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Dr. Martin Göber


Deutscher Wetterdienst

(und Freie Universität Berlin - Institut für Meteorologie)

DWD Themenbereichsleiter

Schmidt-Ott-Str. 13
Raum 616-617 (Wasserturm)
12165 Berlin



Academic Career

since 02/2012 DWD’s manager of research area “Optimal use of weather information from weather forecasting and climate monitoring for society” in the project „Improving the process of weather warnings and extreme weather information in the chain from the meteorological forecasts to their communication of the Berlin conurbation (WEXICOM-Berlin)“
2003-2012 Manager verification, Department Weather Forecasting, German Weather Service DWD, verification of weather warnings and point forecasts
2002 studying psychology at the Open University, UK
2000-2003 Research Scientist, Numerical Weather Prediction, Met Office, UK; verification of numerical models
1998-2000 Research Scientist Meteorological Institute University of Cologne, project manager in “Interdisciplinary coordination on Global Change research”
1997-1998 Post-doc in ACSYS (Arctic Climate System Studies), climate diagnostics of the freshwater balance of the Arctic
1992-1997 PhD student Meteorological Institute University of Bonn, PhD thesis: “Regional climate diagnostics of large scale eddies”
1991-1992 MSC course on Remote Sensing, Image Processing and Applications, University of Dundee, UK
1986-1991 studying meteorology, Meteorological Institute Humboldt-University Berlin, Diploma thesis: “Dynamical Structure of ENSO time series”

Research interests

  • Forecast verification

  • Production and communication of weather warnings

  • Economy and psychology of judgement and decision making

  • Geostatistics and inverse modeling

peer- reviewed


Simmer, C.; Adrian, G.; Jones, S.; Wirth, V.; Göber, M.; Hohenegger, C.; Janjic, T.; Keller, J.; Ohlwein, C.; Seifert, A.;     Trömel, S.; Ulbrich, T.; Wapler, K.; Weissmann, M.; Kller, J., Masbou, M.; Meilinger, S.; Riß, N.; Schomburg, A.; Vormann, A.; Weingärtner, C. (2015): HErZ - The German Hans-Ertel Centre for Weather Research. Bull. Amer. Met. Soc., doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00227.1 Pardowitz, T.; Kox, T.; Göber, M. and A. Bütow (2015): Human estimates of warning uncertainty: numerical and verbal descriptions, Mausam 66 (3), 625-634


Weissmann, M., Göber, M.,  Hohenegger, C., Janjic, T.,  Keller, J., Ohlwein, C., Seifert, A., Trömel, S., Ulbrich, T., Wapler, K., Bollmeyer, C., Deneke, H. (2014): The Hans-Ertel Centre for Weather Research – Research objectives and highlights from its first three years. Meteorologische Zeitschrift 23 (3), 193-208


Ebert, E.; Wilson, L.; Weigel, A.; Mittermaier, M.; Nurmi, P.; Gill, P.; Göber, M.; Joslyn, S.; Brown, Fowler, B. & A. Watkins, (2013): Progress and challenges in forecast verification. Met. Applications., 20, 130-139


Wapler, K., Göber, M., Trepte, S. (2012): Comparative verification of different nowcasting systems to support optimization of thunderstorm warnings. Adv. Sci. Res., 8, 121-127


Friederichs, P., Göber, M., Lenz, A., Bentzien, S. and R. Krampitz (2009): A probabilistic analysis of wind gusts using extreme value statistics. Meteorol. Z., 18, 615-629.


Göber, M., Zsoter, E. and D.S. Richardson (2008): Could a perfect model ever satisfy a naive forecaster? On grid box mean versus point verification. Met. Appl., 15, 359-365.


Göber, M., Wilson, C., Milton, S. and D. Stephenson (2004): Fairplay in the verification of operational quantitative precipitation forecasts. J. Hydrology, 288, 225-236.


Göber, M., R. Hagenbrock, F. Ament and A. Hense (2003): Comparing mass consistent atmospheric budgets on an irregular grid: an Arctic example. Quarterly J. Royal Met. Soc., 129, 2383-2400.


Saunders, F., Göber, M. and B. Chalcraft (2001): The exceptional rainfall event of 11 and 12 October 2000 in Kent and Sussex, as observed and as forecast by the Met Office mesoscale model. Weather, 56, 360-367.


Göber, M., und A. Hense (1995): Long term variations of atmospheric synoptic variability: A study based on radiosonde data from Lindenberg. Meteorol. Zeitschrift, N.F. 4, 51-61.


Göber, M., H. Herzel, and H.-F. Graf (1992): Dimension analysis of El Nino/Southern Oscillation time series. Ann. Geophysicae, 10, 729-734.