Dr Maximilian Kotz

Postdoctoral Researcher

Maximilian Kotz is a post-doctoral researcher in the Research Department 4 - Complexity Science.

He is a member of the working group Data based analysis of climate decisions.


Working Group

Curriculum Vitae

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


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 04.2023-present
Post-doctoral Researcher

University of Potsdam 09.2019-04.2023
PhD in climate physics/environmental economics
Summa cum laude

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 09.2019-04.2023
Doctoral Researcher

European Central Bank 06.2022-12.2022
Part-time research consultant on climate impacts 

California Institute of Technology 03.2019-06.2019
Field researcher on US GO-SHIP IO6S cruise in Southern Ocean

University of Cambridge 2017-2018
Master of Science in Natural Sciences
First class honours

 California Institute of Technology 06.2017-09.2017
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

University of Cambridge 2014-2017
Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences
First class honours

University of Reading 06.2016-08.2016
National Environmental Research Council summer fellowship

My work has drawn on empirical and modelling methods from across the disciplines of physical climate science and environmental economics to assess the costs of climate change. These include pattern-filtering and detection attribution methods to detect climatic changes in historical data and coupled physical models, as well as statistical models for identifying causal impacts of climatic changes on socio-economic outcomes such as economic growth. Currently I am interested in combining these studies to project the economic damages from future climate change and to use these results to inform climate policy, for example through their combination with Integrated Assessment Models to estimate the Social Cost of Carbon.

I also contribute to the development and management of the DOSE database of subnational economic output: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41597-023-02323-8

M. Kotz, Friderike Kuik, Eliza Lis, Christiane Nickel. Global warming and heat extremes to exacerbate inflationary pressures. Nature Communications Earth & Environment. (Accepted).

M. Kotz, S. Lange, L. Wenz, A. Levermann. Constraining the pattern and magnitude of projected extreme precipitation change in a multi-model ensemble. Journal of Climate. (2023).  
Press Release.

A. Stechemesser, M. Kotz, M. Auffhammer, L. Wenz. Prolonged exposure weakens risk perception and behavioral mobility response: Empirical evidence from Covid-19Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives. (2023).

L. Wenz, R. D. Carr*, N. Kögel*, M. Kotz, M. Kalkuhl. DOSE - Global data set of reported sub-national economic output. Nature Scientific Data. (2023).
PIK News

M. Kotz, F. Kuik, E. Lis, C. Nickel. The impact of global warming on inflation: averages, seasonality and extremes. ECB Working Paper Series. (2023)
BBC Newsnight segment with interview
PIK News
Selected media coverage: BBC, Washington PostCBS, Bloomberg, Korean Broadcasting SystemThe Economic Times, Scientific American

M. Kotz, A. Levermann, L. Wenz. The effect of rainfall changes on economic production. Nature. (2022).  
Nature cover
Nature news & views
Press release
Selected media coverage: Süddeutsche Zeitung, Spiegel Online, Politico, Australian Financial Review, The Indian Express

A. Stechemesser, L. Wenz, M. Kotz, A. Levermann. Strong increase of racist tweets outside of climate comfort zone in Europe. Environmental Research Letters. (2021). 

M. Kotz, L. Wenz, A. Levermann. Footprint of greenhouse forcing in daily temperature variability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2021).  

M. Kalkuhl, M. Kotz, L. Wenz. DOSE - The MCC-PIK Database Of Subnational Economic output (Version 1) [Data set] Zenodo (2021).

Kotz, M., Wenz, L., Stechemesser, A. et al. Day-to-day temperature variability reduces economic growthNature Climate Change (2021).  
Nature Research Highlight
Press release
Selected media coverage: New Scientist, Eos

*Students I supervise.