Christina Gschöpf
Tel.: +43-1-58801-406652

Centre for Water Resource Systems,
Vienna University of Technology,
Karlsplatz 13/222, A-1040 Vienna, Austria




Baart, I., Gschöpf, C., Blaschke, P., Preiner, S. and Hein, T. 2010. Prediction of potential macrophyte development in response to restoration measures in an urban riverine wetland. Aquatic Botany, 93, 153 - 162.

Hohensinner S., Herrnegger M., Blaschke A.P., Habereder C., Haidvogel G., Hein T., Jungwirth M. and Weiss M. 2008.  Type-specific reference conditions of fluvial landscapes: A search in the past by 3D-reconstruction. Catena 75, 200-215.

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Christina Gschöpf


Research Interests


• Suspended load processes in streams
• Interactions between surface water and groundwater
• Coupled surface water and groundwater modelling
• Floodplain management and restoration

Christine has worked as part of the interdisciplinary project “Optima Lobau” that aims to develop an optimised management method of riverine landscapes based on a Multi-Criteria Decision Support System. This project was mostly funded by the proVision programme of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research and the City Government of Vienna. The study site was the Lobau, an urban floodplain within the city limits of Vienna, on the north bank of the Danube. Christine built a two-dimensional numerical surface water model to simulate the complex flow regime in the Lobau with consideration for the backwater flooding of the Danube, the large number of watercourses within the floodplain and its huge and flat terrain. On the basis of these results the groundwater flow was simulated. Simulation results of the hydraulic modelling included water table elevations, flow velocities and water depths. They provided a basis for the ecological and socio-economic models of the other participants in the interdisciplinary work group. She is continuing with her work on surface water modelling in the Lobau and is focusing on the transport modelling of suspended load and will collaborate with ecologists at the interface between technical and environmental sciences. She also recognises the value in the integration of remote sensing methods to raise the quality of surface water models.


Key Facts


Christine studied civil engineering at the Vienna University of Technology. She obtained a Master’s degree of Science in Resources Management and Hydraulic and Hydrologic Engineering. Her master’s thesis analysed groundwater systems in a flood retention basin based on numerical modelling. In 2006 she joined the Institute for Hydraulic and Water Resources Management at the TU Vienna. Since then she has been engaged in numerical modelling of surface water and groundwater flow in various parts of eastern Austria. Her main study site is the Lobau where she developed a two-dimensional surface water model and now continues her work through modelling suspended load within the floodplain.


Christine has also been involved with work on a coupled 1D/2D hydraulic model of the rivers Kamp and Zwettl that was part of the Crue Era-Net project on flood risk management research for the river. Besides numerical modelling she has experience in groundwater field measurements, measuring groundwater level, temperature and conductivity, and taking groundwater samples for further microbial and chemical analysis. Furthermore she has obtained and evaluated various infiltration measurements to estimate the hydraulic permeability of top soil and has taken surface water samples in the Lobau to measure concentrations of suspended load. Finally she has also contributed to the main hydrology lecture of the institute preparing presentation documents. She has attended at various conferences and symposia. She presented at the ÖWAV (Österreichischer Wasser- und Abfallwirtschaftsverband) symposium “Fernerkundungsdaten in der Hydrologie und Wasserwirtschaft”, at the series of lectures “Junge Hydrologie Österreichs” of the ÖGH (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Hydrologie), twice at the EGU in 2008 and 2009 (European Geosciences Union) General Assembly, and at the HydroEco 2009.