Rene Orth


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Works at Department of Physical Geography
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 8
Postal address Inst för naturgeografi 106 91 Stockholm

About me

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Research interests

  • Land-atmosphere coupling: Soil moisture-vegetation-climate feedbacks in a changing climate
  • Extreme events: Droughts, heat waves and their impacts
  • Earth system modelling: Constraining models, required model complexity
  • Forecasting: Seasonal hydroclimatic predictions and their agricultural applicability


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., 21, 2483-2495, doi: 10.5194/hess-2016-628
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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, 2017 
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 2881-2903, doi: 10.5194/hess-21-2881-2017
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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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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, L. Wilcox, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2017 
Earth's Future, 5, 1-10, doi: 10.1002/2017EF000612
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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. Flörk, 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, 2017 
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 9, 389-413, doi: 10.5194/essd-2016-55 
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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., 8, 387-403, doi: 10.5194/esd-2016-48
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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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European crop yields predicted by bivariate return periods of temperature and precipitation.
Zscheischler, J., R. Orth, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2017 
Biogeosciences, 14, 3309-3320, doi: 10.5194/bg-2017-21
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====================== 2016 ========================

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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==================== IN REVIEW ======================

Drought impacts are climate-driven for green while always strong and fast for blue water.
Orth, R., and G. Destouni
Nature Communications

Was the cold European winter 2009-2010 modified by anthropogenic climate change? An attribution study.
Christiansen, B., N. Christidis, A. Ciavarella, C. Alvarez-Castro, I. Colfescu, T. Cowan, J. Eden, M. Hauser, N. Hempelmann, K. Klehmet, F. Lott, C. Nangini, G.J. van Oldenborgh, R. Orth, P. Stott, S. Tett, R. Vautard, L. Wilcox, and P. Yiou 
J. Climate

Simulating the compound impacts of climate extremes: Lessons from the 2003 European heat wave and drought.
Schewe, J., J. Elliott, L. Francois, S.N. Gosling, V. Huber, H.K. Lotze, C. Reyer, S.I. Seneviratne, M.T.H. van Vliet, R. Vautard, Y. Wada, F. Zhao, L. Breuer, M. Büchner, D.A. Carozza, J. Chang, P. Ciais, M. Coll, D. Deryng, A. de Wit, T. D. Eddy, C. Folberth, K. Frieler, A. Friend, D. Gerten, L. Gudmundsson, N. Hanasaki, A. Ito, N. Khabarov, H. Kim, P. Lawrence, C. Morfopoulos, C. Müller, H. Müller Schmied, R. Orth, S. Ostberg, Y. Pokhrel, T.A.M. Pugh, G. Sakurai, Y. Satoh, E. Schmid, T. Stacke, J. Steenbeek, J. Steinkamp, Q. Tang, H. Tian, D. Tittensor, J. Volkholz, X. Wang, and L. Warszawski
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 

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

Evapotranspiration simulations in ISIMIP2a - Evaluation of spatio-temporal characteristics with a comprehensive ensemble of independent datasets
R. Wartenburger, J. Chang, P. Ciais, D. Deryng, J. Elliott, C. Folberth, S.N. Gosling, A.-J. Henrot, T. Hickler, M. Hirschi, A. Ito, L. Junguo, N. Khabarov, H. Kim, G. Leng, X. Liu, Y. Masaki, C. Morfopoulos, C. Müller, K. Nishina, R. Orth, Y. Pokhrel, T.A.M. Pugh, Y. Satoh, S. Schaphoff, E. Schmid, H. Müller Schmied, T. Stacke, Q. Tang, Y. Wada, X. Wang, G.P. Weedon, H. Yang, T. Zhou
Env. Res. Lett.


Awards and acquired funding

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

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

DFG Emmy Noether Group [2018 - 2023, 1'175 kEUR]


Oral presentations


Colloquium, Universität Potsdam, Germany, June 2017

Colloquium, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany, June 2017

Seminar, MeteoSchweiz, Zürich, Switzerland, Dec 2016

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, June 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, July 2015

Seminar, ECMWF, Reading, UK, June 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



iLEAPS Science Conference, Oxford, UK, Sept 2017

European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, Apr 2017

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

Last updated: September 12, 2018

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