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Dr. Manuela Brunner



Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi LG D 02.1



  • 02/2015 – 02/2018 PhD in Geography in a “co-tutelle”, University of Zurich, Department of Geography, Hydrology and Climate Group and Université Grenoble-Alpes, Institut des Géosciences de l’Environnement (IGE) PhD Thesis: Catchment- and event-type specific synthetic design hydrographs for Swiss catchments
  • 09/2012 – 10/2014 Master of Science in Climate Sciences, University of Bern. Master’s Thesis: Modelling the influence of the spatial and temporal precipitation distribution on the peak discharge of the Simme basin in the Berner Oberland
  • 09/2009 – 09/2012 Bachelor of Science in Geography, University of Bern. Bachelor’s Thesis: Spectrocolorimetric analysis of lake sediments. Application on a core from Laguna Chica de Icalma (Chile). Major: Geography 120 ECTS-Credits, Minors: Geosciences and Economics


•    Brunner, M. I., J. Seibert, and A.-C. Favre (2016), Bivariate return periods and their importance for flood peak and volume estimation, Wire's Water, 3, 819-833, doi:10.1002/wat2.1173.
•    Brunner, M. I., D. Viviroli, A. E. Sikorska, O. Vannier, A.-C. Favre, and J. Seibert (2017), Flood type specific construction of synthetic design hydrographs, Water Resources Research, 53, doi:10.1002/2016WR019535.
•    Brunner, M. I., A. E. Sikorska, and J. Seibert (2017). Bivariate analysis of floods in climate impact assessments, STOTEN, 616-617, 1392-1403, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.10.176.
•    Brunner, M. I., R. Furrer, A. E. Sikorska, D. Viviroli, J. Seibert, and A.-C. Favre (2018), Synthetic design hydrographs for ungauged catchments: A comparison of regionalization methods, Stochastic environmental research and risk assessment, doi:10.1007/s00477-018-1523-3
•    Brunner, M. I., A. E. Sikorska, R. Furrer, and A.-C. Favre. Uncertainty assessment of synthetic design hydrographs for gauged and ungauged catchments (2018), Water Resources Research, 54, doi:10.1002/2017WR021129.
Brunner, M. I., D. Viviroli, R. Furrer, J. Seibert, and A.-C. Favre (2018).
•    Identification of flood reactivity regions via the functional clustering of hydrographs, Water Resources Research, 54, doi: 10.1002/2017WR021650.
•    Brunner, M. I., J. Seibert, A.-C. Favre (2018). Representative sets of design hydrographs for ungauged catchmens: A regional approach using probabilistic region memberships, Advances in Water Resources, 112, 235-244, doi:  10.1016/j.advwatres.2017.12.018.
•   Brunner, M.I., S. Pool, L. Kiewiet, E. Acheson (2018). The other’s perception of a streamflow sample: from a bottle of water to a data point. Hydrological Processes Today, 32, 2922-2927, doi: 10.1002/hyp.13227.
•   Brunner, M. I., R. Furrer, A.-C. Favre (2019). Modeling the spatial dependence of floods using the Fisher copula, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 23, 107-124, doi: 10.5194/hess-23-107-2019.
•   Brunner, M.I., M. Zappa, M. Stähli (2019). Scale matters: Effects of temporal and spatial data resolution on water scarcity assessments. Advances in Water Resources, 123, 134-144,doi: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2018.11.013
•   Brunner, M.I.,  A. Björnsen Gurung, M. Zappa, H. Zekollari, D. Farinotti, and M. Stähli (2019). Present and future water scarcity in Switzerland: Potential for alleviation through reservoirs and lakes. Science of the Total Environment, 1033-1047, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.02.169
•   Brunner, M.I., A. Sikorska-Senoner (2019). Dependence of flood peaks and volumes in modeled discharge time series: Effect of different uncertainty sources. Journal of Hydrology, 620-629. doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.03.024
•   Brunner, M.I., B. Hingray, M. Zappa, and A.-C. Favre (2019). Future trends in the interdependence between flood peaks and volumes: hydro-climatological drivers and uncertainty. Water Resources Research, in press. doi:10.1029/2019WR024701 




Conference contributions

•    International conference on integrated water resources management 2016. 18.-20. May 2016, Bochum, Germany. (Poster presentation: Flood volume estimation in Switzerland using synthetic design hydrographs)
•    13th Congress INTERPRAEVENT 2016. 30 May - 2 June 2016, Lucerne, Switzerland. (Conference paper and oral presentation: Flood volume estimation in Switzerland using synthetic design hydrographs - a multivariate statistical approach)
•    Symposium on the effects of global change on floods, fluvial geomorphology and related hazards in mountainous rivers. 6.-8. March 2017, Potsdam, Germany. (Poster presentation: Construction and uncertainty of synthetic design hydrographs for mountainous catchments)
•    EGU. 24.-28. April 2017, Vienna, Austria. (Oral presentation: Uncertainty assessment of synthetic design hydrographs)
•    STAHY. 21.-22. September 2017, Warsaw, Poland. (Oral presentation:  Flood response regionalization based on functional clustering of hydrographs)
•    Swiss Geosciences meeting. 17.-18. November 2017, Davos, Switzerland. (Oral presentation: Synthetic design hydrographs for gauged and ungauged catchments in Switzerland)
•    EGU. 9.-13. April 2018, Vienna, Austria. (Oral presentation: Modeling the spatial dependence of floods in a medium-size catchment in Switzerland; Poster presentation: Potential of multi-purpose reservoirs for the reduction of water scarcity: A multi-modular assessment framework)
•  Nordic Water. 13.-14. August 2018, Bergen, Norway (Oral presentation via Skype: Multiple-purpose use of hydropower dams in high alpine areas)
•  Swiss Geosciences meeting. 1.12. December 2018, Bern, Switzerland (Oral presentation: Water shortages under current and future extreme streamflow conditions in Switzerland.)
•  Riederalp workshop on climate extremes. 19.-23. March 2019, Riederalp, Switzerland. (Oral presentation: Investigating the possibility of future, alpine multi-year droughts using a stochastic runoff generator.)