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Curriculum Vitae: Dr. Alexandra Nauditt

Alexandra Nauditt (PhD, MSc, BSc) is an environmental scientist and lecturer working on drought risk, hydrology, land and water management and the Water-Energy-Food-Security Nexus. Since her start at ITT in 1999, she has been coordinating international and interdisciplinary projects with a regional focus on Latin America and South East Asia, among them the BMBF funded research projects “Land Use and Climate Change Interactions in Central Vietnam – LUCCi” ( and “Water Use Efficiency in Semi-Arid Central Chile” (
She is a graduate from the University of Aberdeen and holds a PhD in Hydrology and an MSc in Earth Sciences. Currently her research is focussing on drought risk assessment and management in data scarce semi-arid and tropical regions in projects like ADAPTA ( and TropiSeca (  

Phone: +49 221 8275-2696


Academic Background

2013-2017: PhD Geography/Hydrology
Title: “Understanding stream flow generation in sparsely monitored montane catchments. Combining hydrological modelling with isotopic tracer analyses for the assessment of mountainous data scarce catchments. Case study semiarid Central Chile and tropical Central Vietnam.”
Northern Rivers Institute, Department of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen, UK

2010-2012: MSc Earth Sciences
Principle subjects: Hydrology, Climate (Change) Research, paleo-climatology, environmental tracers, flood and drought risks
Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

2007-2010: BSc Environmental Sciences
Principle subjects: Hydrology, water management, ecosystems research, paleo-climatology, water policy and legislation
Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

1993-1998: Regional Sciences related to Latin America, Diplom RWL
Principle subjects: International politics, political theory, economics, development studies related to Latin America
University of Cologne

1994-1997: State certified Translator for Spanish by the German Chamber of Commerce
European economics, law, history and politics
German Chamber of Commerce


Research Areas

  • Drought risk related research
  • Mountain hydrology
  • Overcoming high elevation data scarcity by using satellite based information and smart modelling tools
  • Combining open source data and analysis tools to be applied in data scarce regions
  • Hydrological modelling
  • Tracer hydrology
  • Stakeholder involvement and institutional aspects
  • The Water-Energy-Food-Security Nexus
  • Nature based solutions for climate change adaptation in the Tropics and Subtropics


Professional Experience

1999 to date:
Research employee at the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (TH Köln)

  • Coordination of interdisciplinary research projects, project development and acquisition
  • Research: Hydrology, drought research, water and river basin management, modelling, tracer hydrology, stakeholder involvement and institutional aspects, Water-Energy-Food-Security Nexus
  • Lecturer in postgraduate education: Teaching subjects related to Water management, hydrological modelling, drought risk and water scarcity, river basin management, environmental legislation, The Water-Energy-Food-Security Nexus

Since 2015:
Coordination of DAAD funded University Research Cooperation Projects:

  • TROPISECA: Management of human impacted droughts in Tropical catchments;
  • EDUNEXUS: Education and Research related to the Water-Energy-Food-Security Nexus at River Basin Scale;

Collaboration in international research projects:

  • ADAPTA – “Adaptive drought risk management as strategy to reduce climate change impacts in the Paraiba do Sul River Basin”, Funding: MCTI/CNPq (Brazilian-German)
  • “Understanding the relationship between the spatiotemporal characteristics of drought by using satellite-based rainfall and snow-cover data and hydrological modelling. A case study in a data-scarce Andean Chilean catchment” (Chile-Germany, FONDECYT 11150861)

2010 – 2016:
Coordinator of interdisciplinary BMBF funded Research Project “Land Use and Climate Change Interactions in Central Vietnam”,

2012 – 2015:
Project coordination of BMBF funded research project “Water use efficiency in the Limarí basin, Chile”, www.hidro-limarí.info

2008 – 2011:
Coordination of German-Mexican MSc Programme “Environment and Resources Management” (

  • Research project ¨River Basin management and hydrology in the Thach Han River Basin in Central Vietnam
  • Curricular development of E Learning module “Watershed Management” with the Universities of Valparaiso and la Serena, Chile (DAAD)

Project coordination, curricula development, lecturer within InWEnt funded postgraduate two year trainings on “Transboundary Watershed Management in the Lower Mekong Region” at ITT resources management studies e.V. of the TH Köln (Cologne University of Applied Sciences)

1999 -2005:
Project management and research within the following research projects on water management:

  • IB/BMBF research mobility funding: „Water quality management in the Río Almendares, Kuba”
  • AIF/MSWF funded research project: “Water cycle for the food production, Chile“
  • AIF/MSWF funded research project: „Reuse of waste water in the Aconcagua Basin, Chile“
  • IB/BMBF research mobility funding: „Integrated River Basin Management in the Río Cauto, Kuba”


Teaching, Curricular Development and Capacity building

  • Coordination ITT MSc Nexus Module: The Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus
  • MSc Module “Water Scarcity and Drought”
  • MSc Module “Water Resources Management”
  • MSc Module Project III 2018/2019: “Adaptation to drought in data scarce Latin-American regions”
  • MSc Module Project III 2016/2016: “Drought management plans for river basin committees of Latin-American catchments”
  • Training “Nexus and Planning in LAC” (GIZ-ITT): El Diálogo Regional Político-Técnico sobre “El Nexo entre el Agua, la Energía y la Alimentación”, Santiago, Chile – 14-15 May 2018
  • Andean hydrology for water management, Symposium and Training, Science-Policy Dialogue, 17-21. November 2015, Santiago de Chile
  • Monitoring, Information and Modelling for River Basin Management, 14–17 October 2014, Da Nang, Vietnam
  • Irrigation and drought management on river basin level, 31 March-1 April 2014, Hanoi
  • Coping with hydro-meteorological extremes in South East Asia with focus on the Mekong River Basin 10-14 September 2012 Battambang, Cambodia
  • Reservoir Management at River Basin Scale, 7-11 May 2012 Da Nang, Vietnam
  • Integrated Water Resources Management and Climate Change in Vietnam, 27 February-2 March, 2012
  • Postgraduate Technical long term Training
    “Integrated Transboundary Watershed Management and Rural Development for participants of the riparian countries of the Mekong, InWEnt, Cologne, 2005-2007
  • Summerschool “Integrated natural resources management”, University Cooperation (DAAD) with Universities of the SADC region, 2005
  • Short Course IWRM “Integrated Water Resources Management in
    Germany “,
     since July 2005





German, Portuguese, Spanish, English: fluent
Italian, French: good

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