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Dr. Jan Wienhöfer

Study Advisor "Water Science and Engineering"
Office Hours: Di/Tue, Mi/Wed, Do/Thu 13:00 - 14:00
Room: 420.3, Geb. 10.81
Phone: +49 721 608-41932
Jan WienhoeferEqw7∂kit edu

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

Institut für Wasser und Gewässerentwicklung

Bereich Hydrologie

Kaiserstraße 12

76131 Karlsruhe


Research Interests

  • Surface and subsurface hydrology
  • Hydrological processes and mass movements
  • Application of measurement techniques to identify structures and processes
  • Physically-based and data-driven modelling

Professional activities

 Reviewing articles for the journals:


Member of the European Geoscientific Union (EGU)

Member of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)

Member of the Association for Geoecology in Germany (VGöD)


Peer-reviewed papers (ISI)

  • Wienhöfer, J. & Zehe, E. (2014): Predicting Subsurface Stormflow Response of a Forested Hillslope – the Role of Connected Flow Paths. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18(1): 121-138. (link to pdf)
  • Wienhöfer, J., Lindenmaier, F. & Zehe E. (2011): Challenges in Understanding the Hydrologic Controls on the Mobility of Slow-Moving Landslides. Vadose Zone Journal, 10(2): 496-511.
  • Günther, A., Wienhöfer, J. & Konietzky, H. (2011): Automated mapping of rock slope geometry, kinematics and stability with RSS-GIS. Natural Hazards. doi: 10.1007/s11069-011-9771-2
  • Wienhöfer, J., Germer, K., Lindenmaier, F., Färber, A. & Zehe, E. (2009): Applied tracers for the observation of subsurface stormflow at the hillslope scale. Hydrology and Earth System Science 13(7): 1145-1161. (link to pdf)


  • Wienhöfer, J. (2014): On the role of structure-process interactions in controlling terrestrial systems : an example of hillslope hydrology and a slow-moving landslide. Dissertation, University of Potsdam, 135 pp.

Peer-reviewed papers (other)

  • Wienhöfer, J., Lindenmaier, F. & Zehe, E. (2009): Temporal variability of a slow-moving landslide: the Heumöser Hang case study in Vorarlberg, Austria. In: Malet, J.P., Remaître, A. & Bogaard, T.A. (eds.), Landslide Processes : From geomorphological mapping to dynamic modelling. CERG editions, Strasbourg, France. ISBN 2-9518317-1-4, pp. 221-225. (link to pdf)
  • Wienhöfer, J., Lindenmaier, F., Ihringer, J. & Zehe, E. (2009): Characterization of Soil Hydraulic Properties on a Creeping Alpine Slope. In: Marks, D. (ed.), Hydrology in Mountain Regions. IAHS Publication 326, ISBN 978-1-901502-89-3, pp. 3-10.


Conference presentations

  • Wienhöfer, J., Lindenmaier, F. & Zehe, E. (2011): Hydrology and slope mobility at the Heumöser landslide in the Austrian Alps (Vorarlberg). Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 13, EGU2011-9391-1.
  • Wienhöfer, J., F. Lindenmaier, and E. Zehe (2010), Hydrological controls on the mobility of a slow-moving landslide in the Austrian Alps: Pore-pressure, preferential flow and snow cover. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 12, EGU2010-4831.
  • Wienhöfer, J., Germer, K., Lindenmaier, F. & Zehe, E. (2009): Where to look, and for which process? Hydrological field investigations at a slow-moving Alpine hillslope. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 11, EGU2009-1032.
  • Wienhöfer, J., Germer, K., Färber, A. & Zehe, E. (2008): Subsurface flow observations at a steep forested hillslope using fiber-optic fluorometry. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 10, EGU2008-A-07855.
  • Wienhöfer, J., Lindenmaier, F., Ihringer, J. & Zehe, E. (2007): Understanding hydrological triggers of a large moving hillslope. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 9, EGU2007-A-07028.
  • Wienhöfer, J., Lindenmaier, F. & Zehe, E. (2007): Characterization of structures at an alpine slope for hydrological modeling on different scales. Oral presentation at VIIIth IAHS Scientific Assembly, 2.-13.07.2007, Perugia, Italy.
  • Günther, A., Konietzky, H. & Wienhöfer, J. (2006): Incorporating GIS and numerical simulations for rock slope stability modelling. Geophysical Research Abstracts, vol. 8, EGU06-A-01823
  • Günther, A., Konietzky, H. & Wienhöfer, J. (2005): Incorporating GIS and numerical simulations for rock slope stability modelling. Conference on mass movement hazard in various environments, 20./21.10.2005, Krakau, Poland.
  • Lindenmaier, F., Zehe, E., Wienhöfer, J. & Ihringer, J. (2008): Hydrological patterns and processes of a deep seated creeping slope at Ebnit, Vorarlberg. Conference Proceedings Interpraevent 26.-30.05.2008, editors: Mikos, M., Huebl, J., Koboltschnig, G., ISBN 978-3-901164-10-1, vol 2, pp. 183-194.
  • Molkenthin, F., Schankat, M., Wienhöfer, J. & Hinkelmann, R. (2008): Information Management of Multi-Scale Physical State Variables in an Interdisciplinary Research Unit, Full paper and oral presentation, 8th International Conference on Hydro-Science and Engineering (ICHE-2008), 8-12.09.2008, Nagoya, Japan.



  • Tutorial "Hydrology" (B.Sc. Geoecology, "Hydrosphere")
  • Data analysis and programming with R
  • Experimental hydrology and process monitoring in environmental systems
  • Water and solute dynamics in terrestrial environmental systems (assistance to Prof. Zehe)
  • Dynamics of water and mass transport in catchments (assistance to Prof. Zehe)


Finished projects:
  • DFG research unit 581 „Großhang“: Coupling of Flow and Deformation Processes for Modeling the Movement of Natural Slopes (www.grosshang.de); Sub-project 1a: Hydrological Modelling and Process Analysis