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Dr. Dieter Rickenmann



Senior Scientist


Mountain Hydrology and Mass Movements

Torrents and Mass Movements


Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi LG E 07


Education / Degrees

Univ. Professor, Institute of Mountain Risk Engineering, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences BOKU, Vienna, Austria (2002-2009)

Dr. sc. techn., Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland (1991)

Diploma degree in Civil Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland (1984)

Research interests

Sediment transport in mountain streams

Sediment transport and erosion processes in steep streams (torrents). Modelling of sediment transfer and aggradation/degradation processes in torrents and mountain rivers. Morphology of mountain streams. Measuring techniques of bedload transport.

Hydraulics of mountain streams
Flow resistance in mountain streams and torrents.

Debris flows
Dynamics of flow behavior and deposition. Empirical approaches for hazard assessment.

Hazard assessment related to sediment transfer processes in mountain streams
Procedures for hazard assessment of sediment transporting flood events and debris flows. Sediment transfer processes during flood events in mountain catchments. Evaluation of protection measures against sediment disasters.