Research Foci

Our main fields of research are

  • Impact of regional climate change on terrestrial hydrology
  • Dynamical and statistical downscaling of meteorological fields
  • Fully coupled and compartment crossing regional atmospheric and hydrological modeling
  • Modeling and observation of joint water- and energy fluxes
  • Use of commercial microwave links (CMLs) for precipitation quantification
  • Geostatistical merging of hydrometeorological variables
Fully-coupled modeling
Dynamical downscaling
Data merging
In-situ measurements

Research Regions

Our prime interest are climate sensitive regions, particularly flood- and drought prone regions. Our current activities focus on

  • Middle Europe, especially Bavaria, the Alpine Space and the Mediterranean region
  • the Near and Middle East and
  • South, West and East Africa
Alpine upland
Middle East
Western Africa



Current projects




Finished projects (selection)


Publications (latest)

Xing, Z., Yu, Z., Wei, J., Zhang, X., Ma, M., Yi, P., Ju, Q., Wang, J., Laux, P., Kunstmann, H. (2022)
Lagged influence of ENSO regimes on droughts over the Poyang Lake basin, China, Atmospheric

Thom, D., Rammer, W., Laux, P., Smiatek, G., Kunstmann, H., Seibold, S., Seidl, R. (2022) Will forest
dynamics continue to accelerate throughout the 21st century in the Northern Alps?, Global Change

Wagner, A., Fersch, B., Yuan, P., Rummler, T., Kunstmann, H. (2022) Assimilation of GNSS and
Synoptic Data in a Convection Permitting Limited Area Model: Improvement of Simulated
Tropospheric Water Vapor Content, Frontiers in Earth Science,

Adeyeriad, O.E., Laux, P., Isholac, K.A., ZhoudI, W., Baloguna, A., Adeyewaa, Z.D, Kunstmann, H.
(2022) Homogenising meteorological variables: Impact on trends and associated climate indices,
Journal of Hydrology,

Bliefernicht, J., Rauch, M., Laux, P., Kunstmann, H. (2022) Atmospheric circulation patterns that trigger
heavy rainfall in West Africa, International Journal of Climatology,

Dieng, D., Cannon, A. J., Laux, P., Hald, C., Adeyeri, O., Rahimi, J., Srivastava, A. K., Mbaye, M. L.,
Kunstmann, H. (2022) Multivariate Bias-Correction of High-Resolution Regional Climate Change
Simulations for West Africa: Performance and Climate Change Implications, Journal of Geophysical
Research: Atmospheres,

Bogena, H. R., Schrön, M., Jakobi, J., Ney, P., Zacharias, S., Andreasen, M., Baatz, R., Boorman, D.,
Duygu, M. B., Eguibar-Galán, M. A., Fersch, B., Franke, T., Geris, J., González Sanchis, M., Kerr, Y.,
Korf, T. Mengistu, Z., Mialon, A., Nasta, P., Nitychoruk, J., Pisinaras, V., Rasche, D., Rosolem, R.,
Said, H., Schattan, P., Zreda, M., Achleitner, S., Albentosa-Hernández, E., Akyürek, Z., Blume, T.,
del Campo, A., Canone, D., Dimitrova-Petrova, K., Evans, J. G., Ferraris, S., Frances, F., Gisolo, D.,
Güntner, A., Herrmann, F., Iwema, J., Jensen, K. H., Kunstmann, H., Lidón, A., Looms, M. C., Oswald,
S., Panagopoulos, A., Patil, A., Power, D., Rebmann, C., Romano, N., Scheiffele, L., Seneviratne, S.,
Weltin, G., Vereecken, G. (2022) COSMOS-Europe: a European network of cosmic-ray neutron soil
moisture sensors, Earth System Science Data,


Quenum, G. M. L. D., Arnault, J., Klutse, N. A. B., Zhang, Z., Kunstmann, H., Oguntunde, P. G. (2022)
Potential of the Coupled WRF/WRF-Hydro Modeling System for Flood Forecasting in the Ouémé
River (West Africa), Water,

Rummler, T., Wagner, A., Arnault, J., Kunstmann, H. (2022) Lateral terrestrial water fluxes in the LSM
of WRF ‐ Hydro: Benefits of a 2D groundwater representation, Hydrological Processes,

Zhang, Z., Arnault, J., Laux, P., Ma, N., Wei, J., Kunstmann, H. (2021) Diurnal cycle of surface energy
fluxes in high mountain terrain: High-resolution fully coupled atmosphere-hydrology modelling and
impact of lateral flow, Hydrological Processes,


extended publication list