Dr. Matthias Zink

Postdoctoral researcher

Department Computational Hydrosystems
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ

Email
Phone
Fax

Matthias Zink
+49 341 235 1096
+49 341 235 1939

Address

Building 7.1, Room 407
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Matthias Zink

Scientific Career

since 2016

Postdoctoral researcher at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany

09|2016

Dissertation: "Soil Moisture Droughts in Germany: Retrospective Analysis, Parametric Uncertainty and Monitoring", Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany

2011 - 2016

Research associate at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany

05|2010

Diploma Thesis: "A study on different model approaches for physically based overland flow modelling", Dresden University of Technology, Germany

2003 - 2010
Studies of Hydrology

Dresden University of Technology, Germany


Research Interest

The goal of my research is to get more reliable and accurate estimations of water fluxes on the land surface. For achieving this goal I am working on the enhancement and parameterization of the distributed hydrologic model mHM. Furthermore I am interested in the assessment, analysis and prediction of hydrological extremes. Since several sources of uncertainties are involved in the modeling of hydrological processes, its implications are of interest for me, too. On the one hand approaches like the assimilation of spatially distributed data may help on the reduction of the uncertainty caused by the paramterization of hydrological models. On the other hand the analysis and implementation of different concepts for a particular hydrological processes may effect the uncertainty of modeled hydrological fluxes and states.

Research foci

Assimilation of satellite data into hydrological models.

Parameterization and analysis of evapotranspiration approaches.

Implications of parametric uncertainty on the estimation of hydrological fluxes and states.

Assessment and analysis of drought events and its monitoring.

Assessment and analysis of flood events.

Enhancement of the hydrological model mHM.


Research Articles

  1. 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, doi:10.5194/hess-21-2301-2017
  2. 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, doi:10.5194/hess-21-1769-2017
  3. 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, doi:10.5194/hess-21-549-2017
  4. U. Wollschläger, S. Attinger, D. Borchardt, M. Brauns, M. Cuntz, P. Dietrich, J.H. Fleckenstein, K. Friese, J. Friesen, A. Harpke, A. Hildebrandt, G. Jäckel, N. Kamjunke, K. Knöller, S. Kögler, O. Kolditz, R. Krieg, R. Kumar, A. Lausch, M. Liess, A. Marx, R. Merz, C. Mueller, A. Musolff, H. Norf, S. E. Oswald, C. Rebmann, F. Reinstorf, M. Rode, K. Rink, K. Rinke, L. Samaniego, M. Vieweg, H.-J. Vogel, M. Weitere, U. Werban, 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, doi:10.1007/s12665-016-6327-5
  5. 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, doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b01057
  6. M. Zink, L. Samaniego, R. Kumar, S. Thober, J. Mai, D. Schäfer, A Marx (2016): The German Drought Monitor. Environmental Research Letters, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/7/074002
  7. 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. doi:10.5194/hess-20-1151-2016
  8. 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. doi:10.1175/JHM-D-15-0054.1
  9. M. Cuntz, J. Mai, M. Zink, S. Thober, R. Kumar, D. Schäfer, M. Schrön, J. Craven, O. Rakovec, D. Spieler, V. Prykhodko, G. Dalmasso, J. Musuuza, B. Langenberg, S. Attinger, L. Samaniego (2015): Computationally inexpensive identification of noninformative model parameters by sequential screening. Water Resources Research. doi:10.1002/2015WR016907
  10. S. Thober, J. Mai, M. Zink, L. Samaniego (2014): Stochastic temporal disaggregation of monthly precipitation for regional gridded data sets. Water Resources Research. doi:10.1002/2014WR015930
  11. L. Samaniego, R. Kumar, and M. Zink (2013): Implications of Parameter Uncertainty on Soil Moisture Drought Analysis in Germany. Journal of Hydrometeorology. doi:10.1175/JHM-D-12-075.1
  1. A. Marx, L. Samaniego, R. Kumar, S. Thober, J. Mai, and M. Zink (2016): “Der Dürremonitor - Aktuelle Information zur Bodenfeuchte in Deutschland”. in: G. Wernecke et al (Hrsg): Wasserressourcen - Wissen in Flussgebieten vernetzen, Forum für Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung, Heft 37.16, Seiten 131-142. doi: 10.14617/for.hydrol.wasbew.37.16
  1. M. Zink (2016): Soil Moisture Droughts in Germany: Retrospective Analysis, Parametric Uncertainty, and Monitoring. Dissertation, München, Verlag Dr. Hut, 180 pp. Soil Moisture Droughts in Germany (27.9 MB)
  2. A. Marx, R. Treffeisen, K. Grosfeld, W. Hiller, G. Heygster, L. Samaniego, R. Kumar, J. Pommerencke, M. Zink (2017). Wissenschaftliche Information für die Anwendung. In A. Marx (Ed.), Klimaanpassung in Forschung und Politik (pp. 119–141). Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden. doi:10.1007/978-3-658-05578-3_7

Projects


Conference Contributions

  1. M. Zink, L. Samaniego, R. Kumar, S. Thober, J. Mai, D. Schäfer, A. Marx: Hydrological extremes in the media: The 2015 drought event in Germany, EGU General Assembly, April 23-28, 2017, Vienna, Austria.
  2. M. Zink, J. Mai, O. Rakovec, R. Kumar, D. Schäfer, L. Samaniego: Constraining the hydrological model mHM using satellite retrieved soil moisture and streamflow data, EGU General Assembly, April 23-28, 2017, Vienna, Austria.
  1. C. Mueller, M. Zink, R. Krieg, M. Rode, R. Merz, K. Knöller: Isotopic investigation of the discharge driven nitrogen dynamics in a mesoscale river catchment, EGU General Assembly, April 17-22, 2016, Vienna, Austria.
  2. M. Cuntz, S. Thober, M. Zink, O. Rakovec, and L. Samaniego: How important are the descriptions of vegetation in distributed hydrologic models?, EGU General Assembly, April 17-22, 2016, Vienna, Austria.
  3. J. Mai, M. Cuntz, M. Shafii, M. Zink, D. Schäfer, S. Thober, L. Samaniego, and B. Tolson: Multi-objective vs. single-objective calibration of a hydrologic model using single- and multi-objective screening, EGU General Assembly, April 17-22, 2016, Vienna, Austria.
  1. J. Friesen, T. Müller, M. Zink, A. Bawain, A. Hildebrandt: Hydrometeorology of the Dhofar cloud forest and its implications for groundwater recharge, AGU Fall Meeting, Dec 14-18, 2015, San Fransisco, USA.
  2. C. Mueller, R. Krieg, M. Zink, M. Rode, R. Merz, K. Knöller: Analyse regionaler Stickstoffdynamiken zweier mitteleuropäischer Flusseinzugsgebiete, Symposium Hydrologische Prozessforschung , October, 6-7, 2015, Petzenkirchen, Austria.
  3. M. Zink, R. Kumar, M. Cuntz, and L. Samaniego: A High-Resolution Dataset of Water Fluxes and States for Germany accounting for Uncertainties in the Parameter Estimation, EGU General Assembly, April 12-17, 2015, Vienna, Austria.
  4. L. Samaniego, O. Rakovec, R. Kumar, J. Mai, S. Attinger, M. Cuntz, M. Schrön, S. Thober, and M. Zink: Searching for a robust parameter estimation strategy for large river basins, EGU General Assembly, April 12-17, 2015, Vienna, Austria.
  5. S. Attinger, C. Herold, R. Kumar, J. Mai, K. Ross, L. Samaniego, and M. Zink: Complexity of groundwater models in catchment hydrological models, EGU General Assembly, April 12-17, 2015, Vienna, Austria.
  1. L. Samaniego, M. Zink, S. Thober, R. Kumar: Understanding the Generation Process of High Impact Floods in Germany, AGU Fall Meeting, Dec 9-13, 2013, San Fransisco, USA.
  2. L. Samaniego, R. Kumar, M. Zink, K. Warrach-Sagi, V. Wulfmeyer: Detecting causation mechanisms of soil moisture patterns in Germany, EGU General Assembly, April 7-12, 2013, Vienna, Austria.
  3. M. Zink, L. Samaniego, J. Mai, M. Cuntz: Calibration of the Hydrological Model mHM using Land Surface Temperature, TR32-Hobe International Symposium - Patterns in Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere-Systems: Monitoring, Modelling & Data Assimilation, March 11-14, 2013, Bonn, Gemany.
  1. L. Samaniego, M. Zink, K. Warrach-Sagi, V. Wulfmeyer: Verifi cation of high resolution soil moisture and latent heat in Germany, AGU Fall Meeting, December 2-7, 2012, San Francisco, USA.
  1. L. Samaniego, R. Kumar, M. Zink: Extreme drought events in Germany during the last 60 yrs, AGU Fall Meeting, December 5-9, 2011, San Francisco, California, USA.
  2. L. Samaniego, R. Kumar, M. Zink: S. Attinger, Retrospective drought analysis over Germany during the last 60 yrs, EGU General Assembly, April 3-8, 2011, Vienna, Austria.
  1. L. Samaniego, M. Coskun, R. Kumar, M. Zink, S. Attinger: Analysis of the spatio-temporal variability of extreme hydro-meteorological events over Germany, AGU Fall Meeting, December 13-17, 2010, San Francisco, USA.
  1. G. Baroni, M. Zink, R. Kumar, L. Samaniego, and S. Attinger: Searching for the right scale in catchment hydrology: the effect of soil spatial variability in simulated states and fluxes, EGU General Assembly, April 23-28, 2017, Vienna, Austria.
  2. J. Brenner, M. Zink, M. Schrön, S. Thober, O. Rakovec, M. Cuntz, R. Merz, L. Samaniego: Towards reliable ET estimates in the semi-arid Júcar region in Spain, EGU General Assembly, April 23-28, 2017, Vienna, Austria.
  3. S. Lutz, M. Zink, R. Merz: How young water fractions can delineate travel time distributions in contrasting catchments, EGU General Assembly, April 23-28, 2017, Vienna, Austria.
  4. L. Tarasova, C. Poncelet, M. Zink, R. Merz: Spatio-temporal patterns of rainfall-runoff event and baseflow characteristics and their potential drivers in Germany, EGU General Assembly, April 23-28, 2017, Vienna, Austria.
  5. R. Kumar, S. Rao, F. Hesse, D. Borchardt, J. Fleckenstein, J. Jawitz, A. Musolff, O. Rakovec, L. Samaniego, S. Yang, M. Zink, S. Attinger: Climatic and landscape controls on travel time distributions across Europe, EGU General Assembly, April 23-28, 2017, Vienna, Austria.
  1. M. Zink, J. Mai, O. Rakovec, M. Schrön, R. Kumar, D. Schäfer, and L. Samaniego: Employing satellite retrieved soil moisture for parameter estimation of the hydrologic model mHM, EGU General Assembly, April 17-22, 2016, Vienna, Austria.
  2. F. Hesse, M. Zink, and S. Attinger: Spatially Distributed Characterization of Soil Dynamics Using Travel-Time Distributions, EGU General Assembly, April 17-22, 2016, Vienna, Austria.
  3. J. Mai, M. Cuntz, M. Zink, S. Thober, R. Kumar, D. Schaefer, M. Schroen, J. Craven, O. Rakovec, D. Spieler, V. Prykhodko, G. Dalmasso, J. Musuuza, B. Langenberg, S. Attinger,  and L. Samaniego: Computationally inexpensive identification of non-informative model parameters, EGU General Assembly, April 17-22, 2016, Vienna, Austria.
  4. R. Kumar, J. Mai, O. Rakovec, M. Zink, M. Cuntz, S. Thober, S. Attinger, M. Schroen, D. Schaefer, L. Samaniego: A spatially consistent seamless predictions of continental-scale hydrologic fluxes and states, EGU General Assembly, April 17-22, 2016, Vienna, Austria.
  1. M. Zink, J. Mai, O. Rakovec, M. Schrön, R. Kumar, D. Schäfer, L. Samaniego: Towards constraining hydrologic models using satellite retrieved soil moisture, AGU Fall Meeting, Dec 14-18, 2015, San Fransisco, USA.
  2. F. Heße, M. Zink, S. Attinger: Spatially Distributed Characterization of Catchment Dynamics Using Travel-Time Distributions, AGU Fall Meeting, Dec 14-18, 2015, San Fransisco, USA.
  3. R. Kumar, J. Mai, O. Rakovec, M. Cuntz, S. Thober, M. Zink, S. Attinger, D. Schäfer, M. Schrön, L. Samaniego: Regionalized Hydrologic Parameters Estimates for a Seamless Prediction of Continental scale Water Fluxes and States, AGU Fall Meeting, Dec 14-18, 2015, San Fransisco, USA.
  4. J. Mai, M. Cuntz, M. Zink, D. Schäfer, S. Thober, L. Samaniego, M. Shafii, B. Tolson: Multi-Objective vs. Single Objective Calibration of a Hydrologic Model using Either Different Hydrologic Signatures or Complementary Data Sources, AGU Fall Meeting, Dec 14-18, 2015, San Fransisco, USA.
  5. M. Schrön, L. Samaniego, R. Kumar, M. Zink, R. Rosolem, O. Rakovec, G. Baroni, S. Oswald, F. Reinstorf, S. Zacharias: Assimilation of Spatio-Temporal Cosmic-Ray Neutron Data to Improve Hydrological Model Performance, AGU Fall Meeting, Dec 14-18, 2015, San Fransisco, USA.
  6. C. Mueller, R. Merz, M. Zink, M. Rode, R. Krieg, K. Knöller: Discharge driven nitrogen dynamics in a large river catchment: an isotope study, GASIR, September, 28-30, 2015, Heidelberg, Germany.
  7. A. Marx, M. Zink, J. Pommerencke, R. Kumar, S. Thober, and L. Samaniego: The German Drought Monitor, EGU General Assembly, April 12-17, 2015, Vienna, Austria.
  8. M. Schrön, O. Rakovec, M. Zink, R. Rosolem, S. Zacharias, S. Oswald, G. Baroni, I. Schröter, U. Wollschläger, F. Reinstorf, E. Martini, and L. Samaniego: Assimilation of Cosmic-Ray Neutron Data to Improve Soil Moisture in the Distributed Hydrological Model mHM, EGU General Assembly, April 12-17, 2015, Vienna, Austria.
  1. J. Mai, M. Cuntz, S. Thober, M. Zink, S. Attinger, J. Craven, G. Dalmasso, R. Kumar, B. Langenberg, J. Musuuza, V. Prykhodko, O. Rakovec, D. Schaefer, M. Schroen, D. Spieler, and L. Samaniego: Computationally inexpensive identification of non-informative model parameters, AGU Fall Meeting, Dec 15-19, 2014, San Fransisco, USA.
  2. M. Zink, J. Mai, M. Cuntz, L. Samaniego: Parameterization of potential evapotranspiration approaches for distributed hydrologic modeling, EGU General Assembly, April 27- May 02, 2014, Vienna, Austria.
  3. S. Thober, A. Wood, L. Samaniego, M. Clark, R. Kumar, M. Zink: The elasticity of hydrological forecast skill with respect to initial conditions and meteorological forcing for two major flood events in Germany, EGU General Assembly, April 27- May 02, 2014, Vienna, Austria.
  4. D. Spieler, O. Rakovec, M. Zink, M. Schrön, L. Samaniego: Assimilation of soil moisture on multiple spatial scales into the mesoscale hydrologic model (mHM), EGU General Assembly, April 27- May 02, 2014, Vienna, Austria.
  5. R. Kumar, L. Samaniego, B. Livneh, M. Zink, D. Schäfer: Impact of meteorological forcing datasets on regional scale water fluxes and drought characteristics over Germany, EGU General Assembly, April 27- May 02, 2014, Vienna, Austria.
  6. L. Samaniego, R. Kumar, M. Zink, S. Thober, J. Mai, M. Cuntz, D. Schäfer, M. Schrön, J. Musuuza, V. Prykhodko, G. Dalmasso, S. Attinger, D. Spieler, O. Rakovec, J. Craven, and B. Langenberg: An open-source distributed mesoscale hydrologic model (mHM), EGU General Assembly, April 27- May 02, 2014, Vienna, Austria (PICO).
  1. M. Zink, L. Samaniego, J. Mai, M. Cuntz: Calibration of a hydrological model using patterns of satellite derived land surface temperature, AGU Fall Meeting, Dec 9-13, 2013, San Fransisco, USA.
  2. S. Thober, M. Zink, R. Kumar, L. Samaniego: The role of temporal disaggregation and land surface initial conditions for hydrological forecasting, AGU Fall Meeting, Dec 9-13, 2013, San Fransisco, USA.
  3. R. Kumar, L. Samaniego, M. Zink: The effects of the sub-grid variability of soil and land cover data on agricultural droughts in Germany, EGU General Assembly, April 7-12, 2013, Vienna, Austria.
  4. M. Zink, L. Samaniego, J. Mai, M. Cuntz: Improving the spatial estimation of evapotranspiration by assimilating land surface temperature data, EGU General Assembly, April 7-12, 2013, Vienna, Austria.
  1. M. Zink, L. Samaniego, M. Cuntz: Calibration of the Distributed Hydrological Model mHM using Satellite derived Land Surface Temperature, AGU Fall Meeting, December 2-7, 2012, San Francisco, USA.
  2. M. Zink, L. Samaniego, M. Cuntz, R. Kumar: Evaluating Hydrological Model Outputs with Satellite derived Land Surface Temperature, EGU General Assembly, April 23-27, 2012, Vienna, Austria.
  3. Th. Wöhling, L. Samaniego, B. Selle, R. Kumar, M. Zink: Regional stochastic estimation of the groundwater catchment for distributed hydrological modelling, EGU General Assembly, April 23-27, 2012, Vienna, Austria.
  1. M. Zink, R. Kumar, L. Samaniego: Water balance simulations for major German river basins, EGU General Assembly, April 3-8, 2011, Vienna, Austria.
  2. R. Kumar, L. Samaniego, M. Zink: Investigation on extreme runoff characteristics in major German river basins, EGU General Assembly, April 3-8, 2011, Vienna, Austria.
  3. M. Zink, L. Samaniego, R. Kumar, S. Attinger: Mesoskalige Modellierung der Bodenfeuchte im Raum Deutschland, Tag der Hydrologie, March 22-23, 2011, Vienna, Austria.