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René Orth

Group Leader Hydrology-Biosphere-Climate Interactions

Phone: +49 3641 576250
Room: C2.022

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Research Interests | Key Publications | Projects | Trajectory | Community Service

Research Interests

  • Land-atmosphere coupling: Soil moisture-vegetation-climate feedbacks in a changing climate
  • Extreme events: Droughts, heat waves and their impacts
  • Earth system modelling: Constraining models, required model complexity
  • Forecasting: Seasonal hydroclimatic predictions and their agricultural applicability

Key Publications

Orth, R., and G. Destoni (2018)
Drought reduces blue-water fluxes more strongly than green-water fluxes in Europe
Nature Communications, 9, 3602, doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-06013-7

Orth, R., J. Zscheischler, and S.I. Seneviratne (2016)
Record dry summer in 2015 challenges precipitation projections in Central Europe
Sci. Rep., 6, 28334, doi: 10.1038/srep28334

Orth, R., M.M. Vogel, J. Luterbacher, C. Pfister, and S.I. Seneviratne (2016)
Did European temperatures in 1540 exceed present-day records?
Env. Res. Lett., 11, 114021, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/11/114021

Orth, R., E. Dutra, and F. Pappenberger (2016)
Improving weather predictability by including land-surface model parameter uncertainty
Mon. Weather Rev., 144(4), 1551-1569, doi: 10.1175/MWR-D-15-0283.1

Orth, R., M. Staudinger, S.I. Seneviratne, J. Seibert, and M. Zappa (2015)
Does model performance improve with complexity? A case study with three hydrological models
J. Hydrol., 523, 147-159, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.01.044

Whan, K., J. Zscheischler, R. Orth, M. Shongwe, M. Rahimi, E. Asare, and S.I. Seneviratne (2015)
Impact of soil moisture on extreme maximum temperatures in Europe
Weather and Climate Extremes, 9, 57-67, doi: 10.1016/j.wace.2015.05.001

FULL LIST of Publications


DFG Emmy Noether Group, Hydrology-Biosphere-Climate Interactions
[2018 - 2023, 1'175 kEUR]

SNF Advanced Postdoc Mobility, Multivariate analysis of hydrology-climate dynamics in a changing climate
[2017 - 2020, 176 kEUR]

ETH Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Award, Influence of soil moisture on temperature variability in IPCC AR4 climate scenarios
[2008 - 2010, 29 kEUR]


since 2018 Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
2017 Researcher, Stockholm University, Sweden
2016 Senior Scientist, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
2013 - 2016
05-07/2015, 09/2016
Postdoctoral Scientist, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Visiting scientist, European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts, Reading, UK
2010 - 2013
PhD thesis, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Visiting student, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA
2008 - 2010 MSc in Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
2005 - 2008
BSc in Earth Science, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Erasmus exchange semester, University of Leeds, UK

Community Service

Editor for PLOS ONE

Vorlesung Klimawandel / Lecture on Climate Change

Reviewing articles for >10 research journals (e.g. Nature Clim. Change, Nature Geosci., GRL, Clim. Dyn., Hydr. Earth Syst. Sci.)

Reviewing proposals for DFG (German Research Foundation)

Supervising BSc, MSc & PhD theses

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