Dr.-Ing. Jan Bliefernicht

research associate
Regional Climate and Hydrology
Phone: +49 (0)821 598 5518
Room: 2023 (B)
Open 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

research projects

current projects


FURIFLOOD: Current and future risks of urban and rural flooding in West Africa - An integrated analysis and ecosystem-based solutions


CONCERT: Greenhouse gas emission and its mitgation options under climate and land use change in West Africa


EnerShelF: High resolution energy meteorological forecasting for improved management of PV-hybrid sys    tems


former projects


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

               Regionalized Global Information


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



2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019


Sawadogo, Windmanagda; Bliefernicht, Jan; Fersch, Benjamin; Salack, Seyni; Guug, Samuel; Ogunjobi, Kehinde O.; Meilinger, Stefanie; Kunstmann, Harald (2023): Global horizontal irradiance in West Africa: evaluation of the WRF-solar model in convection-permitting mode with ground measurements. DOI: 10.1175/jamc-d-22-0186.1
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Sawadogo, Windmanagda; Bliefernicht, Jan; Fersch, Benjamin; Salack, Seyni; Guug, Samuel; Diallo, Belko; Ogunjobi, Kehinde.O.; Nacoulma, Guillaume; Tanu, Michael; Meilinger, Stefanie; Kunstmann, Harald (2023): Hourly global horizontal irradiance over West Africa: a case study of one-year satellite- and reanalysis-derived estimates vs. in situ measurements. DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2023.119066
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Bliefernicht, Jan; Rauch, Manuel; Laux, Patrick; Kunstmann, Harald (2022): Atmospheric circulation patterns that trigger heavy rainfall in West Africa. DOI: 10.1002/joc.7613
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Lorenz, Manuel; Bliefernicht, Jan; Kunstmann, Harald (2022): Bias correction of daily precipitation for ungauged locations using geostatistical approaches: a case study for the CORDEX‐Africa ensemble. DOI: 10.1002/joc.7649
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Ndiaye, Aissatou; Moussa, Mounkaila Saley; Dione, Cheikh; Sawadogo, Windmanagda; Bliefernicht, Jan; Dungall, Laouali; Kunstmann, Harald (2022): Projected changes in solar PV and wind energy potential over West Africa: an analysis of CORDEX-CORE simulations. DOI: 10.3390/en15249602
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Bliefernicht, Jan; Salack, Seyni; Waongo, Moussa; Annor, Thompson; Laux, Patrick; Kunstmann, Harald (2022): Towards a historical precipitation database for West Africa: overview, quality control and harmonization. DOI: 10.1002/joc.7467
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Schunke, Julia; Laux, Patrick; Bliefernicht, Jan; Waongo, Moussa; Sawadogo, Windmanagda; Kunstmann, Harald (2021): Exploring the potential of the cost-efficient TAHMO observation data for hydro-meteorological applications in sub-Saharan Africa. DOI: 10.3390/w13223308
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Portele, Tanja C.; Lorenz, Christof; Dibrani, Berhon; Laux, Patrick; Bliefernicht, Jan; Kunstmann, Harald (2021): Seasonal forecasts offer economic benefit for hydrological decision making in semi-arid regions. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-89564-y
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Mank, Isabel; Belesova, Kristine; Bliefernicht, Jan; Traoré, Issouf; Wilkinson, Paul; Danquah, Ina; Sauerborn, Rainer (2021): The impact of rainfall variability on diets and undernutrition of young children in rural Burkina Faso. DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.693281
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Laux, Patrick; Rötter, Reimund P.; Webber, Heidi; Dieng, Diarra; Rahimi, Jaber; Wei, Jianhui; Faye, Babacar; Srivastava, Amit K.; Bliefernicht, Jan; Adeyeri, Oluwafemi; Arnault, Joel; Kunstmann, Harald (2021): To bias correct or not to bias correct? An agricultural impact modelers’ perspective on regional climate model data. DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2021.108406
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Ascott, M. J.; Macdonald, D. M. J.; Black, E.; Verhoef, A.; Nakohoun, P.; Tirogo, J.; Sandwidi, W. J. P.; Bliefernicht, Jan; Sorensen, J. P. R.; Bossa, A. Y. (2020): In situ observations and lumped parameter model reconstructions reveal intra‐annual to multidecadal variability in groundwater levels in Sub‐Saharan Africa. DOI: 10.1029/2020wr028056
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Salack, Seyni; Bossa, Aymar; Bliefernicht, Jan; Berger, Sina; Yira, Yacouba; Sanoussi, Kamil A.; Guug, Samuel; Heinzeller, Dominikus; Avocanh, Adolphe S.; Hamadou, Barro; Meda, Symphorien; Diallo, Belko A.; Bado, Igor B.; Saley, Inoussa A.; Daku, Elidaa K.; Lawson, Namo Z.; Ganaba, Aida; Sanfo, Safiétou; Hien, Koufanou; Aduna, Arone; Steup, Gero; Diekkrüger, Bernd; Waongo, Moussa; Rogmann, Antonio; Kunkel, Ralf; Lamers, John P. A.; Sylla, Mouhamadou B.; Kunstmann, Harald; Barry, Boubacar; Sedogo, Laurent G.; Jaminon, Christian; Vlek, Paul; Adegoke, Jimmy; Savadogo, Moumini (2019): Designing transnational hydroclimatological observation networks and data sharing policies in West Africa. DOI: 10.5334/dsj-2019-033
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Auer, Hannah; Bliefernicht, Jan; Seidel, Jochen; Kunstmann, Harald; Demuth, Norbert (2019): Evaluierung hochaufgelöster Ensemble-Niederschlagsvorhersagen für die Hochwasserfrühwarnung in kleinräumigen Flussgebieten am Beispiel der Starkregenperiode 2016 in Deutschland. DOI: 10.5675/HyWa_2019.3_1
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Demuth, Norbert; Bliefernicht, Jan; Seidel, Jochen; Auer, Hannah (2019): Prediction verification in meteorological and hydrological practice.
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Bliefernicht, Jan; Waongo, M.; Salack, S.; Seidel, J.; Laux, Patrick; Kunstmann, Harald (2019): Quality and value of seasonal precipitation forecasts issued by the West African regional climate outlook forum. DOI: 10.1175/jamc-d-18-0066.1
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Rauch, Manuel; Bliefernicht, Jan; Laux, Patrick; Salack, Seyni; Waongo, Moussa; Kunstmann, Harald (2019): Seasonal forecasting of the onset of the rainy season in West Africa. DOI: 10.3390/atmos10090528
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Berger, Sina; Bliefernicht, Jan; Linstädter, Anja; Canak, Kristijan; Guug, Samuel; Heinzeller, Dominikus; Hingerl, Luitpold; Mauder, Matthias; Neidl, Frank; Quansah, Emmanuel; Salack, Seyni; Steinbrecher, Rainer; Kunstmann, Harald (2019): The impact of rain events on CO2 emissions from contrasting land use systems in semi-arid West African savannas. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.07.397
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Demuth, N.; Bliefernicht, Jan; Seidel, J.; Auer, H. (2019): Vorhersage-Verifikation in der meteorologischen und hydrologischen Praxis.
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Curriculum vitae

Since 2016  Senior Scientist and Lecturer,Chair of Regional Climate and Hydrology, Institute of Geography, University of Augsburg

2017–2019  Guest lecturer, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn

2016–2023  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

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