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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

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

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., 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

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

Supervising 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)

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) and NERC (UK National Environment Research Council)

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