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Dr. Stefan Liersch (Geoecologist)

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Research Domain II - Climate Impacts & Vulnerabilities

Telegraphenberg A 62
14473 Potsdam, Germany
P.O. Box: 60 12 03

Phone: ++49 (0)331 288 2487
email: stefan.liersch(AT)


Research Interests

  • Vulnerability Assessment, Adaptation & Scenario Design
  • Assessing the impacts of changing global and regional driving forces on socio-ecological systems.
  • Environmental Modelling





  • CIREG: Climate Information for Integrated Renewable Electricity Generation in West Africa


  • BAM-GIRE: Integrated Water Resources Management Program, funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Mali through Wetlands International. In this project, we assess the feasibility of land and water management plans (reservoir operations, new reservoirs, irrigation extension etc.) in the Upper Niger and Bani River basins in West Africa and we assess the likely impacts of management scenarios on the inflows into the Inner Niger Delta.
  • OASIS+ The Future Danube Multi-hazard and multi-risk model: Investigating the impacts of climate change on the the entire risk modelling chain, from weather events, floods, droughts, heatwaves, and storms and their corresponding hazards and risks and possible adaptation strategies.


  • WelthungerhilfeEffects of climate change on sustainable food and nutrition security with case studies in Kenya, Pakistan and Peru / Auswirkungen des Klimawandels auf die Ernährungssicherung global und mit Fallstudien in Kenia, Pakistan und Peru
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  • Study for Statkraft: Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on the Water Resources in the Upper Pilmaiquén Catchment in Chile.
  • Study for Statkraft: Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on the Water Resources in the Upper Tinguiririca Catchment in Chile.


  • Climate Change & Adaptation in Ethiopia I & II (2012 & 2013)

    • A pilot study analyzing the performance of state-of-the-art global (CMIP5) and regional (CORDEX) climate models.
    • Simulating climate change impacts on the hydrology in the Upper Blue Nile (Journal paper).
    • Simulating the impacts of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on downstream discharges (Journal paper).
  • Vulnerability Assessment for Burundi

    • GIZ-funded project in collaboration with Adelphi and EUROAC.
    • Simulating climate change impacts on the hydrology in Burundi's river basins.
  • AFROMAISON (2011-2014)

    • Africa at meso-scale: Adaptive and integrated tools and strategies on natural resources management
    • Project website



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