Dr. Frederik Wolf

Postdoctoral Researcher

I am a Postdoctoral researcher working in the SynXtreme project investigating the drivers and synchronization pattern of extreme rainfall. In my recent projects I focus on the role of atmospheric rivers in the context of extreme rainfall on the northern hemisphere.

In May 2021 I obtained a Ph.D in theoretical physics. During the time as a doctoral researcher I mainly worked together with Prof. Reik Donner on functional climate networks and associated applications and concepts.

In addition, I work together with Dr. Philipp Lorenz-Spreen (MPI-Human Development) on Social Acceleration and the impact of social media on public discourse.


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 20700
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


Complex networks

Event synchronization/Event coincidence Analysis

Climate networks

Social networks

Online popularity

Wolf, F., Donner, R. V. (2021): "Spatial organization of connectivity in functional climate networks describing event synchrony of heavy precipitation". European Journal of Physics - Special Topics, https://doi.org/10.1140/epjs/s11734-021-00166-1

Wolf, F., Voigt, A., Donner, R. (2021): "A climate network perspective of the intertropical convergence zone", Earth Syst. Dynam. 12.1, 353-366

Wolf, F., Ozturk, U., Cheung, K., Donner, R. (2021): "Spatiotemporal patterns of synchronous heavy rainfall events in East Asia during the Baiu season", Earth Syst. Dynam., 12, 295–312

Wolf, F., Bauer, J., Boers, N., Donner, R. (2020): "Event synchrony measures for functional climate network analysis: A case study on South American rainfall dynamics." Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science 30.3, 033102.

Wolf, F., Kirsch, C., Donner, R. (2019): "Edge directionality properties in complex spherical networks",  Physical Review E, 99.012301.

Lorenz-Spreen, P., Wolf, F., Braun, J., Conrad, N. D., Hövel, P. (2018): Tracking online topics over time: understanding dynamic hashtag communities, Computational Social Networks, 5.9.

Lorenz-Spreen, P., Wolf, F., Braun, Ghoshal, G., Conrad, N. D. and Hövel, P.  (2017): Capturing the Dynamics of Hashtag-Communities,  International Workshop on Complex Networks and their Applications (pp. 401-413). Springer, Cham.