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Cornelia Hesse

     Geo-ecologist (Dipl.)
     PhD student
     Research Domain II - Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities

     Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research e.V.
     P.O. box 60 12 03
     14412 Potsdam, Germany

     Tel.: ++49 (0)331 288 2416
     Fax: ++49 (0)331 288 2642

     Email: cohesse<at>

     Pappelallee 20, room 411
     14469 Potsdam, Germany


Research fields

  • current:
    • Water quality modelling using the eco-hydrological model SWIM (Soil and Water Integrated Model) in the Elbe catchment and several Elbe sub-catchments
    • contribution to the Workpackage 5 (Quantitative drainage basin scenario modelling in the context of climate and land use change) of the European project LAGOONS (Integrated water resources and coastal zone management in European lagoons in the context of climate change) (


    •   completed:
      • contribution to the Workpackage 3.3 (Elbe case study) of the European project NeWater (New Approaches to Adaptive Water Management under Uncertainty) (
      • pilot study "Modelling of impacts and possible measures in the Rhin catchment" in collaboration with the State Environmental Office of the Federal State of Brandenburg



    Lindenschmidt, K.-E.; Schlehf, D.; Hesse, C.; Baborowski, M.; Guhr, H. (2003): Gewässergütemodellierung der Saale. in: R. Hohmann (ed.): Simulationstechnik - ASIM 2003, SCS-European Publishing House, pp. 297-302.

    Hesse, C. (2004): Anorganische Schadstoffmodellierung der Unteren Saale. Diplomarbeit im Fach Geoökologie, Universität Potsdam, 133 pp. (unpublished Diploma thesis).

    Lindenschmidt, K.-E.; Hesse, C.; Guhr, H.; Baborowski, M. (2005): Modellierung anorganischer Schadstoffe in der Unteren Saale. Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung, 49/H. 3, pp. 118-132.

    Lindenschmidt, K.-E.; Wodrich, R.; Hesse, C. (2006): The Effects of Scaling and Model Complexity in Simulating the Transport of Inorganic Micropollutants in a Lowland River Reach. Water Quality Research Journal of Canada, Vol. 41 (1), pp. 24-36.

    Martinkova, M.; Blazkova, S.; Hesse, C.; Krysanova, V.; Koskova, R. (2006): Jaky vyzkum je potreba v povodi Labe?, Vodohospodarske technicko-ekonomicke informace, Vol. 48 (2), pp. 7-10 (in Czech).

    Hesse, C.; Krysanova, V.; Blazkova, S.; Martinkova, M.; Koskova, R.; Möllenkamp, S.; Gräfe, P.; Wechsung, F. (2007): Probleme und Forschungsbedarf im Elbegebiet: Ergebnisse einer Stakeholder-Befragung. Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung, 51/H. 2, pp. 82-88.

    Martinkova, M.; Blazkova, S.; Hesse, C.; Krysanova V.; Koskova, R. (2007): Jaky strategicky vyzkum je podle odborniku zapotrebi na ceskem a nemeckem uzemi povodi Labe?, Vodohospodarske technicko-ekonomicke informace, Vol. 49 (2), pp. 11-13 (in Czech, english abstract).

    Hattermann, F.F.; Krysanova, V.; Hesse, C. (2008): Modelling wetland processes in regional applications. Hydrological Sciences Journal 53(5), pp. 1001-1012.

    Hesse, C.; Krysanova, V.; Päzolt, J.; Hattermann, F.F. (2008): Eco-hydrological modelling in a highly regulated lowland catchment to find measures for improving water quality. Ecological Modelling 218, pp. 135-148.

    Huang, S.; Hesse, C.; Krysanova, V.; Hattermann, F.F. (2009): From meso- to macro-scale dynamic water quality modelling for the assessment of land use change scenarios. Ecological Modelling 220, pp. 2543-2558.

    Krysanova, V.; Hattermann, F.F.; Huang, S.; Hesse, C.; Voß, A. (2009): Water Quality Modelling In Mesoscale And Large River Basins. Chapter in: Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, Hydrological Systems Modeling, Vol. 2, pp. 11-48. (ISBN: 978-1-84826-187-7 (eBook), 978-1-84826-637-7 (print volume)

    Krysanova, V.; Hesse, C.; Martínková, M.; Košková R.; Blažková, Š. (2010): Case Study: Elbe. Chapter in: Mysiak, J.; Henrikson, H.J.; Sullivan, C.; Bromley, J.; Pahl-Wostl, C. (Hrsg.): The Adaptive Water Resource Management Handbook. earthscan, London, Sterling, VA, pp. 89-101

    Martínková, M.; Krysanova V.; Hesse, C.; Hanel, M.; Blažková, Š. (2011): Modelling of the climate change effects on nitrogen loads in the Jizera catchment, Czech Republic. Water Quality: Current Trends and Expected Climate Change Impacts (Proceedings of symposium H04 held during IUGG2011 in Melbourne, Australia, July 2011) (IAHS Publ. 348), pp. 159-164.

    Martínková M.; Hesse, C.; Krysanova V.;  Vetter, T.; Hanel, M. (2011): Potential impact of climate change on nitrate load from the Jizera catchment (Czech Republic). Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 36, pp. 673-683.

    Hesse, C.; Krysanova, V.; Voß, A. (2012): Implementing In-Stream Nutrient Processes in Large-Scale Landscape Modeling for the Impact Assessment on Water Quality. Environmental Modeling & Assessment 17(6), pp. 589-611, DOI: 10.1007/s10666-012-9320-8.

    Hesse, C.; Krysanova, V.; Vetter, T.; Reinhardt, J. (2013): Comparison of several approaches representing terrestrial and in-stream nutrient retention and decomposition in watershed modelling. Ecological Modelling 269, pp. 70-85, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2013.08.017.

    Hesse, C.; Stefanova, A.; Krysanova, V.; Bielecka, M.; Domnin, D.A.; Lloret, J.; Loboda, N.; Sousa, L. (2013): Results of climate impact assessment - Application for four lagoon catchments. LAGOONS Report D5.1, 107 pp.

    Krysanova, V.; Hattermann, F.F.; Huang, S.; Hesse, C.; Vetter, T.; Liersch, S.; Koch, H.; Kundzewicz, Z. (2014): Modelling climate and land-use change impacts with SWIM: lessons learnt from multiple applications. accepted by Hydrological Sciences Journal.

    Müller, E.N.; van Schaik, L.; Blume, T.; Bronstert, A.; Carus, J.; Fleckenstein, J.H.; Fohrer, N.; Geißler, K.; Gerke, H.H.; Gräff, T.; Hesse, C.; Hildebrandt, A.; Hölker, F.; Hunke, P.; Körner, K.; Lewandowski, J.; Lohmann, D.; Meinikmann, K.; Schibalski, A.; Schmalz, B.; Schröder, B.; Tietjen, B. (2014): Skalen, Schwerpunkte, Rückkopplungen und Herausforderungen der ökohydrologischen Forschung in Deutschland. Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung, 58/H.4, pp. 221-240.

    Hesse, C.; Krysanova, V.; Stefanova, A.; Bielecka, M.; Domnin, D. (2014): Assessment of climate change impacts on water quantity and quality of the multi-river Vistula Lagoon catchment. accepted by Hydrological Sciences Journal.

    Stefanova, A.; Krysanova, V.; Hesse, C.; Lillebo, A. (2014): Climate change impact assessment on water inflow to a coastal lagoon - Ria de Aveiro watershed, Portugal. accepted by Hydrological Sciences Journal.


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