Prof Dr.-Ing. Erik Pasche (1955-2010)


In memory of Prof Dr.-Ing. Erik Pasche (1955-2010), Technical University of Hamburg and Harburg

With immense sadness the CORFU project team was informed of the unexpected death of Professor Erik Pasche on 30th November 2010.

There are no words to express our sorrow. Erik’s brilliant mind, endless energy and personal charm will be sadly missed.  CORFU project partners would like to extend sincere sympathies to his family, colleagues and friends, particularly his daughters, Katarina and Sarah.

CORFU has lost a dedicated team leader and a great friend.  Our project and the numerous other pursuits in which Erik played a key role will suffer the loss. CORFU project will continue as Erik would have wished.

Erik had more than 25 years of research experience in the field of hydrodynamics, hydrological modelling, flood management, experimental research in the field of hydroinformatics.

Erik Pasche studied at the RWTH Aachen and received his doctorate there with distinction. For his doctoral thesis on 'Turbulence mechanisms in natural rivers and streams and their mathematical modeling' he received the Borchers Medal for outstanding research in 1984 at the RWTH Aachen.  He then conducted research as a NATO fellow at the University of California at Davis. Prior to joining TUHH, the native of Dresden was co-partner of the engineering firm Björnsen Consulting Engineers in Koblenz, for which he worked as a research consultant. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Pasche was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Exeter in 2008.

Erik Pasche was a visiting professor at the UNESCO-IHE at Delft University. He was a board member of the Port Technology Association and director of several working groups of the Federal Association of Engineers for Water Management, Waste Management and Land and the German Association for Water, sewage and waste. He was Vice-Chairman and German representative of the COST initiative C22 - Urban Flood Management, the Hamburg election commitment for international climate protection.

On his initiative, in July 2012, the International Conference on Hydroinformatics will be held for the first time in Hamburg.  This biennial conference will host more than 300 experts in the field of hydraulic engineering and climate change.