Federal Institute for Hydrology

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Federal Institute for Hydrology
- BfG -

Federal Institute for Hydrology-Logo.svg
State level Federation
Supervisory authority Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
founding 1949
Headquarters Koblenz
Authority management Birgit Esser
Servants circa 380
Web presence www.bafg.de
Building of the Federal Institute for Hydrology in Koblenz

The Federal Institute for Hydrology ( BfG ) is a German scientific institute with the rank of higher federal authority in the business area of ​​the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure , based in Koblenz .


The tasks of the Federal Agency include the collection and documentation of data on the German federal waterways , such as inflow and outflow quantities of the waters and the resulting water levels . The entry and shipment of material loads into the federal waterways and their consequences for the maintenance and expansion of the waters are another topic of the authority. For this purpose, the ecosystems in and around the waters are also examined.

The BfG operates various water information systems, e.g. B. on water levels, and is editor of the journal Hydrology and Water Management (HyWa).


Towards the end of the 19th century, a joint water committee of the German states was founded as a result of several flood disasters. The Prussian State Institute for Hydrology was established in Prussia in 1902 , and in 1928 the office for main leveling and water level monitoring was incorporated. In the course of centralization during the National Socialist era, the state institute was appointed General Inspector for Water and Energy .

In the area of ​​the GDR, the research institute for shipping, water and soil science , later the main office for hydrology and finally the institute for water management in Berlin took over this work.

In the western countries, the Research Institute for Hydrology was founded in Windelsbleiche on January 1, 1948 , which was relocated to Bielefeld in 1949 and renamed the Federal Institute for Hydrology. The Federal Institute has had its headquarters in Koblenz since 1952 . The Berlin branch that existed after German reunification was closed in 2002.

The UNESCO International Water Center has existed here since 2014 .

Web links

Commons : Federal Institute for Hydrology  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. http://www.bafg.de/DE/03_Die_BfG/02_Organisation/organisation_node.html
  2. ^ BFG organization. Federal Institute for Hydrology, accessed on June 14, 2013 .