Dr. Marco Otto

Career progression

  • since 2018: Fellow of Stifterverband project description
  • since May 2013: Research assistant (PostDoc) at the Chair of Climatology
  • April 2013: PhD (Dr. rer. nat.)
    Doctoral Thesis: "Spatio-Temporal Modifications of Mountainous Land Cover in Relation to Precipitation in the Central Andes."
  • 2007: Graduate Engineer of Landscape Planning
    Diploma Thesis: "Vegetation change in high Andean wetlands in southern Peru using remote sensing analysis as a contribution to environmental planning"
  • 2000 - 2007 Studies of Landscape Planning at the TU-Berlin
  • 2005 - 2007 Student Assistant at the chair of climatology (Prof. Scherer)
  • 2003 - 2005 Student Assistant at the chair of Hydrologic Balance and Cultural Technology (Prof. Diestel)
  • 2003 - 2008 coordinator of the student project: Conservation of Peruvian Terraces - Laraos(Perus) WMF-Watch Site in 2008


Research:

Research field:

  • Climatology, Landscape Ecology and Remote Sensing
  • Research projects:
    Bofedales
    CaTeNA


Publications (peer-reviewed):

Wang, X., Schmidt, B., Scherer, D., Otto, M. (2021):
WRF dynamical downscaling of present-day and mid-Pliocene atmospheric conditions over High Mountain Asia. World Data Center for Climate (WDCC) at DKRZ. DOI:10.26050/WDCC/RRA_WRF_simulations
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Schmidt, B.*, Wang, X.*, Otto, M., Ehlers, T.A., Mutz, S.G., Botsyun, S., Scherer, D. (2021):
Sensitivity of water balance in the Qaidam Basin to the mid-Pliocene Climate. JGR: Atmosphere. DOI:10.1029/2020JD033965
*Schmidt, B., and Wang, X. contributed equally to this work
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Wang, X., Otto, M., Scherer, D. (2021):
Atmospheric triggering conditions and climatic disposition of landslides in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan at the beginning of the 21st century. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. DOI:10.5194/nhess-2020-418.
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Wang, X., Tolksdorf, V., Otto, M., Scherer, D. (2021):
WRF-based Dynamical Downscaling of ERA5 Reanalysis Data for High Mountain Asia: Towards a New Version of the High Asia Refined Analysis. Int. J. Climatol. 41(1). DOI:10.1002/joc.6686.
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Rost, A.T., Liste, V., Seidel, C., Matscheroth, L., Otto, M., Meier, F., Fenner, D. (2020):
How Cool Are Allotment Gardens? A Case Study of Nocturnal Air Temperature Differences in Berlin, Germany. Atmosphere 11(5), 500. DOI:10.3390/atmos11050500.
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Trachte, K., Seidel J., Figueroa R., Otto M., Bendix, J. (2017):
Cross-scale precipitation variability in a semi-arid catchment area on the western slopes of the Central Andes. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol. DOI:10.1175/JAMC-D-17-0207.1.
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Fenner, D., Meier, F., Bechtel, B., Otto, M., Scherer, D. (2017):
Intra and inter 'local climate zone' variability of air temperature as observed by crowdsourced citizen weather stations in Berlin, Germany. Meteorol. Zeit. 26(5), 525-547. DOI:10.1127/metz/2017/0861.
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Bechtel, B., Demuzere, M., Sismanidis, P., Fenner, D., Brousse, O., Beck, C., Van Coillie, F., Conrad, O., Keramitsoglou, I., Middel, A., Mills, G., Niyogi, D., Otto, M., See, L., Verdonck, M.-L. (2017):
Quality of Crowdsourced Data on Urban Morphology - The Human Influence Experiment (HUMINEX). Urban Science 1(2), 15. DOI:10.3390/urbansci1020015.
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Otto, M. and R. E. Gibbons (2017):
Potential Effects of Projected Decrease in Annual Rainfall on Spatial Distribution of High Andean Wetlands in Southern Peru. Wetlands 37(4), 647-659. DOI:10.1007/s13157-017-0896-2.
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Meier, F., Fenner, D., Grassmann, T., Otto, M., Scherer, D. (2017):
Crowdsourcing air temperature from citizen weather stations for urban climate research. Urban Climate 19, 170-191. DOI:10.1016/j.uclim.2017.01.006.
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Otto, M., Höpfner, C., Curio, J., Maussion, F., Scherer, D. (2016):
Assessing vegetation response to precipitation in northwest Morocco during the last decade: an application of MODIS NDVI and high resolution reanalysis data. Theor Appl Climatol 123, 23-41. DOI:10.1007/s00704-014-1344-3.
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Garcia, E., Otto, M. (2015):
Caracterización ecohidrológica de humedales alto andinos usando imágenes de satélite multitemporales en la cabecera de cuenca del río Santa, Ancash, Perú (Ecohydrological characterization of High Andean wetlands based on multi-temporal remote sensing images in the case of upper Santa River, Ancash, Peru). Ecología Aplicada 14(2), 115-125.
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Otto, M., Scherer, D., Richters, J. (2011):
Hydrological differentiation and spatial distribution of high altitude wetlands in a semi-arid Andean region derived from satellite data. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 15, 1713-1727. DOI:10.5194/hess-15-1713-2011.
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Teaching

Student project supervision Bachelor Ökologie und Umweltplanung:

  • Specilisation projekts:

Student project supervision Master Urban Ecosystem Science:

  • WS 2019/2020 student project supervision master project
    "No PhD needed!" – Citizen Science in environmental sciences - potentials, limits and concepts for regional climate research
  • SS 2018 WS 2018/2019 student project supervision master project
    From surface to space - Linking urban fabrics to urban heat island effects

Lectures, Tutorials and Seminars:

Supervised Theses (selection):

  • Kuhlmeyer, K. (2018): Intra-urban variability of nocturnal air and surface temperatures during summer in Berlin, Germany. M.Sc. Stadtökologie
  • Arndt, A. (2017): Recent mass balance of the Purogangri Ice Cap, central Tibetan Plateau, as resolved by the High Asia Refined analysis. M.Sc. Technischer Umweltschutz
  • Ewinger, P. (2017): Klimatische Bedingungen in Marokko und deren Auswirkungen auf das Migrationsverhalten europäischer Zugvögel. B.Sc. Technischer Umweltschutz pdf
  • Felten, B. (2015): Wetland or cropland? Differentiating land cover of the high Andes applying open-access remote sensing data. B.Sc. Ökologie und Umweltplanung pdf
  • Massa, L. (2012): Satellitengestützte hochauflösende Klimazonierung der südhemisphärischen tropischen Anden. B.Sc. Technischer Umweltschutz
  • Wascher, L. (2010): Initiating A Wetland Inventory In The Ecoregion Puna Of Peru. (B.Sc.) pdf

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Dr. Marco Otto
AB-3 (1st floor)
Phone: +49-(0)30-314-71324

Office:

Elke Thiessenhusen

room: AB1-110
opening hours:
Monday - Thursday
9am - 2pm
Tel: +49-(0)30-314-73195
Fax: +49-(0)30-314-71355

Postal address:

Fachgebiet Klimatologie
Institut für Ökologie
TU Berlin
Rothenburgstraße 12
D-12165 Berlin

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