Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science

Mueller, Brigitte



News articles on our recent paper (Feb 2014)

CBC News
No global warming hiatus for extreme heat days

Science News
Extreme heat on the rise

Calgary Harald
Days of extreme heat on rise, research shows
Frequency affects farming, humans and wildlife

News articles on previous work

Los Angeles Times

Dry spells may predict heat waves

Tages Anzeiger Artikel

Trockenheit und Hitzewellen global

Landflux-EVAL News

Evapotranspiration datasets: GEWEX Newsletter

Land-Climate Interaction News

Science Daily (May 2012)

European Summer heat waves: Predictability

NZZ (15.12.2010):

Dürren bereiten den Boden für Hitzewellen

derStandard (12.10.2010):

Verdunstung über Land nimmt ab - trotz Erwärmung der Atmosphäre

ETH Life

The forest paradox during heatwaves

Brigitte Mueller

Environment Canada. Previous address: ETH Zürich (2008-2013)
Brigitte Mueller
Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science / Group of Sonia Seneviratne
CHN N 18
Universitätstrasse 16
8092 Zürich

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Research interests


Murray-Tortarolo, G., P. Friedlingstein, S. Sitch, S. Seneviratne, I. Fletscher, B. Mueller, P. Greve, A. Anav, and Y. Liu: Changes in dry season intensity is the main driver of regional NPP trends, submitted to Nature Geoscience.

Greve, P., B. Orlowsky, B. Mueller, J. Sheffield, M. Reichstein, and S.I. Seneviratne: Global assessment of trends in wetting and drying over land, Nature Geoscience, accepted.

Hirschi M., B. Mueller, W. Dorigo and S. I. Seneviratne: Using remotely sensed soil moisture for land-atmosphere coupling diagnostics: The role of surface vs. root-zone soil moisture variability, Environmental Research Letters, accepted.

Seneviratne, S.I., M.G. Donat, B. Mueller, and L.V. Alexander (2014): No pause in the increase of hot temperature extremes, Nature Climate Change, 4, 161-163, doi:10.1038/nclimate2145, Link

Mueller, B. and S.I. Seneviratne (2014): Systematic land climate and evapotranspiration biases in CMIP5 simulations, Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1002/2013GL058055, Link

McCabe, M., D. Miralles, C. Jimenez, A. Ershadi, M. Anderson, J. Fisher, C. Q. Mu, M. Liang, B. Mueller, J. Sheffield, S. Seneviratne, and E. Wood, Global scale estimation of land surface heat fluxes from space: product assessment and intercomparison (2013), in Remote Sensing of Energy fluxes and Soil Moisture Content, edited by George PetroPoulos, Taylor & Francis CRC Press, 562pp, Link

Martius, O., H. Sodemann, H. Joos, S. Pfahl, A. Winschall, M. Croci-Maspoli, M. Graf, E. Madonna, B. Mueller, S. Schemm, J. Sedlacek, M. Sprenger, and H. Wernli (2013): The role of upper-level dynamics and surface processes for the Pakistan flood in July 2010. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 139:1780-1797, doi: 10.1002/qj.2082. Link

Mueller, B., M. Hirschi, C. Jimenez, P. Ciais, P.A. Dirmeyer, A.J. Dolman, J.B. Fisher, M. Jung, F. Ludwig, F. Maignan, D.G. Miralles, M.F. McCabe, M. Reichstein, J. Sheffield, K.C. Wang, E.F. Wood, Y. Zhang and S.I. Seneviratne (2013): Benchmark products for land evapotranspiration: LandFlux-EVAL multi-data set synthesis, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 3707-3720, doi:10.5194/hess-17-3707-2013. Link

Schwalm, C.R., D.N. Huntzinger, A.M. Michalak, J.B. Fisher, J.S. Kimball, B. Mueller, K. Zhang, Y. Zhang (2013): Sensitivity of inferred climate model skill to choice of benchmarking datasets and evaluation decisions: a case study using CMIP5 evapotranspiration. Environmental Research Letters, 8 (024028), doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/2/024028. Link

Mueller, B. and S.I. Seneviratne (2012): Hot days induced by precipitation deficits at the global scale. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109 (31), 12398-12403, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1204330109. pdf for download (5.5MB) Link
Link to Nature Geoscience Research Highlight

Mueller, B., S.I. Seneviratne , C. Jimenez, T. Corti, M. Hirschi , G. Balsamo , P. Ciais, P. Dirmeyer, J.B. Fisher, Z. Guo , M. Jung, F. Maignan, M.F. McCabe, R. Reichle, M. Reichstein, M. Rodell, J. Sheffield, A. J. Teuling, K. Wang, E.F. Wood, and Y. Zhang (2011): Evaluation of global observations-based evapotranspiration datasets and IPCC AR4 simulations. Geophysical Research Letters, 38, L06402, doi:10.1029/2010GL046230. Link

Jung, M., M. Reichstein, P. Ciais, S.I. Seneviratne, J. Sheffield, M.L. Goulden, G. Bonan, A. Cescatti, J. Chen, R. de Jeu, A.J. Dolman, W. Eugster, D. Gerten, D. Gianelle, N. Gobron, J. Heinke, J. Kimball, B.E. Law, L. Montagnani, Q. Mu, B. Mueller, K. Oleson, D. Papale, A.D. Richardson, O. Roupsard, S. Running, E. Tomelleri, N. Viovy, U. Weber, C. Williams, E. Wood, S. Zaehle, and K. Zhang (2010): A recent decline in the global land evapotranspiration trend due to limited moisture supply. Nature, doi:10.1038/nature09396. Link

Jiménez, C., C. Prigent, B. Mueller, S. Seneviratne, M. McCabe, E. Wood, W. Rossow, G. Balsamo, A. Betts, P. Dirmeyer, J. Fisher, M. Jung, M. Kanamitsu, R. Reichle, M. Reichstein, M. Rodell, J. Sheffield, K. Tu, and K. Wang (2011): Global inter-comparison of 12 land surface heat flux estimates. Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:10.1029/2010JD014545. Link

Mueller, B., M. Hirschi, and S.I. Seneviratne (2011): New diagnostic estimates of variations in terrestrial water storage based on ERA-Interim data. Hydrological Processes, doi: 10.1002/hyp.7652. Link

Broennimann, S., M. Schraner, B. Mueller, A. Fischer, D. Brunner, E. Rozanov, and T. Egorova (2006): The 1986-1989 ENCO cycle in a chemical climate model. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 6, 4669-4685, doi:10.5194/acp-6-4669-2006. Link

Selected not peer-reviewed publications

Mueller, B. and S.I. Seneviratne (2013): How soils send messages on heat waves. IGBP Global Change, Issue 81. Link download

Evans, J.P., M.F. McCabe, B. Mueller, X. Meng, and A. Ershadi (2011): A comparison of satellite evapotranspiration estimation efforts. WIRADA Science Symposium Proceedings, Melbourne, Australia, August 2011. download

Seneviratne, S.I., C. Jimenez, C. Kummerow, M.F. McCabe, W.B. Rossow, E.F. Wood, M. Hirschi, B. Mueller, and A.J. Teuling (2011): LandFlux-EVAL Workshop. GEWEX Newsletter, 21 (2), May 2011. download

Seneviratne, S. I., C. Jimenez, C. Kummerow, M. McCabe, W. B. Rossow, E. F. Wood, M. Hirschi, B. Mueller and A. J. Teuling (2011): GEWEX-iLEAPS LandFlux/LandFlux-EVAL Workshop. iLEAPS Newsletter, 11, pages 48–50, September 2011. download

Selected presentations at conferences

For an extended list of presentations, see list

Presentation: Land evapotranspiration in reanalyses
abstract and presentation
4th WCRP International Conference on Reanalyses
7–11 May 2012, Silver Spring, Maryland

Presentation: Analyses of global evapotranspiration datasets
Poster: Soil moisture anomalies during the Russian heat wave of 2010
EGU General Assembly
6 April 2011, Vienna, Austria

Presentation: Analysis of multi-year global evapotranspiration datasets and IPCC AR4 model simulations
abstract and presentation
25th Conference on Hydrology - American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting AMS
23–27 January 2011, Seattle, Washington

Poster: Evaluation of global observations-based evapotranspiration datasets and IPCC AR4 simulations
ESA Earth observation and water cycle science conference
November 2010, ESA Frascati, Italy

Presentation: Analysis of multi-year global evapotranspiration datasets and IPCC AR4 model simulations: First results from the LandFlux-EVAL project
2nd Hydrology Delivers Earth System Science to Society, Joint meeting for GSWP/GLASS Asia Flux/FLUXNET LandFlux-EVAL CEOP
June 2010, Tokyo, Japan

Poster: First results from the LandFlux-EVAL intercomparison project:
Analysis of multi-year evapotranspiration datasets download
Terrestrial water storage estimates from water balance diagnostics and satellite retrievals download
May 2010, Vienna, Austria

Poster: Terrestrial water storage changes from basin scale water balance diagnostics and satellite retrievals download
ADAGUG workshop
December 2008, Amsterdam, Holland


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