Dr. Cornelia Auer

Senior Scientist

Cornelia Auer received her PhD in data analysis and scientific visualization at FU Berlin, Germany.

Her research interests cover the two areas of mitigation scenarios but also impact projections.

She is co-project lead for the Preview climate conflict vulnerability index project in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office. She leads the synthesis of cascading climate change impacts for risk assessment within the CASCADES project

With respect to mitigation scenarios she is working on the communication and visualization of socio-economic/ mitigation scenarios from the IAM community. She (co-)lead the scientific communication and visualization the several projects (see visualization below). She has also successfully led co-production efforts with stakeholders from policy, NGOs and finance and developed a co-production manual for such efforts. 

Teaching: Humboldt University Berlin Climate and Energy Management - Lecture & Seminar
Contributing author to the IPCC AR6 Annex III.

Advisory functions:
Spokesperson for the climate council of Berlin's Senate
Member of the advisory board for the Finscapes project.
Advisor to a Berlin citizen initiative for a citizen assembly and Berlin climate law referendum.


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 20787
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam

IPCC, 2022: Annex III: Scenarios and modelling methods [Guivarch, C., E. Kriegler, J. Portugal-Pereira, et al. ]. In IPCC, 2022: Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change. Contribution of Working Group III to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change  [P.R. Shukla, J. Skea, R. Slade, A. Al Khourdajie, et al.]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK and New York, NY, USA. doi: 10.1017/9781009157926.022

Report: Deutschland auf dem Weg zur Klimaneutralität 2045 - Szenarien und Pfade im Modellvergleich | Ariadne.

Máñez Costa, M. et al. Co-production of Climate Services : A diversity of approaches and good practice from the ERA4CS projects (2017–2021).  (2022) doi:10.3384/9789179291990.

Auer, C., Kriegler, E., Carlsen, H., Kok, K., Pedde, S., Krey, V., and Müller, B. (2021). Climate change scenario services: From science to facilitating action. One Earth 4, 1074–1082.

Auer, C., & Kowarsch, M. (2020). Energiewende und Strom. Potsdam: Kopernikus-Projekt Ariadne, Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung.

Auer, C., & Kowarsch, M. (2020). Verkehrswende. Potsdam: Kopernikus-Projekt Ariadne, Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung.

Otto, I.M., Wiedermann, M., Cremades, R., Auer, C., Donges, J., Lucht, W. (2020) Human agency in the Anthropocene. Ecological Economics,106463

Automatic, Tensor-Guided Illustrative Vector Field Visualization C.Auer, J.Kasten, A.Kratz, E.Zhang, I.Hotz in Proc. IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium 2013, pp. 265-275, 2013

Visualization and Analysis of Second-Order Tensors: Moving Beyond the Symmetric Positive-Definite Case A.Kratz, C.Auer, M.Stommel, I.Hotz in journal Computer Graphics Forum - State of the Art Reports, Vol.1, pp. 49-74, 2013.

Glyph- and Texture-Based Visualization of Segmented Tensor Fields C. Auer, C. Stripf, A. Kratz, I. Hotz. SciTePress Digital Library, 2012 in proc. International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications (GRAPP/IVAPP’12).

Tensor Invariants and Glyph Design A.Kratz, C.Auer, I.Hotz in book: Visualization and Processing of Tensors and Higher Order Descriptors for Multi-Valued Data, pp.17-34

Complete Tensor Field Topology on 2D Triangulated Manifolds embedded in 3D C.Auer, I.Hotz in journal Computer Graphics Forum (EuroVis’11), 2011, 30, p. 831-840

2D Tensor Field Segmentation C.Auer, J.Sreevalsan-Nair, V.Zobel, I.Hotz in Scientific Visualization: Interactions, Features, and Metaphors, Schloss Dagstuhl-Leibniz-Zentrum fur Informatik 2011, vol 2, 17-35.

Eigenvector-Based Interpolation and Segmentation of Symmetric 2D Tensor Fields J.Sreevalsan-Nair, C.Auer, B.Hamann, and I.Hotz in Topology Book 2009, Springer.

Senses Project - SENSES Toolkit
Ariadne Project
Cascades Project

NGFS Scenarios (Jan. 2020 - ) with IIASA, Uni. of Maryland, Climate Analytics and ETH Zürich
Finscapes Project

Cornelia Auer (co-)leads the scientific communication and visualization the following projects

The SENSES project - developing a climate change scenario service to provide access to a broader community of key decision makers to climate change scenarios. Scenarios cover the spectrum from global to regional and also include climate change (CMIP) - and impact- projections (ISIMIP). The SENSES project is also coordinated by her.

Kopernikus ARIADNE project about the German way to climate neutrality - supporting a common learning across the consortium, policy makers, businesses and the general public. The communication is not only a pillar in supporting the parties to be able to speak with one voice about options, consequences, and gaps in transition pathways, but also to provide external users a novel access to scenario data.

The NGFS portal - a follow up project from the SENSES project. Making scenario based risk assessment accessible to users from the financial sector, e.g. a global network of central banks (NGFS).
Link to portal: https://www.ngfs.net/ngfs-scenarios-portal/