Teaching Environmental Engineering

Faculty of Civil Engineering

Teaching Environmental Engineering

1st Semester

Hydrology & Hydrometry

  • Water cycle and basic catchment hydrology
  • Catchment delineation
  • Hydrometry including flow gauging, rain gauging and measurement of key meteorological and hydrological parameters
  • Rating curve
  • Data management and data processing (HEC-DSS Vue)
  • Data checking
  • Data analysis 1 – rainfall, evapotranspiration, soil moisture
  • Data analysis 2 – design flow - method
  • Data analysis 3 – rainfall – runoff modelling (unit hydrograph,  SCS-CN approach, rational method)
  • Rainfall – runoff modelling and flow routing (HEC-HMS)

Water, Air and Soil Analysis

  • Water quality parameters and analytical methods
  • Temperature and humidity measurements
  • Air pollution and analytical methods
  • Soil pollution and analytical methods
  • Trace organic compounds: sources and analytical detection
  • Sampling methods, analytical field test equipment
  • Data assessment

Innovation in Industry and Transportation

Overview in various areas of environmental engineering. This includes:

  • e-mobility,
  • production technology,
  • space technology,
  • energy efficiency,
  • solar energy,
  • facility management.

2nd Semester

Engineering Hydrology (Floods and Droughts)

  • Water resources and politics
  • Application of the Rational Method for designing hydraulic structures 
  • Flooding1 - Flood estimation and flood forecasting
  • Flooding2 - Flood risk management ( (Standard of Protection, Risk assessment, risk models incl. Expected Anual Damage, etc), Example CFMPs, HEC-FDA)
  • Flooding3 - Flood protection
  • Field work1 - Flow gauging using verious methods including ADCP
  • Field work2 - Measuring soil moisture, soil water tension
  • Field work3 - Infiltration
  • Water Resources Management1 - Rain water harvesting
  • Water Resources Management1 - Reservoir modelling (HEC-ResSim)
  • Water Resources Management1 - Irrigation and drainage


Managed Aquifer Recharge

  • Introduction to hydrogeology and groundwater management
  • Managed aquifer recharge techniques: Bank filtration, infiltration basins, infiltration wells
  • Feasibility studies and site investigation
  • Parameter estimation (grain size analysis, pumping test, clogging)
  • Bankfiltration: Design and operation, flow and transport modeling, water quality, monitoring
  • Infiltration basins: Design and operation, flow modeling
  • Infiltration wells: Design and operation
  • Case studie, excursion to a MAR site
  • Groundwater flow and transport modeling project

Solid Waste Management and Recycling

  • Design, planning and construction of recycling facilities; safety requirements; economic aspects
  • Optimization of product and material recycling
  • Discussion of selected case studies

Climate Change

  • Introduction to the climate system
  • Climate archives
  • Historic CC1 - tectonic scale climate change
  • Historic CC2 - orbital scale climate change
  • Historic CC3 - glaciation/deglaciation scale climate change
  • Historic CC4 - last 1000 years
  • Recent changes in climate
  • Climate predictions
  • Adaptation and mitigation measures to address the impact of climate change
  • Climate change and politics,  UN World Climate Conference, ICPP-Reports
  • Climate models and scenarios
  • Special climate phenomena (El niño) affected by climate change
  • Adaptation/mitigation measures in agriculture, the water sector urban development, the industry

3rd Semester

Hydraulic Modeling

  • Introduction hydraulics
  • River modeling
  • Use of GIS data for river modeling
  • HEC-RAS software
  • 1D River modeling with HEC-RAS
  • Model construction, calibration and result analysis in HEC-RAS
  • Modeling of structures
  • Flood modeling for flood risk mapping
  • ISIS software
  • 1D River modeling with ISIS
  • Model construction, calibration and result analysis in ISIS
  • Introduction into 2D modeling

Water and Wastewater Treatment

  • Introduction drinking water purification
  • Water quality of raw water
  • Adsorption, filtration, flocculation (incl. lab practical)
  • Removal of iron and manganese
  • Electro-chemical techniques
  • Disinfection (incl. lab practical)
  • Small scale treatments systems for rural areas in developing countries
  • Conventional waste water treatment
  • Constructed wetlands
  • Regulations (e.g. EU water framework directive)

Environmental Impact Assessment

  • Background and brief history of EIAs
  • Key impacts and development of mitigation measures
  • European legislation
  • Applications in Germany, example projects
  • International legislation
  • International and transboundary application, example projects
  • The role of climate change

All documents are available in the "Online Platform for Academic Learning and Teaching OPAL" under the following working groups or courses:

  • Hydrology & Hydrometry
  • Water, Air and Soil Analysis
  • Innovation in Industry and Transportation
  • Engineering Hydrology (Floods and Droughts)
  • Managed Aquifer Recharge
  • Climate Change
  • Solid Waste Management and Recycling
  • Hydraulic Modeling
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ulrike Feistel

Dean of Studies Master Environmental Engineering

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ulrike Feistel

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Jakob Ebermann

Laboratory Engineer

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Jakob Ebermann

Dr.-Ing. Cornelius Sandhu

Dr.-Ing. Cornelius Sandhu