Prof. Dr. Olaf Kolditz

Prof. Kolditz is the head of the Department of Environmental Informatics at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ). He holds a Chair in Applied Environmental System Analysis at the Technische Universität in Dresden. His research interests are related to environmental fluid mechanics, numerical methods and software engineering with applications in geotechnics, hydrology and energy storage. Prof. Kolditz is the lead scientist of the OpenGeoSys project (, an open source scientific software platform for the numerical simulation of thermo-hydro-mechanical-chemical processes in po-rous media, in use worldwide. He studied theoretical mechanics and applied mathematics at the University of Kharkov, got a PhD in natural sciences from the Academy of Science of the GDR (in 1990) and earned his habilitation in engineering sciences from Hannover University (in 1996), where he became group leader at the Institute of Fluid Mechanics. Until 2001 he was full professor for Geohydrology and Hydroinformatics at Tübingen University and director of the international Master course in Applied Environmental Geosciences. Since 2007 he is the speaker of the Helmholtz graduate school for environmental research HIGRADE. Prof. Kolditz is Editor-in-Chief of two international journals Geothermal Energy (open access) and Environmental Earth Sciences (ISI). Prof. Kolditz is the leading scientist of the Sino-German network initiative “Research Centre for Environmental Information Science-RCEIS” dedicated to the development of comprehensive data integration and knowledge platforms in China (funded by the Helmholtz Association, in cooperation with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute for Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research) and of the joint priority project “Managing Water Resources in Urban Catchments – Chaohu” linked to the Mega-Water Project (funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, in cooperation with the Tongji University). Prof. Kolditz was awarded a professorship under the CAS President’s International Fellowship (PIFI) in 2015.

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Ausgewählte Publikationen

  • Kolditz, O., Rink, K., Nixdorf, E., Fischer, T., Bilke, L., Naumov, D., Liao, Z., Yue, T., (2019): Environmental information sys-tems: Paving the path for digitally facilitated water management (Water 4.0). Engineering 5 (5), 828 – 832
  • Parisio, F., Vilarrasa, V., Wang, W., Kolditz, O., Nagel, T., (2019): The risks of long-term re-injection in supercritical geo-thermal systems. Nat. Commun. 10 (1), art. 4391
  • Kolditz O, Shao H, Wang W, Bauer S (2016): Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical-Chemical Processes in Fractured Porous Media: Benchmarking Initiatives. In: Terrestrial Environmental Sciences, Springer, Heidelberg, ISBN 978-3-319-11894-9, 330pp.
  • Kolditz O, Görke UJ, Shao H, Wang W (2012): Thermo-hydro-mechanical/chemical processes in porous media. Lecture Notes in Computational Science and Engineering, Vol. 86, Springer, Heidelberg, ISBN 978-3-642-27176-2.
  • Kolditz O, Bauer S, Bilke L et al. (2012): OpenGeoSys: An open source initiative for numerical simulation of THMC pro-cesses in porous media, Environ. Earth Sci., 67(2): 589-599, DOI: 10.1007/s12665-012-1546-x.
  • Kolditz O, Delfs JO, Bürger CM, Beinhorn M, Park C-H (2008): Numerical analysis of coupled hydrosystems based on an object-oriented compartment approach, J. Hydro¬informatics, 10(3): 227-244.
  • Kolditz O, Bauer S (2004): A process-orientated approach to compute multi-field problems in porous media. J. Hydroin-formatics, 6: 225-244.
  • Kolditz O, de Jonge J (2004): Non-isothermal two-phase flow in porous media. Computational Mechanics, 33(5): 345-364.
  • Kolditz O (2002): Computational Methods in Environmental Fluid Mechanics. Graduate Textbook, Springer, 406pp.

Letzte Änderung: 30.06.2021