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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Peter Pfleiderer

Doctoral Researcher


  • Extreme event attribution
  • Time scales of emergence of climate change signals
  • Attributable differences between particular warming levelsg


Peter Pfleiderer is a doctoral researcher at IRI THESy. In 2016, he graduated in Physics at the Freie Universität Berlin. He wrote his master thesis at the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research (PIK) on persistence of local weather conditions. Before joining IRI THESys he worked as a research analyst at Climate Analytics where he mainly focused on impact related weather extremes in West Africa.

Since November 2017 Peter is part of the IRI THESys Junior research group “Temporal Evolution of Barriers to Adaptation and their Relevance for Climate Related Loss and Damage” led by Dr. Carl-Friedrich Schleußner. His work within the research group will focus on questions of attributable climate change and the time scales of emergence of attributable climate signals. 

THESys Project

Selected Publications

Pfleiderer, P., Schleussner, C., Kornhuber, K. & Coumou, D. Summer weather becomes more persistent in a 2 °C world. Nat. Clim. Chang. (2019). doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0555-0.

Pfleiderer, P., Menke, I. & Schleussner, C.-F. Increasing risks of apple tree frost damage under climate change. Clim. Change (2019). doi:10.1007/s10584-019-02570-y.

Pfleiderer, P. et al. (2018) ‘Global mean temperature indicators linked to warming levels avoiding climate risks’, Environmental Research Letters, 13(6), p. 064015. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aac319.

Schleussner, C.-F. et al. (2018) ‘1.5°C Hotspots: Climate Hazards, Vulnerabilities, and Impacts’, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 43(1), pp. 135–163. doi: 10.1146/annurev-environ-102017-025835.

Pfleiderer, P. & Coumou, D. Quantification of temperature persistence over the Northern Hemisphere land-area. Clim. Dyn. 0, 0 (2017).

Schleussner, C., Pfleiderer, P. & Fischer, E. M. In the observational record half a degree matters. Nat. Publ. Gr. 7, 460–462 (2017).