René Orth | Publications | Projects | Teaching | CV

Dr. René Orth

Address

René Orth
Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science
Universitätstrasse 16
8092 Zürich
Switzerland

rene.orth@env.ethz.ch

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Research interests

 

Peer-reviewed publications

================================== 2017 ====================================

Variability of soil moisture and sea surface temperatures similarly important for warm-season climate in the Community Earth System Model.
Orth, R., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2017
J. Climate, 30, 2141-2162, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0567.1
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Advancing land surface model development with satellite-based Earth observations.
Orth, R., E. Dutra, I.F. Trigo, and G. Balsamo, 2017
Hydr. Earth Syst. Sci., in press, doi: 10.5194/hess-2016-628

Investigating soil moisture-climate interactions with prescribed soil moisture experiments: an assessment with the Community Earth System Model.
Hauser, M., R. Orth, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2017
Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 1665-1677, doi: 10.5194/gmd-2016-209
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Refining multi-model projections of temperature extremes by evaluation against observations-based land-atmosphere coupling diagnostics.
Sippel, S., J. Zscheischler, M.D. Mahecha, R. Orth, M. Reichstein, M.M. Vogel, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2017
Earth Syst. Dynam., in press, doi: 10.5194/esd-2016-48

Regional amplification of extreme temperatures strongly controlled by soil moisture-temperature feedbacks.
Vogel, M.M., R. Orth, F. Cheruy, S. Hagemann, B.J.J.M. van den Hurk, R. Lorenz, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2017
Geophys. Res. Lett., 44(3) 1511-1519, doi: 10.1002/2016GL071235
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Did European temperatures in 1540 exceed present-day records?
Orth, R., M.M. Vogel, J. Luterbacher, C. Pfister, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2016
Env. Res. Lett., 11, 114021, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/11/114021
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Record dry summer in 2015 challenges precipitation projections in Central Europe.
Orth, R., J. Zscheischler, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2016
Sci. Rep., 6, 28334, doi: 10.1038/srep28334
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Improving weather predictability by including land-surface model parameter uncertainty.
Orth, R., E. Dutra, and F. Pappenberger, 2016
Mon. Weather Rev., 144(4), 1551-1569, doi: 10.1175/MWR-D-15-0283.1
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Role of soil moisture vs. recent climate change for heat waves in western Russia.
Hauser, M.,  R. Orth, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2016
Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, doi: 10.1002/2016GL068036
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================================== 2015 ====================================

Introduction of a simple-model-based land surface dataset for Europe.
Orth, R., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2015
Env. Res. Lett., 10, 044012, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/4/044012
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Does model performance improve with complexity? A case study with three hydrological models.
Orth, R., M. Staudinger, S.I. Seneviratne, J. Seibert, and M. Zappa, 2015
J. Hydrol., 523, 147-159, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.01.044
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Impact of soil moisture on extreme maximum temperatures in Europe.
Whan, K., J. Zscheischler,  R. Orth, M. Shongwe, M. Rahimi, E. Asare, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2015
Weather and Climate Extremes, 9, 57-67,  doi: 10.1016/j.wace.2015.05.001
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A sub-monthly database for detecting changes in vegetation-atmosphere coupling.
Zscheischler, J., R. Orth, and S. I. Seneviratne 2015
Geophys. Res. Lett., 42(22), 9816-9824, doi: 10.1002/2015GL066563
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================================== 2014 ====================================

Using soil moisture forecasts for sub-seasonal summer temperature predictions in Europe.
Orth, R., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2014
Climate Dynamics, 43 (12), 3403-3418, doi: 10.1007/s00382-014-2112-x
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================================== 2013 ====================================

Inferring soil moisture memory from streamflow observations using a simple water balance model.
Orth, R., R.D. Koster, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2013
J. Hydrometeorology, 14 (6), 1773-1790, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-12-099.1
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Propagation of soil moisture memory to streamflow and evapotranspiration in Europe.
Orth, R., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2013
Hydr. Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 3895-3911, doi:10.5194/hess-17-3895-2013
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Predictability of soil moisture and streamflow on sub-seasonal timescales: A case study.
Orth, R., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2013
J. Geophysical Res. - Atmospheres, 118, 10963-10979, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50846
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================================== 2012 ====================================

Analysis of soil moisture memory from observations in Europe.
Orth, R., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2012
J. Geophys. Res. - Atmospheres, 117, D15115, doi:10.1029/2011JD017366
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Publications in review

Global evaluation of runoff from ten state-of-the-art hydrological models.
Beck, H.E., A.I.J.M. van Dijk, A. de Roo, E. Dutra, G. Fink, R. Orth, and J. Schellekens
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss.
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Methods and model dependency of extreme event attribution: The 2015 European drought.
Hauser, M., L. Gudmundsson, R. Orth, A. Jezequel, K. Haustein, R. Vautard, G.J. van Oldenborgh, and S.I. Seneviratne
B. Am. Meteorol. Soc.

A global water resources ensemble of hydrological models: the eartH2Observe Tier-1 dataset.
Schellekens, J., E. Dutra, G. Balsamo, A. van Dijk, F.S. Weiland, M. Minvielle, J.-C. Calvet, B. Decharme, S. Eisner, G. Fink, M. Flörke, S. Peßenteiner, R. van Beek, J. Polcher, H. Beck, A. Martínez-de la Torre, R. Orth, B. Calton, S. Burke, W. Dorigo, and G. Weedon
Earth Syst. Sci. Data Discuss.
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Evaluation of the HadGEM3-A simulations in view of climate and weather event human influence attribution in Europe.
Vautard, R., N. Christidis, A. Ciavarella, C. Alvarez-Castro, O. Bellprat, B. Christiansen, I. Colfescu, T. Cowan, F. Doblas-Reyes, J. Eden, M. Hauser, G. Hegerl, N. Hempelmann, K. Klehmet, F. Lott, C. Nangini, R. Orth, S. Radanovics, S.I. Seneviratne, G.J. van Oldenborgh, P. Stott, S. Tett, L. Wilcox, P. Yiou
Climate Dynamics

European crop yields predicted by bivariate return periods of temperature and precipitation.
Zscheischler, J., R. Orth, and S.I. Seneviratne
Biogeosciences Discuss.
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Other publications

Trockenheit in der Schweiz - Ergebnisse des NFP-61-Projektes Drought-CH.
Seneviratne, S.I., R. Orth, S. Jörg-Hess, S. Kruse, I. Seidl, M. Stähli, M. Zappa, J. Seibert M. Staudinger, K. Stahl, and M. Weiler, 2013
Aqua & Gas, 9, 38-47
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Persistence of soil moisture - Controls, associated predictability and implications for land surface climate.
Orth, R., 2013
PhD Thesis, ETH Zürich
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Advancing land surface model development with satellite-based Earth observations.
Orth, R., E. Dutra, I.F. Trigo, and G. Balsamo, 2017
ECMWF Tech. Memo
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Awards and acquired funding

Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Award [2008 - 2010, 29 kEUR]

SNF Advanced Postdoc Mobility [2017 - 2020, 176 kEUR]
 

 

Supervision & Teaching

Lecturer and exercise teacher in  Land-Climate Interactions lecture (2013-2015)

Teacher in  Hydrological and Climatological Field Course (2012-2013) and exercise teacher in  Basic Statistics Lecture (2007-2011)

PhD Thesis of Mathias Hauser, Jan 2014 - Apr 2017: Attributing climate extremes to anthropogenic climate change and land-atmosphere coupling.

PhD Thesis of Martha Vogel, since Sep 2015: Constraining Earth System models in present and future climate.

Msc. Thesis of Martha Vogel, Oct 2014 - May 2015: A European heatwave hotter than 2003.

Bsc. Thesis of Kaspar Tobler, Mar-Oct 2015: Role of initial soil moisture in the 2013/2014 UK floods.

Bsc. Thesis of Adrian Mehl, Apr-Sept 2014: Investigation of soil moisture - atmosphere interactions and their influence on temperature in Europe.

 

Oral presentations

Invited

Seminar, MeteoSchweiz, Zürich, Switzerland, Dec 2016

Institute colloquium, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany, Oct 2016

Seminar Series Talk, UK Met Office, Exeter, UK, Sept 2016

GEWEX-SoilWat workshop, Helmholtz-Zentrum for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany, Jun 2016

Seminar, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA, Dec 2015

ZHydro Seminar, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, Nov 2015

LandMIP workshop, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, Oct 2015

Seminar series talk, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany, Sept 2015

Seminar series talk, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany, Sept 2015

Seminar series talk, University of Potsdam, Institute of Earth and Environmental Science, Potsdam, Germany, Sept 2015

Seminar series talk, Helmholtz-Zentrum for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany, Sept 2015

AOPP seminar, University of Oxford, UK, Jul 2015

Seminar, ECMWF, Reading, UK, Jun 2015

Seminar Series Talk, ECMWF, Reading, UK, Dec 2014

Seminar Series Talk, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, Feb 2014

Seminar Series Talk, MeteoSchweiz, Zürich, Switzerland, Aug 2013

ZHydro Seminar, Zürich, Switzerland, Nov 2012

Seminar, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA, Mar 2012

 

Conferences

European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, Apr 2016

American Geosciences Union General Assembly, San Francisco, California, USA, Dec 2015

European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, Apr 2015

European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, Apr 2015

European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, Apr 2014

American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, USA, Feb 2014

European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, Apr 2013

Short CV

2017 - present: Researcher, Stockholm University, Sweden

2016: Senior Scientist, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

2013 - 2016: Postdoctoral Scientist, ETH Zürich
May-Jul 2015 & Sept 2016: Visiting scientist, European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts, Reading, UK

2010 - 2013: PhD thesis, ETH Zürich
Jan-Apr 2012: 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
Sep-Dez 2007 Erasmus exchange semester, University of Leeds, UK

2005: Abitur in Germany