Dr. Peter Hoffmann

Senior Scientist

Peter Hoffmann examines the long-term change and criticality of recurring weather/circulation patterns across Europe and evaluates them in the context of climate change. Improved knowledge of the meteorological causes makes it possible to better understand the development of hydroclimatic extremes (heat waves, droughts and permanent rainfalls) in future scenarios.


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Curriculum Vitae

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Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
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Biography: P. Hoffmann
Years Position Institute
2012-date Researcher PIK - Climate Resilience and Hydroclimatic Risks
2006-2011 PhD student Meteorology Uni Leipzig - Institute for Meteorology
1999-2005 Diploma Meteorology Uni Leipzig - Institute for Meteorology
1997-1999 worker  
1996-1997 civil service  
1991-1995 vocational training Böhlen - Chemical Industry
1981-1991 primary/seconday School Pegau b. Leipzig
1975/04/23 born Zwenkau b. Leipzig

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Research: P. Hoffmann
Link Desription
Sünoptik Operationelle Auswertungen der aktuellen Witterung und Klimafolgen
Klimazeitreihen jährliche Klimazeitreihen für Potsdam seit 1961
Großwetterlagen European circulation patterns
Criticality of circulation patterns monthly mean weather character for Potsdam
Weather Persistence similarity of successive atmospheric fields;
Climate Monitoring cumulated temperature and rainfall for Potsdam
Climate Service climate scenarios and sectoral impacts for Germany
Climate Scenarios uncertainties in extremes indicators
Seasonal Predictability summer mean temperature by decision trees
Climate Bridges weather/climate and mobility (air traffic)
Hydro-Climatic Extremes heatwaves; droughts; permanent rainfalls


  • Hoffmann, P. (2024): Zu heiß, zu nass - über den Zusammenhang dieser gegensätzlichen Wetterextreme. In: J. L. Lozán, H. Graßl, D. Kasang, M. Quante & J. Sillmann (Hrsg.). Warnsignal Klima: Wetterextreme schlagen zu - sie werden länger, häufiger & stärker. S. xxx-xxx. www.warnsignal-klima.de. DOI:10.25592/warnsignal. klima.wetterextreme.xx
  • DKT-13: Hoffmann, P. and Wechsung, F.: Süringwarte: Welchen Anteil haben dynamische Veränderungen am lokalen Temperaturanstieg und der Niederschlagsvariabilität in Potsdam, 13. Deutsche Klimatagung, Potsdam, Deutschland, 12–15 Mar 2024, DKT-13-20, https://doi.org/10.5194/dkt-13-20, 2024.
  • Fallah, B., Menz, C., Russo, E., Harder, P., Hoffmann, P., Didovets, I., and Hattermann, F. F.: Climate Model Downscaling in Central Asia: A Dynamical and a Neural Network Approach, Geosci. Model Dev. Discuss. [preprint], https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-2023-227, in review, 2023.




  • Hoffmann, P., Lehmann, J., Fallah, B. et al. Atmosphere similarity patterns in boreal summer show an increase of persistent weather conditions connected to hydro-climatic risks. Sci Rep 11, 22893 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-01808-z
  • Aghdassi, S.,J.,S., Gastmeier, P., Hoffmann, P., Schwab, F.: Increase in surgical site infections caused by gram-negative bacteria in warmer temperatures: Results from a retrospective observational study. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2021 Apr;42(4):417-424. . Epub 2020 Oct 7. PMID: 33023687.
  • EMS2021: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EMS2021/EMS2021-382.html
  • EGU2021: https://presentations.copernicus.org/EGU21/EGU21-8044_presentation.pdf
  • Thomas-Rüddel, D.O., Hoffmann, P., Schwarzkopf, D. et al. Fever and hypothermia represent two populations of sepsis patients and are associated with outside temperature. Crit Care 25, 368 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13054-021-03776-2
  • Dworak, Th. , Franziska Lotter, F., Hoffmann, P., Hattermann, F., Bausch, Th., Günther, W., Abschlussbericht: Folgen des Klimawandels für den Tourismus in den deutschen Alpen- und Mittelgebirgsregionen und Küstenregionen sowie auf den Badetourismus und flussbegleitende Tourismusformen, Umweltbundesamt, FB000583, Oktober 2021.
  • Hoffmann, P. und Spekat, A., Zusammenfassung: Analyse des Klimawandels für die Deutsche Bahn: Studie zur räumlichen Ausprägung in Deutschland. http://www.pik-potsdam.de/~peterh/pub/20210525_PIK-Studie_Zusammenfassung.pdf
  • Hoffmann, P., Spekat, A. Identification of possible dynamical drivers for long-term changes in temperature and rainfall patterns over Europe. Theor Appl Climatol 143, 177–191 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00704-020-03373-3




  • Aghdassi, S. J. S., Schwab, F., Hoffmann, P., Gastmeier, P.: The association of climatic factors with rates of surgical site infections—17 years‘ data from hospital infection surveillance. Dtsch Arztebl Int; 116: 529–36. DOI: 10.3238/arztebl.2019.0529, 2019
  • Hoffmann, P. and Spekat, A., 2018, Warum sollten wir eine globale Erwärmung von mehr als 2 Grad vermeiden? In: Lozán, J.L., S.-L. Breckle, H. Graßl, D. Kasang & R. Weisse (Hrsg.). Warnsignal Klima: Extremereignisse. pp.345-350. Online: www.klima-warnsignale.uni-hamburg.de. doi:10.2312/warnsignal.klima.extremereignisse.52.
  • Hoffmann, P., Menz, C. and Spekat, A., Bias adjustment for threshold-based climate indicators, Adv. Sci. Res., 15, 107-116, https://doi.org/10.5194/asr-15-107-2018, 2018.
  • EGU2018: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2018/EGU2018-17371.pdf
  • EGU2018: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2018/EGU2018-17935.pdf
  • Hattermann, F. F., Vetter, T., Breuer, L., Su, B., Daggupati, P., Donnelly, C., Fekete, B., Flörke, F., Gosling, S. N., Hoffmann, P., Liersch, S., Masaki, Y., Motovilov, Y., Müller, C., Samaniego, L., Stacke, T., Wada, Y., Yang, T., Krysanova, V. (2018): Sources of uncertainty in hydrological climate impact assessment: a cross-scale study. - Environmental Research Letters, 13, 1, 015006. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aa9938
  • Hoffmann, P., 2018, Enhanced seasonal predictability of the summer mean temperature in Central Europe caused by new dominant weather patterns. Climate Dynamics, 50: 7-8, 2799–2812, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00382-017-3772-0


  • EMS2017: https://presentations.copernicus.org/EMS2017-407_presentation.pdf
  • EMS2017: https://presentations.copernicus.org/EMS2017-403_presentation.pdf
  • Hübener, H., Bülow, K., Fooken, C., Früh, B., Hoffmann, P., Höpp, S., Keuler, K., Menz, C., Mohr, V., K.Radtke, Ramthun, H., Spekat, A., Steger, C., Toussaint, F., Warrach-Sagi, K., and Woldt, M.: ReKliEs-De Ergebnisbericht (in German), Tech. rep., Hessian Agency for Nature, Environment and Geology (HLNUG), 2017a.
  • Huebener, H., Hoffmann, P., Keuler, K., Pfeifer, S., Ramthun, H., Spekat, A., Steger, C., and Warrach-Sagi, K.: Deriving user-informed climate information from climate model ensemble results, Adv. Sci. Res., 14, 261-269, https://doi.org/10.5194/asr-14-261-2017, 2017.
  • Brenner, F., Marwan, N. and Hoffmann, P., 2017, Climate impact on spreading of airborne infectious diseases. P. Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top., 226, 1845. doi:10.1140/epjst/e2017-70028-2


  • DACH2016: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/DACH2016/DACH2016-87.pdf
  • DACH2016: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/DACH2016/DACH2016-78.pdf
  • Lasch-Born, P., Suckow, F., Gutsch, M., Hauf, Y., Hoffmann, P., Kollas, C. and Reyer, C.P.O., 2016. Fire, late frost, nun moth and drought risks in Germany's forests under climate change. Meteorologische Zeitschrift, online: 1-14, DOI:10.1127/metz/2016/0767.
  • Hattermann, F. F., Huang, S., Burghoff, O., Hoffmann, P., and Kundzewicz, Z. W. (2016) Brief Communication: An update of the article "Modelling flood damages under climate change conditions – a case study for Germany", Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 1617-1622, doi:10.5194/nhess-16-1617-2016.


  • Shved, G. M., Ermolenko, S. I., Hoffmann, P., 2015: Revealing Short Period Normal Modes of the Atmosphere. Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics, Vol. 51, No. 5, pp. 498–504. doi: 10.1134/S0001433815050126
  • Rheinwalt, A., Boers, N., Marwan, N., Kurths, J., Hoffmann, P., Gerstengarbe, F.-W., Werner, P. C., 2015: Non-linear time series analysis of precipitation events using regional climate networks for Germany. Clim Dyn, doi:10.1007/s00382-015-2632-z CLDY-D-14-00341.2
  • Gerstengarbe, F.-W., Hoffmann, P., Österle, H., Werner, P. C., 2015: Ensemble simulations for the RCP8.5 scenario. Meteorologische Zeitschrift, doi:10.1127/metz/2014/0523


  • Fytterer, T., C. Arras, P. Hoffmann and Ch. Jacobi, 2014: Global distribution of the migrating terdiurnal tide seen in sporadic E occurrence frequencies obtained from GPS radio occultations, Earth, Planets and Space, 66:79, doi:10.1186/1880-5981-66-79.
  • Aich, V., Liersch, S., Vetter, T., Huang, S., Tecklenburg, J., Hoffmann, P., Koch, H., Fournet, S., Krysanova, V., Müller, E. N. and F. F. Hattermann, accepted. Comparing impacts of climate change on streamflow in four large African river basins. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, doi:10.5194/hessd-10-13005-2013.


  • Hoffmann, P.; Österle, H.; Gerstengarbe, F.-W.; Holldorb, C.; Rumpel, F. (2013): The effects of climate change on winter service in Germany, Routes/Roads, 361, 30-37 p.
  • Conradt, T.; Roers, M.; Schröter, K.; Elmer, F.; Hoffmann, P.; Koch, H.; Hattermann, F. F.; Wechsung, F. (2013): Vergleich der Extremhochwässer 2002 und 2013 im deutschen Teil des Elbegebiets und deren Abflusssimulation durch SWIM-live. Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung, 57, 5, 241-245 p.

Projects: P. Hoffmann
Short name Long name Time Partner Topic
CapTainRain Client-II 2021/24 Jordan Meteor. Dep. capture and retain heavy rainfall in Jordan
DB2020 Kritikalitätsanalyse 2020/21 Deutsche Bahn Regionale Klimaprojektionen
UBA-Tourismus Vulnerabilitätsanalyse 2018/2020 UBA/NIT/AFI Auswirkung des KW auf die Tourismuswirtschaft
OptaKlim xxx xxx xxx xxx
CrossDro xxx xxx xxx xxx
HyFly InfectControl 2016/2019 RKI/FSU/IZI/TUB Klimabrücken im Flugnetzwerk
Clip-ID InfectControl 2015/2018 RKI/Charité Krankenhausinfektionen
ReKliEs-De Bmbf 2014/2017 BTU/Gerics/DWD/DKRZ/UH/HLNUG regionale Klimaensembles
KFO Klimafolgenonline 2013/2020 PIK/RD2/RD4 Climate Service

Teaching: P. Hoffmann
Semester Lecture/Seminar University Institute Topic
WS2022 Lec. 2 EBS Wiesbaden Buisness School Climate Change Impacts
SS2022 Lec. 2 EBS Wiesbaden Buisness School Climate Change Impact
SS2022 Lec. 1 Charité Berlin Public Health Regional Climate Change
SS2022 Lec. 1 FU Berlin Meteorology Temperature Extremes
WS2021 Lec. 2 EBS Wiesbaden Buisness School Climate Change Impacts
SS2021 Lec. 1 Charité Berlin Public Health Regional Climate Change
SS2021 Lec. 1 FU Berlin Meteorology Temperature Extremes
WS2020 Lec. 2 EBS Wiesbaden Buisness School Climate Change Impacts
SS2020 Lec. 1 Charité Berlin Public Health Regional Climate Change
SS2020 Lec. 1 FU Berlin Meteorology Temperature Extremes
SS2019 Lec. 1 Charité Berlin Public Health Regional Climate Change
SS2019 Lec. 1 FU Berlin Meteorology Temperature Extremes
SS2018 Lec. 1 Charité Berlin Public Health Regional Climate Change
SS2018 Lec. 1 FU Berlin Meteorology Temperature Extremes
SS2017 Lec. 1 Charité Berlin Public Health Regional Climate Change
SS2017 Lec. 1 FU Berlin Meteorology Temperature Extremes
SS2014 Lec. 4 HU Berlin Geography Meteorological Extremes
SS2013 Lec. 1 HU Berlin Geography Meteorological Extremes
WS2011/12 Sem. 12 Univ. Leipzig Meteorology Atmospheric Thermodynamics
SS2011 Sem. 12 Univ. Leipzig Meteorology Applied Statistics
WS2010/11 Sem. 12 Univ. Leipzig Meteorology Atmospheric Thermodynamics
SS2010 Sem. 12 Univ. Leipzig Meteorology Applied Statistics
SS2009 Sem. 5 Univ. Leipzig Meteorology Middle and Upper Atmosphere
WS2008/09 Sem. 12 Univ. Leipzig Meteorology Introduction into Meteorology
SS2008 Sem. 12 Univ. Leipzig Meteorology Introduction into Meteorology

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