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Tina Trautmann

PhD student in the Global Diagnostic Modelling Group


C1.014 (tower)


+49 3641 576229


My PhD Topic

In my PhD research I aim to investigate the impact of vegetation on the variability of terrestrial water storages (TWS). Therefore I take advantage of state-of-the-art earth observation products, for example anomalies of TWS obtained by the GRACE satellites, to constrain preferably simple hydrological models.

Research Interests

  • large scale hydrological modelling
  • variations of terrestrial water storages
  • the interaction between vegetation and the hydrological cycle
  • earth-observation based products
  • model-data fusion techniques and multi-criteria model calibration


  • Trautmann, T., Koirala, S., Carvalhais, N., Eicker, A., Fink, M., Niemann, C., Jung, M. (2018). Understanding terrestrial water storage variations in northern latitudes across scales. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 22(7), 4061-4082. doi:10.5194/hess-22-4061-2018.

Posters & Talks

  • 05/2020 -
EGU General Assembly 2020, online conference -
PICO/Display: Using Earth Observation Data of Vegetation to iprove global hydrological Simulations
  • 12/2019 -
AGU Fall Meeting 2019, San Francisco, USA -
Talk: Improving the Representation of Vegetation in Global Hydrological Models using Earth Observation Data
  • 11/2018 -
ESA CCI Soil Moisture User Workshop 2018, TU Wien, Vienna, Austria -
Talk: Improving a hydrological model with global (soil moisture) data
  • 05/2018 -
8th GEWEX Open Science Conference: Stremes and Water on the Edge, Canmore, Canada -
Poster & Lightning Talk: Understanding spatio-temporal variations of the Terrestrial Water Storage
  • 04/2017 -
EGU General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria -
PICO: Understanding the spatio-temporal composition of Terrestrial Water Storage variations usaing a model-data fusion approach


  • 10/2017 -
Friedrich Schiller University Jena: Exam Award 2017 of the Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Science

Professional Background

  • 09/2019 - 11/2019
visiting PhD Student at the Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo
  • 02/2017 - ongoing
PhD Student at MPI-BGC and University of Potsdam
  • 08/2016 - 12/2016
Scientist at MPI-BGC
  • 10/2015 - 07/2016
Master Thesis at MPI-BGC (Macroscopic diagnostic modeling of the hydrological cycle: Understanding the dynamics of water pools in snow affected regions)
  • 10/2013 - 07/2016
M.Sc. in Geoinformatics at Friedrich-Schiller University Jena
  • 10/2010 - 09/2013
B.Sc. in Geography at Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena

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