Daniel Ehrbar

Biographical Summary

Daniel Ehrbar (*1986) received his Master of Science in Civil Engineering at ETH Zurich in 2012. His master thesis was on the numerical modelling of sediment transport in Oetztal river. From 2012 to 2014, he worked as hydraulic engineer at the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW) of ETH Zurich, where he examined sediment transport in the Alpine Rhine delta numerically. Since 2015, he is working as a PhD student at VAW. Daniel Ehrbar focuses mainly on numerical modelling and he is part of the development team of VAW's own software BASEMENT.

SCCER-SOE Responsibilities

Within the scope of his PhD study, Daniel Ehrbar will examine sediment transport in reservoirs with highly glaciated catchments. A hybrid approach with field measurements on the one hand and the development of a numerical model on the other hand will help to understand the governing processes of reservoir sedimentation. Using field data and simulation results of climate models, forecasts of reservoir sedimentation for the next 80 years will be carried out, taking atmospheric warming into account. His research leads to a quantification of possible future energy production of high-alpine hydropower plants and their contribution to the energy turnaround.