The University of Copenhagen is the largest research and education institution in Denmark. The University is highly competitive and is ranked as one of the leading universities globally with the most recent ARWU ranking placed the University as No. 35 worldwide and No. 6 in Europe. The Water Resources Group within the Geology Section at the Department of Geosciences and Nature Management is a world-leading centre on hydrology and water resources. It hosts the 10 year national-funded Centre for Hydrology (HOBE, 11.8 million €) bringing together all hydrological research communities in Denmark and collaborating internationally with similar international networks around the world. The fundamental philosophy is to blend field work with process understanding using advanced numerical simulation tools.
UCPH is managing the Danish hydrological observatory within the Skjern river catchment (HOBE experimental site http://www.hobecenter.dk/) in order to carry out integrated and interdisciplinary measurements and experiments at multiple spatial and temporal scales. The HOBE site creates a high density multi-scale data set that provide a platform for long-term innovative interdisciplinary hydrological research, particularly with respect to development of improved process understandings, scaling theories and integrated hydrological models.
The site has been instrumented with a range of sensors including soil moisture network, piezometers, temperature sensors and geophysical instruments (GPR, ERT). It hosts regularly campaigns of airborne remote sensing, temperature and water isotope measurements.