Dr. Kilian Kuhla

Postdoctoral Researcher

Kilian Kuhla is a postdoctoral researcher in Research Department 3 - Transformation Pathways. After studying physics at TU Berlin, he graduated with a doctoral degree under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Anders Levermann at PIK. During his PhD, he examined the impacts of weather extremes on the global trade network.
His current research focuses on systemic risks to global and regional food security from local crop failures or unilateral policy measures. His model-based analyses aim to reflect inter and intra-regional food inequalities as well as to assess short-term systemic risks to the world food system in the 21st century.

He is member of the working group Event-based Modeling of Economic Impacts of Climate Change. and a co-developer of the agent-based agricultural market model Agrimate. Furthermore, he has partner projects with Numerical analysis of global economic impacts and he co-developed loss-propagation model  Acclimate.


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 20749
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


since 2022
Postdoctoral researcher
at Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research
2021 - 2022
Research assistant
with Dr. Christian Otto
at Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research
2017 - 2022
PhD student
with Prof. Dr. Anders Levermann
at Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research
2017 - 2021
PhD scholarship
awarded by Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
2016 - 2017
Research assistant
with Dr. Katja Frieler
at Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research
Studies of physics
at Technical University of Berlin, Germany



7. R. Middelanis
, S. N. Willner, K. Kuhla, L. Quante, C. Otto and A. Levermann
Stressed economies respond more strongly to climate extremes
Environmental Research Letters 18 (2023). 10.1088/1748-9326/acec5e

6. K. Kuhla, S. N. Willner, C. Otto, A. Levermann
Resilience of international trade to typhoon-related supply disruptions

Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control (2023). 10.1016/j.jedc.2023.104663

5. C. Otto*, K. Kuhla*, T. Geiger, J. Schewe, K. Frieler    * with equal contribution
Better insurance could effectively mitigate the increase in economic growth losses from U.S. hurricanes under global warming
Science Advances 9 (2023). 10.1126/sciadv.add6616


4. R. Middelanis, S.N. Willner, C. Otto, K. Kuhla, L. Quante, A. Levermann
Wave-like global economic ripple response to Hurricane Sandy
Environmental Research Letters  16 (2021). 10.1088/1748-9326/ac39c0

3. K. Kuhla, S.N. Willner, C. Otto, T. Geiger, A. Levermann
Ripple resonance amplifies economic welfare loss from weather extremes
Environmental Research Letters  16 (2021). 10.1088/1748-9326/ac2932

2. K. Kuhla, S.N. Willner, C. Otto, L. Wenz, A. Levermann
Future heat stress to reduce people's purchasing power
PLoS one 16(6) (2021). 10.1371/journal.pone.0251210


1. L. Wenz, A. Levermann, S.N. Willner, C. Otto, K. Kuhla
Brexit no-trade-deal scenario: short-term consumer benefit at the expense of long-term economic development
PLoS one 15 (2020). 10.1371/journal.pone.0237500


Doctoral Dissertation
K. Kuhla
Impact, distribution, and adaptation – how weather extremes threaten the economic network
[University Potsdam] (2022). 10.25932/publishup-55266