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  • Al-Zyoud, S., Rühaak, W., Forootan, F., Sass, I. (2015) Over exploitation of groundwater in the centre of Amman Zarqa Basin-Jordan: evaluation of well data and GRACE satellite observations. Resources 4, pp. 819-830. doi.10.3390/resources4040819.

  • Awange, J., Ferreira, V.G., Forootan, E., Khandu, K., Andam-Akorful, S.A., Agutu, N.O., He, X.F. (2015) Uncertainties in remotely-sensed precipitation data over Africa. International Journal of Climatology, 36, pp. 303-323. doi.10.1002/joc.4346.

  • Börger, K., Schmidt, M. (2015): Monitoring Space Weather at GSSAC. In: Sgobba, T., Rongier, I. (eds). Space Safety is No Accident: The 7th IAASS Conference. Springer, Cham, pp. 365-369,

  • Bogena, H., Huisman, J., Güntner, A., Hübner, C., Kusche, J., Jonard, F., Vey, S., Vereecken, H. (2015) Emerging methods for noninvasive sensing of soil moisture dynamics from field to catchment scale: a review. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, 2(6), pp. 635–647, doi:10.1002/wat2.1097

  • Brunnabend, S.-E., Schröter, J., Rietbroek, R., Kusche, J., (2015) Regional sea level change in response to ice mass loss in Greenland, the West Antarctic and Alaska. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 120(11), pp. 7316–7328, doi:10.1002/2015JC011244.

  • Cudennec, C., Eicker, A., Pilon, P., Stoffel, M., Viglione, A., Xu, Z. (2015) Preface: Extreme Hydrological Events. Proc. IAHS, pp. 369, 1-2.

  • Dobslaw, H., Bergmann–Wolf, I., Dill, R., Forootan, E., Klemann, V., Kusche, J., Sasgen, I. (2015) The Updated ESA Earth System Model for Future Gravity Mission Simulation Studies. Journal of Geodesy, 89(5), pp. 505–513, doi:10.1007/s00190-014-0787-8.

  • Elsaka, B., Ilk, K.-H., Alothman, A. (2015) Mitigation of Oceanic Tidal Aliasing Errors in Space and Time Simultaneously Using Different Repeat Sub-Satellite Tracks from Pendulum-Type Gravimetric Mission Candidate. Acta Geophysica, 63(1), pp. 301–318,

  • Famiglietti, J.S., Cazenave, A. Eicker, A., Reager, J.T., Rodell, M., Velicogn, I. (2015) Satellites provide the big picture. Science 349 (6249), pp. 684-685, doi.10.1126/science.aac9238.

  • Fenoglio-Marc, L., Scharroo, R., Annunziato, A., Mendoza, L., Lillibridge, J., Becker, M. (2015) Cyclone Xaver seen by geodetic observations. Geophysical Research Letters, 42(22), pp. 9925–9932, doi.10.1002/2015GL065989.

  • Fenoglio-Marc, L., Dinardo, S., Scharroo, R., Roland, A., Dutour, M., Lucas, B., Becker, M., Benveniste, J. (2015) The German Bight: a validation of CryoSat-2 altimeter data in SAR mode. Advances in Space Research, 55(11), pp. 2641–2656,

  • Khaki, M., Forootan, E., Sharifi, M.A., Awange, J., Kuhn, M. (2015) Improved gravity anomaly fields from retracked multi-mission satellite radar altimetry observations over the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea. Geophysical Journal International, 202(3), pp. 1522–1534,

  • Khandu, K., Awange, J., Forootan, E. (2015) An evaluation of high-resolution gridded precipitation products over Bhutan (1998-2012). International Journal of Climatology, 36, pp. 1067-1087. doi.10.1002/joc.4402

  • Pail, R., Bingham, R., Braitenberg, C., Dobslaw, H., Eicker, A., Güntner, A., Horwath, M., Ivins, E., Longuevergne, L., Panet, I. & Wouters, B. (2015) Science and User Needs for Observing Global Mass Transport to Understand Global Change and to Benefit Society. Surveys in Geophysics, 36(6), pp. 743-772,

  • Passaro, M., Fenoglio-Marc, L., Cipollini, P. (2015) Validation of significant wave height for improved satellite altimetry in the German Bight. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 54(4), pp. 2146–2156, doi.10.1109/TGRS.2014.2356331.

  • Roscher, R., Uebbing, B., Kusche, J. (2015) Spatio-temporal altimeter waveform retracking via sparse representation and conditional random fields. IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)., July, 2015., pp. 1234-1237, doi.10.1109/IGARSS.2015.7325996.

  • Uebbing, B., Kusche, J., Forootan, E. (2015) Waveform retracking for improving level estimations from Topex/Poseidon, Jason-1 and -2 altimetry observations over African lakes. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 53(4), pp. 2211–2224, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2014.2357893.


  • Andam-Akorful, S., Ferreira, V., Awange, J., Forootan, E., He, X. (2014) Multi-model and Multi-sensor Estimation of Evapotranspiration over the Volta Basin, West Africa. International Journal of Climatology, 35(10), pp.3132–3145, doi.10.1002/joc.4198.

  • Artz, T., Springer, A., Nothnagel, A. (2014) A complete VLBI delay model for deforming radio telescopes: the Effelsberg case. Journal of Geodesy, Volume 88 (12), pp. 1145 - 1161,

  • Awange, J., Forootan, E., Kuhn, M., Kusche, J., Heck, B. (2014) Water storage changes and climate variability within the Nile Basin between 2002–2011. Advances in Water Resources, 73, pp. 1–15,

  • Awange, J., Mekonnen, G., Forootan, E., Wakbulcho, G., Anyah, R., Ferreira, V., Alemayehu, T. (2014) Characterization of Ethiopian Mega Hydrogeological Regimes Using Remote Sensing Datasets and Models. Advances in Water Resources, 74, pp. 64 - 78,

  • Boergens, E., Rangelova, E., Sideris, M. G., Kusche, J. (2014) Assessment of the Capabilities of the Temporal and Spatiotemporal ICA Method for Geophysical Signal Separation in GRACE Data. Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth, 119(5), pp. 4429 - 4447, doi.10.1002/2013JB010452.

  • Börger, K., Schmidt, M. (2014) Monitoring Space Weather at GSSAC. In: Sgobba T., Rongier I. (eds) Space Safety is No Accident. Springer, pp. 365-369,

  • Döll, P., Fritsche, M., Eicker, A., Mueller-Schmied, H. (2014) Seasonal Water Storage Variations as Impacted by Water Abstractions: Comparing the Output of a Global Hydrologial Model with GRACE and GPS Oservations. Surveys in Geophysics, Volume 35, Issue 6, pp. 1311 - 1331,

  • Döll, P., Mueller-Schmied, H., Schuh, C., Portmann, F. T., Eicker, A. (2014) Global-Scale Assessment of Groundwater Depletion and Related Groundwater Abstractions: Combining Hydrological Modeling with Information from well Observations and GRACE Satellites. Water Resources Research, 50 (7), pp. 5698 - 5720, doi.10.1002/2014WR015595.

  • Eicker, A., Kurtenbach, E., Kusche, J., Shabanloui, A. (2014) Comparison of Daily GRACE Solutions to GPS Station Height Movements. In: Flechtner, F., Sneeuw, Nico, Schuh, Wolf-Dieter (Hg.): Observation of the System Earth from Space - CHAMP, GRACE, GOCE and future missions. pp. 47–52,

  • Eicker, A., Schall, J., Kusche, J. (2014) Regional gravity modelling from spaceborne data: case studies with GOCE. Geophys. J. Int., 196(3). pp. 1431–1440, doi:10.1093/gji/ggt485.

  • Eicker, A., Schumacher, M., Kusche, J., Döll, P., Müller Schmied, H. (2014) Calibration/Data Assimilation Approach for Integrating GRACE Data into the WaterGAP Global Hydrology Model (WGHM) Using an Ensemble Kalman Filter: First Results, Surveys in Geophysics, 35(6), pp. 1285–1309, doi:10.1007/s10712-014-9309-8.

  • Elsaka, B. (2014) Sub-monthly Gravity Field Recovery from Simulated Multi-GRACE Mission Type. Acta Geophysica, 62(1), pp. 241–258,

  • Elsaka, B., Forootan, E., Alothman, A. (2014) Improving the recovery of monthly regional water storage using one year simulated observations of two pairs of GRACE-type satellite gravimetry constellation. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 109, pp. 195–209,

  • Elsaka, B., Raimondo, J.-C., Brieden, Ph., Reubelt, T., Kusche, J., Flechtner, F., Iran-Pour, S., Sneeuw, N., Müller, J. (2014) Comparing seven candidate mission configurations for temporal gravity field retrieval through full-scale numerical simulation. Journal of Geodesy, 88(1), pp. 31–43,

  • Forootan, E., Didova, O., Schumacher, M., Kusche, J., Elsaka, B. (2014) Comparisons of atmospheric mass variations derived from ECMWF reanalysis and operational fields, over 2003 to 2011. Journal of Geodesy, 88(5), pp. 503–514,

  • Forootan, E., Kusche, J., Loth, I., Schuh, W.-D., Eicker, A., Awange, J., Longuevergne, L., Diekkrueger, B., Schmidt, M. and Shum, C.K. (2014) Multivariate prediction of total water storage anomalies over West Africa from multi-satellite data. Surveys in Geophysics, 35(4), pp. 913–940, doi:10.1007/s10712-014-9292-0.

  • Forootan, E., Rietbroek, R., Kusche, J., Sharifi, M.A, Awange, J., Schmidt, M., Omondi, Ph., Famiglietti, J. (2014) Separation of large scale water storage patterns over Iran using GRACE, altimetry and hydrological data. Remote Sensing of Environment, 140, pp. 580–595, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2013.09.025.

  • Khaki, A., Forootan, E., Sharifi, M. A. (2014) Waveform Retracking over the Caspian Sea. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 35, pp. 6329 - 6356,

  • Kusche, J., Klemann, V., Sneeuw, N. (2014) Mass Distribution and Mass Transport in the Earth System: Recent Scientific Progress Due to Interdisciplinary Research. Surveys in Geophysics, 35(6), pp. 1243 - 1249,

  • Omondi, P., Awange, J., Forootan, E., et al. (2014) Changes in Temperature and Precipitation Extremes Over the Greater Horn of Africa Region from 1961 to 2010. International Journal of Climatology, 34(4), pp. 1262–127, doi.10.1002/joc.3763.

  • Reudink, R., Klees, R., Francis, O., Kusche, J., Schlesinger, R., Shabanloui, A., Sneeuw, N., Timmen, L. (2014) High Tilt Susceptibility of the Scintrex CG-5 Relative Gravimeters. Journal of Geodesy, 88(6), pp. 617 - 622,

  • Rietbroek, R., Fritsche, M., Dahle, C., Brunnabend, S.-E., Behnisch, M, Kusche, J., Flechtner, F., Schroeter, J., Dietrich, R. (2014) Can GPS-Derived Surface Loading Bridge a GRACE Mission Gap?. Surveys in Geophysics, 35(6), pp. 1267 - 1283,

  • Schall, J., Eicker, A., Kusche, J. (2014) The ITG-Goce02 gravity field model from GOCE orbit and gradiometer data based on the short arc approach. Journal of Geodesy, 88(4), pp. 403–409, doi:org/10.1007/s00190-014-0691-2.

  • Schrama, E., Wouters, B., Rietbroek, R. (2014), A Mascon Approach to Assess Ice Sheet and Glacier Mass Balances and Their Uncertainties from Grace Data. Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth, 119(7), pp. 6048–6066 doi.10.1002/2013JB010923.

  • Shabanloui, A., Schall, J., Eicker, A., Kusche, J. (2014) Global Gravity Field Models from Different GOCE Orbit Products In: Flechtner, F., Sneeuw, Nico, Schuh, Wolf-Dieter (Hg.): Observation of the System Earth from Space - CHAMP, GRACE, GOCE and future missions. pp. 103–108,

  • Springer, A., Kusche, J., Hartung, K., Ohlwein, C., Longuevergne, L. (2014) New Estimates of Variations in Water Flux and Storage over Europe Based on Regional (Re)Analyses and Multisensor Observations. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 15(6), pp. 2397–2417, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-14-0050.1.


  • Awange, J., Aynah, R., Agola, N., Forootan, E., Omondi, P. (2013) Potential impacts of climate and environmental change on the stored water of Lake Victoria Basin and economic implications. Water Resources Research, 49, pp. 8160–8173, doi:10.1002/2013WR014350.

  • Awange, J., Forootan, E, Kusche, J., Kiema, J.B.K, Omondi, P.A., Heck, B., Fleming, K, Ohanya, S.O., Goncalves, R.M. (2013) Understanding the decline of water storage across the Ramser-Lake Naivasha using satellite-based methods, Advances in Water Resources, 60, pp. 7–23,

  • Eicker, A., Schall, J., Kusche, J. (2013) Regional gravity modelling from spaceborne data: case studies with GOCE. Geophys. J. Int., 196(3). pp. 1431–1440, doi:10.1093/gji/ggt485.

  • Forootan, E., Didova, O., Kusche, J., Löcher, A. (2013) Comparisons of Atmospheric Data and Reduction Methods for the Analysis of Satellite Gravimetry Observations. Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth, 118(5), pp. 2382–2396, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50160.

  • Forootan, E., Kusche, J. (2013) Separation of deterministic signals, using independent component analysis (ICA), Studia Geophysica et Geodetica, 57(1), pp. 17–26,

  • Forootan, E., Rietbroek, R., Kusche, J., Sharifi, M., Awange, J., Schmidt, M., Omondi, P., Famiglietti, J.S. (2013) Separation of large scale water storage patterns over Iran using GRACE, altimetry and hydrological data. Remote Sensing of Environment, 140, pp. 580-595,

  • Jensen, L., Rietbroek, R., Kusche, J. (2013) Land water contribution to sea level from GRACE and Jason-1 measurements. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 118(1), pp 212–226, doi:10.1002/jgrc.20058.

  • Kusche, J., Bosch, W., Becker, M. (2013) Vermessung des globalen Wandels aus dem Weltraum: Meeresspiegel und Klima. Zeitschrift für Vermessungswesen, zfV 1/2013,

  • Omondi, P., Awange, J., Ogallo, L.A., Ininda, J., Forootan, E. (2013) The influence of low frequency sea surface temperature modes on delineated decadal rainfall zones in Eastern Africa region. Advances in Water Resources, 54, pp. 161 - 180,

  • Schnitzer, S., Seitz, F., Eicker, A., Güntner, A., Wattenbach, M., Menzel, A. (2013) Estimation of soil loss by water erosion in the Chinese Loess Plateau using Universal Soil Loss Equatior and GRACE. Geophysical Journal International, 193(3), pp. 1283–1290,

  • Sharifi, M.A., Forootan, E., Nikkhoo, M., Awange, J., Najafi-Alamdari, M. (2013) A point-wise least squares spectral analysis (LSSA) of the Caspian Sea level fluctuations, using Topex/ Poseidon and Jason-1 observations. Advances in Space Research, 51 (5), pp. 858-873,


  • aus der Beek, T., Menzel, L., Rietbroek, R., Fenoglio-Marc, L., Grayek, S., Becker, M., Kusche, J., Stanev, E. (2012) Modeling the water resources of the Black and Mediterranean Sea river basins and their impact on regional mass changes. Journal of Geodynamics, 59–60, pp. 157–167,

  • Brunnabend, S.-E., Schröter, J., Timmermann, R., Rietbroek, R., Kusche, J. (2012) Modeled steric and mass-driven sea level change caused by Greenland Ice Sheet melting. Journal of Geodynamics, 59–60, pp. 219-225,

  • Döll, P., Hoffmann-Dobrev, H., Portmann, F. T., Siebert, S., Eicker, A., Rodell, M., Strassberg, G., Scanlon, B.R. (2012) Impact of water withdrawals from groundwater and surface water on continental water storage variations. Journal of Geodynamics, Volumes 59-60: 143-156,

  • Eicker, A., Mayer-Gürr, T., Kurtenbach, T. (2012) Challenges in Deriving Trends from GRACE. In. Proc. Geodesy for Planet Earth, International Association of Geodesy Symposia 136, doi.0.1007/978-3-642-20338-1_19.

  • Elsaka, B., Kusche, J., Ilk, K.-H. (2012) Recovery of the Earth's gravity field from formation-flying satellites: temporal aliasing issues. Advances in Space Research, 50(11), pp. 1534–1552,

  • Fenoglio-Marc, L., Rietbroek, R., Grayek, S., Becker, M., Kusche, J., Stanev, E. (2012) Water mass variation in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Journal of Geodynamics, 59-60, pp. 168–162,

  • Forootan, E., Awange, J., Kusche, J., Heck, B., Eicker, A. (2012) Independent patterns of water mass anomalies over Australia from satellite data and models. Remote Sensing of Environment, 124, S. 427–443,

  • Forootan, E., Kusche, J. (2012) Separation of global time-variable gravity signals into maximally independent components. Journal of Geodesy, 86(7), pp. 477–497,

  • Jokat, W., Kollofrath, J., Geissler, W. H., Jensen, L. (2012) Crustal thickness and earthquake distribution south of the Logachev Seamount, Knipovich Ridge. Geophysical Research Letters, 39 (L08302), doi.10.1029/2012GL05119.

  • Kurtenbach, E., Eicker, A., Mayer-Gürr, T., Holschneider, M., Hayn, M., Fuhrmann, M., Kusche, J. (2012) Improved daily gravity field solutions using a Kalman smoother. Journal of Geodynamics, 59-60, pp. 39-48,

  • Mayer-Gürr, T., Savcenko, R., Bosch, W., Daras, I., Flechtner, F., Dahle, Ch. (2012) Ocean tides from satellite altimetry and GRACE. Journal of Geodynamics, 59–60, pp. 28-38,

  • Omondi, P., Awange, J., Ogallo, L.A., Okoola, R.A. and Forootan, E. (2012) Decadal rainfall variability modes in observed rainfall records over East Africa and their relations to historical sea surface temperature changes. Journal of Hydrology, 464-46, pp. 140-156, doi.10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.07.003.

  • Rietbroek, R., Brunnabend, S.-E., Kusche, J., Schröter, J. (2012) Resolving sea level contributions by identifying fingerprints in time-variable gravity and altimetry. Journal of Geodynamics, 59-60, pp. 72–81,

  • Rietbroek, R., Fritsche, M., Brunnabend, S,-E., Daras, I., Kusche, J., Schröter, J., Flechtner, F., Dietrich, R. (2012) Global surface mass from a new combination of GRACE, modelled OBP and reprocessed GPS data. Journal of Geodynamics, 59-60, pp. 64–71,


  • Brunnabend, S.-E., Rietbroek, R., Timmermann, R., Schröter, J., Kusche, J. (2011) Improving mass redistribution estimates by modeling ocean bottom pressure uncertainties. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 116(C8). doi:10.1029/2010JC006617.

  • Forootan, E., Kusche, J. (2011) Separation of global time-variable gravity signals into maximally independent components. Journal of Geodesy, 86(7), pp. 477-497, doi.10.1007/s00190-011-0532-5.

  • Schall, J., Mayer-Gürr, T., Eicker, A., Kusche, J. (2011) A global gravitational field model from GOCE gradiometer observations. Proceedings of the ESA 4th International GOCE User Workshop, ESA Publications SP-696 (on CD-ROM).

  • Tesmer, V., Steigenberger, P., van Dam T., Mayer-Gürr, T. (2011) Vertical deformations from homogeneously processed GRACE and global GPS long-term serie. Journal of Geodesy, 85(5), pp. 291-310,

  • van der Wal, W., Kurtenbach, E., Kusche, J., Vermeersen, B. (2011) Radial and tangential gravity rates from GRACE in areas of glacial isostatic adjustment. In: Geophys. J. Int., 187(2), p. 797–812, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05206.x.