Dr. Matthias Zink

Scientific officer at the
International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change (UNESCO)

Contact:

Federal Institute of Hydrology
P.O. Box 200253
56068 Koblenz, Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 261 1306 5890
Email:

Duties

  • Coordinating the activities of the International Soil Moisture Network (ISMN)
  • Representing ISMN in international committees and working groups
  • Data acquisition and user support
  • Providing operational support for the ISMN

Research interest

  • Monitoring and estimation of water fluxes on the land surface
  • Assessment, analysis and prediction of hydrological extremes
  • Uncertainty in environmental monitoring and predictions

Technical interest

  • Design and support of operational systems
  • High Performance Computing and Big Data
  • Processing of Environmental data and its various formats (GRIB, BUFR, NetCDF, HDF)

Supervision

Co-supervision of Master students at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ).

Since 03|2022 Scientist and Coordinator at the International Soil Moisture Network (ISMN) at the International Centre for Water Resources and Climate Change (ICWRGC), Koblenz, Germany

09|2017 – 02|2022 Data and Production Analyst at the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), Reading, UK

06|2016 – 07|2017 Postdoctoral researcher at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany

01|2011 – 05|2016 Research associate at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany

10|2003 – 05|2010 Studies of Hydrology, Dresden University of Technology, Germany

Academic degrees

09|2016 Doctor rerum naturalium (PhD equivalent), Soil Moisture Droughts in Germany: Retrospective Analysis, Parametric Uncertainty and Monitoring, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany

05|2010 Graduate hydrologist (diploma, master degree equivalent); A study on different model approaches for physically based overland flow modelling; Dresden University of Technology, Germany

Publications

AGU Editors’ Highlights: M. Zink, J. Mai, M. Cuntz, L. Samaniego (2018): Conditioning a Hydrologic Model Using Patterns of Remotely Sensed Land Surface Temperature. Water Resources Research

X. Yang, S. Jomaa, M. Zink, J.H. Fleckenstein, D. Borchardt, and M. Rode (2018): A New Fully Distributed Model of Nitrate Transport and Removal at Catchment Scale. Water Resources Research

L. Tarasova, S. Basso, M. Zink, and R. Merz (2018): Exploring controls on rainfall-runoff events: 1. Time-series-based event separation and temporal dynamics of event runoff response in Germany. Water Resources Research

S.R. Lutz, A. Popp, T. van Emmerik, …, and M. Zink (2018): HESS Opinions: Science in today’s media landscape – challenges and lessons from hydrologists and journalists. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences

S.R. Lutz, R. Krieg, C. Müller, M. Zink, K. Knöller, L. Samaniego, and R. Merz (2018): Spatial Patterns of Water Age: Using Young Water Fractions to Improve the Characterization of Transit Times in Contrasting Catchments. Water Resources Research

M. Jing, F. Heße, R. Kumar, W. Wang, T. Fischer, M. Walther, M. Zink, A. Zech, L. Samaniego, O. Kolditz, and S. Attinger (2018): Improved regional-scale groundwater representation by the coupling of the mesoscale Hydrologic Model (mHM v5.7) to the groundwater model OpenGeoSys (OGS). Geoscientific Model Development

L. Samaniego, S. Thober, R. Kumar, N. Wanders, O. Rakovec, M. Pan, M. Zink, J. Shef?eld, E.F. Wood, A. Marx (2018): Anthropogenic warming exacerbates European soil moisture droughts. Nature Climate Change

S. Thober, R. Kumar, N. Wanders, A. Marx, M. Pan, O. Rakovec, L. Samaniego, J. Sheffield, E. F. Wood, and M. Zink (2018): Multi-model ensemble projections of European river floods and high flows at 1.5, 2, and 3 degree global warming. Environmental Research Letters

A. Marx, R. Kumar, S. Thober, O. Rakovec, N. Wanders, M. Zink, E. F. Wood, M. Pan,  J. Sheffield, L. Samaniego (2018). Climate change alters low flows in Europe under global warming of 1.5, 2, and 3 °C. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences

J. Friesen, M. Zink, A. Bawain, T. Müller (2018): Hydrometeorology of the Dhofar cloud forest and its implications for groundwater recharge. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies

L. Samaniego, R. Kumar, S. Thober, O. Rakovec, M. Zink, N. Wanders, S. Eisner, H. Müller Schmied, E .H. Sutanudjaja, K. Warrach-Sagi, and S. Attinger (2017): Toward seamless hydrologic predictions across spatial scales. Hydrology Earth System Sciences

G. Baroni, M. Zink, R. Kumar, L. Samaniego, and S. Attinger (2017): On the effect of the uncertainty in soil properties on the simulated hydrological state and fluxes at different spatio-temporal scales. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences

M. Zink, R. Kumar, M. Cuntz, and L. Samaniego (2017): A high-resolution dataset of water fluxes and states for Germany accounting for parametric uncertainty. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences

F. Heße, M. Zink, R. Kumar, L. Samaniego, and S. Attinger (2017): Spatially distributed characterization of soil-moisture dynamics using travel-time distributions. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences

U. Wollschläger, S. Attinger, D. Borchardt, … , M. Zink, S. Zacharias (2017): The Bode hydrological observatory: a platform for integrated, interdisciplinary hydro-ecological research within the TERENO Harz/Central German Lowland Observatory. Environmental Earth Sciences

C. Mueller, M. Zink, L. Samaniego, R. Krieg, R. Merz, M. Rode, K. Knoeller (2016): Discharge driven nitrogen dynamics in a mesoscale river basin as constrained by stable isotope patterns. Environmental Science & Technology

M. Zink, L. Samaniego, R. Kumar, S. Thober, J. Mai, D. Schäfer, A Marx (2016): The German Drought Monitor. Environmental Research Letters

R.C. Nijzink, L. Samaniego, J. Mai, R. Kumar, S. Thober, M. Zink, D. Schaefer, H.H.G. Savenije, M. Hrachowitz (2016): The importance of topography controlled sub-grid process heterogeneity and semi-quantitative prior constraints in distributed hydrological models. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences

O. Rakovec, R. Kumar, J. Mai, M. Cuntz, S. Thober, M. Zink, S. Attinger, D. Schäfer, M. Schrön, L. Samaniego (2016): Multiscale and multivariate evaluation of water fluxes and states over European river basins. Journal of Hydrometeorology

M. Cuntz, J. Mai, M. Zink, … , L. Samaniego (2015): Computationally inexpensive identification of noninformative model parameters by sequential screening. Water Resources Research

S. Thober, J. Mai, M. Zink, L. Samaniego (2014): Stochastic temporal disaggregation of monthly precipitation for regional gridded data sets. Water Resources Research

L. Samaniego, R. Kumar, and M. Zink (2013): Implications of Parameter Uncertainty on Soil Moisture Drought Analysis in Germany. Journal of Hydrometeorology

Books, book chapters and other publications

M. Zink, M. Plumridge (2020): The new capabilities of ECMWF’s product dissemination system, ECMWF Newsletter.

M. Zink, L. Samaniego, R. Kumar, S. Thober, J. Mai, D. Schäfer, A. Marx (2018): A National Scale Planning Tool for Agricultural Droughts in Germany. In Advances in Chemical Pollution, Environmental Management and Protection.

Marx, M. Erhard, S. Thober, R. Kumar, D. Schäfer ,L.  Samaniego, & M. Zink (2019): Climate Change as Driver for Ecosystem Services Risk and Opportunities. In Atlas of Ecosystem Services. Springer International Publishing.

M. Zink (2016): Soil Moisture Droughts in Germany: Retrospective Analysis, Parametric Uncertainty and Monitoring. Verlag Dr. Hut.

Marx, R. Treffeisen, K. Grosfeld, W. Hiller, G. Heygster, L .Samaniego, R. Kumar, J. Pommerencke, M. Zink (2017): Wissenschaftliche Information für die Anwendung. In Klimaanpassung in Forschung und Politik. Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden.

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