Prof. Dr. Harald Kunstmann

Chair Holder
Regional Climate and Hydrology
Phone: +49 821 598 2751
Fax: +49 8821 183 243
Room: 2024 (B)
Visiting hours: by appointment only
Address: Alter Postweg 118, 86159 Augsburg

Research Foci

  • Impact of regional climate change on terrestrial hydrology
  • Dynamic and statistical downscaling of meteorological fields
  • Fully coupled and cross-compartmental regional atmospheric and hydrological modeling
  • Modeling and observation of water and energy flows
  • Application of Commercial Microwave Links (CMLs) for precipitation determination
  • Geostatistic Merging of hydrometeorological Variables
  • Seasonal predictions

Research Projects


Current projects
AtmoWater High-resolution atmospheric water vapor based on geodetic satellite measurement, tomographic intersection and atmospheric modeling
Cosmic Ray Neutron Sensing Integrated hydrological modeling and analysis of the interaction between soil moisture and the atmospheric boundary layer
Digital Earth Towards SMART Monitoring and Earth System Integrated Data Exploration - Implementing the Data Science Paradigm
Enershelf High resolution energy meteorological forecasting for improved management of PV-hybrid systems
FOR2131 Combination of observation types for precipitation (rain gauges, commercial microwave links, weather radar) to precipitation fields for use in fully coupled data assimilation systems
HoWa Innovativ More accurate forecasting of floods by improving precipitation measurement using data from commercial microwave links (CMLs)
LandKlif TP-8

Climate and water balance analysis for Bavaria using extremely high-resolution regional earth system modeling

SALDI South Africa Land Degradation Monitor - Land-Atmosphere Interactions: Regional Assessment
Finished projects
BIAS1 Local refinement and bias correction of climate projections
BIAS2 Synthesis of high-resolution regionalization, multivariate stochastic bias correction and optimized hydrological model and process analysis
SYNOPSE Synthetic precipitation time series for the optimal planning and operation of urban drainage systems
WASCAL West African Science Service Center on Climate and Adapted Land Use - Implementation Phase




Mousavian, R., Lorenz, C., Hossainali, M. M., Fersch, B., Kunstmann, H. (2020) Copula-based modeling of dependence structure in geodesy and GNSS applications: case study for zenith tropospheric delay in complex terrain, GPS Solutions,


Chwala, C., Kunstmann, H. (2020) Landesweite Niederschlagsmessung mit Richtfunkstrecken des Handynetzes, Wasserwirtschaft,


Fersch, B., Francke, T., Heistermann, M., Schroen, M., Doepper, V., Jakobi, J., Baroni, G., Blume, T., Bogena, H., Budach, C., Graenzig, T., Foerster, M., Guentner, A., Hendricks Franssen, H.-J., Kasner, M., Koehli, M., Kleinschmit, B., Kunstmann, H., Patil, A., Rasche, D., Scheiffele, L., Schmidt, U., Szulc-Seyfried, S., Weimar, J., Zacharias, S., Zreda, M., Heber, B., Kiese, R., Mares, V., Mollenhauer, H., Voelksch, I., Oswald, S. (2020) A dense network of cosmic-ray neutron sensors for soil moisture observation in a highly instrumented pre-Alpine headwater catchment in Germany, Earth System Science Data,


Yang, Q., Yu, Z., Wei, J., Yang, C., Gu, H., Xiao, M., Shang, S., Dong, N., Gao, L., Arnault, J., Laux, P., Kunstmann, H. (2020) Performance of the WRF model in simulating intense precipitation events over the Hanjiang River Basin, China – A multi-physics ensemble approach, Atmospheric Research,


Polz, J., Chwala, C., Graf, M., Kunstmann, H. (2020) Rain event detection in commercial microwave link attenuation data using convolutional neural networks, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques,


extended publication list


Curriculum Vitae

Since 2021   Founding Board of Directors Centre for Climate Resilience at University of Augsburg

09/18-01/19  Honorary Research Assiciate at the University of Oxford

Since 2015   Deputy Director of the KIT Campus Alpin

Since 2009   W3 professor and holder of the chair for regional climate and hydrology at the University of Augsburg in joint appointment with the KIT campus Alpin, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Since 2004   Head of the Regional Climate Systems Department at the KIT Campus Alpin

Since 2001   Head of the research group Regional Climate and Hydrology at the KIT-Campus Alpin

Since 1999   Research associate at the Institute for Meteriology and Climate Research (KIT Campus Alpin)

1995-1998    Dissertation in Environmental Natural Sciences at ETH Zurich

1989-1994    Studied physics at the University of Marburg, Virginia/USA and Heidelberg


extended CV