Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science



(09/2014): Congratulations to Peter Greve who was awarded an Outstanding Student Poster Award from the European Geosciences Union

(31.01.2014): Congratulations to Benoit Guillod, who successfully defended his PhD thesis!

ETH (30.01.2014): Prof. Sonia Seneviratne is awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant

GEWEX News (11/2013): GEWEX welcomes the new Co-Chairs of the GEWEX Scientific Steering Group (SSG)

(05.08.2013): Prof. Sonia Seneviratne receives the James B. Macelwane Medal of the American Geophysical Union (AGU web site; EOS announcement)

(07.05.2013): Congratulations to Rene Orth, who successfully defended his PhD thesis!

ETH annual report (12/2012): Our research cited in the 2012 ETH annual report

ETH Life (07.12.2012): Neue Professoren an der ETH Zürich

ETH Life (07.12.2012): New professors at the ETH Zurich appointed

(23.11.2012): Congratulations to Ruth Lorenz, who successfully defended her PhD thesis!

WCRP 4th reanalysis meeting (09.05.2012): Brigitte Mueller makes presentation as EGU young ambassador [EGU ambassadors]

(27.01.2012): Congratulations to Brigitte Mueller, who successfully defended her PhD thesis!

IPCC SREX Summary for Policymakers (18.11.2011): Release of IPCC SREX Summary for Policymakers; Core writing team; Video

(02.11.2011): Congratulations to Heidi Mittelbach, who successfully defended her PhD thesis!

(12.10.2011): Congratulations to Paulo Oliveira who successfully defended his PhD thesis!

(18.09.2009): Congratulations to Eric Jäger, who successfully defended his PhD thesis!

Media & Reports

ETH News (14.09.2014): Klimafolgen-Faustregel umgekrempelt; Rules of thumb turned upside down

Nature (23.06.2014): Unploughed fields take edge off heat waves

ETH Life (23.06.2014): Stroh-Albedo mildert Hitzeextreme; Straw albedo mitigates extreme heat

The Economist (08.03.2014): Global warming: Who pressed the pause button?

SRF2 Wissenschaftsmagazin (01.03.2014): Pause beim Klima (podcast 1.3.2014) [German]

Reuters (26.02.2014): Heat extremes increase despite global warming hiatus

Climate Central (26.02.2014): Climate change is increasing extreme heat globally

ETH (30.01.2014): Vier ETH-Forschende ausgezeichnet

RTS Telejournal 19h30 (03.10.2013): Changement climatique en Suisse [French]

RTS Mise au point (22.09.2013): Interview (Fonte des glaciers, GIEC) [French]

The Telegraph (14.11.2012): Droughts steady since 1950s

Nature Geoscience, Research highlights (31.08.2012): Dry heat

NZZ (29.08.2012): Die Crux mit den Extremen

NZZ Online (10.08.2012): Permanente Dürre in den USA?

ETH Life (17.07.2012): Bodenfeuchte und Hitzetage global untersucht; Soil moisture and hot days examined globally

Schweizer Bauer (17.07.2012): Forschung: Längere Trockenheit sagt Hitzewellen voraus

Tages Anzeiger (16.07.2012): ETH-Forscherinnen können Hitzewellen voraussagen

Los Angeles Times (16.07.2012): Dry spells may predict heat waves

ScienceDaily (27.05.2012): More Summer Heatwaves Likely in Europe: Predictability of European Summer Heat from Spring and Winter Rainfall

ETH Klimablog (10.05.2012): IPCC Sonderbericht zu Änderungen in Klimaextremen (IPCC SREX in Kürze)

ETH Life (29.03.2012): IPCC-Sonderbericht zu Klimaextremen; IPCC Special Report on Extreme Events and Disasters

ETH Klimablog (29.03.2012): Rigorose Qualitätskontrollen beim neusten IPCC-Sonderbericht

SciNevNet (28.03.2012): IPCC predicts rise in extreme climate events

Aqua & Gas (03/2012): On ne peut pas définir la sécheresse indépendamment du milieu impacté

Environmental Health Perspectives (01.02.2012): Managing the Risks of Extreme Weather: IPCC Special Report

ETH Globe (12/2011): Ab drei Grad wird's kritisch - Trockenheit und Landwirtschaft

Le Temps (26.11.2011): Vivre au sec, mode d'emploi

ETH Connect (09/2011): Ein Frühwarnsystem für magere Jahre

NFP61 DROUGHT-CH (08.06.2011): Video on DROUGHT-CH project [French; English sub-titles; German sub-titles]

Le Temps (16.05.2011): Mieux prédire les grandes canicules

SF Einstein (05.05.2011): Ein Frühling wie Sommer

SNF Journal Horizonte/Horizons (03/2011): Wenn die Atmosphäre zum Backofen wird ; Mieux prédire les canicules

NZZ (15.12.2010): Dürren bereiten den Boden für Hitzewellen

ETH Life (13.12.2010): Der Boden ist schuld; Soil responsible for heat waves

Nature Geoscience, News and Views (12.12.2010): Extreme heat rooted in dry soils

ETH Globe (11/2010): Vom Klimamodell zum Klimaservice

ETH Life (06.09.2010): Das Wald-Paradoxon bei Hitzewellen; The forest paradox during heatwaves

ETH Life (22.07.2010): Einfluss der Temperatur auf den «CO2-Atem»

Le Temps (22.07.2010): La Suisse doit adopter un système d'alertes sécheresse

3Sat (nano) (15.09.2009): Der Boden schützt uns bald nicht mehr vor Hitze. Die Schweiz durchzieht ihr Land mit Messstationen

ETH Life (22.08.2008): Der Bodenfeuchte auf den Grund gehen

SNF Journal Horizonte/Horizons (12/2008): Ein Klimaschlüssel liegt im Boden; Une clé du climat se cache dans le sol

(group member; *: led by group member; +: led by co-advised PhD student)

ISI-listed & IPCC

In press

*Wilhelm, M., E.L. Davin, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2015: Climate engineering of vegetated land for hot extremes mitigation: an Earth System Model sensitivity study. J. Geophysical Res., in press.

*Greve, P., L. Gudmundsson, B. Orlowsky, S.I. Seneviratne, 2015: Introducing a probabilistic Budyko framework. Geophys. Res. Lett., in press

*Lejeune, Q., E.L. Davin, B.P. Guillod, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2015: Influence of Amazonian deforestation on the future evolution of regional surface fluxes, circulation, surface temperature and precipitation. Climate Dynamics, published online. (pdf)


*Guillod, B.P., B. Orlowsky, D.G. Miralles, A.J. Teuling, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2015: Reconciling spatial and temporal soil moisture effects on afternoon rainfall. Nature Communications, 6, 6443. (pdf; ETH Life)

Berg, A., B.R. Lintner, K. Findell, S.I. Seneviratne, van den Hurk, A. Ducharne, F. Cheruy, S. Hagemann, D.M. Lawrence, S. Malyshev, A. Meier, and P. Gentine, 2015: Interannual coupling between summertime surface temperature and precipitation over land: Processes and implications for climate change. J. Climate, 28 (3), 1308-1328, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00324.1. (link)

Wild, M., D. Folini, M.Z. Hakuba, C. Schär, S.I. Seneviratne, S. Kato, D. Rutan, C. Ammann, E.F. Wood, G. König-Langlo, 2015: The energy balance over land and oceans: an assessment based on direct observations and CMIP5 climate models. Climate Dynamics, published online. (pdf)

*Orth, R., M. Staudinger, S.I. Seneviratne, J. Seibert, and M. Zappa, 2015: Does model performance improve with complexity? A case study with three hydrological models. J. Hydrology, 523, 147-159. (pdf)


*Greve, P., B. Orlowsky, B. Mueller, J. Sheffield, M. Reichstein, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2014: Global assessment of trends in wetting and drying over land. Nature Geoscience, 7, 716-721, doi: 10.1038/NGEO2247. (link; ETH News;; 20 Minuten; Schweizer Bauer; Le Temps; Washington Post (online); Nature Geoscience News and Views)

Seneviratne, S.I, M. Donat, B. Mueller, and L.V. Alexander, 2014: No pause in the increase of hot temperature extremes. Nature Climate Change, 4, 161-163. (link; Reuters; The Economist; SRF2 Wissenschaftsmagazin; CBC; Climate Central)

*Davin, E.L., S.I. Seneviratne, P. Ciais, A. Olioso, and T. Wang, 2014: Preferential cooling of hot extremes from cropland albedo management. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 111(27), 9757-9761, doi:10.1073/pnas.1317323111 (link; ETH News; Spiegel; Nature News).

*Gudmundsson, L., F. Castro Rego, M. Rocha, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2014: Predicting above normal wildfire activity in southern Europe as a function of meteorological drought. Environ. Res. Lett., 9, 084008, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/8/084008 (pdf)

*Orlowsky, B., A.Y. Hoekstra, L. Gudmundsson, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2014: Today's virtual water consumption and trade under future water scarcity. Environ. Res. Lett., 9, 074007. (pdf)

*Orth, R., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2014: Using soil moisture forecasts for sub-seasonal summer temperature predictions in Europe. Climate Dynamics, 43, 3403-3418.

*Hirschi, M., B. Mueller, W. Dorigo, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2014: Using remotely sensed soil moisture for land-atmosphere coupling diagnostics: The role of surface vs. root-zone soil moisture variability. Remote Sensing Environ., 154, 246-252. (link)

*Guillod, B.P., B. Orlowsky, D. Miralles, A.J. Teuling, P.D. Blanken, N. Buchmann, P. Ciais, M. Ek, K.L. Findell, P. Gentine, B.R. Lintner, R.L. Scott, B. van den Hurk, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2014: Land surface controls on afternoon precipitation diagnosed from observational data: uncertainties and confounding factors. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 8343-8367. (pdf)

Wetter, O., C. Pfister, J.P. Werner, E. Zorita, S. Wagner, S.I. Seneviratne, et al., 2014: The year-long unprecedented European heat and drought of 1540 - a worst case. Climatic Change, 125, 349-363, doi:10.1007/s10584-014-1184-2. (pdf).

*Orlowsky, B., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2014: On the spatial representativeness of temporal dynamics at European weather stations. Int. J. Climatology, 34, 3154-3160, doi:10.1002/joc.3903. (pdf)

Aemisegger, F., S. Pfahl, H. Sodemann, I. Lehner, S.I. Seneviratne, and H. Wernli, 2014: Deuterium excess as a proxy for continental moisture recycling and plant transpiration. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 4029-4054. (pdf)

Brocca, L., G. Zucco, H. Mittelbach, T. Moramarco, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2014: Absolute versus temporal anomaly and percent of saturation soil moisture spatial variability for six networks worldwide. Water Resources Research, 50, 5560–5576, doi:10.1002/2014WR015684. (pdf)

Sutanto, S.J., B. van den Hurk, P.A. Dirmeyer, S.I. Seneviratne, T. Röckmann, K.E. Trenberth, E.M. Blyth, J. Wenninger, and G. Hoffmann, 2014: HESS Opinions "A perspective on isotope versus non-isotope approaches to determine the contribution of transpiration to total evaporation". Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 2815-2827. (pdf)

Kundzewicz, Z.W., S. Kanae, S.I. Seneviratne, J. Handmer, N. Nicholls, P. Peduzzi, R. Mechler, L.M. Bouwer, N. Arnell, K. Mach, R. Muir-Wood, G.R. Brakenridge, W. Kron, G. Benito, Y. Honda, K. Takahashi, and B. Sherstyukov, 2013: Flood risk and climate change - global and regional perspectives. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 59:1, 1-28, doi:10.1080/02626667.2013.857411. (pdf).

Hirsch, A.L., A.J. Pitman, S.I. Seneviratne, J.P. Evans, and V. Haverd, 2014: Summertime maximum and minimum temperature coupling asymmetry over Australia determined using WRF. Geophys. Res. Lett., 41(5), 1546-1552. (pdf)

Zscheischler, J., M.D. Mahecha, J. von Buttlar, S. Harmeling, M. Jung, A. Rammig, J.T. Randerson, B. Schölkopf, S.I. Seneviratne, E. Tomelleri, S. Zaehle, and M. Reichstein, 2014: A few extreme events dominate global interannual variability in gross primary production. Environ. Res. Lett., 9, 035001. (pdf)

*Mueller, B., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2014: Systematic land climate and evapotranspiration biases in CMIP5 simulations. Geophys. Res. Lett., 41 (1-7), doi:10.1002/2013GL058055. (pdf)


Seneviratne, S.I., M. Wilhelm, T. Stanelle, B.J.J.M. van den Hurk, S. Hagemann, A. Berg, F. Cheruy, M.E. Higgins, A. Meier, V. Brovkin, M. Claussen, A. Ducharne, J.-L. Dufresne, K.L. Findell, J. Ghattas, D.M. Lawrence, S. Malyshev, M. Rummukainen, and B. Smith, 2013: Impact of soil moisture-climate feedbacks on CMIP5 projections: First results from the GLACE-CMIP5 experiment. Geophys. Res. Lett., 40 (19), 5212-5217 (pdf).

*Orlowsky, B., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2013: Elusive drought: Uncertainty in observed trends and short- and long-term CMIP5 projections. Hydr. Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 1765-1781, doi:10.5194/hess-17-1765-2013. (pdf)

*Lorenz, R., E.L. Davin, D.M. Lawrence, R. Stöckli, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2013: How important is vegetation phenology for European climate and heatwaves? J. Climate, 26, 10077-10100, (link).

*Orth, R., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2013: Propagation of soil moisture memory to runoff and evapotranspiration. Hydr. Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 3895-3911, doi:10.5194/hess-17-3895-2013 (link).

*Orth, R., R.D. Koster, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2013: Inferring soil moisture memory from runoff observations. J. Hydrometeorology, 14 (6), 1773-1790, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-12-099.1. (link)

Teuling, A.J., A. van Loon, S.I. Seneviratne, I. Lehner, M. Aubinet, B. Heinesch, C. Bernhofer, T. Grünwald, H. Prasse, and U. Spank, 2013: Evapotranspiration amplifies European summer drought. Geophys. Res. Lett., 40 (10), 2071-2075. (pdf)

*Guillod, B., E.L. Davin, C. Kündig, G. Smiatek, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2013: Impact of soil map speci fications for European climate simulations. Climate Dynamics, 40, 123-141, doi:10.1007/s00382-012-1395-z. (pdf)

*Orth, R., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2013: Predictability of soil moisture and streamflow on sub-seasonal timescales: A case study. J. Geophysical Res. - Atmospheres, 118, 10963-10979, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50846 (pdf).

Nicholls, N., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2013: Comparing IPCC Assessments: How do the AR4 and SREX assessments of changes in extremes differ? Climatic Change, published online (pdf).

Reichstein, M., M. Bahn, P. Ciais, D. Frank, M.D. Mahecha, S.I. Seneviratne, J. Zscheischler, C. Beer, N. Buchmann, D.C. Frank, D. Papale, A. Rammig, P. Smith, K. Thonicke, M. van der Velde, S. Vicca, A. Walz, and M. Wattenbach, 2013: Climate extremes and the carbon cycle. Nature, 500, 287-295. (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. 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-dataset synthesis. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 3707-3720, doi:10.5194/hess-17-3707-2013. (pdf)
-> Data Download


Seneviratne, S.I., N. Nicholls, D. Easterling, C.M. Goodess, S. Kanae, J. Kossin, Y. Luo, J. Marengo, K. McInnes, M. Rahimi, M. Reichstein, A. Sorteberg, C. Vera, and X. Zhang, 2012: Changes in climate extremes and their impacts on the natural physical environment. In: Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation [Field, C.B., V. Barros, T.F. Stocker, D. Qin, D.J. Dokken, K.L. Ebi, M.D. Mastrandrea, K.J. Mach, G.-K. Plattner, S.K. Allen, M. Tignor, and P.M. Midgley (eds.)]. A Special Report of Working Groups I and II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, pp. 109-230. (IPCC SREX Report) [Full IPCC SREX Report, Chapter 3; SREX web site]
-> Some media reports and background information on the IPCC SREX report:
ETH Klimablog: Das IPCC SREX in Kürze, Qualitätskontrolle im IPCC SREX; ETH Life Interview: Deutsch, English; IPCC SREX Video; Media articles: SciDevNet, NZZ, Die Zeit, Environmental Health Perspectives

IPCC, 2012: Summary for Policymakers. In: Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation [Field, C.B., V. Barros, T.F. Stocker, D. Qin, D.J. Dokken, K.L. Ebi, M.D. Mastrandrea, K.J. Mach, G.-K. Plattner, S.K. Allen, M. Tignor, and P.M. Midgley (eds.)]. A Special Report of Working Groups I and II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, pp. 1-19. (in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish)

*Mueller, B., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2012: Hot days induced by precipitation deficits at the global scale. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 109 (31), 12398-12403, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1204330109. (pdf; ETH Life article; TagesAnzeiger; Los Angeles Times; Research Highlight in Nature Geoscience)

Seneviratne, S.I., 2012: Historical drought trends revisited. Nature, 491, 338-339. (link)

Quesada, B., R. Vautard, P. Yiou, M. Hirschi, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2012: Asymmetric European summer heat predictability from wet and dry Southern winter/springs. Nature Climate Change, 2, 736-741, doi:10.1038/nclimate1536. (pdf)

*Mittelbach, H., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2012: A new perspective on the spatio-temporal variability of soil moisture: Temporal dynamics versus time invariant contributions. Hydr. Earth Syst. Sci, 16, 2169–2179, doi:10.5194/hess-16-2169-2012. (abstract; pdf)

*Orth, R., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2012: Analysis of soil moisture memory from observations in Europe. J. Geophys. Res. - Atmospheres, 117, D15115, doi:10.1029/2011JD017366. (link; pdf)

*Lorenz, R., E.L. Davin, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2012: Modeling land-climate coupling in Europe: Impact of land surface representation on climate variability and extremes J. Geophys. Res. - Atmospheres, 117, D20109, doi: 10.1029/2012JD017755. (pdf).

Seneviratne, S.I., I. Lehner, J. Gurtz, A.J. Teuling, H. Lang, U. Moser, D. Grebner, L. Menzel, K. Schroff, T. Vitvar, and M. Zappa, 2012: Swiss pre-alpine Rietholzbach research catchment and lysimeter: Analysis of 32-­year hydroclimatological time series and 2003 drought. Water Resources Research, 48, W06526, doi:10.1029/2011WR011749. (pdf)

*Davin, E.L., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2012: Role of land surface processes and diffuse/direct radiation partitioning in simulating the European climate. Biogeosciences, 9, 1695-1707. (pdf)

*Mittelbach, H., I. Lehner, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2012: Comparison of four soil moisture sensor types under field conditions in Switzerland. J. Hydrology, 430, 39-49, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.01.041. (pdf)

van den Hurk, B., F. Doblas-Reyes, G. Balsamo, R.D. Koster, S.I. Seneviratne, H. Camargo, 2012: Soil moisture effects on seasonal temperature and precipitation forecast scores in Europe. Climate Dynamics, 1-2, 349-362, doi: 10.1007/s00382-010-0956-2 (pdf).

*Orlowsky, B., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2012: Global changes in extreme events: Regional and seasonal dimension. Climatic Change, 110, 669-696, doi: 10.1007/s10584-011-0122-9. (pdf)

Seneviratne, S.I., and R.D. Koster, 2012: A revised framework for analyzing soil moisture memory in climate data: Derivation and interpretation. J. Hydrometeorology, 13, 404-412, doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-11-044.1. (pdf)


*Hirschi, M., S.I. Seneviratne, V. Alexandrov, F. Boberg, C. Boroneant, O.B. Christensen, H. Formayer, B. Orlowsky, and P. Stepanek, 2011: Observational evidence for soil-moisture impact on hot extremes in southeastern Europe. Nature Geoscience, 4, 17-21, doi:10.1038/ngeo1032. (pdf; link; News and Views; ETH Life article (German))

*Jaeger, E.B., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2011: Impact of soil moisture-atmosphere coupling on European climate extremes and trends in a regional climate model. Climate Dynamics, 36 (9-10), 1919-1939, doi: 10.1007/s00382-010-0780-8. (pdf)

*Davin, E.L, R. Stöckli, E.B. Jaeger, S. Levis, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2011: COSMO-CLM2: a new version of the COSMO-CLM model coupled to the Community Land Model. Climate Dynamics, 37, 1889-1907, doi: 10.1007/s00382-011-1019-z. (pdf)

Koster, R.D., S.P.P. Mahanama, T.J. Yamada, G. Balsamo, M. Boisserie, P. Dirmeyer, F. Doblas‐Reyes, C.T. Gordon, Z. Guo, J.H. Jeong, D. Lawrence, Z. Li, L. Luo, S. Malyshev, W. Merryfield, S.I. Seneviratne, T. Stanelle, B. van den Hurk, F. Vitart, and E.F. Wood, 2011. The second phase of the Global Land-­Atmosphere Coupling Experiment: Soil moisture contributions to subseasonal forecast skill. J. Hydrometeorology, 12, 805-822, doi: 10.1175/2011JHM1365.1. (pdf)

*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, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L06402, doi:10.1029/2010GL046230 (pdf)

*Oliveira, P.J.C., E.L. Davin, S. Levis, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2011: Vegetation-­mediated impacts of trends in global radiation on land hydrology: A global sensitivity study. Global Change Biology, 17, 3453-3467, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2011.02506.x. (pdf)

*Corti, T., M. Wüest, D. Bresch, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2011: Drought-induced building damages from simulations at regional scale. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 3335-3342. (pdf)

*Teuling, A.J., R. Stöckli, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2011: Bivariate color maps for climate research. Int. J. Climatology, 31(9), 1408-1412, doi:10.1002/joc.2153 (pdf)

*Orlowsky, B., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2011: Investigating spatial climate relations using CARTs: an application to persistent hot days in a multi-model ensemble. J. Geophys. Res. - Atmospheres, 116, D14106, doi:10.1029/2010JD015188. (pdf)

Rietkerk, M., V. Brovkin, P.M. van Bodegom, M. Claussen, S.C. Dekker, H.A.Dijkstra, S.V. Goryachkin, P. Kabat, E.H.van Nes, A.‐M. Neutel, S.E. Nicholson., C. Nobre, V. Petoukhov, A. Provenzale, M. Scheffer, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2011: Local ecosystem feedbacks and critical transitions in the climate system. Ecological Complexity, 8(3), 223-228. (pdf)

van der Molen, M.K., A.J. Dolman, P. Ciais, T. Eglin, N. Gobron, B.E. Law, P. Meir, W. Peters, O.L. Phillips, M. Reichstein, T. Chen, S.C. Dekker, M. Doubková, M.A. Friedl, M. Jung, B.J.J.M. van den Hurk, R.A.M. de Jeu, B. Kruijt, T. Ohta, K.T. Rebel, S. Plummer, S.I. Seneviratne, S. Sitch, A.J. Teuling, G. van der Werf, and G. Wang, 2011: Review: Drought and ecosystem carbon cycling. Agr. Forest Meteorol., 151(7), 765-773, doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2011.01.018. (pdf)

Jimenez, C., C. Prigent, B. Mueller, S.I. Seneviratne, M.F. McCabe, E.F. Wood, W.B. Rossow, G. Balsamo, A.K. Betts, P.A. Dirmeyer, J.B. Fisher, M. Jung, M. Kanamitsu, R.H. Reichle, M. Reichstein, M. Rodell, J. Sheffield, K. Tu, and K. Wang, 2011: Global inter-comparison of 12 land surface heat flux estimates. J. Geophys. Res. - Atmospheres, 116, D02102 (pdf).

+Mahecha, M.D., M. Reichstein, N. Carvalhais, G. Lasslop, H. Lange, S.I. Seneviratne, R. Vargas, C. Ammann, M.A. Arain, A. Cescatti, I.A. Janssens, M. Migliavacca, L. Montagnani, A.D. Richardson, 2011: Response to Comment on “Global convergence in the temperature sensitivity of respiration at ecosystem level”. Science, 331 (6022), 1265 (pdf).

*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, 25 (7), 996-1008, doi: 10.1002/hyp.7652 (pdf)

*Mittelbach, H., F. Casini, I. Lehner, A.J. Teuling, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2011: Soil moisture monitoring for climate research: Evaluation of a low cost sensor in the framework of the SwissSMEX campaign. J. Geophys. Res. - Atmosphere, 116, D05111 (pdf).


Seneviratne, S.I., T. Corti, E.L. Davin, M. Hirschi, E.B. Jaeger, I. Lehner, B. Orlowsky, and A.J. Teuling, 2010: Investigating soil moisture-climate interactions in a changing climate: A review. Earth-Science Reviews, 99, 3-4, 125-161, doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2010.02.004. (pdf)

*Teuling, A.J., S.I. Seneviratne, R. Stöckli, M. Reichstein, E. Moors, P. Ciais, S. Luyssaert, B. van den Hurk, C. Ammann, C. Bernhofer, E. Dellwik, D. Gianelle, B. Gielen, T. Grünwald, K. Klumpp, L. Montagnani, C. Moureaux, M. Sottocornola, and G. Wohlfahrt, 2010: Contrasting response of European forest and grassland energy exchange to heatwaves. Nature Geoscience, 3, 722-727 doi:10.1038/ngeo950. (pdf; link; ETH Life article)

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, K. Zhang, 2010: Recent decline in the global land evapotranspiration trend due to limited moisture supply. Nature, 467, 951-954. doi:10.1038/nature09396. (pdf; link)

*Orlowsky, B., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2010: Statistical analyses of land-atmosphere feedbacks and their possible pitfalls. J. Climate, 23(14), 3918-3932. (pdf)

+Mahecha, M.D., M. Reichstein, N. Carvalhais, G. Lasslop, H. Lange, S.I. Seneviratne, R. Vargas, C. Ammann, M.A. Arain, A. Cescatti, I.A. Janssens, M. Migliavacca, L. Montagnani, A.D. Richardson, 2010: Global convergence in the temperature sensitivity of respiration at ecosystem level. Science, 329, 838-840. (pdf; ETH Life article (German))

*Hirschi, M., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2010: Intra-annual link of spring and autumn precipitation over France. Climate Dynamics, 35(7-8), 1207-1218, doi:10.1007/s00382-009-0734-1. (pdf)

*Hendricks Franssen, H.J., R. Stöckli, I. Lehner, E. Rotenberg, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2010: Energy balance closure of eddy-covariance data: A multisite analysis for European FLUXNET stations. Agr. Forest Meteor., 150(12), 1553-1567. (pdf)

*Lorenz, R., E.B. Jaeger, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2010: Persistence of heat waves and its link to soil moisture memory. Geophys. Res. Lett, 37, L09703, doi:10.1029/2010GL042764. (pdf)

*Teuling, A.J., I. Lehner, J.W. Kirchner, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2010: Catchments as simple dynamical systems: Experience from a Swiss prealpine catchment. Water Res. Res., 46, W10502. (pdf)

+Mahecha, M.D., M. Reichstein, M. Jung, S.I. Seneviratne, S. Zaehle, C. Beer, M.C. Brakhekke, N. Carvalhais, H. Lange, G. Le Maire, and E. Moors, 2010: Comparing observations and process-based simulations of biosphere-atmosphere exchanges on multiple time scales. J. Geophys. Res. - Biogeosciences, 115, G02003, doi:10.1029/2009JG001016. (pdf)

Koster, R.D., Mahanama, S., Yamada, T.J., Balsamo, G., Boisserie, M., Dirmeyer, P., Doblas-Reyes, F., Gordon, C.T., Guo, Z., Jeong J.H., Lawrence D., Li, Z., L. Luo, S. Malyshev, W. Merryfield, S.I. Seneviratne, T. Stanelle, B. van den Hurk, F. Vitart, and E.F. Wood, 2010. The contribution of land initialization to subseasonal forecast skill: First results from the GLACE-2 Project. Geophys. Res. Lett, 37, L02402, doi:10.1029/2009GL041677. (pdf)

*Teuling, A.J., M. Hirschi, A. Ohmura, M. Wild, M. Reichstein, P. Ciais, N. Buchmann, C. Ammann, L. Montagnani, A.D. Richardson, G. Wohlfahrt, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2009: A regional perspective on trends in continental evaporation. Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L02404, doi:10.1029/2008GL036584. (pdf)

*Jaeger, E.B., R. Stöckli and S.I. Seneviratne, 2009: Analysis of planetary boundary layer fluxes and land-atmosphere coupling in the Regional Climate Model CLM. J. Geophys. Res. - Atmospheres, 114, D17106. (pdf)

*Corti, T., V. Muccione, P. Köllner-Heck, D. Bresch, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2009: Simulating past droughts and associated building damages in France. Hydr. Earth Syst. Sci, 13, 1739-1747. (pdf)

Pitman, A.J., N. de Noblet-Ducoudré, F.T. Cruz, E.L. Davin, G.B. Bonan, V. Brovkin, M. Claussen, C. Delire, V. Gayler, B.J.J.M. van den Hurk, P.J. Lawrence, M.K. van der Molen, C. Müller, C.H. Reick, S.I. Seneviratne, B. J. Strengers, A. Voldoire, 2009: Uncertainties in climate responses to past land cover change: first results from the LUCID intercomparison study. Geophys. Res. Lett, 36, L14814, doi:10.1029/2009GL039076. (pdf)

Piao, S., L. Yin, X. Wang, P. Ciais, S. Peng, Z. Shen, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2009: Summer soil moisture regulated by precipitation frequency in China. Environ. Res. Lett., 4, 044012, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/4/4/044012. (pdf)

*Teuling, A.J., R. Uijlenhoet, B. van den Hurk, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2009: Parameter sensitivity in LSMs: An analysis using stochastic soil moisture models and ELDAS soil parameters. J. Hydrometeorology, 10 (3), 751-763, doi:10.1175/2008JHM1033.1. (pdf)

Seneviratne, S.I., and R. Stöckli, 2008: The role of land-atmosphere interactions for climate variability in Europe. In: Climate Variability and Extremes during the Past 100 years, Brönnimann et al. (eds.), Adv. Global Change Research, 33, Springer Verlag. (Book chapter) (pdf)

*Jaeger, E.B., I. Anders, D. Lüthi, B. Rockel, C. Schär, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2008: Analysis of ERA40-driven CLM simulations for Europe. Meteor. Zeit., 17 (4), 349-367. (pdf)

*Roesch, A., E.B. Jaeger, D. Lüthi, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2008: The analysis of CCLM model biases in relation to intra-ensemble model variability. Meteor. Zeit., 17 (4), 369-382. (pdf).

*Teuling, A.J., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2008: Contrasting spectral changes limit albedo impact on land-atmosphere coupling during the 2003 European heat wave. Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L03401, doi:10.1029/2007GL032778. (pdf)

+Hirschi, M., S.I. Seneviratne, S. Hagemann, and C. Schär, 2007: Analysis of seasonal terrestrial water storage variations in regional climate simulations over Europe. J. Geophys. Res. - Atmospheres, 112, D22109, doi:10.1029/2006JD008338. (pdf)

+Fischer E.M., S.I. Seneviratne, P.L. Vidale, D. Lüthi, and C. Schär, 2007: Soil moisture - atmosphere interactions during the 2003 European summer heatwave. J. Climate, 20, 5081-5099. (pdf)

Jacob, D., L. Barring, O.B. Christensen, J.H. Christensen, S. Hagemann, M. Hirschi, E. Kjellström, G. Lenderink, B. Rockel, C. Schär, S.I. Seneviratne, S. Somot, A. van Ulden, B. van den Hurk, 2007: An inter-comparison of regional climate models for Europe: Design of the experiments and model performance. Clim. Change, 81 (1), 31-52. (pdf)

+Fischer E.M., S.I. Seneviratne, D. Lüthi, and C. Schär, 2007: The contribution of land-atmosphere coupling to recent European summer heatwaves. Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L06707, doi:10.1029/2006GL029068. (pdf)


Seneviratne, S.I., D. Lüthi, M. Litschi, and C. Schär, 2006: Land-atmosphere coupling and climate change in Europe. Nature, 443, 205-209. (pdf; suppl. information; link; editor's summary)

Seneviratne, S.I., R.D. Koster, Z. Guo, P.A. Dirmeyer, E. Kowalczyk, D. Lawrence, P. Liu, C.-H. Lu, D. Mocko, K.W. Oleson, and D. Verseghy, 2006: Soil moisture memory in AGCM simulations: Analysis of Global Land-Atmosphere Coupling Experiment (GLACE) data. J. Hydrometeorology, 7, 1090-1112. (pdf)

+Hirschi, M., P. Viterbo, and S.I. Seneviratne, 2006: Basin-scale water-balance estimates of terrestrial water storage from ECMWF operational forecast analysis data. Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L21401, doi:10.1029/2006GL027659. (pdf)

Teuling, A.J., S.I. Seneviratne, C. Williams, and P.A. Troch, 2006: Observed timescales of evapotranspiration response to soil moisture. Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L023403, doi:10.1029/2006GL028178. (pdf)

+Hirschi, M., S.I. Seneviratne and C. Schär, 2006: Seasonal variations in terrestrial water storage for major mid-latitude river basins. J. Hydrometeorology, 7(1), 39-60. (pdf)

Syed, T.H., J.S. Famiglietti, J. Chen, M. Rodell, S.I. Seneviratne, P. Viterbo, and C.R. Wilson, 2005: Total basin discharge for the Amazon and Mississippi River basins from GRACE and a land-atmosphere water balance. Geophys. Res. Lett., 32 (L24404), doi:10.1029/2005GL024851. (pdf)

Andersen, O.B., S.I. Seneviratne, J. Hinderer, and P. Viterbo, 2005: GRACE-derived terrestrial water storage depletion associated with the 2003 European heat wave. Geophys. Res. Lett., 32 (L18405), doi:10.1029/2005GL023574. (pdf)

Rodell, M., J.S. Famiglietti, J. Chen, S.I. Seneviratne, P. Viterbo, S. Holl, and C.R. Wilson, 2004: Basin scale estimates of evapotranspiration using GRACE and other observations. Geophys. Res. Lett., 31 (L20504), doi:10.1029/2004GL020873. (pdf)

Seneviratne, S.I., P. Viterbo, D. Lüthi, and C. Schär, 2004: Inferring changes in terrestrial water storage using ERA-40 reanalysis data: The Mississippi River basin. J. Climate, 17 (11), 2039-2057. (pdf)

Vidale, P.L., D. Lüthi, C. Frei, S.I. Seneviratne, and C. Schär, 2003: Predictability and uncertainty in a regional climate model. J. Geophys. Res. - Atmospheres, 108 (D18), 4586, doi: 10.1029/2002JD002810 (pdf)

Seneviratne, S.I., J.S. Pal, E.A.B. Eltahir, and C. Schär, 2002: Summer dryness in a warmer climate: A process study with a regional climate model. Climate Dynamics, 20, 69-85 (pdf)

Other publications

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: Trockenheit in der Schweiz - Ergebnisse des NFP-61-Projekts DROUGHT-CH. Aqua & Gas, 9, 38-47. (pdf)

Zwiers, F.W., L.V. Alexander, G.C. Hegerl, T.R. Knutson, J. Kossin, P. Naveau, N. Nicholls, C. Schär, S.I. Seneviratne, and X. Zhang, 2013: Challenges in Estimating and Understanding Recent Changes in the Frequency and Intensity of Extreme Climate and Weather Events. In: Climate Science for Serving Society: Research, Modelling and Prediction Priorities, G. Asrar and J.W. Hurrell (eds.), pp. 339-389. (pdf)

Seneviratne, S.I., 2012: Comment gérer les changements des extrêmes climatiques? Le rapport IPCC SREX. (Wie ist mit den Veränderungen der Klima­ extreme umzugehen? Der IPCC SREX Bericht). ProClim-Flash, 54. (pdf)

Seneviratne, S.I., 2012: The IPCC SREX report – What did we learn about extreme events since the AR4? C2SM Newsletter, 9. (pdf)

Friedlingstein, P., A.V. Gallego-Sala, E.M. Blyth, F.E. Hewer, S.I. Seneviratne, A. Spessa, P. Suntharalingam, and M. Scholze, 2012: The Earth system feedbacks that matter for contemporary climate. In: Understanding the Earth System: Global Change Science for Application; S.E. Cornell, I.C. Prentice, J.I. House, and C.J. Downy (eds.), Cambridge University Press.

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

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

Seneviratne, S.I., T. Corti, E.L. Davin, M. Hirschi, E.B. Jaeger, I. Lehner, B. Orlowsky, and A.J. Teuling, 2010: Climate change and soil moisture–climate interactions: Using new diagnostics to identify hot spots of land–atmosphere coupling. ILEAPS Newsletter, 9, 18-­21. (pdf)

Seneviratne, S.I., 2003: Terrestrial water storage: A critical variable for mid-latitude climate and climate change. PhD Thesis, ETH Zurich, 155 pp.


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