Prof. Dr. René Orth

Former groupleader

Main Focus


    Key Publications

      Denissen, J.M.C., A.J. Teuling, A.J. Pitman, S. Koirala, M. Migliavacca, W. Li, M. Reichstein, A.J. Winkler, C. Zhan, and R. Orth (2022)
      Widespread shift from ecosystem energy to water limitation with climate change
      Nature Climate Change
      , 12, 677–684, doi: 10.1038/s41558-022-01403-8

      Li, W., M. Migliavacca, M. Forkel, J.M.C. Denissen, M. Reichstein, H. Yang, G. Duveiller, U. Weber, and R. Orth (2022)
      Widespread increasing vegetation sensitivity to soil moisture
      Nature Communications, 3959, doi: 10.1038/s41467-022-31667-9

      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

      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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