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Maik Renner
Researcher (PostDoc) / Wissenschaftler

Contact Information

Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
Hans-Knöll Str. 10
07745 Jena, Germany
Email: mrenner at
phone: +49 3641 57 6223
room: A2.023
ORCID: 0000-0002-2992-8414


2008 - 2013 : PhD
TU Dresden, at the Chair of meteorology as scholar of the HIGRADE graduate school of the UFZ
Research topic: Land use effects and climate impacts on evapotranspiration and catchment water balance pdf
supervised by Prof. Christian Bernhofer

2007 - 2008 : Internship on (ensemble) flow forecasting at Deltares

2002 - 2008 : TU Dresden - Diplom Hydrologe

Research Interests

I am a hydrologist (TU Dresden) with research interests in hydrological forecasting 1,2,10 , hydro-climatology and the role of topography, soils and vegetation. During my PhD I investigated the response of evaporation and catchment water balance to transient changes in climate and land cover 4,5,8. I also looked at changes in the timing of seasonal runoff and how this corresponds to changes in the annual cycle of temperature 3,14.
Now, in CAOS we aim to identify organizing principles of energy, water and matter fluxes from the point 15 to the catchment scale. Particularly, the use of fundamental constraints of energy conversions to understand and to predict earth system processes 7,9,11,12,13,16 attracted me to join the work group.


[16] Dhara, C., Renner, M., Kleidon, A. (2016). Broad climatological variation of surface energy balance partitioning across land and ocean predicted from the maximum power limit. Geophysical Research Letters, 43(14), 7686-7693. doi:10.1002/2016GL070323 epdf.

[15] Renner, M., Hassler, S. K., Blume, T., Weiler, M., Hildebrandt, A., Guderle, M., Schymanski, S. J., and Kleidon, A.: Dominant controls of transpiration along a hillslope transect inferred from ecohydrological measurements and thermodynamic limits, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 2063-2083, doi:10.5194/hess-20-2063-2016, 2016 pdf.

[14] C Kormann, T Francke, M Renner, A Bronstert, Attribution of high resolution streamflow trends in Western Austria – an approach based on climate and discharge station data, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 1225-1245, doi:10.5194/hess-19-1225-2015, 2015.

[13] A Kleidon, M Renner, Geoengineering ist keine Lösung -- Der globale Wasserkreislauf im Klimasystem, Physik in unserer Zeit, 46, 27-31, 2015. (supplementary online material).

[12] A Kleidon, B Kravitz, M Renner, The hydrological sensitivity to global warming and solar geoengineering derived from thermodynamic constraints, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 138-144, 2015. DOI: 10.1002/2014GL062589 (supplementary online material).

[11] Kleidon, A., Renner, M., and Porada, P.: Estimates of the climatological land surface energy and water balance derived from maximum convective power, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 2201-2218, doi:10.5194/hess-18-2201-2014, 2014.

[10] Renner, M. and M. Werner. 2013. How to use new information technologies for prediction: Ensemble flow forecasting, verification and post-processing. In: Putting Prediction in Ungauged Basins into Practice. eds. J.W. Pomeroy, P.H. Whitfield, and C. Spence. Canadian Water Resources Association. 101-116.

[9] A Kleidon, M Renner, A simple explanation for the sensitivity of the hydrologic cycle to surface temperature and solar radiation and its implications for global climate change, Earth Syst. Dynam., 4, 455-465, 2013.

[8] Renner, M., Brust, K., Schwärzel, K., Volk, M., and Bernhofer, C.: Separating the effects of changes in land cover and climate: a hydro-meteorological analysis of the past 60 yr in Saxony, Germany, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 389-405, doi:10.5194/hess-18-389-2014, 2014.

[7] A Kleidon, M Renner, Thermodynamic limits of hydrologic cycling within the Earth system: concepts, estimates and implications, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci.,17, 2873-2892, 2013.

[6] Spank, U., Schwärzel, K., Renner, M., Moderow, U., and Bernhofer, C.: Effects of measurement uncertainties of meteorological data on estimates of site water balance components, Journal of Hydrology, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2013.03.047, 2013.

[5] Renner, M. and Bernhofer, C.: Applying simple water-energy balance frameworks to predict the climate sensitivity of streamflow over the continental United States, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 16, 2531–2546, doi:10.5194/hess-16-2531-2012, 2012.

[4] Renner, M., Seppelt, R., and Bernhofer, C.: Evaluation of water-energy balance frameworks to predict the sensitivity of streamflow to climate change, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 16, 1419–1433, doi:10.5194/hess-16-1419-2012, 2012.

[3] Renner, M. and Bernhofer, C.: Long term variability of the annual hydrological regime and sensitivity to temperature phase shifts in Saxony/Germany, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 15, 1819–1833, doi:10.5194/hess-15-1819-2011, 2011.

[2] Renner, M., Werner, M., Rademacher, S., and Sprokkereef, E.: Verification of ensemble flow forecasts for the River Rhine, Journal of Hydrology, 376, 463–475, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2009.07.059, 2009.

[1] Reggiani, P., Renner, M., Weerts, A., and van Gelder, P.: Uncertainty assessment via Bayesian revision of ensemble streamflow predictions in the operational river Rhine forecasting system, Water Resources Research, 45, W02428, doi:10.1029/2007WR006758, 2009.


Regionaler Wasserhaushalt, Klima und Waldsterben

Hydrologie und Wasserwirtschaft, 2014/3 pdf
Thüringer Landeszeitung, 19.04.2014 pdf

Klimawandel, Wasserkreislauf und Geoengineering

EGU Pressemitteilung der European Geosciences Union EGU vom 05.12.2013
Beitrag in der Ostthüringer Zeitung OTZ vom 15.12.2013
Rheinlandpfalz am Sonntag vom 02.02.2014 pdf

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