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Dr. Korbinian Breinl

Technische Universität Wien
Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management

Profile/Research Interests

I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow at TU Wien (Austria, Europe) at the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management focusing on hydrological extremes. I am particularly interested in hydrometeorological extremes, the space-time scaling of rainfall and hydrological processes, as well as stochastic and statistical methods such as stochastic weather generation.

In 2018, I was awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship for my project STARFLOOD ("Space-Time scAling of the Rainfall to FLOOD transformation") kicking-off my career in Vienna (TU Wien, group of Günter Blöschl). Prior to that, in 2016, I joined Uppsala University (Sweden) as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Hydrology (group of Giuliano Di Baldassarre). In 2011, I was awarded a scholarship by the Marie-Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) "Changes" to pursue my PhD studies on changes of hydrometeorological hazards at the University of Salzburg (Austria). My PhD studies included secondments in the Netherlands (ITC, University of Twente) and Germany (Geomer). Between 2008 and 2011, I worked as a catastrophe risk model developer in reinsurance.

I hold a Master degree in Physical Geography (Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich) and a PhD degree in Geoinformatics (University of Salzburg). Besides my core research in Hydrology, I have been actively involved in the Disaster Risk Reduction community through my role as a research fellow of the Swedish Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS) and appointments with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). I am a certified academic teacher and have been teaching in various courses in Hydrology, Engineering Hydrology and Disaster Risk Reduction.