Maximilian Kotz

Doctoral Researcher

Maximilian Kotz is a PhD student 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)[at]
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


I use a mixture of data-based techniques (econometrics, pattern-recognition, detection-attribution) to identify aspects of climate which are:

a) important for societal outcomes such as economic growth


b) changing as a consequence of anthropogenic forcing. 

The end goal is to improve our assessments of the costs of climate change, and consequently to update policy-relevant information such as the Social Cost of Carbon.

M. Kotz, A. Levermann, L. Wenz. The effect of rainfall changes on economic production. Nature. (2022).

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 growth. Nature Climate Change (2021).