Areas of Expertise

  • Climate change
  • Extreme weather events
  • Climate risks
  • Climate impacts

Short Bio

Dr. Kai Kornhuber has been an associate fellow in DGAP’s Center for Climate and Foreign Policy since December 2023. He had originally joined the center as a senior research fellow. He is also an adjunct associate research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University in New York.

Kornhuber serves as a steering committee member and working group lead on compound events at the Risk Knowledge Action Network and is a steering group member of the High Impact Weather Project. He is a founding member of the Earth Network on “Sustainable and Resilient Living in an Era of Increasing Disasters” at Columbia’s Climate School. An affiliated scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), he co-leads the project PERSEVERE within the BMBF Consortium ClimXtreme that investigates extreme heat events in Europe.

After completing his dissertation on climate physics (summa cum laude) at the University of Potsdam and PIK, for which he received the Carl Ramsauer Award of the German Physical Society’s Berlin chapter, Kornhuber worked in the science team of Climate Analytics in Berlin. He then continued his research on the societal risks of current and future extreme weather and climate events as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford before accepting a postdoc appointment at Columbia University, New York, in mid-2019.


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[Last updated: January 2024]

Dr. Kai Kornhuber