Dr.-Ing. Jan Bliefernicht

research associate
Regional Climate and Hydrology
Phone: +49 (0)821 598 5518
Email: jan.bliefernicht@geo.uni-augsburg.de
Room: 2023 (B)
Visiting hours: by appointment only
Address: Alter Postweg 118, 86159 Augsburg

Research interests

  • Seasonal climate and weather forecasts

  • Statistical downscaling and regional climate modelling

  • Heavy precipitation, flood and drought forecasting

  • Verification of weather and hydrological forecasts

  • Hydrometeorological networks and observatories

  • Interpolation and stochastic simulation of meteorological variables

  • Hydrological and land surface modelling

  • Analysis of land-atmosphere interactions

selected research projects

2019-2022    EnerSHelF: High resolution energy meteorological forecasting for improved management of PV-hybrid sys    tems


2017-2020    SAWAM: Seasonal Water Resources Management in Semi-arid Regions: Application-oriented Transfer of

                      Regionalized Global Information


2010-2017    WASCAL: West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use



2005-2009    HORIX: Development of an operational expert system for flood risk management


2005-2008    PREVIEW: Prevention, Information and Early Warning of Natural Hazards



Current publications


Berger, S., Bliefernicht, J., Linstädter, A, Canak, K., Guug, S., Heinzeller, D.; Hingerl, L.; Mauder, M.; Neidl, F.; Quansah, E.; Salack, S.; Steinbrecher, R.; Kunstmann, H (2019): The impact of rain events on CO2 emissions from contrasting land use systems in semi-arid West African savannas, Science of the Total Environment, 647, 1478-1489 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.07.397


Salack, S., Bossa, A., Bliefernicht, J., Berger, S., Yira, Y., Sanoussi, KA, Guug, S., Heinzeller, D., Avocanh, A.S., Hamadou, B., Meda, S., Diallo, B.A., Bado, I.B., Saley, I.A., Daku, E.K., Lawson, N.Z., Ganaba, A., Sanfo, S., Hien, K., Aduna, A., Steup, G., Diekkrüger, B., Waongo, M., Rogmann, A., Kunkel, R., Lamers, J.P.A., Sylla, M.B., Kunstmann, H., Barry, B., Sedogo, L.G., Jaminon, C., Vlek, P., Adegoke, J. and Savadogo, M. (2019): Designing Transnational Hydroclimatological Observation Networks and Data Sharing Policies in West Africa. Data Science Journal, 18: 33, 1–15, https://doi.org/10.5334/dsj-2019-033    


Bliefernicht, J., M. Waongo, S. Salack, J. Seidel, P. Laux, and H. Kunstmann, 2019: Quality and Value of Seasonal Precipitation Forecasts Issued by the West African Regional Climate Outlook Forum. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 58, 621–642, https://doi.org/10.1175/JAMC-D-18-0066.1


Bliefernicht, J., S. Berger, S. Salack, S. Guug, L. Hingerl, D. Heinzeller, M. Mauder, R. Steinbrecher, G. Steup, A.Y. Bossa, M. Waongo, E. Quansah, A.A. Balogun, Y. Yira, J. Arnault, S. Wagner, C. Klein, U. Gessner, K. Knauer, A. Straub, R. Schönrock, R. Kunkel, E.C. Okogbue, A. Rogmann, F. Neidl, C. Jahn, B. Diekkrüger, A. Aduna, B. Barry, and H. Kunstmann (2018): The WASCAL Hydrometeorological Observatory in the Sudan Savanna of Burkina Faso and Ghana. Vadose Zone J. 17:180065. https://doi.org/10.2136/vzj2018.03.0065


Lorenz, M., Bliefernicht, J., Haese, B., Kunstmann, H. (2018): Copula‐based downscaling of daily precipitation fields. Hydrological Processes, 32, 3479– 3494. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.13271



Curriculum vitae

Since 2017  Guest lecturer, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn

Since 2016  Habilitation in Climate and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Applied Computer Science, University of Augsburg

Since 2016  Research Associate with teaching duties, Chair of Regional Climate and Hydrology,

                    Institute of Geography, University of Augsburg

2010–2016  Research Associate (Post-Doc), Chair of Regional Climate and Hydrology,

                    Institute of Geography, University of Augsburg

2010            Doctoral Degree (Dr.-Ing.) in Hydrology, Institute of Hydraulic Engineering, University of Stuttgart

2004–2010  Research Associate with teaching duties, Chair for Hydrology and Geohydrology,

                    Hydraulic Institute of Engineering, University of Stuttgart

2003–2004  Gen Re, Natural Hazard Departement, Cologne

2003            Diploma in Geoecology, Institute of Geoecology, Technical University of Brunswick

2001            Student Assistant, German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam

1997–2003  Study of Geoecology, Technical University of Brunswick



Current Lectures

(applied filters: semester: SS 2019 | lecturers: Jan-Geert Bliefernicht | course types: Vorlesung, Übung)