Matteo Willeit

Peer-reviewed scientific publications

Contact Details:matteo

Research Domain I: Earth System Analysis

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)


Telegrafenberg A56 - 0.14

14473 Potsdam, Germany


Phone: +49 331 288 2569


Current activity:

Currently I am studying the major transitions in Quaternary climate, including the intensification of northern Hemisphere glaciation (Pliocene-Pleistocene transition at around 2.7 Million years ago) and the transition from 40 kyr (1kyr = 1000 years) to 100 kyr dominated glacial cycles (mid-Pleistocene revolution, around 1 Million year ago). The project is funded by the DFG and the PalMod German Climate Modeling Initiative (BMBF).


Short resume:

I am a Physicist/Meteorologist by training. I studied at the University of Bologna.

During my PhD at PIK my work was focused on the analysis and quantification of vegetation-climate and carbon-cycle feedbacks using the CLIMBER Earth System Model of Intermediate Complexity (EMIC). My PhD work was part of the GREENCYCLES II Initial Training Network on global biosphere-climate interactions funded by the Marie Curie 7th Framework Programme.





  • Willeit, M., Ganopolski, A., Calov, R. and Brovkin, V., 2019:  Mid-Pleistocene transition in glacial cycles explained by declining CO2 and regolith removal, Science Advances, in press, doi:10.1126/sciadv.aav733.


  • Calov, R., Beyer, S., Greve, R., Beckmann, J., Willeit, M., Kleiner, T., Rückamp, M., Humbert, A., and Ganopolski, A., 2018: Simulation of the future sea level contribution of Greenland with a new glacial system model, The Cryosphere, 12, 3097-3121,
  • Willeit, M. and Ganopolski, A., 2018: The importance of snow albedo for ice sheet evolution over the last glacial cycle, Clim. Past, 14, 697-707,


  • Willeit, M. and Ganopolski, A., 2016: PALADYN v1.0, a comprehensive land surface–vegetation–carbon cycle model of intermediate complexity, Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 3817-3857, doi:10.5194/gmd-9-3817-2016.


  • Willeit, M. and Ganopolski, A., 2015: Coupled Northern Hemisphere permafrost-ice-sheet evolution over the last glacial cycle, Clim. Past, 11(9), 1165–1180, doi:10.5194/cp-11-1165-2015.
  • Willeit, M., Ganopolski, A., Calov, R., Robinson, A. and Maslin, M., 2015: The role of CO2 decline for the onset of Northern Hemisphere glaciation, Quat. Sci. Rev., 119, 22–34, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.04.015.
  • Willeit, M., Amorati, R., Montani, A., Pavan, V. and Tesini, M. S., 2015: Comparison of spectral characteristics of precipitation from radar estimates and COSMO-model predicted fields, Meteorol. Atmos. Phys., 127(2), 191–203, doi:10.1007/s00703-014-0359-8.


  • Willeit M., Ganopolski A., Dalmonech D., Foley A. M., Feulner G., 2014: Time-scale and state dependence of the carbon-cycle feedback to climate, Climate Dynamics, published online. doi:10.1007/s00382-014-2102-z 
  • Foley A. M., Willeit M., Brovkin V., Feulner G., Friend, A. D., 2014: Quantifying the global carbon cycle response to volcanic stratospheric aerosol radiative forcing using Earth System Models, Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, 119 (Issue 1, 16 January 2014), 101-111. doi:10.1002/2013JD019724 
  • Willeit M., Ganopolski A., Feulner G., 2014: Asymmetry and uncertainties in biogeophysical climate–vegetation feedback over a range of CO2 forcings, Biogeosciences, 11 (Issue 1, 3 January 2014), 17-32. doi:10.5194/bg-11-17-2014  


  • Willeit M., Ganopolski A., Feulner G., 2013: On the effect of orbital forcing on mid-Pliocene climate, vegetation and ice sheets, Climate of the Past, 9 (Issue 4, 1 August 2013), 1749-1759. doi:10.5194/cp-9-1749-2013

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  • Lucarini V., Faranda D., and Willeit M., 2012: Bistable systems with stochastic noise: virtues and limits of effective one-dimensional Langevin equations, Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 19, 9-22, doi:10.5194/npg-19-9-2012