative assessment of groundwater resources and their use, groundwater protection and geothermal use of groundwater.

International Partners

Montpellier Méditerranée Metropole, France

Dr. Arnaud Vestier


The meropolitan region of Montpellier has 440.000 inhabitants an is located in the Herault department, which is part of the Bas-Languedoc region. Arnaud Vestier is the representative of Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole in MedWater. He works as a hydrologic engineer in the area of Montpellier for 25 years and has a degree in water technologies from the local university.

Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM), France

Dr. J.C. Maréchal

The Bureau de recherches géologiques et minières (BRGM) (literally: Geological and mining research bureau) is the French government geological survey which aim is the management of resources, and surface and sub-surface risks. Dr. J.C. Maréchal works as an hydrogeologist and is highly experienced in the field of carbonate aquifer modeling and characterisation. Since 1998, he headed several hydrologic projects in France, the french oversea regions, India and Cameroon. His research is based on integrated geological, geophysical, hydrodynamic and hydrogeochemical methods and modeling techniques and focuses mainly on the impact of climate change on groundwater. Furthermore, J.C.Maréchal has scientific expertise in the field of biogeochemical cycles in small drainage basins (critical zone project).

Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy 

Department of Earth, Environmental and Resources Science (DiSTAR), Prof. Dr. Pantaleone De Vita

The Department of Earth, Environmental and Resources Science (DiSTAR) at the University Napoli Federico II is one of the oldest Italian Institutes for Earth Sciences and focuses on the study of geological resources and natural hazards. Pantaleone De Vita is Professor of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology. He is in charge of the engineering geological and geotechnical laboratory and has already been involved in his PhD since 1991 with the Hydrogeology of the Alento catchment area.

Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, Italy

Dr. Edoardo Bucchignani

The Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici aims at furthering knowledge in the field of climate variability, its causes and impacts and their interactions with the global climate, through the development of high-resolution simulations of the atmosphere and ocean, surface and underground hydrology, environmental and socio-economic impact models.

MEKOROT Israel National Water Co Ltd., Israel

Dr. Yossi Guttman

The Mekorot Water Company Ltd. is the national water company of Israel and the country’s top agency for water management. Founded in 1937, it supplies Israel with 90% of its drinking water and operates a cross-country water supply network known as the National Water Carrier. Furthermore, the company is responsible for water quality, water treatment and infrastructure. Mekorot and its subsidiaries have partnered with numerous countries around the world in areas including desalination and water management.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Dr. Meidad Kissinger

Since 2015, Dr. Meidad Kissinger is heading the “Negev Centre for Sustainability” at his university, which focuses on applied research on the topic of sustainability, including social, cultural, economical and environment-related aspects over different spatial scales.

HSI Hydrological Service Israel, Israel

Dr. Yakov Livshitz

HSI is responsible for management, operation and development of the israeli water management.  In doing so, the authority accounts for preservation and rehabilitation of the natural springs, development of new wells and supervises all water consumers and producers.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Institute of Earth Sciences, Prof. Efrat Morin


The Hydrometeorology Lab of the Hebrew University, headed by Prof. Morin, focuses on precipitation analysis and forecast, hydrological processes and modeling and the impact of the progressing climate change on the environment and water balance.

Ariel University, Israel

Samaria & Jordan Rift R&D Center, Dr. Yaakov Anker

Dr. Anker is the head of the Samaria & Jordan Rift R&D Center’s Department of Environmental Research at Ariel University. The department’s objective is to conduct and promote studies that are required for the sustainable development of the region.

Palestinian Water Authority, Palestine

Dr. Subhi Saham


The water authority aims to achieve integrated and sustainable asset management of water resources, protection and preservation within organizational tools help them to gain access to a healthy environment by ensuring a balance between quantity and quality of water available and the needs of the Palestinian people to achieve sustainable development through water resources.