Dr. Franziska Piontek

Senior scientist

Franziska is a senior scientist at PIK and vice chair of the working group "Macroeconomic modeling of climate change mitigation and impacts". She works on the economic assessment of impacts of climate change and their distributional effects with the goal to include improve the representation of these effects in integrated assessment modeling. She is also a member of the coordination team of the Intersectoral Model Intercomparison Project (www.isimip.org).


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 2612
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam

Franziska studied Physics and Astrophysics at the Universities of Tübingen (Germany) and Maryland (USA). She holds a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Potsdam (Germany) as well as a Master in Peace and Security Studies of the University of Hamburg (Germany). She joined PIK as a Postdoc in 2011.

Research interests:

economic assessment of climate change impacts for different impact channels

long-term dynamics of climate change impacts

aggregate damage functions in integrated assessment

distributional effects of climate change impacts

Working papers

Schultes, A., Piontek, F., Soergel, B., Rogelj, J., Baumstark, L., Kriegler, E., Edenhofer, O., Luderer, G.: Economic damages from climate change imply deeper near-term emission cuts

Dasgupta, S., van Maanen, N., Gosling, S.N., Piontek, F., Otto, C., Schleussner, C.-F.: Climate change impacts on labour.

Peer-revied papers

Yalew, S.G., van Vliet, M.T.H., Gernaat, D.E.H.J., Ludwig, F., Miara, A., Park. C., Byers, E., De Cian, E., Piontek, F., Iyer, G., Mouratiadou, I., Glynn, J., Hejazi, M., Dessens, O., Rochedo, P., Pietzker, R., Schaeffer, R., Fujimori, S., Dasgupta, S., Mima, S., Santos da Silva, S.R., Chaturvedi, V., Vautard, R., van Vuuren, D.P. (2020): Impacts of climate change on energy systems in global and regional scenarios. Nature Energy, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41560-020-0664-z

Piontek, F., Kalkuhl, M., Kriegler, E., Schultes, A., Leimbach, M., Edenhofer, O., Bauer, N. (2019): Economic growth effects of alternative climate change impact channels in economic modeling. Environmental and Resource Economics 73: 1357-1385.

Frieler, K., Lange, S., Piontek, F., Reyer, C.P.O., Schewe, J., Warszawski, L., Zhao, F., Chini, L.,Denvil, S., Emanuel, K., Geiger, T., Halladay, K., Hurtt, G., Mengel, M., Murakami, D., Ostberg, S., Popp, A., Riva, R., Stevanovic, M., Suzuki, T., Volkholz, J., Burke, E., Ciais, P., Ebi, K., Eddy, T.D., Elliott, J., Galbraith, E., Gosling, S.N., Hattermann, F., Hickler, T., Hinkel, J., Hof, C., Huber, V., Jägermeyr, J., Krysanova, V., Marcé, R., Müller Schmied, H., Mouratiadou, I., Pierson, D., Tittensor, D.P., Vautard, R., van Vliet, M., Biber, M.F., Betts, R.A., Bodirsky, B.L., Deryng, D., Frolking, S., Jones, C.D., Lotze, H.K., Lotze-Campen, H., Ritvik, S., Thonicke, K., Tian, H., Yamagata, Y. (2017): "Assessing the impacts of 1.5°C global warming – simulation protocol of the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISIMIP2b)", Geoscientific Model Development 10: 4321-4345.

Kriegler, E., Bauer, N., Popp, A., Humpenöder, F., Leimbach, M., Strefler, J., Baumstark, L., Bodirsky, B.L., Hilaire, J., Klein, D., Mouratiadou, I., Weindl, I., Bertram, C., Dietrich, J.-P., Luderer, G., Pehl, M., Pietzcker, R., Piontek, F., Lotze-Campen, H., Biewald, A., Bonsch, M., Giannousakis, A., Kreidenweis, U., Müller, C., Rolinski, S., Schultes, A., Schwanitz, J., Stevanovic, M., Calvin, K., Emmerling, J., Fujimori, S., Edenhofer, O., (2017): Fossil-fueled development (SSP5): An energy and resource intensive scenario for the 21st century. Global Environmental Change 42: 297-315. Frieler, K., Levermann, A., Elliott, J., Heinke, J., Arneth, A., Bierkens, M.F.P., Ciais, P., Clark, D.B., Deryng, D., Döll, P., Falloon, P., Fekete, B., Folberth, C., Friend, A.D., Gellhorn, C., Gosling, S.N., Haddeland, I., Khabarov, N., Lomas, M., Masaki, Y., Nishina, K., Neumann, K., Oki, T., Pavlick, R., Ruane, A.C., Schmid, E., Schmitz, C., Stacke, T., Stehfest, E., Tang, Q., Wisser, D., Huber, V., Piontek, F., Warszawski, L., Schewe, J., Lotze-Campen, H., Schellnhuber, H.J. (2015): A framework for the cross-sectoral integration of multi-model impact projections: land use decisions under climate impacts uncertainties. Earth Syst. Dynam., 6, 447–460.

Huber, V., Schellnhuber, H.J., Arnell, N.W., Frieler, K., Friend, A.D., Gerten, D., Haddeland, I., Kabat, P., Lotze-Campen, H., Lucht, W., Parry, M., Piontek, F., Rosenzweig, C., Schewe, J., Warszawski, L. (2014). Climate Impacts Research: Beyond Patchwork. Earth System Dynamics 5: 309-408.

Schwanitz, V.J., Piontek, F., Bertram, C., Luderer, G. (2014). Long-term climate policy implications of phasing out fossil fuel subsidies. Energy Policy 67: 882-894.

Algorry, D.G., Navarro, C.F., Abadi, M.G., Sales, L.V., Steinmetz, M., Piontek, F. (2014). Counterrotating stars in simulated galaxy disks. MNRAS 437 (4): 3596-3602.

Luderer, G., Leimbach, M., Bauer, N., Kriegler, E., Aboumahboub, T., Arroyo Curras, T., Baumstark, L., Bertram, C., Giannousakis, A., Hilaire, J., Klein, D., Mouratiadou, I., Pietzker, R., Piontek, F., Roming, N., Schultes, A., Schwanitz, V.J., Strefler, J. (2013). Description of the REMIND Model (Vesrion 1.5). SSRN Scholarly Paper. SSRN Working Paper 2312844, August 19, 2013. http://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=2312844.

Piontek, F., Müller, C., Pugh, T.A.M., Clark, D., Deryng, D., Elliott, J., de Jesus Colón González, F., Flörke, M., Folberth, C., Franssen, W., Frieler, K., Friend, A.D., Gosling, S.N., Hemming, D., Khabarov, N., Kim, H., Lomas, M.R., Masaki, Y., Mengel, M., Morse, A., Neumann, K., Nishina, K., Ostberg, S., Pavlick, R., Ruane, A.C., Schewe, J., Schmid, E., Stacke, T., Tang, Q., Tessler, Z.D., Tompkins, A.M., Warszawski, L., Wisser, D., Schellnhuber, H.J. (2013), Multisectoral climate impact hotspots in a warming world. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111 (9): 3233-3238.

Schewe, J., Heinke, J., Gerten, D., Haddeland, I., Arnell, N.W., Clark, D.B., Dankers, R., Eisner, S., Fekete, B., Colón-González, F.J., Gosling, S.,N., Kim, H., Liu, X., Masaki, Y, Portmann, F.T., Satoh, Y., Stacke, T., Tang, Q., Wada, Y., Wisser, D., Albrecht, T., Frieler, K., Piontek, F., Warszawski, L., Kabat, P. (2013), Multi-model assessment of water scarcity under climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111 (9):3245-3250.

Warszawski, L., Friend, A., Ostberg, S., Frieler, K., Lucht, W., Schaphoff, S., Beerling, D., Cadule, P., Ciais, P., Clark, D. B., Kahana, R., Ito, A., Keribin, R., Kleidon, A., Lomas, M., Nishina, K., Pavlick, R., Rademacher, T.T., Buechner, M., Piontek, F., Schewe, J., Serdeczny, O., Schellnhuber, H.J. (2013). A multi-model analysis of risk of ecosystem shifts under climate. Environmental Research Letters 8, 044018

Warszawski, L., Frieler, K., Huber, V., Piontek, F., Serdeczny, O., Schewe, J. (2013), The Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISI-MIP): Project framework. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111 (9): 3228-3232. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1312330110

Rosenzweig, C., Elliott, J., Deryng, D., Ruane, A.C., Müller, C., Arneth, A., Boote, K.J., Folberth, C., Glotter, M., Khabarov, N., Neumann, K., Piontek, F., Pugh, T.A.M., Schmid, E., Stehfest, E., Yang, H., Jones, J.W. (2013), Assessing agricultural risks of climate change in the 21st century in a global gridded crop model intercomparison. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111 (9): 3268-3273. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1222463110

Hempel, S., Frieler, K., Warszawski, L., Schewe, J., Piontek, F. (2013). A trend-preserving bias correction - the ISI-MIP approach. Earth System Dynamics 4: 219-236, DOI:10.5194/esd-4-219-2013.

Link, P.M., Piontek, F., Scheffran, J., Schilling, J. (2012). On foes and flows: Vulnerabilities, adaptive capacities and transboundary relations in the Nile River Basin in times of climate change. L'Europe en formation 365:99-138.

Piontek, F., Steinmetz, M. (2011). The modelling of feedback processes in cosmological simulations of disk galaxy formation. MNRAS 410(4): 2625-2642.

Köckert, F., Reynolds, C. (2006). The influence of radio galaxy activity on X-ray absorption lines from the intracluster medium. MNRAS 368(2): 668-676.

Other publications

Otto, C., Piontek, F., Kalkuhl, M., Frieler, K. (2020). Event-based models to understand the scale of the impact of extremes. Nature Energy 5: 111-114.

Serdeczny, O., Piontek, F. und Birkmann, J. (Eds.) (2016). Übergreifende Risiken und Unsicherheiten. In: Brasseur, G.P., Jacob, D. und Schuck-Zöller, S. (Hrsgs) (2017): Klimawandel in Deutschland. Entwicklung, Folgen, Risiken und Perspektiven. Berlin, Heidelberg. DOI 10.1007/978-3-662-50397-3

Schellnhuber, H. J., W. Hare, O. Serdeczny, M. Schaeffer, S. Adams, F. Baarsch, S. Schwan, D. Coumou, A. Robinson, M. Vieweg, F. Piontek, R. Donner, J. Runge, K. Rehfeld, J. Rogelj, M. Perrette, A. Menon, C.-F. Schleussner, A. Bondeau, A. Svirejeva-Hopkins, J. Schewe, K. Frieler, L. Warszawski, and M. Rocha (2013). Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience. Report commissioned by The World Bank, Washington, D.C.

Piontek, F. (2011). Cooperation over Nile Waters: Needed more under Climate Change, more Attainable after the “Arab Spring”? , in: The Environment and the Middle East – Volume III: Regional and International Cooperation, Middle East Institute Viewpoints, p. 17-19

Jubeh ,G., Aljazzar, T., Piontek, F., Alraggad, M. (2011). Water Resources and Security under the Stress of Climate Change in the Middle East. in: The Impact of Climate Change on the Middle East – Converging and Diverging Perceptions of Development and Human Security, DGAP Report 20, p. 16-26

Piontek, F. (2010). The impact of climate change on conflict and cooperation in the Nile Basin. Master's Thesis, University of Hamburg.

Piontek, F. (2009). The formation of disk galaxies: A systematic study. PhD Thesis, University of Potsdam.

Climate change impacts and policies in heterogeneous societies (CHIPS)

Next generation of AdVanced InteGrated Assessment modelling to support climaTE policy making (NAVIGATE)

CO-designing the Assessment of Climate Change costs (COACCH)