Dr Sabine Undorf

Postdoctoral Researcher

Sabine Undorf is a climate scientist, PostDoc at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in the research department Climate Resilience. She is interested in the identification and quantification of drivers of observed historical and future climate change and their impacts, both globally and on regional scales, including long-term changes and extreme events (attribution). Her work at PIK focuses specifically on attributing climate impacts in agriculture in an interdisciplinary team. She further works on the role of aerosols and aerosol-cloud interactions for climate-model uncertainty as relevant for attribution and projections, as well as on what this uncertainty means for the identification and communication of climate risks for adaptation, which includes close collaboration with philosophers of science on how choices in climate research can, do, and should or should not be guided by social values. Sabine holds a PhD in atmospheric and environmental sciences from the University of Edinburgh and a MSc and BSc in Physics from the University of Bonn.


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


Undorf, S. (2024), Nachweis und Attribution von Änderungen in Klima und Wetter (Detection and Attribution of Changes in Weather and Climate). In: Klimawandel in Deutschland (Climate change in Germany) [Brasseur, G. P., D. Jacob, and S. Schuck-Zöller (eds.)], Springer Spektrum, Berlin, Heidelberg. doi:10.1007/978-3-662-66696-8_28.

Bender, FAM, Lord, T, Staffansdotter, A, Jung, V, and S. Undorf (2024). Machine Learning approach to investigating the relative importance of meteorological and aerosol-related parameters in determining cloud microphysical properties, Tellus B: Chemical and Physical Meteorology, 76(1): 1–18, doi:10.16993/tellusb.1868.

Undorf, S. (2024). ISIMIP3BASD-LE. Adjusted bias correction method based on that in ISIMIP3 but suitable for large-ensemble climate model data to facilitate climate impact attribution and future-projection impact analyses accounting for internal climate variability, doi: 10.5281/ZENODO.10377116.

Undorf, S., L. Jansen, P. Romanovska, B. Schauberger, and C. Gornott (2023). Attribution of the impacts of climate change on agriculture caused by extreme events and concurring other climatic influences. In: The Impact of Disasters on Agriculture and Food Security 2023 – Avoiding and reducing losses through investment in resilience. Flagship report by the FAO, Rome, https://www.fao.org/documents/card/en/c/cc7900en.

Wilcox, L., Allen, R. J., Samset, B. H., Bollasina, M. A., Griffiths, P. T., Keeble, J. M., Lund, M. T., Makkonen, R., Merikanto, J., O'Donnell, D., Paynter, D. J., Persad, G. G., Rumbold, S. T., Takemura, T., Tsigaridis, K., Undorf, S., Westervelt, D. M. (2023), The Regional Aerosol Model Intercomparison Project (RAMIP). Geoscientific Model Development, 16, 4451–4479, doi:10.5194/gmd-16-4451-2023.

Persad, G, Samset, B. H., Wilcox, L. J., Robert, J. A., Bollasina, M. A., Booth, B. B. B., Bonfils, C., Crocker, T., Joshi, M., Lund, M. T., Marvel, K., Merikanto, J., Nordling, K., Undorf, S., van Vuuren, D., Westervelt, D. M., and Zhao, A. (2023), Rapidly evolving aerosol emissions are a dangerous omission from near-term climate risk assessments. Environmental Research: Climate 2 032001, doi:10.1088/2752-5295/acd6af.

Pulkkinen, K., Undorf, S., and Bender, F. A.-M. (2022). Values in climate modelling: testing the practical applicability of the Moral Imagination ideal, European Journal of Philosophy of Science, 12:68, doi:10. 1007/s13194-022-00488-4.

Undorf, S., Pulkkinen, K., Wikman-Svahn, P., and Bender, F. A.-M. (2022), How do value-judgements enter model-based assessments of climate sensitivity? Climatic Change, 174:19, doi:10.1007/s10584-022-03435-7.

Pulkkinen, K., Undorf, S., Bender, F. A.-M., Wikman-Svahn, P., Doblas-Reyes, F., Flynn, C., Hegerl, G. C., Jönsson, A., Leung, G.-K., Roussos, J., Shepherd, T. G., and Thompson, E. (2022). The value of values in climate science. Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/s41558-021-01238-9.

Kahlenborn, W., Porst, L., Voß, M., Hölscher, L., Undorf, S., Wolf, M., Schönthaler, K., Crespi, A., Renner, K., Zebisch, M., Fritsch, U., and Schauser, I. (2021), Klimawirkungsund Risikoanalyse 2021 für Deutschland. Teilbericht 6: Integrierte Auswertung – Klimarisiken, Handlungserfordernisse und Forschungsbedarfe, Umweltbundesamt, Dessau-Roßlau, https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/publikationen/KWRA-Teil-6-Integrierte-Auswertung.

García-Martínez, I., S. Undorf, and M. A. Bollasina (2020), Strong large-scale climate response to North American sulphate aerosols in CESM. Environmental Research Letters, 15(11): 114051, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/abbe45.

Wilcox, L. J., Z. Liu, B. H. Samset, E. Hawkins, M. T. Lund, K. Nordling, S. Undorf, M. Bollasina, A. M. L. Ekman, S. Krishnan, J. Merikanto, and A. G. Turner (2020), Accelerated increases in global and Asian summer monsoon precipitation from future aerosol reductions, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 20: 11955–11977, doi:10.5194/acp-20-11955-2020.

Brunner, L., C. McSweeney, A. P. Ballinger, G. C. Hegerl, D. J. Befort, C. O'Reilly, M. Benassi, B. Booth, G. Harris, J. Lowe, E. Coppola, R. Nogherotto, R. Knutti, G. Lenderink, H. de Vries, S. Qasmi, A. Ribes, P. Stocchi, and S. Undorf (2020), Comparing methods to constrain future European climate projections using a consistent framework. Journal of Climate, 33 (20): 8671–8692.33, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0953.1.

Cowan, T., S. Undorf, G. C. Hegerl, L. J. Harrington, and F. E. Otto (2020), Present-day greenhouse gases could cause more frequent and longer Dust Bowl heat waves, Nature Climate Change, 10: 505–510, doi:10.1038/s41558-020-0771-7.

Undorf, S., S. F. B. Tett, J. Hagg, M. J. Metzger, C. Wilson, G. Edmond, M. Jacques-Turner, S. Forrest, and M. Shoote (2020), Understanding interdependent climate change risks using a serious game, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 101 (8): E1279–E1300, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0177.1.

Undorf, S., K. Allen, J. Hagg, S. Li, F. C. Lott, M. J. Metzger, S. N. Sparrow, and S. F. B. Tett (2020), Learning from the 2018 heatwave in the context of climate change: Are high-temperature extremes important for adaptation in Scotland?, Environmental Research Letters, 15, 034051, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ab6999.

Hegerl, G., S. Brönnimann, T. Cowan, A. R. Friedman, E. Hawkins, C. Iles, W. Müller, A. Schurer, and S. Undorf (2019), Causes of climate change over the historical record, Environmental Research Letters, 14 (12), 123006, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ab4557.

Bücker, M., A. Flores Orozco, S. Undorf, and A. Kemna (2019), On the role of Stern- and diffuse-layer polarisation mechanisms in porous media, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 124, 5656-5677, doi:10.1029/2019JB017679.

Bücker, M., S. Undorf, A. Flores Orozco, and A. Kemna (2018), Electro-chemical polarisation around metallic particles – Part 2: The role of surface charge, Geophysics, 84 (2), B121-V132, doi:10.1190/geo2018-0150.1.

Undorf, S., M. A. Bollasina, B. B. B. Booth, and G. C. Hegerl (2018), Contrasting the effects of the 1850-1975 increase in sulphate aerosols from North America and Europe on the Atlantic in the CESM model, Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 1-11, doi:10.1029/2018GL079970.

Undorf, S., M. A. Bollasina, and G. C. Hegerl (2018), Impacts of the 1900-1974 increase in anthropogenic aerosol emissions from North America and Europe on Eurasian summer climate, Journal of Climate, 31 (20), 8381-8399, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0850.1.

Undorf, S., D. Polson, M. Bollasina, Y. Ming, A. Schurer, and G. C. Hegerl (2018), Detectable impact of local and remote anthropogenic aerosols on the 20th century changes of West African and South Asian monsoon precipitation, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 123, 1-19, doi:10.1029/2017JD027711.