Graduate Program Board Member

Dieter Gerten is Research Group leader and Coordinator for Earth Modelling at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) as well as Professor for Global Change Climatology and Hydrology at the Geography Department, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. After having studied Applied Physical Geography at the University of Trier (diploma 1997), he was PhD student at the Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) in Berlin and received his doctorate degree from the University of Potsdam in 2001.
Dieter has (co)authored ~120 peer-reviewed articles and written or edited several books bridging fields as diverse as hydrology, biogeochemistry and religious sciences. He also teaches courses on global hydrology, earth system analysis and socio-hydrology.
Dieter Gerten is a member of IRI THESys since May 2018.

Research Interests

  • Planetary boundaries and their interactions
  • Human interactions with the global water cycle and biosphere
  • Climate change impacts on ecosystems, agriculture and freshwater resources


Dieter’s list of publications can be accessed on his personal page at PIK.