Prof. Dr. Lucas Menzel
Lucas Menzel holds a full professorship (W3) in Hydrology and Climatology at Heidelberg University since 2009. He received his PhD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich with a thesis about the simulation of evapotranspiration in the soil-vegetation-atmosphere interface. After he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at ETH he joined the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in 1998. Between 2004 and 2009 he was assistant professor (C2) at the Center for Environmental Systems Research (CESR) at University of Kassel.
Lucas Menzel has strong expertise in the coupling of basic research in physical geography, climatology and hydrology with interdisciplinary and application-oriented research questions. His special emphasis is on the water and energy fluxes at the soil-vegetation-atmosphere interface, with special regard to evapotranspiration and vegetation dynamics. He has broad experiences in the development and the application of simulation tools, such as the hydrological model TRAIN. The further refinement and calibration of the model is based on improved process understanding and new data obtained during extensive field experiments. The projects in which Lucas Menzel is involved encompass a wide field of research questions, such as the assessment of the water availability in semi-arid and arid as well as cold regions on Earth, the evaluation of the effects of climate and land use change on the elements of the water cycle of different landscapes, as well as the investigation of the processes during the development of hydrological extremes, with special focus on low flows and droughts.
Selection of recent publications
- Dong, C. & Menzel, L. (2016): Producing cloud-free MODIS snow cover products with conditional probability interpolation and meteorological data. Remote Sensing of Environment, 186, 439–451, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2016.09.019
- Liu, Z., Törnros, T. & Menzel, L. (2016): A probabilistic prediction network for hydrological drought identification and environmental flow assessment. Water Resources Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2016WR019106
- Stork, M. & Menzel, L. (2016): Analysis and simulation of the water and energy balance of intense agriculture in the Upper Rhine valley, southwest Germany. Environ Earth Sci, 75: 1166, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12665-016-5980-z
- Kopp, B., Lange, J. & Menzel, L. (2016): Effects of wildfire on runoff generating processes in northern Mongolia. Reg Environ Change, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10113-016-0962-y
- Törnros, T. & Menzel, L. (2014): Leaf Area Index as a function of precipitation within a hydrological model. Hydrology Research, 45(4-5), 660-672, http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/nh.2013.143
- Törnros, T. & L. Menzel (2014): Addressing drought conditions under current and future climates in the Jordan River region. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 305-318, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/hess-18-305-2014