Forschungszentrum Jülich pursues cutting-edge interdisciplinary research with a focus on information technology, energy, and the environment and brain research.

Within WATERAGRI, Forschungszentrum Jülich will set-up integrated terrestrial system models for different field sites. It will be responsible for the data assimilation activities in the project, which means the optimal merging of in situ and remotely sensed measurement data and terrestrial system models. The obtained information will be used for short- and medium-scale predictions for small agricultural catchments and for linking these characterizations and predictions to water retention and water resources management measures in a cloud environment.

Forschungszentrum Jülich – Consortium partner

Key persons

Prof. Dr. Harrie-Jan Hendricks-Franssen (male) is a group leader for “Stochastic Analysis of Terrestrial Systems” at the Agrosphere Institute of the Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH and full professor at the RWTH Aachen. He holds MSc degrees in soil science (Wageningen Agricultural University) and atmospheric and climate sciences (ETH Zurich). He obtained his Ph.D. in hydrogeology at the Technical University of Valencia, Spain. His research interests include modeling of the water, energy, and carbon cycles at the land surface and subsurface, model-data fusion methods like inverse modeling and data assimilation, and statistical analysis of environmental measurement data. He is also director of the competence centre “High Performance Scientific Computing in Terrestrial Systems” and editor for several journals in the area of water resources. He is (co-)author of 97 ISI-listed publications and has an H-index equal of 34 (ISI).

Dr. Heye Bogena (male) is a senior scientist at the Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH and lecturer at the faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Bonn, Germany. He holds an MSc degree in Physical Geography from the Universities of Münster and Bonn in Germany and a Ph.D. degree in Physical Geography from the University of Bonn. His research interests include catchment hydrology, integrated environmental monitoring platforms, innovative sensing methods, and hydrological modeling. He is the coordinator of the TERENO-project and Member of the Scientific Steering Committee HGF-MOSES (Modular Observation Solutions for Earth Systems), Module Heat Waves. He is (co-)author of 89 ISI-listed publications and has an H-index equal of 30 (ISI).