Institute for Technology and Resources Management (ITT)

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The Institute for Technology and Resources Management (ITT) is an education and research institute at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences. It conducts educational and capacity development programs with partners around the world with ongoing projects in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Jordan, Egypt, Vietnam and Indonesia. Its research focuses on the development of strategies and technologies towards a more efficient use of the key resources water, energy and land. Current research projects set focus on flood and drought risk management, water use efficiency, land use and climate change interactions, river basin assessment, hydrological modelling and precision agriculture.
The associated research and consulting institute ITT resources management studies (ITTrms) offers consulting studies and capacity building measures focusing on water management and related research. Cooperating with key regional, national and international organizations within the fields of resources management, development, co-operation and higher education, ITT provides teaching, research and capacity development worldwide.
In line with the products of Seba and ribeka, the ITT offers the following services:

  • River Basin Assessment, analysis of climate and hydrology, water user analysis,
  • Hydrological modeling: distributed modeling of runoff, water availability (snow/rain-runoff) forecasting, demand and allocation modeling
  • Design of monitoring and control systems regarding discharge, water quality, water allocation and distribution
  • Development of spatial information to support irrigation management (land use mapping, imagery and remote sensing based surveys, GIS, sensor webs for precision irrigation)
  • Training courses related to IWRM, discharge measurements, hydrometry, applications of GIS and remote sensing in irrigation management, automated gate control
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Alexandra Nauditt

is an environmental scientist with focus on hydrology and river basin management at the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT), University of Applied sciences of Cologne.
She is currently coordinating the international research projects “Land use and Climate change Interactions in Central Vietnam – LUCCi” and “Water Use Efficiency in Semi Arid Central Chile” both funded by the German Federal Ministry for Research and Education.
Since 1999, she has been involved in a large number of international educational and research projects dealing with river basin assessment and management, drought risk management, water allocation and stakeholder involvement as well as interactions between climate variability, hydrology and land uses in semi-arid and tropical environments.
After her studies related to economic, social and linguistic sciences “Regional Sciences referring to Latin America” at the University of Cologne, she completed a BSc in Environmental Sciences and a MSc Earth Sciences at the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Northern Rivers Institute of the University of Aberdeen, UK on “Combining hydrological modelling with isotopic tracer analyses for the assessment of mountainous ungauged catchments”.

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Prof. Dr. Lars Ribbe
is the director of the ITT and is Professor for Integrated Land and Water Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics. He earned a Ph.D. in Hydroinformatics from the Institute of Geography, Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences at the University of Jena. His research area is integrated river basin monitoring, modeling and management, coping strategies with water scarcity, access of water and pollution and water –food/ water-energy nexus.

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Rike Becker
Rike Becker is a research fellow at the ITT. She graduated at the department of Physical Geography and Geoinformatics at the University of Tübingen in the field of water balance modeling and the impact of land use changes on hydrological processes. Within the WEIN Project her research areas are hydrometric measurements and hydrological modeling to monitor water allocation and to evaluate land use and climate change impacts.


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Laura Simons
is a scientific researcher at the ITT. She holds a diploma in geographics from the University Münster and she did her thesis on “The sustainability performance of the water and sanitation sector in the metropolitan region of Santiago de Chile” which was part of the “Risk-Habitat-Megacity” project of the German Helmholtz Association. 


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Sibel Raquel Ersoy
is a research assistant at the ITT. She is currently studying Social Sciences at the University of Cologne. She holds a bachelor degree in Romance studies. 

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Katharina Butz
is a master student in the study programme Environment and Resources Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne and Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí. Katharina is currently working on her master thesis about Drought Vulnerability Assessment as a funtion between a socio-ecological system's exposure to a natural or anthropogenic hazard plus the ability of this system to cope and develop adaptation measures. Interviews with the key stakeholders, i.e. affected population, institutions and organizations will be part of the research.