Dr Stefan Lange

Senior Scientist


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 20774
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


I obtained a diploma in physics at TU Dresden in 2011. As a member of the IRTG 1740 I then studied for my PhD in theoretical physics at PIK, INPE and HU Berlin. Since 2015 I have worked as a PostDoc at PIK.


  • J. Jägermeyr, C. Müller, A. C. Ruane., J. Elliott, J. Balkovic, O. Castillo, B. Faye et al. (2021) "Climate impacts on global agriculture emerge earlier in new generation of climate and crop models," Nature Food, doi: 10.1038/s43016-021-00400-y
  • W. Thiery, S. Lange, J. Rogelj, C.-F. Schleussner, L. Gudmundsson, S. I. Seneviratne, M. Andrijevic et al. (2021) "Intergenerational inequities in exposure to climate extremes," Science, doi: 10.1126/science.abi7339
  • H. Shi, H. Tian, S. Lange, J. Yang, S. Pan, B. Fu, and C. P. O. Reyer (2021) "Terrestrial biodiversity threatened by increasing global aridity velocity under high-level warming," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi: 10.1073/pnas.2015552118
  • M. Mengel, S. Treu, S. Lange, and K. Frieler (2021) "ATTRICI v1.1 – counterfactual climate for impact attribution," Geoscientific Model Development, doi: 10.5194/gmd-14-5269-2021
  • S. Lange and C. Timm (2021) "Random-matrix theory for the Lindblad master equation," Chaos, doi: 10.1063/5.0033486
  • S. Lange, J. Volkholz, T. Geiger, F. Zhao, I. Vega, T. Veldkamp, C. P. O. Reyer et al. (2020) "Projecting exposure to extreme climate impact events across six event categories and three spatial scales," Earth's Future, doi: 10.1029/2020EF001616
  • M. Cucchi, G. P. Weedon, A. Amici, N. Bellouin, S. Lange, H. Müller Schmied, H. Hersbach, and C. Buontempo (2020) "WFDE5: bias adjusted ERA5 reanalysis data for impact studies," Earth System Science Data, doi: 10.5194/essd-12-2097-2020
  • C. P. O. Reyer, R. S. Gonzalez, K. Dolos, F. Hartig, Y. Hauf, M. Noack , P. Lasch-Born et al. (2020) "The PROFOUND database for evaluating vegetation models and simulating climate impacts on forests," Earth System Science Data, doi: 10.5194/essd-12-1295-2020
  • A. Casanueva, S. Herrera, M. Iturbide, S. Lange, M. Jury, A. Dosio, D. Maraun, and J. M. Gutiérrez (2020) "Testing bias adjustment methods for regional climate change applications under observational uncertainty and resolution mismatch," Atmospheric Science Letters, doi: 10.1002/asl.978
  • V. Huber, L. Krummenauer, C. Peña-Ortiz, S. Lange, A. Gasparrini, A. M. Vicedo-Cabrera, R. Garcia-Herrera, and K. Frieler (2020) "Temperature-related excess mortality in German cities at 2°C and higher degrees of global warming," Environmental Research, doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.109447
  • F. Ueckerdt, K. Frieler, S. Lange, L. Wenz, G. Luderer, and A. Levermann (2019) "The economically optimal warming limit of the planet," Earth System Dynamics, doi: 10.5194/esd-10-741-2019
  • S. Lange (2019) "Trend-preserving bias adjustment and statistical downscaling with ISIMIP3BASD (v1.0)," Geoscientific Model Development, doi: 10.5194/gmd-12-3055-2019
  • S. Galmarini, A. J. Cannon, A. Ceglar, O. B. Christensen, N. de Noblet-Ducoudré, F. Dentener, F. J. Doblas-Reyes et al. (2019) "Adjusting climate model bias for agricultural impact assessment: How to cut the mustard," Climate Services, doi: 10.1016/j.cliser.2019.01.004
  • J. Zscheischler, E. M. Fischer, and S. Lange (2019) "The effect of bias adjustment on impact modeling," Earth System Dynamics, doi: 10.5194/esd-10-31-2019
  • M. Rückamp, U. Falk, K. Frieler, S. Lange, and A. Humbert (2018) "The effect of overshooting 1.5 °C global warming on the mass loss of the Greenland Ice Sheet," Earth System Dynamics, doi: 10.5194/esd-9-1169-2018
  • S. Lange (2018) "Bias correction of surface downwelling longwave and shortwave radiation for the EWEMBI dataset," Earth System Dynamics, doi: 10.5194/esd-9-627-2018
  • K. Frieler, S. Lange, F. Piontek, C. P. O. Reyer, J. Schewe, L. Warszawski, F. Zhao et al. (2017) "Assessing the impacts of 1.5°C global warming – simulation protocol of the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISIMIP2b)," Geoscientific Model Development, doi: 10.5194/gmd-10-4321-2017
  • S. Lange, J. F. Donges, J. Volkholz, and J. Kurths (2015) "Local difference measures between complex networks for dynamical system model evaluation," PLoS ONE, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118088
  • S. Lange, B. Rockel, J. Volkholz, and B. Bookhagen (2015) "Regional climate model sensitivities to parametrizations of convection and non-precipitating subgrid-scale clouds over South America," Climate Dynamics, doi: 10.1007/s00382-014-2199-0
  • J. H. Feldhoff, S. Lange, J. Volkholz, J. F. Donges, J. Kurths, and F.-W. Gerstengarbe (2015) "Complex networks for climate model evaluation with application to statistical versus dynamical modeling of South American climate," Climate Dynamics, doi: 10.1007/s00382-014-2182-9


  • D. N. Karger, S. Lange, C. Hari, C. P. O. Reyer, and N. E. Zimmermann (2021) "CHELSA-W5E5 v1.0: W5E5 v1.0 downscaled with CHELSA v2.0," v1.0, ISIMIP Repository, doi: 10.48364/ISIMIP.836809
  • S. Lange and M. Büchner (2021) "ISIMIP3b bias-adjusted atmospheric climate input data," v1.1, ISIMIP Repository, doi: 10.48364/ISIMIP.842396.1
  • S. Lange, C. Menz, S. Gleixner, M. Cucchi, G. P. Weedon, A. Amici, N. Bellouin, H. Müller Schmied, H. Hersbach, C. Buontempo, and C. Cagnazzo (2021) "WFDE5 over land merged with ERA5 over the ocean (W5E5)," v2.0, ISIMIP Repository, doi: 10.48364/ISIMIP.342217
  • D. N. Karger, B. Dabaghchian, S. Lange, W. Thuiller, N. E. Zimmermann, and C. H. Graham (2020) "High resolution climate data for Europe," EnviDat, doi: 10.16904/envidat.150
  • C. P. O. Reyer, R. S. Gonzalez, K. Dolos, F. Hartig, Y. Hauf, M. Noack , P. Lasch-Born et al. (2020) "The PROFOUND database for evaluating vegetation models and simulating climate impacts on European forests," v0.3, GFZ Data Services, doi: 10.5880/PIK.2020.006
  • S. Lange (2019) "WFDE5 over land merged with ERA5 over the ocean (W5E5)," v1.0, GFZ Data Services, doi: 10.5880/pik.2019.023
  • S. Lange (2019) "EartH2Observe, WFDEI and ERA-Interim data Merged and Bias-corrected for ISIMIP (EWEMBI)," v1.1, GFZ Data Services, doi: 10.5880/pik.2019.004


PhD thesis

  • S. Lange (2015) "On the evaluation of regional climate model simulations over South America," supervised by Jürgen Kurths, Jan Volkholz, Sin Chan Chou, and Celso von Randow, Humboldt University Berlin, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, urn: nbn:de:kobv:11-100233175

Diploma thesis

  • S. Lange (2011) "Zufallsmatrixtheorie für die Lindblad-Mastergleichung," supervised by Carsten Timm and Werner Timmermann, Technical University Dresden, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, urn: nbn:de:bsz:14-qucosa2-380809