My research focusses on regional climatic changes and approaches to assess these. I am particularly interested in extreme precipitation, its natural variability and its response to global warming. In parallel I have been working on the evaluation of regional climate models. More recently I have become interested in researching how future weather might manifest: will the character of storms, precipitation or droughts change, and what are the underlying processes?
Beyond the purely scientific basic research I collaborate with stakeholders in politics and administration and transfer my knowledge to the general public. I have contributed as lead author to the recent 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). A ranking of Stanford University and Elsevier lists me among the 2% top scientists.
In the BSc and MSc programmes on Environmental System Sciences and Atmospheric Physics and Climate I teach Climate and Atmospheric Dynamics, Climate System and Climate Change, Regional Climate Change, Cloud Physics and Climate Modeling.
New study about landslides under climate change: Maraun, D., Knevels, R., Mishra, A.N. et al. A severe landslide event in the Alpine foreland under possible future climate and land-use changes. Commun Earth Environ 3, 87 (2022). Related blog entries (1,2).
New blog "Climate Storylines" launched.
New review paper on compound events: J. Zscheischler, O. Martius, S. Westra, E. Bevacqua, C. Raymond, R. M. Horton, B. van den Hurk, A. AghaKouchak, A. Jézéquel, M. D. Mahecha, D. Maraun, A. M. Ramos, N. N. Ridder, W. Thiery & E. Vignotto: A typology of compound weather and climate events, Nature Rev. Earth Environ. 2020.