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
In-situ measurements
Fully-coupled modeling
Dynamical downscaling
Data merging

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)

Mott, R., Wolf, A., Kehl, M., Kunstmann, H., Warscher, M., Grünewald, T. (2019) Avalanches and micrometeorology driving mass and energy balanceof the lowest perennial ice field of the Alps: a case study, The Cryosphere, 13, 1247-1265,


Maity, R., Suman, M., Laux, P., Kunstmann, H. (2019) Bias correction of zero-inflated RCM precipitation fields: A copula-based scheme for both mean and extreme conditions, Journal of Hydrometeorology, April 2019, pages 595-611, doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-18-0126.1


Chwala, C. and Kunstmann, H. (2019) Commercial microwave link networks for rainfall observation: Assessment of the current status and future challenges, Wiley nterdisciplinary Reviews: Water, Volume 6, Issue 2, doi:


Soltani, M., Laux, P., Mauder, M., Kunstmann, H. (2019) Inverse distributed modelling of streamflow and turbulent fluxes: A sensitivity and uncertainty analysis coupled with automatic optimization, Journal of Hydrology, Volume 571, pages 856-872, doi:


Laux, P., Kerandi, N., Kunstmann, H. (2019) Physics Parameterization Selection in RCM and ESM Simulations Revisited: New Supporting Approach Based on Empirical Copulas, Atmosphere, 10 (3), 150, doi: 10.3390/atmos10030150


Rummler, T., Arnault, J., Gochis, D., Kunstmann, H. (2018) Role of Lateral Terrestrial Water Flow on the Regional Water Cycle in a Complex Terrain Region: Investigation with a FullyCoupled Model System, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, doi: 10.1029/2018JD029004115


Lorenz, C., Montzka, C., Jagdhuber, T., Laux, P., Kunstmann, H. (2018), Long-Term and High-Resolution Global Time Series of Brightness Temperature from Copula-Based Fusion of SMAP Enhanced and SMOS Data, Remote Sensing, Volume: 10, Issue: 11, doi: 10.3390/rs10111842

Coppola, E., Sobolowski, S., Pichelli, E., Raffaele, F., Ahrens, B., Anders, I., Ban, N., Bastin, S., Belda, M., Belusic, D., Caldas-Alvarez, A., Cardoso, R. M., Davolio, S., Dobler A., Fernandez, J., Fita, L., Fumiere, Q., Giorgi, F., Goergen, K., Güttler, I., Halenka, T., Heinzeller, D., Hodnebrog, Ø., Jacob, D., Kartsios, S., Katragkou, E., Kendon, E., Khodayar, S., Kunstmann, H., Knist, S., Lavín-Gullón, A., Lind, P., Lorenz, T., Maraun, D., Marelle, L., van Meijgaard, E., Milovac, J., Myhre, G., Panitz, H.-J., Piazza, M., Raffa, M., Raub, T., Rockel, B., Schär, C., Sieck, K., Soares, P. M. M., Somot, S., Srnec, L., Stocchi, P., Tölle, M. H., Truhetz, H., Vautard, R., de Vries, H., Warrach-Sagi, K. (2018), A first-of-its-kind multi-model convection permitting ensemble for investigating convective phenomena over Europe and the Mediterranean, Climate Dynamics, doi: 10.1007/s00382-018-4521-8

Bliefernicht, J., Waongo, M., Salack, S., Seidel, J., Laux, P., Kunstmann, H. (2018), Quality and Value of Seasonal Precipitation Forecasts issued by the West African Regional Climate Outlook Forum, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, doi: 10.1175/JAMC-D-18-0066.1

Kiese, R., Fersch, B., Baessler, C. Brosy, C., Butterbach-Bahl, K., Chwala, C., Dannenmann, M., Fu, J., Gasche, R., Grote, R., Jahn, C., Klatt, J., Kunstmann, H., Mauder, M., Rödiger, T., Smiatek, G., Soltani, M., Steinbrecher, R., Völksch, I., Werhahn, J., Wolf, B., Zeeman, M., Schmid, H.P. (2018), The TERENO Pre-Alpine Observatory: Integrating Meteorological, Hydrological, and Biogeochemical Measurements and Modeling, Vadose Zone Journal, Volume: 17, doi: 10.2136/vzj2018.03.0060


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