Kobierska-Baffie, Florian

Postdoctoral Researcher



In the past, I have been involved in various fields of water resources: water utilities engineer, hydrological and hydrogeological modeler, lecturer in water resources and researcher on the impact of plant protection products on water quality in drained fields in Switzerland. My research here will focus on the impact of river restoration on groundwater. The project, funded by the Federal Office for the Environment, aims at providing a methodology to better design and monitor river restoration with regards to stream / aquifer interactions.

River restoration measures on rivers can affect the adjacent groundwater systems including drinking water wells. The quantitative and especially qualitative effects of river restoration on groundwater are usually examined too late or not in enough detail. In this applied research project, we will investigate strategies and technical instructions for an improved consideration of groundwater as part of river restoration projects.



  • Environmental Engineer – Ecole des Mines de Saint Etienne
  • PhD Hydrogeology – ETH Zürich





  • Magnusson J, Kobierska F, Huxol S, Hayashi M, Jonas T, Kirchner JW. 2014. Melt water driven stream and groundwater stage fluctuations on a glacier forefield (Damma gletscher, Switzerland). Hydrological Processes 28(3): 823–83. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9633. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hyp.9633/abstract



  • Kobierska F, Engeland K, Thorarinsdottir T. 2017. Evaluation of design flood estimates – a case study for Norway. Hydrology Research.
    DOI: 10.2166/nh.2017.068.


  • Andrianaki M, Shrestha J, Kobierska F, Nikolaidis N P, and Bernasconi S M. 2019. Assessment of SWAT spatial and temporal transferability for a high-altitude glacierized catchment, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 3219–3232, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-3219-2019


  • Kobierska F, Kasteel R & Prasuhn V. 2020. Losses of plant protection products via drainages – Conceptual model and mitigation measures. Agroscope Science 98, https://doi.org/10.34776/as98e



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