Maximilian Graf M.Sc.

research assistant
Regional Climate and Hydrology
Phone: +49 821 598 2632
Room: 1023 (B)
Opening hours: by appointment only
Address: Alter Postweg 118, 86159 Augsburg

Research foci

  • Rainfall estimation with opportunistic sensors like commercial microwave links and private weather stations
  • Spatio-temporal variability of precipitation
  • Land-surface - atmosphere interactions     
  • Boundary layer meteorology and thermal circulation systems

Research Projects

Recent projects:

HoWa-PRO: Innovative Methoden der Niederschlagsmessung und -vorhersage im Einsatz für die Hochwasserfrühwarnung in kleinen Einzugsgebieten (BMBF)



Past projects:

HGF Digital Earth: Towards SMART Monitoring and Integrated Data Exploration of the Earth System - Implementing the Data Science Paradigm


Selected Presentations

Graf, M., Chwala, C., Polz, J., Kunstmann, H., (2019): The challenge of processing one year of German-wide CML data. 26.06.2019, Symposium on the hydrometeorological usage of data from commercial microwave link networks, Garmisch-Partenkirchen.


Graf, M., Chwala, C., Kunstmann, H., (2019): Performance analysis of more than one year of countrywide rainfall derived from commercial microwave link data in Germany. 11.04.2019, EGU, Wien



Selected journal articles

Graf, M., El Hachem, A., Eisele, M., Seidel, J., Chwala, C., Kunstmann, H., & Bárdossy, A.:Rainfall estimates from opportunistic sensors in Germany across spatio-temporal scales. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, 37, 100883,, 2021.


Arnault, J., Fersch, B., Rummler, T., Zhang, Z., Quenum, G. M., Wei, J., Graf, M., Laux, P., & Kunstmann, H.: Lateral terrestrial water flow contribution to summer precipitation at continental scale–A comparison between Europe and West Africa with WRF‐Hydro‐tag ensembles. Hydrological Processes, 35(5), e14183,, 2021.


Polz, J., Chwala, C., Graf, M., and Kunstmann, H.: Rain event detection in commercial microwave link attenuation data using convolutional neural networks, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 3835–3853,, 2020.


Graf, M., Chwala, C., Polz, J., and Kunstmann, H.: Rainfall estimation from a German-wide commercial microwave link network: optimized processing and validation for 1 year of data, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 2931–2950,, 2020.


Graf, M., Kossmann, M., Trusilova, K. and Mühlbacher, G.: Identification and Climatology of Alpine Pumping from a Regional Climate Simulation. Front. Earth Sci. 4:5. doi: 10.3389/feart.2016.00005, 2016.



Curriculum Vitae

since 2023    Research fellow at University Augsburg, Chair Regional Climate and Hydrology

2018-2022    Research fellow at IMK-IFU, KIT Campus Alpin, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

2016-2018    M.Sc. Climate and environmental sciences at University Augsburg
2015             Technichian at IMK-IFU, KIT Campus Alpin, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

2014             Internship and thesis at German Weather Service, Offenbach
2011-2014    B.Sc. Physical Geography at Catholic University Eichstätt


extensive CV


Courses / Teaching

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