Dr. Stephan Dietrich

Dr. Stephan Dietrich

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

Federal Institute of Hydrology
P.O. Box 200253
56002 Koblenz, Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 261 1306 5059


  • Analysis of hydrological variability across time and space focusing on internal climate variability and climate change
  • Fluvial sediment transport

Scope of duties

  • Coordination of the Global Terrestrial Network – Hydrology (GTN-H)
  • Regional Coordinator EURO-FRIEND of the UNESCO-IHP Flagship Initiative FRIEND-Water (Flow Regimes from International Experimental and Network Data)
  • Development of hydrological data products

Other responsibilities

  • Convener at the EGU since 2015
    • Flood and weather extremes of the past
    • Measuring and numerical modelling of hydro-morphological processes in open-water environments

Short CV

Research experience

  • Since 2017/09: Scientific officer at the International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change, Koblenz
  • 12/2012 – 08/2017: Scientist at the Federal Institute of Hydrology, Koblenz. Topics: Data analysis and numerical modelling of hydro-morphological processes and sediment transport in estuaries and rivers
  • 04/2011 – 12/2012: Postdoc at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Sciences, Bremerhaven. Topics: Paleoclimate dynamics and modelling of hydrometeorological changes on continents
  • 01/2007 – 03/2011: Researcher at the Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz. Topics: Palaeo climate reconstructions, using high-resolution proxy data and model-data-comparisons

Teaching Experience

  • 2013 – 2015: “Climate Data” M.Sc. lecture for geoscientists
  • 2009 – 2011: “Geoscientific working methods”, B.Sc. lecture for geoscientists
  • 2007 – 2011: different tutorials and lessons in the field of sedimentology and paleolimnology


  • 2007 – 2011: PhD candidate at the Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz. Topic “Palaeo wind system reconstruction of the last glacial over Europe, using high-resolution proxy data and model-data-comparison.”
  • 1999 – 2006: Diploma Studies in Geosciences (Dipl.-Geol.) at the Universities of Bonn and Mainz. Diploma thesis: “Spektroskopische Untersuchungen und Partikelanalyse an eemzeitlichen Ozeansedimenten, Anwendung auf den Bohrkern SO-147/106KL (peruanischer Schelf)”

Selected Publications

  • Dorigo, W. et al.: The International Soil Moisture Network: serving Earth system science for over a decade, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 5749-5804, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-5749-2021, 2021.
  • The UNESCO FRIEND-Water program: accelerates, shares and transfers knowledge and innovation in hydrology across the world in the frame of the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP) G Mahé, G Abdo, E Amoussou, T Brou, S Dietrich, A El Tayeb, et al., Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences 384, 5-18, https://doi.org/10.5194/piahs-384-5-2021, 2021.
  • Preface: Hydrology of Large River Basins in Africa E Amoussou, G Mahe, O Amrouni, A Bodian, C Cudennec, S Dietrich, et al., Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences 384, 1-4, https://doi.org/10.5194/piahs-384-1-2021, 2021.
  • Haun, Stefan; Dietrich, Stephan. Advanced methods to investigate hydro-morphological processes in open-water environments. Earth Surf. Process. Landforms. 2021; 1– 11. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/esp.5131
  • Dorigo, Wouter; Dietrich, Stephan; et al. Closing the water cycle from observations across scales: Where do we stand? Bulletins of the Americans Meteorological Society. 2021. https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0316.1
  • Wassenburg, Jasper A; Dietrich, Stephan; Fietzke, Jan; Fohlmeister, Jens; Jochum, Klaus Peter; Scholz, Denis; Richter, Detlev K; Sabaoui, Abdellah; Spötl, Christoph; Lohmann, Gerrit; “Reorganization of the North Atlantic Oscillation during early Holocene deglaciation”, Nature Geoscience, 9, 8, 602-605, 2016
  • Sirocko, F; Knapp, H; Dreher, F; Förster, MW; Albert, J; Brunck, H; Veres, D; Dietrich, S; Zech, M; Hambach, U, “The ELSA-Vegetation-Stack: Reconstruction of Landscape Evolution Zones (LEZ) from laminated Eifel maar sediments of the last 60,000 years”, Global and Planetary Change, 142, 108-135, 2016, Elsevier
  • Gronenborn, Detlef; Strien, Hans-Christoph; Dietrich, Stephan; Sirocko, Frank; ,‘Adaptive cycles’ and climate fluctuations: a case study from Linear Pottery Culture in western Central Europe, Journal of Archaeological Science, 51 ,73-83, 2014, Academic Press
  • Dietrich, Stephan; Werner, Martin; Spangehl, Thomas; Lohmann, Gerrit; “Influence of orbital forcing and solar activity on water isotopes in precipitation during the mid-and late Holocene”, Climate of the Past, 9, 13-26, 2013, Copernicus Publications
  • Sirocko, Frank; Dietrich, Stephan; Veres, Daniel; Grootes, Pieter M; Schaber-Mohr, Katja; Seelos, Klemens; Nadeau, Marie-Josée; Kromer, Bernd; Rothacker, Leo; Roehner, Marieke, “Multi-proxy dating of Holocene maar lakes and Pleistocene dry maar sediments in the Eifel, Germany”, Quaternary Science Reviews, 62, 56-76, 2013, Pergamon
  • Dietrich, Stephan; Sirocko, Frank, “The potential of dust detection by means of µXRF scanning in Eifel maar lake sediments”, E&G–Quaternary Science Journal, 60, 1, 2011, Geozon Science Media
  • Dietrich, Stephan, “Palaeo wind system reconstruction of the last glacial period over Europe, using high resolution proxy data and model-data-comparison”, Dissertation, 2011, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz
  • Lenaz, Davide; Marciano, Roberta; Veres, Daniel; Dietrich, Stephan; Sirocko, Frank, “Mineralogy of the Dehner and Jungferweiher maar tephras (Eifel, Germany)”, Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie-Abhandlungen, 257, 1, 55-67, 2010,E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung
  • Dietrich, Stephan; Seelos, K, “The reconstruction of easterly wind directions for the Eifel region (Central Europe) during the period 40.3–12.9 ka BP”, Climate of the Past, 6, 2, 145-154, 2010, Copernicus GmbH
  • Pfahl, Stephan; Sirocko, Frank; Seelos, Klemens; Dietrich, Stephan; Walter, Andreas; Wernli, Heini, “A new windstorm proxy from lake sediments: a comparison of geological and meteorological data from western Germany for the period 1965–2001”, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 114, D18, 2009
  • Seelos, Klemens; Sirocko, Frank; Dietrich, Stephan, “A continuous high-resolution dust record for the reconstruction of wind systems in central Europe (Eifel, Western Germany) over the past 133 ka”, Geophysical Research Letters, 36, 20, 2009
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