Benedikt Mester

Doctoral Researcher

I hold a Master's degree in environmental engineering and I am currently pursuing a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Levermann, Prof. Korup and  Dr. Jacob Schewe at Research Department 3 - Transformation PathwaysMy research focuses on disaster-induced displacement risk in the context of climate and socio-economic change using Machine Learning methods.

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
14412 Potsdam


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Other publications:


Deutschlandfunk interview on the 2022 floods in Australia