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Dr. Sophie Bachmair


Scientific employee / Postdoc

Chair of Hydrology
Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg
D-79098 Freiburg

Phone: +49 (0)761 - 203-3510
Fax: +49 (0)761 - 203-3594
Branch office "Blue 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)



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
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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