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Dr. Boris Prahl

Boris Prahl
Boris Prahl

Boris is a post-doc at PIK and a member of the research area Climate Change and Development (CCD). His research is focused on the evaluation of climate-change-induced trends in catastrophic risk arising from extreme weather events.

Within the CITIES Flagship, he is in particular involved in the analysis of storm risk in relation to urban agglomerations as part of the EU funded RAMSES project.

His further interests include the potential for adaptation initiatives within insurance policies. Prior to his position at PIK, he was working as adviser in financial risk management within the consultancy branch of KPMG for more than 3 years.





Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Research Domain 2: Climate Impacts & Vulnerabilities
P.O. Box 60 12 03, D-14412 Potsdam

Visting address:
Telegraphenberg A 56, room 220
D-14469 Potsdam

T. +49 331 288 2489
F. +49 331 288 20709
boris.prahl (at)



Prahl, B. F., M. Boettle, L. Costa, J. P. Kropp, and D. Rybski, (2018). Damage and protection cost curves for coastal floods within the 600 largest European cities. Scientific Data, 5:180034 (pdf)

Prahl, B. F. and D. Rybski, (submitted). Climate change adaptation: Reconciling optimization and amortization.

Krummenauer, L., B. F. Prahl, L. Costa, C. Walther, A. Holsten, and J. P. Kropp (submitted). Global drivers of Minimum Mortality Temperatures.

Rybski, D., B. F. Prahl, and J. Kropp (2017). Comment on ‘High-income does not protect against hurricane losses’. Environ. Res. Lett., 12(9):098001 (pdf)

Prahl, B. F. (2017). On Damage Functions for the Estimation of Storm Loss and their Generalization for Climate-Related Hazards. Dissertation. Freie Universität Berlin (pdf)

Prahl, B. F., D. Rybski, M. Boettle, and J. P. Kropp (2016). Damage functions for climate-related hazards: unification and uncertainty analysis. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16(5):1189–1203, doi:10.5194/nhess-16-1189-2016 (pdf)

Prahl, B. F., D. Rybski, O. Burghoff, and J. P. Kropp (2015), Comparison of storm damage functions and their performance, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 769-788, doi:10.5194/nhess-15-769-2015 (pdf)

Held, H, F-W Gerstengarbe, T. Pardowitz, J. G. Pinto, U Ulbrich, K Born, M. G. Donat, M. K. Karremann, G. C. Leckebusch, P. Ludwig, K. M. Nissen, H. Österle, B. F. Prahl, P. C. Werner, D. J. Befort, and O. Burghoff (2013), Projections of global warming-induced impacts on winter storm losses in the German private household sector, Climatic Change, doi:10.1007/s10584-013-0872-7 (pdf)

Prahl, B. F., D. Rybski, J. P. Kropp, O. Burghoff, and H. Held (2012), Applying stochastic small-scale damage functions to German winter storms, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L06806, doi:10.1029/2012GL050961 (pdf)

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