Water Security Research Group
Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program
BiographyPeter Burek graduated in 1997 with an MSc in Applied Physical Geography with focus on hydrology at the University of Trier (Germany).In 2003, he received his PhD in engineering science from the Institute of Water Resources Management, Hydraulic and Rural Engineering, University of Karlsruhe (Germany) on the topic "Assessment of long term groundwater dynamics at the example of the River Elbe".
From 2003 to 2009, Dr. Burek worked at the Federal Institute of Hydrology of Germany to maintain and improve the water level forecasting system WAVOS, which is still in use for navigation and flood forecasting at several forecasting centers for the rivers Rhine, Odra and Elbe.
In 2009, he joined the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, where his main tasks were the maintenance and further development of the LISFLOOD hydrological model for the European and the Global Flood Awareness System (EFAS and GloFAS). Impact assessment for policy support on regional but also on a global scale is becoming more and more important. Therefore Dr. Burek extended the LISFLOOD model to incorporate climate, land use and socio-economic aspects in order to evaluate the implications for water resources availability.
Dr. Burek joined IIASA's Water Program (WAT) in June 2015. His main field of interest is hydrological modelling but with a strong focus on integrated modeling to fit into IIASA's integrated assessments.
Last update: 03 JUN 2015
Guillaumot, L. , Smilovic, M. , Burek, P. , de Bruijn, J. , Greve, P., Kahil, T. , & Wada, Y. (2022). Coupling a large-scale hydrological model (CWatM v1.1) with a high-resolution groundwater flow model (MODFLOW 6) to assess the impact of irrigation at regional scale. Geoscientific Model Development 15 (18) 7099-7120. 10.5194/gmd-15-7099-2022.
Satoh, Y., Yoshimura, K., Pokhrel, Y., Kim, H., Shiogama, H., Yokohata, T., Hanasaki, N., Wada, Y. , Burek, P. , Byers, E. , Müller Schmied, H., Gerten, D., Ostberg, S., Gosling, S.N., Boulange, J.E.S., & Oki, T. (2022). The timing of unprecedented hydrological drought under climate change. Nature Communications 13 (1) e3287. 10.1038/s41467-022-30729-2.