Independent Expert and consultant for international water projects, research work on hydrology and water history, doctoral supervision


Host of a research fellow „Experienced Researcher” of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation


Establishing equality as a university professor



since 2005

Leuphana Universität Lüneburg and Suderburg


Research sabbatical DFG at the University of Western Australia, Perth


Professor of hydrology, hydraulic engineering and water management in the tropics, FH Nordostniedersachsen, University of Applied Sciences, Suderburg

1983 - 88

Professor of hydraulic and water resources engineering, FH Hagen, School of Engineering, Germany

1975 ‑ 83           

Salzgitter Consult GmbH, Consulting Engineers, Germany, senior hydrologist, expert, team leader, project manager, projects in Africa, Latin America, Asia.   


Dr.‑Ing. (Doctor of Engineering, Hydrology) Karlsruhe University, Germany

1971 ‑ 75    

Research associate, Institute for Water Resources Engineering, Karlsruhe University, Germany

1969 ‑ 71     

Beton‑ und Monierbau AG, civil contractors, Braunschweig. Design and construction of concrete structures, supervision


Diplom‑Ingenieur (Graduation in civil engineering), Braunschweig Technical University, Germany, with emphasis on water resources engineering


University representation and administration offices 1983-2008

  •  Member of senate and faculty council, member and head of numerous commissions
  •  Dean (1993-95 and 2005-06) 
  •  Vice President FH NON (1998-2000)
  •  Host of guest scientists funded by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, DAAD etc.


more than 100 scientific publications in German, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese language.

From the past five years:

Zaw Zaw Latt, Wittenberg, H., Hydrology and flood probability of the monsoon-dominated Chindwin River in northern Myanmar. Journal of Water and Climate Change | 06.1 | 2015, 144-159.

Eriş, E., Wittenberg, H. Estimation of baseflow and water transfer in karst catchments in Mediterranean Turkey by nonlinear recession analysis. J. of Hydrol., 2015.10.017

Aksoy, H., Wittenberg, H. Baseflow Recession Analysis for Flood-Prone Black Sea Watersheds in Turkey. CLEAN- Soil, Air, Water 2015, 43 (6), 857-866.

Meléndez-Pastor, I., Navarro Pedreño, J., Wittenberg, H. Watermills in the historic irrigation system "Palmeral de Elche", Spain – an example of early hydropower exploitation. Water Science and Technology: Water Supply,15.5, 2015, 1140-1151.

Wittenberg, H, Groundwater Abstraction for Irrigation and Its Impacts on Low Flows in a Watershed in Northwest Germany, Resources 2015, 4(3), 566-576.

Eriş, E., Wittenberg, H. Wassertransfer und Speicherung in Karstgebieten – Analyse aus den Basisabflüssen. Forum für Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung, Heft 37, 2016,85-94.

Wittenberg, H., Hydraulique, fonctionnement et performance des moulins à marée historiques - Études de cas au Portugal, Colloque International Transdisciplinaire L’énergie des marées hier, aujourd’hui, demain, 20 – 22 juin 2017, Rennes, France (en presse)

Wittenberg, H. Bedarfsgerechte Feldberegnung mit Grundwasser und ihr Einfluss auf die Niedrigwasser der Ilmenau, Niedersachsen. Korrespondenz Wasserwirtschaft 3/17, 2017, 163-169.

Wittenberg, H., Aksoy, H., Miegel, K., Fast Response of Groundwater to Heavy Rainfall, Journal of Hydrology 571, February 2019

Wittenberg, H., Aksoy, H., Miegel, K., Der schnelle Anstieg des Grundwassers nach Starkregen, Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung 64(April 2020), 66-74

Wittenberg, H., Bewässerung und Landnutzung - Auswirkungen auf Grundwasserhaushalt und Niedrigwasser der Oberen Ilmenau, Niedersachsen, Schriften der Deutschen Wasserhistorischen Gesellschaft (DWhG) e. V. 29 (2021), S. 209–226

Wittenberg, H., Rhode, C. Levadas e Moinhos de Água na Ilha da Madeira como Projetos Históricos de Fins Múltiplos, Revista Arquivo Histórico da Madeira, Nova Série, 3, 2021

Wittenberg, H., Rhode, C. The Watermills of the Levadas of Madeira. International Molinology, 102,2021


Wittenberg, H. Praktische Hydrologie. Textbook, ViewegTeubner, 2011.

Aksoy, H., Wittenberg, H., Eriş, E., in Handbook of Engineering Hydrology, Chapter 15, Hydrograph Analysis and Baseflow Separation. CRC Press, Ed. Saeid Eslamian, 311-328, 2014

Wittenberg, H., Navarro Pedreño, J., Meléndez-Pastor, I. Die Wassermühlen im Bewässerungssystem des Palmeral de Elche, Spanien - Los molinos de agua asociados al sistema de riego del Palmeral de Elche, España. Schriften DWhG, SB13, 56p, Siegburg, 2016

Keynotes and invited speaker:

Evaporation of Fresh and Saltwater with Emphasis on Egypt and North Africa. International Conference on Climatic Changes and their Impacts on Coastal Zones and River Deltas, Alexandria, Egypt, April 2007. 

Climatic and Manmade Impacts on Baseflow, Low Flows and Water Balance - Project Studies around the World. Hydrology & Water Resources Symposium 2014, Engineers Australia, Perth, Western Australia, February 2014.

Capture and Management of Ground and Stratum Water in the Hittite Empire 3600 Years ago. 4th IWA International Symposium on Water and Wastewater Technologies in Ancient Civilizations, September 2016, Coimbra, Portugal.

Función hidráulica y rendimiento de molinos de agua con ruedas horizontales. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Recerca Arqueologia Agrària de l’Edat Mitjana, April 2017.


Deutscher Hydrologiepreis 2017 (German Hydrology Award 2017) for outstanding achievements in hydrology

Lifelong honorary membership in the Deutsche Hydrologische Gesellschaft (German Hydrological Society)