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Dr. Käthi Liechti



collaboratrice scientifique


Hydrologie de montagne et mouvements de masse

Prévisions hydrologiques


Institut fédéral de recherches sur la forêt, la neige et le paysage WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi LG D 03


Research Interests

  • Flash-flood and flood early warning systems
  • Operational forecasting systems
  • Forecast communication
  • Weather radar and hydrology
  • Hydrological extreme events
  • Probabilistic forecast analysis


Liechti, K., Panziera, L., Germann, U., and Zappa, M.: Flash-flood early warning using weather radar data: from nowcasting to forecasting, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., 10, 1289-1331, 10.5194/hessd-10-1289-2013, 2013.

Liechti, K., Zappa, M., Fundel, F., and Germann, U.: Probabilistic evaluation of ensemble discharge nowcasts in two nested Alpine basins prone to flash floods, Hydrological Processes, 27, 5-17, 10.1002/hyp.9458, 2013.

Liechti, K., Fundel, F., Germann, U., and Zappa, M.: Flood nowcasting in the Southern Swiss Alps using radar ensemble; In Weather Radar and Hydrology, Moore RJ, Cole SJ, Illingworth AJ eds). Red Book: Exeter, UK, 351, 2012.

Rossa, A., Liechti, K., Zappa, M., Bruen, M., Germann, U., Haase, G., Keil, C., and Krahe, P.: The COST 731 Action: A review on uncertainty propagation in advanced hydro-meteorological forecast systems, Atmospheric Research, 100, 150-167, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2010.11.016, 2011.

Salvetti, A., Zappa, M., Liechti, K.: Previsione delle piene improvvise nei piccoli bacini. In: Barbero S. (Ed.). La difesa dalle alluvioni nel territorio alpino (Report conclusivo del progetto FLORA). ISBN 978-88-7479-110-1. pp 63-87, 2012.

Zappa, M., Jaun, S., Badoux, A., Schwanbeck, J., Addor, N., Liechti, K., Roeser, I., Walser, A., Viviroli, D., Vogt, S., Gerber, M., Trösch, J., Weingartner, R., Oplatka, M., Bezzola, G.R., Rhyner, J.: IFKIS-Hydro Sihl: Ein operationelles Hochwasser­vorhersage­system für die Stadt Zürich und das Sihltal. Wasser, Energie, Luft, Heft 3/2010: S. 238-248, 2010.


04/2009 – 12/2012 Ph.D. at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) and the Department of Geography of the University of Zurich (Switzerland).
Title: Uncertainty Propagation in Operational Flash Flood Forecasting Systems.
10/2003 – 11/2008 Master studies in Geography at the University of Zurich. Specialisation: Physical Geography, Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Sciences.