Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Sabine Attinger

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Sabine Attinger

Personal information

Attinger, Sabine, Prof. Dr. rer. nat.
Research Unit Smart Models/Monitoring
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig

Current position

Head of the Research Unit Smart Models/Monitoring, UFZ (since 2017)
Professor of Mathematical Hydrology, Institute of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Potsdam (since 2016)

Role within partner site

Prediction modelling of complex environmental-developmental interactions;

Relevant work experience

Physicist in environmental science with focus on smart modelling;

2017– Head of the Research Unit Smart Models/Monitoring

2016– Professor of Mathematical Hydrology, Institute of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Potsdam

2004– Head of Department of Computational Hydrosystems, UFZ

2005–2016 Professor of Hydrogeology, Institute of Geosciences, FSU Jena

2003–2004 Marie-Heim-Vögtlin Grant (SNF Funded), Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2002–2003 Scientific Coordinator, Computational Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Professional background

2004 Habilitation in Environmental Science and venia legendi for Physics of Terrestrial Systems, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland

1997 PhD in Theoretical Physics (Dr. rer. nat.), Heidelberg University

2001 Visiting fellow, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA (SNF funded)

1997–2002 Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Hydromechanics and Water Resources Management, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

1989–1994 Diploma studies in Physics, Ruhr University Bochum and Heidelberg University

Main research focus

Multiscale terrestrial systems, modelling flow and transport processes in surface- and subsurface hydrology, multiscale and stochastic modelling, geostatistics;


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Schmidt L., …, Attinger S et al (2020). Challenges in applying machine learning models for hydrological inference: A case study for flooding events across Germany. Water Resour Res 56:e2019WR025924. doi: 10.1029/2019WR025924.

Ayllón D, …, Attinger S et al (2018). Cross-disciplinary links in environmental systems science: Current state and claimed needs identified in a meta-review of process models. Sci Total Environ 622-623:945–973.

Heße F, …, Attinger S (2019). What we talk about when we talk about uncertainty. Toward a unified, data-driven framework for uncertainty characterization in hydrogeology. Front Earth Sci 7:118. doi: 10.3389/feart.2019.00118.

Rakovec O, …, Attinger S et al (2016). Multiscale and multivariate evaluation of water fluxes and states over European river basins. J Hydrometeorol 17:287–307.

Samaniego L, …, Attinger S (2010). Multiscale parameter regionalization of a grid-based hydrologic model at the mesoscale. Water Resour Res 46:W05523. doi: 10.1029/2008WR007327.


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University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, TUD
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