M. Sc.Camilla Brunello

Camilla Brunello
M. Sc.Camilla Brunello
PhD Student
Building F, Room 423
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28812

Function and Responsibilities:

PhD student supervised by Niels Hovius (GFZ Potsdam) and Francesco Comiti (Free University of Bozen Bolzano)

Research Interests:

How often and how far has the Indian Summer Monsoon penetrated into the trans-Himalayan region over the last century?

In complex mountainous environments, I strive to reconstruct spatial variations in orographic rainfall and moisture pathways, which can be used to link the atmosphere and land surface to hydroclimatic processes. Because instrumental records, in remote mountainous areas, are usually sparse and only cover a limited time period, I use oxygen stable isotope ratios in wood cellulose of tree-rings, which prove to be a highly sensitive hydro-climatic proxy.

  • Mountain hydrology and meteorology. Precipitation patterns over the Himalayas, discrimination of water source contributions, competition between atmospheric circulations, centennial trends and extreme events propagation.
  • Dendrochronology and dendroisotopes. Oxygen and Carbon stable isotope chronologies development as proxy for high resolution recent climate reconstructions. Proxy calibration against instrumental and remotely sensed data. Monitoring of key environmental paramethers such us soil moisture, tree radial growth, sap flow, evapotranspiration, solar radiation, temperature.
  • Atmospheric science. monsoon dynamics, precipitation source characterization, propagation  of ENSO events, regional expression of global climate change on sensitive high-elevated mountaious are.


Since 2015 PhD candidate at the Helmholtz Center GFZ Potsdam, Geomorpholoy section. Accademic affiliation to Free University of Bozen Bolzano, Italy.

2015 Research assistant at the Helmholtz Ceter GFZ Potsdam, section 5.2 Climate dynamics and landscape evolution, dendrochronology laboratory. Supervised by Gerhard Helle.

2014 Master Degree in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Padua, Italy

2012Bachelor degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Padua, Italy


EGU Outstading Poster Pico Presentation award 2017
AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award 2017