Bernhard Lehner

Prof. Bernhard LehnerGlobal hydrology; Hydrography of rivers, lakes, reservoirs and wetlands; Hydrology and GIS; Conservation hydrology

Associate Professor in the Department of Geography

Office: Burnside Hall Room 612
Phone: 514-398-8794
Fax: 514-398-7437

bernhard.lehner [at] (E-mail)

Academic background

• PhD Geosciences, University of Frankfurt, Germany (2005)

• MSc Hydrology, University of Freiburg, Germany (1999)

• BSc Geography & Physics, University of Freiburg, Germany (1999)

• Conservation Hydrologist, World Wildlife Fund US, Washington DC (2002-2006)

• Research Fellow, University of Kassel, Germany (1999-2001)

Research Interest

My main research theme is large-scale hydrology and hydrography. I analyze the terrestrial water cycle of large river basins, continents, or the entire globe and investigate the effects of climate and global environmental change on regional water resources and hydrologic regimes, including floods and droughts. A particular interest of mine is on blending hydrology with practical applications in freshwater biodiversity conservation, including environmental flow assessments, river habitat classifications, assessing the effects of dams on downstream flow conditions, and aquatic ecosystem services. Hydrological models, global data sets, as well as GIS & Remote Sensing techniques are main components of my research projects. In particular, I am contributing to the improvement and generation of high-quality datasets (e.g. river networks, basins, lakes, wetlands) to eliminate some of the most common restrictions for global hydrological modeling.

Current Projects

• Creation of hydrographic baseline data at multiple scales, including rivers, lakes, reservoirs, wetlands (HydroSHEDS, GRanD, GLWD, GLIN, HydroFALLS)

• Large-scale modeling of river flows to create indicators of dam impacts and water quality

• Assessments of aquatic ecosystem services and global freshwater biodiversity (BioFresh, Canadian Network for Aquatic Ecosystem Services, GloRiC)

Selected Publications

• Lehner, B., Grill G. (2013): Global river hydrography and network routing: baseline data and new approaches to study the world’s large river systems. Hydrological Processes, 27(15): 2171–2186.

• Lehner, B., Reidy Liermann, C., Revenga, C., Vörösmarty, C., Fekete, B., Crouzet, P., Döll, P., Endejan, M., Frenken, K., Magome, J., Nilsson, C., Robertson, J., Rödel, R., Sindorf, N., Wisser, D. (2011): High- resolution mapping of the world’s reservoirs and dams for sustainable river-flow management. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 9(9): 494–502.

• Lehner, B., Döll, P., Alcamo, J., Henrichs, T., Kaspar, F. (2006): Estimating the impact of global change on flood and drought risks in Europe: a continental, integrated analysis. Climatic Change, 75(3): 273–299.