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Dr. Sophie Bachmair


Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin / Postdoc

Professur für Hydrologie
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Friedrichstraße 39
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 | Risk and vulnerability | Statistical analysis and data visualization |
Runoff generation processes


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
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



Course “Hydrohazards: risk assessment and management” (M.Sc. Hydrology)


Journal articles

Bachmair, S., Stahl, K., Collins, K., Hannaford, J., Acreman, M., Svoboda, M., Knutson, C., Smith, K., Wall, N., Fuchs, B., Crossman, N., Overton, I., 2016. Drought indicators revisited: the need for a wider consideration of environment and society. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water. doi:10.1002/wat2.1154
Bachmair, S., Svensson, C., Hannaford, J., Barker, L.J., Stahl, K., 2015. A quantitative analysis to objectively appraise drought indicators and model drought impacts. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss. 12, 9437–9488. doi:10.5194/hessd-12-9437-2015
Tijdeman, E., Bachmair, S., and Stahl, K., 2015. Controls on hydrologic drought duration in near-natural streamflow in Europe and the USA, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., 12, 12877–12910, doi:10.5194/hessd-12-12877-2015
Bachmair, S., Kohn, I., 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., Weiler, M., 2014. Interactions and connectivity between runoff generation processes of different spatial scales. Hydrol. Process. 28, 1916–1930. doi:10.1002/hyp.9705
Bachmair, S., Weiler, M., 2012. Hillslope characteristics as controls of subsurface flow variability. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 16, 3699–3715. doi:10.5194/hess-16-3699-2012
Bachmair, S., Weiler, M., Troch, P.A., 2012. Intercomparing hillslope hydrological dynamics: Spatio-temporal variability and vegetation cover effects. Water Resour. Res. 48. doi:10.1029/2011WR011196
Bachmair, S., Weiler, M., Nützmann, G., 2010. Benchmarking of Two Dual-Permeability Models under Different Land Use and Land Cover. Vadose Zo. J. doi:10.2136/vzj2009.0089
Bachmair, S., Weiler, M., Nützmann, G., 2009. Controls of land use and soil structure on water movement: Lessons for pollutant transfer through the unsaturated zone. J. Hydrol. 369, 241–252. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2009.02.031


Book chapters and project reports

Bachmair, S., Weiler, M., 2011. New dimensions of hillslope hydrology, in: Levia, D.F., Carlyle-Moses, D., Tanaka, T. (Eds.), Forest Hydrology and Biogeochemistry, Ecological Studies. Springer Netherlands, pp. 455–481. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-1363-5
Stahl, K., Stagge, J.H., Bachmair, S., Blauhut, V., Rego, F.C., De Stefano, L., Dias, S., Gudmundsson, L., Gunst, L., Kohn, I., Van Lanen, H.A.J. , Urquijo Reguera, J., Tallaksen, L.M., 2015: Recommendations for indicators for monitoring and early-warning considering different sensitivities: pan-European scale. DROUGHT-R&SPI Technical Report No. 28
Bachmair, S. and Weiler, M., 2013: Experimentelle Untersuchung von hanghydrologischen Dynamiken. Projektbericht. Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung, 57, H. 1.



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