Benedikt Mester

Doctoral researcher

I am holding a Master's degree in environmental engineering and currently pursuing a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Jacob Schewe at Research Department 3 - Transformation Pathways. My research aims to understand the interaction between natural disasters, socio-economic factors and human displacement using Machine Learning Algorithms. I am also performing an in-depth sensitivity analysis of a global flood model regarding the underlying climate forcings and hydrological models.

My key research themes are:

  • The effects of climate change and anthropogenic stress on our fluvial systems using ML
  • Hydrodynamic and morphological modelling (little brooks to large river systems)
  • Early flash flood warning by low-cost and open-access devices (IoT)
  • Experimental fluid dynamics (interstitial turbulence in sediments and digital image analysis)
  • Stationary surfing waves (YouTube-Link for the Neckarwelle case study in Stuttgart, Germany)


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 20731
P.O. Box 60 12 03
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