Dr. Robert Dill

Dr. Robert Dill
Building A 20, Room 326
14473 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:

  • Modeling and interpretation of Earth rotation and gravity field variation
  • Global and continental hydrology, global water cycle
  • Operation and development of the numerical hydrological model Land Surface Discharge Model (LSDM).
  • Global and regional mass redistributions and interaction between atmosphere, ocean, and land surface.
  • Estimation and prediction of surface load deformation
  • Earth rotation parameter prediction by dynamic Earth system forecasts

Research Interests:

  • Simulation and interpretation of Earth rotation and gravity variations
  • Global hydrological processes, global water cycle, terrestrial hydrology
  • Global numerical model for terrestrial hydrology Land Surface Discharge Modell (LSDM)
  • Global and regional water mass redistributions between atmosphere, ocean and continent and its influence on geodetic observations.
  • Calculation/Modelling of surface loading displacements
  • Prediction of Earth orientation parameters
  • 3D - elastic crustal structure


  • 1996: diploma in geophysics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich
  • 1997: collaboration in ANCORP-project of GeoForschungsZentrum
  • 1997–2001: research associate at DGFI (Deutsches Geodätisches Forschungsinstitut), Munich
  • 2001–2005: research associate at FESG (Forschungseinrichtung Satellitengeodäsie), Technical University Munich
  • 2002: doctoral thesis:“ The influence of secondary effects on Earth rotation“ (research project granted by DFG)
  • since 2005: research associate at GFZ (GeoForschungsZentrum), Potsdam

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