Dr Ralf Kunkel
Professional Title: Researcher
Primary domain: Terrestrial observatories, Distributed data infrastructures
Organization name: Research Centere Jülich, IBG-3
Organization type: Academia/Research
City / Country: Jülich - Germany
I joined the Research Centre Juelich in 1993 to work in the field of modelling and management of catchments. My research interests are in the development of models to balance and forecast water and nutrient fluxes on the level of Federal States and river basins and to identify "hot spot" areas for the introduction of nutrient reduction measures to reach quality targets for groundwater and surface. The research results provide scientific support for the emerging issues of water policies in Germany and beyond, e.g. for implementing the EU Water Framework Directive and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Since 2008 I coordinate data management of the TERENO initiative of the Helmholtz-Foundation and extended his field of work to open sensor web and distributed spatial data infrastructures implementation. I hold the degree of a Diplom Physiker and a Ph.D of natural sciences, and am author or co-author of more than 64 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 12 monographs and more than 100 contributions to books, conference proceedings or other publications. Since 2009, I am a member of the management board of the Specialist Group for Diffuse Pollution and Eutrophication of the International Water Association (IWA).