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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 weather events: Biophysical and societal impacts, interactions, legacy effects
  • Earth system modelling: Constraining models, required model complexity, machine learning
  • Forecasts/Projections: Hydroclimatic forecasts, climate projections, socio-economic implications

Key Publications

Orth, R., S. O, J. Zscheischler, M.D. Mahecha, and M. Reichstein (2022)
Contrasting biophysical and social impacts of hydro-meteorological extremes
Env. Res. Lett., doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/ac4139

Orth, R. (2021)
When the Land Surface Shifts Gears
AGU Advances, 2(2), e2021AV000414, doi: 10.1029/2020AV000283

Li, W., M. Migliavacca, M. Forkel, S. Walther, M. Reichstein, and R. Orth (2021)
Revisiting global vegetation controls using multi-layer soil moisture
Geophys. Res. Lett., 48(11), e2021GL092856, doi: 10.1029/2021GL092856

O, S., E. Dutra, and R. Orth (2020)
Robustness of process-based versus data-driven modelling in changing climatic conditions
J. Hydrometeorol. 21(9), 1929-1944, doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-20-0072.1

Orth, R., and G. Destouni (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

FULL LIST of Publications


EU H2020 Project MYRIAD, Multi-hazard and systemic framework for enhancing risk-informed management and decision-making in the E.U.
[2021 - 2025, Participant]

DFG Emmy Noether Group, Hydrology-Biosphere-Climate Interactions
[2018 - 2023, PI]

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

EU FP7 Project DROUGHT-R&SPI, Fostering European Drought Research and Science-Policy Interfacing
[2011 - 2014, Participant]

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


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

Supervisor of >15 BSc, MSc & PhD theses

Vorlesung Klimawandel / Lecture on Climate Change

Elected representative of the institute to the CPT section of the Max Planck Society

Member of Die Junge Akademie

Faculty member of institute's graduate school (IMPRS-gBGC)

Reviewer of >70 manuscripts (e.g. Nature Clim. Change, Nature Geosci., Nature Ecol. & Evol. , GRL, Clim. Dyn., Hydr. Earth Syst. Sci.)

Reviewer of >5 proposals (e.g. German Research Foundation (DFG), UK National Environment Research Council (NERC), Czech Science Foundation (GACR))

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