International Workshop on Stochastic Weather Generators for Hydrological Applications (SWGen-Hydro)

Berlin, September,18th to 20th, 2017.


Climate variability is one of the important drivers of hydrological processes. Stochastic weather generators (SWGs) aim at modeling climatic variables – such as precipitation, temperature, humidity, etc – to drive hydrological models. Being at the interface between climate and hydrological processes, they are valuable tools for hydrological impact studies for the past, recent and future climate. However, part of the weather variability is not described in a deterministic but stochastic way, reflecting the chaotic nature of atmospheric processes in a natural way. Stochastic weather generators (SWGs) are thus canonical tools in hydrological studies.

Following the first three workshops "SWGEN" on stochastic weather generators (in 2012, 2014 and 2016), this workshop focuses on SWGs suitable in hydrological modeling contexts.

Programm (preliminary) for Sep. 18th to 20th

Please find a PDF with the detailed program here

Conference venue

Hotel Morgenland

Finckensteinallee 23 - 27, 12205 Berlin


Contributions are welcome on stochastic weather generators

  • for hydrological applications
  • for sub-daily or daily time scale
  • stationary, as well asconditional on large scale climatic drivers for hydrological past and future projections
  • for studying the range of variability (uncertainty) in hydrological models

Invited speakers (confirmed)

  • Anastassia Baxevan, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Christian Onof, Imperial College London, London, UK
  • Lionel Benoit, University of Lausanne, Institute of Earth Dynamics (IDYST), Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Jean-Philippe Vidal, Irstea, Hydrology-Hydraulics Research Unit (UR HHLY), Villeurbanne, France
  • Florence Habets, CNR/Pierre & Marie Curie University, Paris, France
  • Jo Kaczmarska, RMS London, London, UK
  • András Bárdossy, Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Théo Vischel, Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France

Support for Young Scientists

SWGEN-Hydro supports two young scientists (PhD students or PostDoc since not more than 4 years) with a reduced fee and travel support. To apply, please send a CV and your abstract to Carola Detring (

Application until July, 23th 2017


The workshop begins  Monday, Sept. 18th at 1pm with registration and welcome coffee, talks will start at around 2pm. The workshop ends Wednesday around noon (including lunch). Besides participation, conference fee includes: snacks and coffee breaks for Mo/Tue/We, lunch (Tue/We), an ice breaker with snacks (Mo evening), a conference dinner (Tue evening). Accommodation is not included. Rooms can be reserved at special rates directly in the conference venue (Hotel Morgenland) using the keyword "FU-Berlin".

Abstracts to be submitted until August 6th, 2017

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Venue and accomodation

Conference venue and accomodation

For conference participants, rooms are available at special rates directly in the conference hotel. Please mention the keyword "FU Berlin" when reserving rooms. Reservation is possible by e-mail or telephone!

Hotel Morgenland

Finckensteinallee 23 - 27, 12205 Berlin

Tel.:  +49 (0) 30 84 38 89-0

Fax.: +49 (0) 30 84 38 89-79


Further Hotels in the vincinity


Landhaus Lichterfelde

Drakestr. 60, 12205 Berlin

Tel.: +49 (0) 30 8332840

Distance to conference venue: 0.7 km

Villa Toskana

Bahnhofstr. 19, 12207 Berlin

Tel.: +49 (0) 30 7689270

Distance to conference venue: 1.1 km

Hotel-Pension Enzian

Hortensienstr. 28, 12203 Berlin

Tel.: +49 (0) 30 832 50 75

Distance to conference venue: 1.7 km

Hotel il Mulino

Adolf-Martens-Straße 2, 12205 Berlin

Tel.: +49 (0) 30 832 885 6

Distance to conference venue: 1.9 km

Best Western Premier Hotel Steglitz International

Albrechtstr. 2, 12165 Berlin

Tel.: +49 (0) 30 790050

Distance to conference venue: 3.0 km

Scientific Committee

  • Pierre Aillot (Universite de Brest, France)
  • Paul Northrop (University College London, UK)
  • Denis Allard (INRA, Avignon, France)
  • Etienne Leblois (IRSTEA, Lyon, France)
  • Komlan Kpogo-Nuwoklo (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)
  • Mathieu Vrac (Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'environnement, Gif-sur-Yvette, France)
  • Henning Rust (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)


Henning Rust (

Mathieu Vrac (

Local organisers

  • Henning Rust
  • Nicola Hoffleit
  • Carola Detring
  • Andreas Trojand


This workshop is financially supported by:

  •  Freie Universität Berlin within the Excellence Initiative of the German Research Foundation

  • the "Statistical Regionalization Models Intercomparison and hydrological impacts Project" (StaRMIP) via the French National Research Agency (ANR)