Chapter 20. The Ruhr Catchment (Germany) – The Contribution of Reservoirs to Integrated River Basin Management

  1. Robert C. Ferrier2 and
  2. Alan Jenkins3
  1. Gerd Morgenschweis

Published Online: 28 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444307672.ch20

Handbook of Catchment Management

Handbook of Catchment Management

How to Cite

Morgenschweis, G. (2009) The Ruhr Catchment (Germany) – The Contribution of Reservoirs to Integrated River Basin Management, in Handbook of Catchment Management (eds R. C. Ferrier and A. Jenkins), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444307672.ch20

Editor Information

  1. 2

    The Macaulay Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen AB15 8QH, UK

  2. 3

    Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Maclean Building, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 8BB, UK

Author Information

  1. Water Resources Management Department of Ruhrverband, Kronprinzenstr. 37, 45128 Essen, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 OCT 2009
  2. Published Print: 2 NOV 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405171229

Online ISBN: 9781444307672



  • Ruhr catchment (Germany) – reservoirs in integrated river basin management;
  • Ruhr catchment;
  • ‘Ruhr River Association’ (Ruhrverband);
  • Ruhr River Basin operational water quantity management;
  • daily weather forecasts of German Weather Service (DWD);
  • RRM model system - operational water quantity management tool;
  • reservoir operation during flood events;
  • Vorhersagemodell or Flood Forecast Model (VMOD);
  • flood action plans for Ruhr River and main tributary;
  • increased fish mortality in Ruhr in spring


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Ruhr Catchment

  • Operational Water Quantity Management in the Ruhr River Basin

  • Operation of Reservoirs during Low-Flow Periods

  • Operation of Reservoirs during Flood Events

  • Integrated Water Quantity and Water Quality Management

  • Summary and Future Issues

  • References