Anja Katzenberger

Doctoral Researcher



Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


I am a PhD student in climate physics curious about atmospheric circulations working with with Prof. Dr. Anders Levermann and Dr. Jacob Schewe. Currently, I am working on monsoon systems as one intriguing mosaic piece in this complexity.

My work includes the analysis of CMIP6 models (latest generation of climate models) to understand how the Indian Monsoon or the East Asian Monsoon are projected to change under global warming. We also use econometric methods to understand better how these changes influence local economy, e.g. the future agricultural outputs in India. I am also part of the Fresh Eyes on CMIP initiative in which context I co-lead a group focused on multi-model ensembles.

Another central part of my work is motivated by one of four major open challenges in climate science as identified by Bony et al. (2015), namely what controls the tropical rainbelt's position, intensity and variability. In this context, I use an idealized setup that is particularly designed to study meridional (North-South) circulations including the tropical rainbelt and monsoon dynamics.  Accordingly, we refer to this setup as "Monsoon Planet".

My work is regularly reported on by international and national media, see "Media" below.

Katzenberger, A., Levermann, A.: Monsoon Hysteresis reveals Atmospheric Memory. Under Review in Nature.

Katzenberger, A., Petri, S., Feulner, G., Levermann, A. (2024): Monsoon Planet: Bimodal rainfall distribution due to barrier-structure in pressure field. Journal of Climate. vol. 37, no. 4. 10.1175/JCLI-D-23-0055.1 

Katzenberger, A., Levermann, A., Schewe, J., Pongratz, J. (2022): Intensification of Very Wet Monsoon Seasons in India Under Global Warming. Geophysical Research Letters, 49, e2022GL098856.

Katzenberger, A., Schewe, J., Pongratz, J., and Levermann, A. (2021): Robust increase of Indian monsoon rainfall and its variability under future warming in CMIP6 models. In: Earth System Dynamics 12, 367–386,

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Gallé, J., Katzenberger, A.: Indian agriculture under climate change: The competing effect of temperature and rainfall anomalies. Under Review.

Katzenberger, A., Levermann, A.: Consistent increase of East Asian Summer Monsoon rainfall and its variabiltiy under climate change over China in 34 coupled climate models. Under Review.

Hernández-Lang et al. (2022): Clash of Titans: a MUSE dynamical study of the extreme cluster merger SPT-CL J0307-6225 Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Main Journals of the Royal Astronomical Society Main Journal 495, 705-725.

Zenteno et al. (2020): A joint SZ-Xray-optical analysis of the dynamical state of 288 massive galaxy clusters. In: Monthly Notice