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Dr. Sophie Bachmair


Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin / Postdoc

Professur für Hydrologie
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
79098 Freiburg

Tel: 203-3510
Fax: 203-3594
Außenstelle "Blauer Container", Stefan-Meier-Straße 31a

Sophie Bachmair 


Research interests

Natural hazards
Drought monitoring and early warning | Linking drought indicators with impacts | Drought risk and vulnerability assessment
Runoff generation processes
Hillslope hydrological dynamics | Shallow subsurface stormflow | Preferential flow | Effects of land use and land cover


Professional experience

11/2013 – today Postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Hydrology, University of Freiburg
Project DrIVER: Drought impacts: Vulnerability thresholds in monitoring and early-warning research
01/2013 – 10/2013 Catastrophe Risk Analyst at Towers Watson
01/2009 – 11/2012 Research Assistant at the Chair of Hydrology, University of Freiburg



2009 – 2012 PhD in Hydrology (Dr. rer. nat.), Chair of Hydrology, University of Freiburg
01 – 04/2011 Visiting scientist at the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
2003 – 2008 Diploma in Geography (~MSc), Humboldt-University of Berlin
Minor subjects: Soil science and Environmental Management
2006/2007 Year abroad at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada



Three-year PhD scholarship by the German National Academic Foundation
DAAD scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service) for studies abroad


Journals (peer reviewed)

Bachmair, S., Kohn, I., and Stahl, K. (2015): Exploring the link between drought indicators and impacts, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 1381-1397, doi:10.5194/nhess-15-1381-2015.
Bachmair, S. and Weiler, M. (2013): Interactions and connectivity between runoff generation processes of different spatial scales, Hydrological Processes, 10.1002/hyp.9705.
Bachmair, S. and Weiler, M. (2012): Hillslope characteristics as controls of subsurface flow variability. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 3699-3715.
Bachmair, S., Weiler, M. and Troch, P.A. (2012): Intercomparing hillslope hydrological dynamics: spatio-temporal variability and vegetation cover effects, Water Resources Research, 10.1029/2011WR011196. Eos research spotlight
Bachmair, S., Weiler, M. and Nützmann, G. (2010): Benchmarking of two dual-permeability models under different land use and land cover. 10.2136/vzj2009.0089, Vadose Zone Journal, 9: 226-237.
Bachmair, S., Weiler, M. and Nützmann, G. (2009). Controls of land use and soil structure on water movement: Lessons for pollutant transfer through the unsaturated zone. Journal of Hydrology, 369(3-4): 241-252.


Book chapters and project reports

Bachmair, S. and Weiler, M. (2011): New dimensions of hillslope hydrology, in: Forest Hydrology and Biogeochemistry: Synthesis of Past Research and Future Directions, edited by: Levia, D., Carlyle-Moses, D., and Tanaka, T., Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Bachmair, S. and Weiler, M. (2013): Experimentelle Untersuchung von hanghydrologischen Dynamiken. Projektbericht. Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung, 57, H. 1.



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