M.Sc. Timo Schaffhauser

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Technical University of Munich

Postal address

Arcisstr. 21
80333 München

Research Interest

I’m a doctoral candidate with a background in Environmental Engineering, where I focused in particular on hydrology and the modelling of the hydrological cycle. My major interests are in simulating, quantifying and understanding the impacts of climate change on surface water resources. I also like to work on the further development of the necessary tools, such as hydrological models, and besides conceptual approaches I also like to apply statistical methods to answer and elaborate the underlying questions. In detail, my work deals with regional catchment hydrology at higher elevations, mostly in Central Asia or Germany. Thus, data scarcity and the integration of various meteorological remote sensing datasets play a crucial role in my daily work to tackle these topics. 

Main interests:

  • (Conceptual) Hydrological modelling & model development
  • Programming & data analysis using statistical methods in the field of hydrology
  • Climate impact, attribution & detection
  • Mountain hydrology


  • 2018 | M.Sc. Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Munich | Master’s Thesis: Analysis of extreme droughts in East Brazil based on satellite altimetry and other remote sensing techniques | Study Project: Flood Modelling of the Upper Main with the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) – Is SWAT applicable for Flood Modelling?   
  • 2015 | B.Sc. Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Munich | Bachelor Thesis: Potential Impact of Transport Related Measures for Emission Reduction - Case Studies of Low emission Zones and Congestion Charge  


  • 2018 – 07/2019 | Research Associate at the Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management, TU Munich | Projects: ProMos, ProNaHo
  • Since 2019 | Freelancer at team red Deutschland GmbH
  • Since 07/2019 | PhD Student at the Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management, TU Munich | Project: ÖkoFlussPlan


Journal Publications

  • Khanal, P., Hoek Van Dijke, A., Schaffhauser, T., Li, W., Paulus, S. J., Zhan, C., & Orth, R. (2023). Relevance of near-surface soil moisture vs. terrestrial water storage for global vegetation functioning. Copernicus GmbH. Preprint available at https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-770  
  • Schaffhauser, T., Garijo, D., Osorio, M., Bittner, D., Pierce, S., Vargas, H., Disse, M., & Gil, Y. (2023).
    A framework for the broad dissemination of hydrological models for non-expert users. In Environmental Modelling & Software (Vol. 164, p. 105695).
    Elsevier BV. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2023.105695
  • Schaffhauser, T., Lange, S., Tuo, Y., & Disse, M. (2023). Shifted discharge and drier soils: Hydrological projections for a Central Asian catchment. In Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies (Vol. 46, p. 101338). Elsevier BV. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejrh.2023.101338
  • Pertiwi, A.P.; Roth, A.; Schaffhauser, T.; Bhola, P.K.; Reuß, F.; Stettner, S.; Kuenzer, C.; Disse, M. Monitoring the Spring Flood in Lena Delta with Hydrodynamic Modeling Based on SAR Satellite Products. Remote Sens. 202113, 4695. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13224695
  • Dežerický, D., Šinka, K., Pipíšková, P., Dumbrovský, M., Schaffhauser, T., & Muchová, Z. (2023). An approach to classify areas for appropriate rainfall-runoff risk management: A case study in Drevenica basin, Slovakia. Ecological Engineering, 196, 107083. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.ECOLENG.2023.107083 

Conference Publications

  • Schaffhauser, T., Lange, S., Tuo, Y., and Disse, M.: Change in Climate Impact Assessment from CMIP5 to CMIP6 in a High-Mountaineous Catchment of Central Asia, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-12551, doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu22-12551, 2022.