Division of Hydrology and Water Resources
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Mikołaj Piniewski
+48 22 59 35309
Student hours: 
Wednesday 11:00-12:00

Year 2019/2020: 
- modelling of water resources
- water resources management and modelling

Additional information: 

Potential PhD students: WULS Doctoral School https://www.sggw.pl/nauka/sekcja-obslugi-nauki/szkola-doktorska_
Post-doc opportunities: the Ulam Programme of NAWA https://nawa.gov.pl/en/scientists/the-ulam-programme
Research interests:

  • hydrological modelling
  • climate change impacts on water resources
  • hydrological and agricultural droughts
  • effect of flow variability and extremes on riverine biota
  • environmental flows
  • effectiveness of natural water retention measures 
  • effectiveness of best management practices
  • climate services and development of hydro-climatological data sets
  • systematic reviews and meta-analyses

Academic degrees:

  • 2019: Habiltation degree in Technical Sciences in the field of Environmental Engineering proceeded by the Cracow University of Technology. Title of scientific achievement: Macro-scale analyses of water resources under changing climate.
  • 2012: PhD degree in Technical Sciences in the field of Environmental Engineering awarded by the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management - National Research Institute, Poland. Title of dissertation: Impacts of natural and anthropogenic conditions on the hydrological regime of rivers: A Narew River Basin case study.
  • 2007: MSc in Applied Mathematics from the University of Warsaw (College of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences).


  • Piniewski, M., Marcinkowski, P., Koskiaho, J., Tattari, S. 2019. The effect of sampling frequency and strategy on water quality modelling driven by high-frequency monitoring data in a boreal catchment. doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.124186 (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022169419309217?via%3Dihub)
  • Macura, B., Piniewski, M., Księżniak, M., Osuch, P., Haddaway, N.R., Ek, F., Anderson, K., Tattari, S. 2019. Effectiveness of ecotechnologies in agriculture for the recovery and reuse of carbon and nutrients in the Baltic and boreo-temperate regions: a systematic map. Environ Evid 8, 39 (2019) doi:10.1186/s13750-019-0183-1 (https://environmentalevidencejournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13750-019-0183-1)
  • O’Keeffe, J., Marcinkowski, P., Utratna, M., Piniewski, M., Kardel, I., Kundzewicz, Z.W., Okruszko, T. 2019. Modelling Climate Change’s Impact on the Hydrology of Natura 2000 Wetland Habitats in the Vistula and Odra River Basins in Poland. Water 2019, 11, 2191. doi: 10.3390/w11102191 (https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/11/10/2191)
  • Parasiewicz, P., King, E., Webb, A., Piniewski, M., Comoglio, C., Wolter, C., Buijse, T., Bjerklie, D., Vezza, P., Melcher, A., Suska, K. 2019  The role of floods and droughts on riverine ecosystems under a changing climate. Fisheries Management and Ecology, doi: 10.1111/fme.12388 
  • Izydorczyk, K., Piniewski, M., Krauze, K., Courseau, L., Czyż, P., Giełczewski, M., Kardel, I., Marcinkowski, P., Szuwarta, M., Zalewski, M., Frątczak, W. 2019. The ecohydrological approach, SWAT modelling, and multi-stakeholder engagement – A system solution to diffuse pollution in the Pilica basin, Poland. Journal of Environmental Management 248, 109329, doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.109329 (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301479719310370)
  • Macura, B., Johannesdottir, S.L., Piniewski, M., Haddaway, N.R., Kvarnström, E. 2019. Effectiveness of ecotechnologies for recovery of nitrogen and phosphorus from anaerobic digestate and effectiveness of the recovery products as fertilisers: a systematic review protocol. Environmental Evidence 8, 29, doi: 10.1186/s13750-019-0173-3 (https://environmentalevidencejournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13750-019-0173-3)
  • Piniewski, M., Bieger, K., Mehdi, B. 2019 Advancements in Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) for ecohydrological modelling and application. Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology 19(2), 179-181. doi: 10.1016/j.ecohyd.2019.05.001 (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1642359319300783).
  • Mezghani, A., Dobler, A., Benestad, R., Haugen, J.E., Parding, K.M., Piniewski, M., Kundzewicz, Z.W. 2019 Sub-sampling impact on the climate change signal over Poland based on simulations from statistical and dynamical downscaling. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 58, 1061–1078, doi: 10.1175/JAMC-D-18-0179.1 (https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/full/10.1175/JAMC-D-18-0179.1).
  • Haddaway, N.R., Johannesdottir, S.L., Piniewski, M., Macura, B. 2019. What ecotechnologies exist for recycling carbon and nutrients from domestic wastewater? A systematic map protocol. Environmental Evidence, 8:1, doi: 10.1186/s13750-018-0145-z (https://environmentalevidencejournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13750-018-0145-z).
  • Haddaway, N.R., Piniewski, M., Macura, B. 2019 What evidence exists relating to effectiveness of ecotechnologies in agriculture for the recovery and reuse of carbon and nutrients in the Baltic and boreo-temperate regions? A systematic map protocol. Environmental Evidence, 8:5, doi: 10.1186/s13750-019-0150-x (https://environmentalevidencejournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13750-019-0150-x).



  • Kundzewicz, Z.W., Førland, E.J., Piniewski, M. 2017. Challenges for developing national climate services – Poland and Norway. Climate Services 8, 17-25, doi: 10.1016/j.cliser.2017.10.004 (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2405880717300687)
  • Mezghani, A., Dobler, A., Haugen, J. E., Benestad, R. E., Parding, K. M., Piniewski, M., Kardel, I., Kundzewicz, Z. W. 2017. CHASE-PL Climate Projection dataset over Poland – Bias adjustment of EURO-CORDEX simulations, Earth Syst. Sci. Data 9, 905-925 doi:10.5194/essd-9-905-2017 (https://www.earth-syst-sci-data.net/9/905/2017/)
  • Piniewski, M., Szcześniak., M., Kardel., I., Berezowski, T., Okruszko, T., Srinivasan, R., , Vikhamar-Schuler., D., Kundzewicz., Z.W. 2017 Hydrological modelling of the Vistula and Odra river basins using SWAT. Hydrol. Sci. J. 62(8), 1266-1289, doi: 10.1080/02626667.2017.1321842 (http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/MgFYHPqVGJ4NI3Euwygi/full).
  • Piniewski, M. 2017 Classification of natural flow regimes in Poland. River Research and Applications,33, 1205–1218, doi: 10.1002/rra.3153 (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/rra.3153/abstract).
  • Piniewski, M., Meresa, H.K., Romanowicz, R. Osuch, M., Szcześniak, M., Kardel, I., Okruszko, T., Mezghani, A., Kundzewicz, Z.W. 2017. What can we learn from the projections of changes of flow patterns? Results from Polish case studies. Acta Geophysica, 65(4), 809–827, doi: 10.1007/s11600-017-0061-6 (https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11600-017-0061-6)
  • Piniewski, M., Szcześniak, M., Kardel, I. 2017 CHASE-PL—Future Hydrology Data Set: Projections of Water Balance and Streamflow for the Vistula and Odra Basins, Poland. Data, 2(2), 14, doi:10.3390/data2020014 (http://www.mdpi.com/2306-5729/2/2/14/htm)
  • Piniewski, M., Szcześniak, M., Kundzewicz, Z.W., Mezghani, A., Hov, Ø. 2017 Changes in low and high flows in the Vistula and the Odra basins: model projections in the European-scale context. Hydrological Processes 31(12), 2210–2225, doi:10.1002/hyp.11176 (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hyp.11176/abstract).
  • Piniewski, M., Mezghani, A., Szcześniak, M., Kundzewicz, Z.W. 2017 Regional projections of temperature and precipitation changes: Robustness and uncertainty aspects. Meteorologische Zeitschrift,  26(2), 223-234, doi: 10.1127/metz/2017/0813 (https://www.schweizerbart.de/content/papers/download/87332).
  • Piniewski, M., Prudhomme, C., Acreman, MC., Tylec, L., Oglęcki, P., Okruszko, T., 2017 Responses of fish and invertebrates to floods and droughts in Europe. Ecohydrol. 10(1), e1793, doi:10.1002/eco.1793. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/eco.1793/full).
  • Eisner, S., Flörke, M., Chamorro, A., Daggupati, P., Donnelly, C.,  Huang, J., Hundecha, Y., Koch, H., Kalugin, A., Krylenko, I., Mishra, V., Piniewski, M., Samaniego, L., Seidou, O., Wallner, M., Krysanova, V., 2017 An ensemble analysis of climate change impacts on streamflow seasonality across 11 large river basins. Climatic Change, 141(3), 401-417, doi:10.1007/s10584-016-1844-5 (https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-016-1844-5).
  • Marcinkowski, P., Piniewski, M., Kardel, I., Szcześniak, M., Benestad, R., Srinivasan, R., Ignar, S., Okruszko, T., 2017 Effect of Climate Change on Hydrology, Sediment and Nutrient Losses in Two Lowland Catchments in Poland. Water, 9(3), 156, 156; doi:10.3390/w9030156 (http://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/9/3/156/htm).


  • Berezowski, T., Szcześniak, M., Kardel, I., Michałowski, R., Okruszko, T., Mezghani, A., Piniewski, M., 2016. CPLFD-GDPT5: high-resolution gridded daily precipitation and temperature data set for two largest Polish river basins. Earth System Science Data. 8, 127-139, 2016, doi:10.5194/ essd-8-127-2016 (http://www.earth-syst-sci-data.net/8/127/2016/)
  • Piniewski, M. 2016 Natural streamflow simulation for two largest river basins in Poland: a baseline for identification of flow alterations, Proc. IAHS, 373, 101-107, doi:10.5194/piahs-373-101-2016 (http://www.proc-iahs.net/373/101/2016/)
  • Marcinkowski, P., Piniewski, M., Kardel, I., Srinivasan, R., Okruszko, T. 2016 Challenges in modelling of water quantity and quality in two contrasting meso-scale catchments in Poland. Journal of Water and Land Development 31 (X–XII), 97–111, doi:10.1515/jwld-2016-0040 (https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jwld.2016.31.issue-1/jwld-2016-0040/jwld-2016-0040.xml)
  • Piniewski M., Szcześniak, M., Mezghani, A., Kundzewicz, Z.W., 2016 Hydroclimatic Projections for the Upper Vistula Basin. W: Kundzewicz, Z.W., Stoffel, M., Niedźwiedź, T., Wyżga, B. (Eds) Flood Risk in the Upper Vistula Basin. Part of the series GeoPlanet: Earth and Planetary Sciences, s. 331-339, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-41923-7_16 (https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-41923-7_16).
  • Krysanova, V., Kundzewicz, Z.W., Piniewski, M., 2016 Assessment of climate change impacts on water resources W: V.P. Singh (Ed.) Handbook of applied hydrology, Nowy Jork : McGraw-Hill Education, s. 148.1-148.12 (https://www.mhprofessional.com/9780071835091-usa-handbook-of-applied-hydrology-second-edition-group).


  • Piniewski M., Marcinkowski P., Kardel I., Giełczewski M., Izydorczyk K., Frątczak W. 2015 Spatial quantification of non-point source pollution in a meso-scale catchment for an assessment of buffer zones efficiency. Water 7(5), 1889-1920, DOI: 10.3390/w7051889 (http://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/7/5/1889).
  • Szporak-Wasilewska S., Piniewski M., Kubrak J., Okruszko T. 2015 What we can learn from a wetland water balance? Narew National Park case study. Ecohydrobiology & Hydrobiology. DOI 10.1016/j.ecohyd.2015.02.003 (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1642359315000130).
  • Szcześniak M., Piniewski M. 2015. Improvement of hydrological simulations by applying daily precipitation interpolation schemes in meso-scale catchments. Water. 7(2), 747-779, DOI: 10.3390/w7020747 (http://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/7/2/747).



  • Piniewski, M., Voss, F., Bärlund, I., Okruszko, T., Kundzewicz, Z.W. 2013. Effect of modelling scale on the assessment of climate change impact on river runoff. Hydrol. Sci. J. 58(4), 737-754, DOI:10.1080/02626667.2013.778411 (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02626667.2013.778411#.UY35eLUyGdE).
  • Marcinkowski, P., Piniewski, M., Kardel, I., Giełczewski, M., Okruszko, T. 2013. Modelling of discharge, nitrate and phosphate loads from the Reda catchment to the Puck Lagoon using SWAT. Annals of Warsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGW Land Reclammation 45(2), 125-141 (http://ann_landreclam.sggw.pl/z452/art1.pdf).


  • Piniewski, M., Gottschalk, L., Krasovskaia, I., Chormański, J. 2012. A GIS-based model for testing effects of restoration measures in wetlands: A case study in the Kampinos National Park, Poland. Ecol. Eng. 44, 25-35, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2012.03.013 (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925857412001085).
  • Okruszko, T.,  Giełczewski, M., Stelmaszczyk, M., Piniewski, M., Utratna, M. 2012. The Narew River basin management problems - integrated approach. In: Transboundary Aquifers in the Eastern Borders of The European Union  (Nałęcz T. ed.) NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security Series. Springer-Verlag New York LLC, 163-180, DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-3949-9 (http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-94-007-3949-9/page/1#section=1...).


  • Piniewski, M., Acreman, M.C., Stratford, C.S., Okruszko, T., Giełczewski, M., Teodorowicz, M., Rycharski, M., Oświecimska-Piasko, Z. 2011. Estimation of environmental flows in semi-natural lowland rivers - the Narew basin case study. Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 20(5), 1281-1293 (http://www.pjoes.com/pdf/20.5/Pol.J.Environ.Stud.Vol.20.No.5.1281-1293.pdf).
  • Piniewski, M., Okruszko, T. 2011. Multi-site calibration and validation of the hydrological component of SWAT in a large lowland catchment. In: Modelling of Hydrological Processes in the Narew Catchment (Świątek D., Okruszko T. eds) Geoplanet: Earth and Planetary Sciences, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 15-41,  DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-19059-9_2 (http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-642-19059-9_2).
  • Giełczewski, M., Stelmaszczyk, M., Piniewski, M., Okruszko, T. 2011. How can we involve stakeholders in the development of water scenarios? Narew River Basin case study. Journal of Water and Climate Change. 2(2-3), 166-179,  DOI: 10.2166/wcc.2011.027 (http://www.iwaponline.com/jwc/002/jwc0020166.htm)
  • Gottschalk, L., Krasovskaia, I., Piniewski, M. Chormański, J. 2011. GIS-based model for environmental restoration works. WULS Press, Warszawa, pp 71.


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