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Department of Geography Hydrology and Climate

Possible MSc Topics

Please be aware that the topics listed here are current ideas/suggestions and are often related to ongoing research projects in our group. Therefore, possible topics might be adapted to changed opportunities in these larger projects and to your specific interests. Please contact us for more information. Usually it useful to meet early with the potential supervisor(s) to discuss the scope of the project.

Topic Contact/Supervision

Forest response to drought following a long-term soil moisture manipulation experiment - Fieldwork in Pfynwald, Switzerland (2 Master projects)

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Elham Freund

Simulation of intermittent stream dynamics with a fully distributed model

Jan Seibert
Ilja van Meerveld 
Mirjam Scheller

What is the spatial variation in soil depth and bedrock topography in the Studibach catchment? Ilja van Meerveld
Relation between soil wetness conditions and transpiration rates across a pre-Alpine catchment Ilja van Meerveld
Maria Staudinger
Value of different types of hydrological data (snow, groundwater, soil moisture) in hydrological modelling Jan Seibert
Topographic wetness indices to describe spatial variations of soil moisture Jan Seibert
Crowd-based observation approaches in hydrology Jan Seibert
Stream network dynamics – where do the streams begin? Jan Seibert
Ilja van Meerveld
Landscape analysis of variation in stream discharge for a boreal region in Northern Sweden Jan Seibert
Lernen durch Beteiligung – Kommunikation zwischen Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft am Beispiel des Projektes CrowdWater Jan Seibert
Precipitation gradients in Switzerland Maria Staudinger
Daniel Viviroli
Appropriate time resolution of precipitation data for flood estimation in small catchments Maria Staudinger
Daniel Viviroli
Emme flood in summer 2022 – feasibility study integrating radar precipitation data for event simulation  Maria Staudinger
Daniel Viviroli
How does information content change from a data source to the input data of a model? Information theory approach Maria Staudinger

What is the optimal number of donor catchments for parameter regionalization in hydrology?

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Franziska Clerc
Ilja van Meerveld
Jan Seibert

Spatial variation in the root water uptake depth across Europe based on soil and xylem isotope data Ilja van Meerveld

Think multidimensionally: How well do we sample the parameter space when searching for optimal parameter sets in hydrological modelling?

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Jan Seibert
Marc Vis
Franziska Clerc

Weiterführende Informationen

Interdisciplinary Master's thesis topics

Interested in doing an interdisciplinary Master's thesis at the Department of Geography? Have a look at the list of currently available topics involving two or more research divisions of the Department of Geography. 

Please note

The MSc thesis can be written either in English or in German, depending on the agreement with the supervisor(s).

Master's Thesis and Exam