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 field

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


  • Wang, X., Otto, M., and Scherer, D. (in review, 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. Discuss. [preprint]. DOI: 10.5194/nhess-2020-418. Link
  • Wang, X., Tolksdorf, V., Otto, M., Scherer, D. (2020): 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. Link
  • Bechtel, B., M. Demuzere, P. Sismanidis, D. Fenner, O. Brousse, C. Beck, F. Van Coillie, O. Conrad, I. Keramitsoglou, A. Middel, G. Mills, D. Niyogi, M. Otto, L. See, M.-L. Verdonck (2017): Quality of Crowdsourced Data on Urban Morphology - The Human Influence Experiment (HUMINEX). Urban Sci. 1 (2): 15. DOI: 10.3390/urbansci1020015. Urban Sci.
  • 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 Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology
  • Meier, F., Fenner, D., Grassmann,T., Otto, M. & D. Scherer (2017): Crowdsourcing air temperature from citizen weather stations for urban climate research. Urban Climate 19: 170-191. doi: 10.1016j.uclim.2017.01.006 Urban Climate
  • Fenner, D., Meier, F., Bechtel, B., Otto, M. & D. Scherer (2017): Intra and inter local climate zone variability of air temperature as observed by crowdsourced citizen weather stations in Berlin, Germany. Meteorol. Z.. Online first. Meteorol. Z.
  • 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. doi:10.1007/s13157-017-0896-2 pdf
  • 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. pdf
  • Otto, M., C. Höpfner, D. Scherer, J. Curio and F. Maussion (2014): Assessing vegetation response to precipitation in NW-Morocco during the last decade: An application of MODIS NDVI data and high resolution re-analysis precipitation data. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, doi: 10.1007/s00704-014-1344-3 TAC
  • Otto, M., D. Scherer and J. Richters (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. HESS


Student project supervision Bachelor Ökologie und Umweltplanung

  • SuSe 2019 Supervision of student project
    Hedge vs Edge -Am Rande liegt der Anfang: Ökosystemleistungen von Hecken, Feldgehölzen und Feldhainen in der Kulturlandschaft Naturpark Elm-Lappwald
  • WiSe 2018/2019 Supervision of student project
    Hecken-Schützen -Hecken, Feldgehölze und Feldhaine als gezielte Klimaanpassungsmaßnahme
  • WiSe 2017/2018 SuSe 2018 Supervision of student project
    “Insulaner” -Ursachen und Variabilität der städtischen Wärmeinsel und ihre Auswirkungen auf den Menschen
  • WiSe 2016/2017 SuSe 2017 Supervision of student project
    Stadt-grün-Klima? -Wechselwirkungen zwischen urbaner Atmosphäre und Vegetation
  • WiSe 2015/2016 SuSe 2016 Supervision of student project
    “Climates In The Hood!”
    -Analyse und Bewertung klimatischer Bedingungen innerhalb eines Stadtquartiers am Beispiel des Brunnenviertels in Berlin-Mitte
  • WiSe 2014/15 - SuSe 2015 Supervision of student project
    Pollard willows and forest fens
    - Climate protection and cultural landscape in the case of the biosphere reserve Flusslandschaft Elbe (Germany).
  • SuSe 2014 Supervision of student project
    City, countryside ... climate!
    - Research and assessment of the influence of urban climate effects on the human bioclimate using the example of the campus of Technische Universität Berlin.
  • WiSe 2013/2014 Supervision of student project
    Super campus-climate!?
    - Bioclimatic classification and assessment of local-climatic conditions using the example of the campus of Technische Universität Berlin.
  • SuSe 2013 Supervision of student project
    Cool´n hot spots
    - Urban structures in Berlin from the biometeorological point of view.
  • SuSe 2012 Supervision of student project
    Macro vs. Micro
    - The climate of landscape and terrain in the forelands of the Harz Mountains.
  • WiSe 2011/2012 Supervision of student project
    Climate diversity in cultural landscape
    in the case of National Geopark Harz. Braunschweiger Land. Ostfalen.
  • WiSe 2010/2011 Supervision of student project
    Oases of the City
    – Urban structures from the human-biometeorological perspective.
  • SuSe 2010 Supervision of student project
    In the shade of trees
    – Climatic characteristics of urban vegetation.
  • SuSe 2009 Supervision of student project
    Urban Climate and Urban Space in Berlin.
  • SuSe 2008 Supervision of student project
    Prima Klima oder brennend heißer Wüstensand?
    Mögliche Auswirkungen der prognostizierten Klimaänderungen auf den Landschaftswasserhaushalt im Westhavelland.
  • WiSe 2007/2008 Supervision of student project
    Hydrologisch-limnologische Auswirkungen des Klimawandels im Großraum Berlin

Student project supervision Master Urban Ecosystem Science

  • SuSe 2018 WiSe 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 Ber-lin, Germany. Master Thesis M.Sc. Urban Ecosystem Science
  • Arndt, A. (2017): Recent mass balance of the Purogangri Ice Cap, central Tibetan Plateau, as resolved by the High Asia Refined analysis. Master Thesis M.Sc. Technischer Umweltschutz
  • Ewinger, P. (2017): Klimatische Bedingungen in Marokko und deren Auswirkungen auf das Migrationsverhalten europäischer Zugvögel. Bachelor Thesis B.Sc. Technischer Umweltschutz pdf
  • Felten, B. (2015): Wetland or cropland? Differentiating land cover of the high Andes applying open-access remote sensing data. Bachelor Thesis B.Sc. Landschaftsplanung und -architektur pdf
  • Massa, L. (2012): Satellitengestützte hochauflösende Klimazonierung der südhemisphärischen tropischen Anden, Bachelor Thesis B.Sc. Technischer Umweltschutz
  • Wascher, L. (2010): Initiating A Wetland Inventory In The Ecoregion Puna Of Peru. Bachelor Thesis B.Sc. Landschaftsplanung und -architektur pdf

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Dr. Marco Otto
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Postal address:

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