Nico Wunderling

PostDoc
Wunderling

Nico Wunderling is a PostDoctoral Researcher in the FutureLab on Earth Resilience in the Anthropocene and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. His research focuses on the resilience of the Earth system and nonlinear dynamics of interacting tipping elements in the climate system.

Contact

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 20876
nico.wunderling[at]pik-potsdam.de
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam

ORCID

Since March 2021, I am part of the project Earth Resilience in the Anthropocene on the resilience of the Earth system with a special focus on nonlinear entities (tipping elements) in the Earth system. Here, my aim is to investigate how the stability of these particularly vulnerable components of the Earth system are affected by human activity and might endanger the overall robustness of the climate system.

For that purpose, I am mainly working with models informed by complex dynamical systems and network science as well as Earth system models of intermediate complexity (EMICs).

Positions

  • since 2021: Joint Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in the FutureLab on Earth Resilience in the Anthropocene and the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • since 2017: Member of the COPAN collaboration
  • 2017 - 2021: Associated member in the project DominoES (Domino effects in the Earth system - Can Antarctica tip climate policy?)
  • 2017 - 2021: PhD at PIK, the Humboldt University and the University of Potsdam within the framework of the IRTG 1740 between Germany and Brazil

Education

  • 2017 - 2021: PhD with Prof. Dr. Ricarda Winkelmann and Dr. Jonathan Donges in climate physics at the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research and the University of Potsdam and the Humboldt University
    Topic: Nonlinear dynamics and interactions of tipping elements in the Earth System
  • 2017: Masters in Physics at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (graduation with distinction)
  • 2014: Bachelors in Physics at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (graduation with distinction)

Research stays and International Experience:

  • January - March 2020: Lab of H. Barbosa (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
  • August - October 2018: Lab of H. Barbosa (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
  • September 2015 - March 2016: Semester and Research Internship abroad at the University of York, United Kingdom


Research interests

  • Climate feedbacks and Earth resilience
  • Climate tipping elements, their interactions and dynamics
  • Stability of the Earth system against tipping events and cascades
  • Complex systems and network science
  • Nonlinear dynamical systems

Publications

In Review/Submmitted

Open Source Software

  • PyCascades: Python framework for simulating tipping cascades on complex networks

Current funding

Former funding

Supervised students

  • Valentin Wohlfarth (Master student, Humboldt University of Berlin, 2019/2020): Tipping cascades on the International Trade Network and the effects of meso- and macroscopic structure on tipping dynamics
  • Hannah Meevenkamp (Bachelor student, University of Göttingen, 2020): Causal loop network analysis of Arctic
    permafrost feedbacks
  • Jan Kohler (Bachelor student, University of Leipzig, 2019/2020): Dynamics of tipping on stochastic complex networks
  • Jonathan Kroenke (Master student, University of Potsdam, 2018/2019): Dynamics of tipping cascades on complex networks
  • Benedikt Stumpf (Master student, Free University Berlin, 2018/1019): The role of motifs in complex networks of tipping elements

Lectures and courses

  • School on "The Earth as a complex dynamical system: from climate change to sustainability transformation", for German National Academic Foundation (2017 - 2019)
  • Tutor in the lecture series on "Introduction to Climate Physics", Department of Physics, Potsdam University, Potsdam (Winter term 2018) with Prof. Dr. Ricarda Winkelmann

  • Final IRTG 1740 Meeting, 14 December 2020, Online
    Network approaches to nonlinear transformations: the Amazon rainforest as a tipping element (Talk)
  • Emergent Constraints and Tipping Points Workshop, 23 - 26 November 2020, Online
    Network dynamics of drought-induced tipping cascades in the Amazon rainforest (Talk)
  • High-End-Szenarien. Nationale Anpassungsoptionen bei einem starken Klimawandel (Expertenhearing), 24 November 2020, Online
    Feedbacks, Kippkaskaden und ihre Folgen (Talk)
  • Abrupt climate and ecosystem transitions in paleoclimate, 8 - 9 October 2020, Online
    Modelling nonlinear dynamics of interacting tipping elements: the PyCascades package (Talk)
  • EGU General Assembly, 4 - 8 May 2020, Online
    Wunderling N, Donges JF, Kurths J, Winkelmann R: Interacting tipping elements increase risk of climate domino effects (Display D2308), Donges JF, Wunderling N, Kurths J, Winkelmann R: Risk analysis approach for tipping cascades and domino effects in the Earth system under global warming (Display D2254)
  • AGU Fall Meeting, 9 - 13 December 2019, San Francisco, USA
    Wunderling N, Krönke J, Stumpf B, Donges JF, Winkelmann R: Linking Micro to Macro: Dynamics of tipping cascades on complex networks (Poster)
  • IRTG Workshop and School, 27 September - 2 October 2019, Berlin, Germany
    Additional global warming commitment due to crossing critical thresholds within the Earth's cryosphere (Talk) & Wunderling N, Krönke J, Stumpf B, Winkelmann R, Donges, JF: Tipping cascades on complex networks and climate system components (Poster)
  • International workshop on Complex Systems and Networks, 23 - 26 September 2019, Berlin, Germany
    Linking Micro to Macro: Dynamics of cascading failures on complex networks (Talk) & Wunderling N, Donges JF, Kurths J, Winkelmann R: Risk analysis of tipping cascades in the climate system (Poster)                                                                                
  • Workshop on Social Tipping Elements (Second), 17-19 June 2019, Cologne, Germany
  • EGU General Assembly, 7 April - 12 April 2019, Vienna, Austria
    Wunderling N, Willeit M, Donges JF, Winkelmann R: Additional global warming caused by crossing critical thresholds within the Earth's cryosphere (Poster)
  • IRTG Workshop and School, 26 August - 1 September 2018, Cachoeira Paulista, Brazil
    Wunderling N, Willeit M, Donges JF, Winkelmann R: Additional global warming caused by crossing critical thresholds within the Earth's cryosphere (Poster)
  • Workshop on Social Tipping Elements (First), 4-6 June 2018, Cologne, Germany
  • Workshop on "Predicting Transitions in Complex systems", 23-27 April 2018, Max-Planck-Institut for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany
    Wunderling N, Willeit M, Donges JF, Winkelmann R: Climate feedbacks caused by melting of cryosphere tipping elements (Poster)
  • EGU General Assembly, 8-13 April 2018, Vienna, Austria
    Wunderling N, Willeit M, Donges JF, Winkelmann R: Climate feedbacks caused by melting of cryosphere tipping elements sufficient to raise temperature from 1.5 to 2°C (Poster)