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Stephan Hilgert

Dr.-Ing. Geoökol. Stephan Hilgert

Research assistant
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Institute for Water and River Basin Management
Department of Aquatic Environmental Engineering
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Building 50.31
Gotthard-Franz-Str. 3
76131 Karlsruhe



Tutoring the German-Brazilian student exchange program UNIBral (DAAD)
Contact person for the Cooperation with the Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR) in Curitiba



riverbasin management, echosounding & bathymetry, sediment investigation, pore water, methane in aquatic systems, ecosystem-based, german-brasilian reservoir management group (Baden-Württemberg Stiftung)

Dissertation Topic: Analysis of Spatial and Temporal Heterogeneities of Methane Emissions of Reservoirs by Correlating Hydro-Acoustic with Sediment Parameters

Ongoing research projects:


Completed research projects


Postgraduate Programs:

  • Programa de Pós-Graduação em Engenharia de Recursos Hídricos e Ambiental (PPGERHA)

Review activities: 

  • Ecological Informatics 
  • Water science and technology
  • Science of the total Environment
  • Biogeoscience
  • Revista Brasileira de Recursos Hídricos

Scholarships and Awards

Sparkassenumweltpreis 2015
Stipendiat der Baden-Württemberg Stiftung (BWSplus)
Leonardo Stipendiat

Guest Professor

in Federal University von Parana, Curitiba (Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba)


Polli, B. A.; Julio, Hilgert, S.; Bleninger, T. (2017):
Three dimensional heat transport modeling in Vossoroca reservoir. EGU Assembly EGU Assembly 24.-28.04.2017, Vol. 19, EGU2017-17811, 2017, Vienna (oral Presentation)

Hilgert, S.; K. Sotiri; Fuchs, S. (2017):
Comparative analysis of hydroacoustic lakebed classification in three different Brazilian reservoirs. EGU Assembly 24.-28.04.2017, Vol. 19, EGU2017-17811, 2017, Vienna

Bernardo, J.; Mannich, M.; Hilgert, S.; Fernandes, C.; Bleninger, T. (2017):
A method for the assessment of long-term changes in carbon stock by construction of a hydropower reservoir. Online verfügbar unter: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13280-016-0874-6

Hilgert, S.; Wagner,A.; Kiemle, L.; Fuchs, S. (2016):
Investigation of echo sounding parameters for the characterisation of bottom sediments in a sub-tropical reservoir. Online verfügbar unter http://pagepressjournals.org/index.php/aiol/article/view/5623

Hilgert S.; Fuchs S. (2016):
Hydro-akustische Sedimentmächtigkeitsdetektion und Charakterisierung in einem Stausee, Korrespondenz Wasserwirtschaft, DOI: 10.3243/kwe2016.04.003

Acosta, P. E. A.; Kishi, R. T.; Fuchs, S.; Hilgert, S. (2016):
Estimation of phosphorus emissions in the upper Iguazu basin (Brazil) using GIS and the MoRE model; ISPRS (International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing), XXIII congress, Prague

Acosta, M. J. P.; Tiemy Kishi, R.; Fuchs, S.; Hilgert, S.; Bortolosa da Silva, T. I. (2015):
Turbidez como variavel substitutiva no monitoriamento de sólidos suspensos totais e fósforo total em ecossistemas aquáticos - Turbidity as a substitute for suspended solids and total phosphorous monitoring in aquatic ecosystems. XXI Simpósio Brasileiro de Recursos Hidricos, 22-27.11.2015, Brazilian Water Resources Association, Brasilia

Hilgert S.; Fuchs S. (2015):
Enhancing reservoir management with hydro-acoustic information. Conference Paper: 7th German-Brazilian Symposium for Sustainable Development, 2015, Heidelberg

Hilgert, S.; Wagner, A.; Fuchs, S. (2015):
Future changes in flash flood frequency and intensity of the Tha Di River (Thailand) based on rainfall-runoff modeling and advanced delta change scaling. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., 12, 7327-7352

Hilgert, S.; Fuchs, S. (2015):
Static and Dynamic Hydro-Acoustic Assessment of Sediment Magnitudes in a Brazilian Reservoir. Conference Paper: Rio Acoustics 2015, Rio de Janeiro.

Hilgert, S.; Gauger, F.; Hölzlwimmer, S.; Fuchs, S. (2014):
Development of a flexible dialysis pore water sampler placement system: Easy handling and related error sources. Journal of Limnology

Acosta, E. A.; Kishi, R. T.; Palma-Acosta, M. J.; Fuchs, S.; Hilgert, S. (2013):
Estimativa de Cargas de fósforo que atingem as águas superficiais pela erosáo na bacia do alto iguacu/PR" engl: Estimation of the phosphorous load which reach the superficial water bodies in the high Igaucu catchment in the State of Paraná (Brazil). XX Simpósio Brasileiro de Recursos Hidricos.

Hilgert S. (2012):
Echoprofiler for sediment analysis. Alumni-Expert-Seminar on "Environmental Issues of Renewable Energies: Hydropower and climate change". Associação dos Ex-Bolsistas da Alemanha PR-SC. Curitiba, 27.11.2012. 

Fuchs, S.; Hilgert, S.; Rogozina, T.; Wander, R.; Höllering, S.; Ihringer, J.; Scherer, U. (2011):
Stoffeinträge von Schwermetallen in Oberflächengewässer in Deutschland - Modeling of Regionalized Emissions (MoRE). Fachtag „Diffuse Stoffeinträge in Oberflächengewässer“. Umweltbundesamt Wien, 17.05.2011.

Fuchs, S.; Hilgert, S.; Rogozina T.; Wander, R.; Höllering, S.; Ihringer, J.; Scherer, U. (2011):
MoRE Results and Modifications. Karlsruher Flussgebietstage “Priority Pollutants in River Basins”. Karlsruhe, 26. und 27.05.2011.

Zapata, A.; Oller, I.; Rizzo, L.; Hilgert, S.; Maldonado, M.I.; Sánchez-Pérez, J.A.; Malato, M. (2010):
Evaluation of operating parameters involved in solar photo-Fenton treatment of wastewater: Interdependence of initial pollutant concentration, temperature and iron concentration Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Volume 97, Issues 1-2, 9 June 2010, Pages 292-298

Fuchs, S.; Hilgert, S. (2010):
Bestandsaufnahme und Identifikation der Potentiale zur Verbesserung der Quecksilberquellenidentifikation, Februar 2010, Umweltbundesamt und Institut für Wasser und Gewässerentwicklung, KIT

Supervised Study-/Bachelor-/Master-/Diploma theses

Lüthen-Broens, E. (2016):
Investigation of long-term phosphorous budget with a focus on seasonal patterns in the Schwarzenbach Reservoir catchment. Masterarbeit. Betreuer: Dr.-Ing. S. Hilgert & Dr.-Ing. S. Fuchs

Payan, A. (2016):
Literature study and evaluation of vulnerability models for reservoirs with a focus on Brazil. Masterarbeit. Betreuer: Dr.-Ing. S. Hilgert & Dr.-Ing. S. Fuchs

Sotiri, K. (2016):
Development of a multi-frequency echo-sounding method for sediment detection in Lake Passauna, Brazil. Masterarbeit. Betreuer: Dr.-Ing. S. Hilgert & Dr.-Ing. S. Fuchs

Zarebska, Z. (2016):
Small−scale sediment analysis in a Brazilian reservoir. Masterarbeit. Betreuer: Dr.-Ing. S. Hilgert & Dr.-Ing. S. Fuchs

Berg, T. (2016):
A multi method approach based on water and sediment samples and a sequential phosphorus fractionation technique applied on biofilm. Masterarbeit. Betreuer: Dr.-Ing. S. Hilgert & Dr.-Ing. S. Fuchs

Kraus, E. (2016):
Analyse des Phosphordepots und der Phosphorverfügbarkeit durch Sedimentansprache entlang des Kraichbachs. Masterarbeit. Betreuer: Dr.-Ing. S. Hilgert & Dr.-Ing. S. Fuchs

Bouton, N. (2016):
A hydrodynamic approach to sedimentation and resuspension patterns in a morphologically complex reservoir. Diplomarbeit. Betreuer: Dr.-Ing. Hilgert S. & Dr.-Ing. Fuchs S.

Formisano, F. (2015):
Investigation of a new AOP – Bacteria removal efficiency of the UV-PAA AOP compared UV-H2O2 process. Masterarbeit. Betreuer: Dr.-Ing. Hilgert S. & Dr.-Ing. Fuchs S.

Feidenheimer, N. (2015):
Effects of bamboo weirs and their location on water quality in the Tha Di river basin, southern Thailand. Masterarbeit. Betreuer: Prof. Lehman B. (Uni Darmstadt) & Dr.-Ing. Hilgert S. & Dr.-Ing. Fuchs S.

Pan, M. (2015):
Influence of hydrological structures on macro invertebrates in the Tha-Di Basin, Thailand. Masterarbeit. Betreuer: Dr. -Ing. Hilgert S.

Krieger, A. (2014):
Scenario-based Water Balance Assessment using the Water Evaluation and Planning Model (WEAP) in Huai Sai Bat Basin (Thailand).  Masterarbeit. Betreuer: Dipl.-Geoökol. Hilgert S., Kaiser M.

Dannecker, M. (2014):
Vergleichende Analyse von Lehrinhalten und Methoden im Hinblick auf die Bewertung ökostruktureller Maßnahmen in der Isan Region (Thailand). Masterarbeit. Betreuer: Kaiser, M.; Hilgert, S.

Wagner, A. (2014):
Comparative Approach to an adapted Water balance calculation based on existing data in the Ta Di Catchment, including various Scenarios. Masterarbeit. Betreuer: Kaiser, M.; Hilgert, S.

Gauger F. (2013):
Konstruktion und Test eines Dialysekeilplaziersystems. Diplomarbeit. Betreuer: Hilgert, S.

Hölzlwimmer, S. (2013):
Porenwasseruntersuchung von Sedimenten in Stauhaltungen in Brasilien. Bachelorarbeit. Betreuer: Hilgert, S.

Kraus, I. (2013):
Echolotkartierung eines Reservoirs und Blasendetektion. Bachelorarbeit. Betreuer: Hilgert, S.

Galley, M. (2013):
Sedimentanalyse in Brasilianischen Stauseen. Bachelorarbeit. Betreuer: Hilgert, S.

Krieger, A. (2013):
Sediment Methane emissions in highly regulated rivers: implications in River Basin Management. Studienarbeit. Betreuer: Hilgert, S.

Thomaz, V. (2013):
Sedimentvolumenberechnung mit Sonar 5 und ArcGI. Studienarbeit. Betreuer: Hilgert, S.

Shaker, F. (2013):
Comparison of Bsc. & Msc. Lecture contents in water and ecology context at the UFPR and KIT. Studienarbeit. Betreuer: Hilgert, S.

Noszcyk, T. (2013):
Sedimentpartikeluntersuchungen von Bohrkernen aus dem Reservoir Capivari. Studienarbeit. Betreuer: Hilgert, S.

Kiemle, L. (2012):
Acoustic classification of sediments in the Vossoroca Reservoir (Paraná, Brazil) with focus on the methane production potential. Diplomarbeit. Betreuer: Hilgert, S.

Wagner, A. (2012):
A sediment classification of Vossoroca Reservoir in southern Brazil. Bachelorarbeit. Betreuer: Hilgert, S.