Dr. Bano B. Mehdi-Schulz

I am a Senior Scientist in the Department of Water, Atmosphere and Environment at BOKU. My research is centered on quantifying the impacts of anthropogenic change on water quality in river basins.

Me during a laboratory excercise

By using a river basin (or the catchment) scale as a research unit, I determine nutrient and sediment transport from cropland into water bodies. I am interested in the hydrological processes related to the soil-plant-atmosphere continum, as well as determining the local drivers of land use change. I collaborate with natural as well as social scientists and apply social ecological systems (SES) as modelling frameworks to my research.

About me

I am currently leading the Eco-hydrological and Land Use Modelling group at the Institute for Hydrology and Water Management at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU).

Eco-hydrology and land use change

Ecohydrology is related to the interplay between climate, soil and vegetation, with temporal and spatial variabilities linked to processes that are at the core of hydrology itself (Rodriguez-Iturbe, 2000). In recent decades there has been much activity in this field of research, with a journal dedicated to the subject being launched in 2008 (Smetten, 2008). Ecohydrology has been defined as “the study of the functional interrelations between hydrology and biota at the catchment scale” (Zalewski, 2000).

The Eco-hydrological and Land Use Modelling group was set up in 2015. In our group, we apply this definition of ecohydrology to agricultural landscapes and examine the relationship between ecology and hydrology at catchment to field scales with simulation models to gain an understanding of processes and for managing the resources (land and water).

Research Projects

Research Team

PhD Student Thesis Title Completion
Christoph Schürz Uncertainty and sensitivity analysis of discrete model inputs in ecohydrological modeling 2020
Damiano Baldan Assessing multi-scale effects of natural water retention measures on in-stream fine bed material deposits with a modeling cascade 2021
Edberto Lima Land-use changes and impacts on simulating water-related ecosystem services in a subtropical agricultural river basin on-going
Elizabeth Odusanya Multi-site calibration and validation of SWAT with satellite-based evapotranspiration in data sparse catchments on-going
Cong Wang Developing a SWAT-submodule to simulate nitrous oxide emissions from typical agricultural catchments in Austria on-going
Hope Mwanake Estimating sediment erosion and water quality in the Sio-Malaba-Malakisi River Basin on-going
Claudine Egger Coupling an ABM to an ecohydrological model for evaluating land use change impacts on water quality under future conditionsa on-going

Further links

ER Ceremony
BOKU Elise Richter Awardees with Rektor Hasenauer