Dominik Wisser

Dominik Wisser

Geospatial Data Scientist and Water Resources Engineer

About me

I am a data scientist and water resources engineer with 15+ years of broad experience in modeling of natural systems, strong analytical skills (statistics, remote sensing, geospatial data analysis, machine learning) applied to multiple domains (water resources, crop yield, climate change impact studies) and at multiple scales (local, regional, and global). Experienced in data mining, handling, processing, and visualization (PowerBI, Tableau, RShiny). Effective communications skills, written, editorial and public speaking skills through teaching, supervision, research papers and conference presentations for audiences in diverse cultural backgrounds and difficult environments. In 2019, I founded, with the aim to provide consulting services related to analysis and visualization of data and water resources modeling and assessment.


  • Data Analysis
  • Data Visulization
  • Information Retrieval
  • Water Resources Assessments


  • PhD in Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering, 2009

    Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

  • MSc Water Resources Engineering and Management (WARM), 2002

    University of Stuttgart, Germany

  • BSc in Civil Engineering (Water resources), 1999

    University of Siegen, Germany



Data analysis

Data visualiztion

Shiny, PowerBI, Tableau

Water Resources

Modelling and Assessment



Natural Resources Consultant

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Apr 2016 – Present Rome, Italy
Analyzed large agronomic and biophysical data sets from different sources. Developed models for estimating water use in livestock. Visualized data sets in several RShiny apps.Developed models and tools to implement constraints of natural resources (land, water, yields) in economic models, based on a variety of hydrological, climate, and crop model data sets. Developed tools to calculate greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector under future conditions.

Senior Reseacher

Center for Development Reseearch (ZEF)

Jan 2016 – Dec 2016 Bonn, Germany
Lead climate change impact studies on water resources and crop production in West Africa as Hydrologist for the West African Service Center for Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL). Supervised Ph.D. students in West Africa . Lead writing of several grant proposals.

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Utrecht University

Feb 2011 – Oct 2012 Utrecht, The Netherlands
Developed models and tools for global, near-real-time water scarcity assessments based on in-situ information, satellite data, and hydrological models.

Research Scientist

Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space

Jan 2006 – Feb 2011 Durham (NH), USA
Developed methods to assess the impact of human interventions (irrigation and reservoirs) in the water cycle using macroscale hydrological models. Adapted and applied hydrological models to investigate the impacts of small reservoirs on food security. Adapted thermo-dynamic 1-D model to be used at the continental scale to analyze impacts of permafrost thawing on soil carbon. Participated in grant proposals with other teams.

Research Scientist

Institute for Water Management, Hydrology and Environmental Engineering

Jan 2002 – Dec 2005 Bochum, Germany
Coordinated water resources assessments and developed water demand models for regions in Southern Europe with partners from five countries in the project ‘Developing Strategies for Regulating and Managing Water Resources and Demand in Water Deficient Regions’ (EU funded). Adapted hydro-economic models to include irrigation water requirements.

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