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Prof. Dr.  Michael Kunz

Prof. Dr. Michael Kunz

CEDIM Sprecher (www.cedim.de), Sprecher Topic 6 KIT Zentrum Klima und Umwelt, Modulkoordinator Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften
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Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) 
Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
D-76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen


Titel Ansprechpartner

Dr. S. Mohr, Prof. Dr. M. Kunz, Dr. M. Döring (Uni Hamburg)

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Dipl.-Met. F. Ehmele, Prof. Dr. M. Kunz

Dipl.-Met. M. Schmidberger, Prof. Dr. M. Kunz

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Dr. H. J. Punge, Prof. Dr. M. Kunz

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Dr. M. Kunz, Dr. S. Mohr

Dr. S. Mohr, Dr. M. Kunz, Prof. Dr. B. Ruck (IfH)

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Dr. S. Mohr, Dr. M. Kunz

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Prof. Dr. Ch. Kottmeier, Dr. M. Kunz

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Prof. Dr. Ch. Kottmeier

Dr. H. Schipper, Dr. M. Kunz
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Titel Typ SWS Semester
Vorlesung 2 SoSe

Publikationen (Peer-Reviewed):


Kunz, M., Blahak, U., Handwerker, J., Schmidberger, M., Punge, H. J., Mohr, S., Fluck, E. and Bedka, K. M., 2017: The severe hailstorm in SW Germany on  28 July 2013: Characteristics, impacts, and meteorological conditions. Q. J. R. Meteor. Soc. doi:10.1002/qj.3197 .

Martius, O., Hering, A., Kunz, M., Manzato, A., Mohr, S., Nisi, L., and Trefald, S., 2017: Challenges and recent Advances in Hail Research – A report from the 2nd European Hail Workshop. Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc., doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0207.1 .

Piper, D. and Kunz, M., 2017: Spatiotemporal variability of lightning activity in Europe and the relation to the North Atlantic Oscillation teleconnection pattern, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 1319–1336, doi:10.5194/nhess-17-1319-2017 , 2017.

Punge, H.J., Bedka, K.M., Kunz, M., Reinbold, A., 2017: Hail frequency estimation across Europe based on a combination of overshooting top detections and the ERA-INTERIM reanalysis, Atmos. Re., 198,34–43, doi: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2017.07.025.

Mohr, S., Kunz, M., Richter, A., and Ruck, B., 2017: Statistical characteristics of convective wind gusts in Germany, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 957–969.

Kunz, M. and P. Geissbuehler, 2017: Chapter 2.3 Severe Convective Storms. In: Natural Catastrophe Risk Management and Modelling: A Practitioner's Guide (Eds.: K. Mitchell-Wallace, M. Jones,  J. Hiller, and M. Foote), John Wiley & Sons Ltd., Chicherster, UK, ISBN: 978-1-118-90604-0.

Kunz, M., Mohr, S. and Werner, P., 2017: Chapter 7 -- Niederschlag. In: Brasseur G., Jacob, D., Schuck-Zöller, S. (Hrsg.). Klimawandel in Deutschland: Entwicklung, Folgen, Risiken und Perspektiven. Springer, Berlin/Heidelberg, Germany, S. 57-66.



Richter, A., Ruck, B., Mohr, S. and Kunz, M. (2016): Interaction of severe convective gusts with a street canyon. Urban Clim. doi:10.1016/j.uclim.2016.11.003.

Thieken, A.H., S. Kienzler, H. Kreibich, C. Kuhlicke, M. Kunz, B. Mühr, M. Müller, A. Otto, T Petrow, S. Pisi and K. Schröter, 2016: Review of the flood risk management system in Germany. Ecology and Society, 21:51.

Puskeiler, M., M. Kunz and M. Schmidberger, 2016: Hail statistics for Germany derived from single-polarization radar data. Atmos. Res., 178-179, 459-470.

Nisi L, O. Martius, A. Hering, M. Kunz and U. Germann, 2016. Spatial and temporal distribution of hailstorms in the Alpine region: a long-term, high resolution, radar-based analysis. Q. J. R. Meteorol. Soc., doi: 10.1002/qj.2771.

Punge H. J. and M. Kunz, 2016. Hail observations and hailstorm characteristics in Europe: A review. Atmos. Res. 176, 159–184.

Grosfeld, K., P. Lemke, P. Braesicke, A. Brauer, K. Dethloff, M. Kunz, M. Latif, B.M. Ratter, T. Sachs, H.-P. Schmidt,  R. Treffeisen and R. Schwarze, 2016: The Helmholtz Regional Climate Initiative REKLIM from a Polar Perspective – a Preface. Polarforschung, 2016, 85, 65-68.



Mohr, S., M. Kunz, and B. Geyer, 2015: Hail potential in Europe based on a regional climate model hindcast. Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 10904-10912.

Brugnara Y., R. Auchmann, S. Brönnimann, R. J. Allan, I. Auer, M. Barriendos, H. Bergström, J. Bhend, R. Brázdil, G. P. Compo, R. C. Cornes, F. Dominguez-Castro, A. F. V. van Engelen, J. Filipiak, J. Holopainen, M. Kunz, J. Luterbacher, M. Maugeri, L. Mercalli, A. Moberg, C. J. Mock, G. Pichard, L. Řezníčová, G. van der Schrier, V. Slonosky, Z. Ustrnul, M. A. Valente, P. Winkler, A. Wypych and X. Yin, 2015: A collection of sub-daily pressure and temperature observations for the early instrumental period with a focus on the “year without a summer” 1816. Clim. Past, 11, 1027-1047.

Mohr, S., M. Kunz, and K. Keuler,  2015: Development and Application of a Logistic Model to Estimate the Past and Future Hail Potential in Germany. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, 3939–3956.

Annegret H. Thieken, A. H., T. Bessel, I. Callsen, D. Falter, I. Hasan, S. Kienzler, Th. Kox, Ch. Kuhlicke, M. Kunz, H. Kreibich, M. Max, V. Meyer, B. Mühr, M. Müller, A. Otto, I. Pech, Th. Petrow, S. Pisi, K.-H. Rother und K. Schröter, 2015: Das Hochwasser im Juni 2013: Bewährungsprobe für das Hochwasserrisikomanagement in Deutschland. DKKV-Schriftenreihe Nr. 53, Bonn, DKKV and University of Potsdam, Germany, ISBN: 978-3-933181-62-6.

Martius, O., M. Kunz, L. Nisi and A. Hering, 2015: Conference report 1st European hail workshop. Meteor. Z., 24, 441–442.

Schröter, K., M. Kunz, F. Elmer, B. Mühr, and B. Merz, 2015: What made the June 2013 flood in Germany an exceptional event? A hydro-meteorological evaluation. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 309-327.

Kunz, M., and P. I. S. Kugel, 2015: Detection of hail signatures from single-polarization C-band radar reflectivity. Atmos. Res, 2015, 153, 565-577.



Kreibich, K., K. Schröter, P. Bubeck, M. Kunz, H. Mahlke, S. Parolai, B. Khazai, J. Daniell, and T. Lakes, 2014: A review of multiple natural hazards and risks in Germany. Nat. Hazards, 74, 2279-2304.

Punge, H.J., K. Bedka, M. Kunz, and A. Werner, 2014: A new physically based stochastic event catalog for hail in Europe. Nat. Hazards, 73, 1625-1645.

Merz, B., F. Elmer, M. Kunz, B. Mühr, K. Schröter, and S. Uhlemann, 2014: The extreme flood in June 2013 in Germany. La Houille Blanche, 1, 5-10.



Kunz, M., B. Mühr, K. Schröter, T. Kunz-Plapp, J.E. Daniell, B. Khazai, F. Wenzel, M. Vannieuwenhuyse, T. Comes, T. Münzberg, F., J. Fohringer, C. Lucas, and Jochen Zschau, 2013: Investigation of Superstorm Sandy 2012 in a Multi-disciplinary Approach. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 2579-2598.

Mohr, S., and Kunz, M., 2013: Trend analysis of convective indices relevant for hail events in Germany and Central Europe; Atmos. Res., 123, 211-228, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosres.2012.05.016



Kapsch, M.-L., M. Kunz, R. Vitolo and T. Economou, 2012: Long-term trends of hail-related weather types in an ensemble of regional climate models using a Bayesian approach, J. Geophys. Res., 117, D15107.



Kunz, M., and S. Wassermann, 2011: Moist dynamics and sensitivity of orographic precipitation to changing ambient conditions in an idealised perspective. Meteor. Z., 20, 199-215.

Kunz, M., 2011: Characteristics of Large-scale Orographic Precipitation in a Linear Perspective. J. Hydrometeor., 12, 27-44.



Rauthe, M., M. Kunz and Ch. Kottmeier, 2010: Changes in storm climatology over Central Europe derived from a small ensemble of high resolution regional climate models. Meteor. Z., 19, 299-312.

Kunz, M., and M. Puskeiler, 2010: High-resolution Assessment of the Hail Hazard over Complex Terrain from Radar and Insurance Data. Meteor. Z., 19, 427-439.

Kunz, M., S. Mohr, M. Rauthe, R. Lux, and Ch. Kottmeier, 2010: Assessment of Extreme Wind Speeds from Regional Climate Models. Part I: Estimate of Return Values and their Evaluation. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 10, 907–922.

Hofherr, T., and M. Kunz, 2010: Assessment of extreme wind climatology for Germany. Clim. Res., 41, 105-123.



Kunz, M., J. Sander and Ch. Kottmeier, 2009: Recent trends of thunderstorm and hailstorm frequency and their relation to atmospheric characteristics in southwest Germany. Int. J. Climatol. 29, 2283-2297.



Kottmeier, Ch., N. Kalthoff, U. Corsmeier, Ch. Barthlott, J. Van Baelen, A. Behrendt, R. Behrendt, A. Blyth, R. Coulter, S. Crewell, M. Dorninger, C. Flamant, Th. Foken, M. Hagen, C. Hauck, H. Höller, H. Konow, M. Kunz, H. Mahlke, S. Mobbs, E. Richard, R. Steinacker, T. Weckwerth, A. Wieser and V. Wulfmeyer, 2008: Mechanisms initiating deep convection over complex terrain during COPS. Met. Z., 17 (6), 931-948.

Meißner, C., N. Kalthoff, M. Kunz and G. Adrian, 2008: Initiation of shallow convection in the Black Forest Mountains. Atmos. Res. 86, 42-60.



Kunz, M., 2007: The skill of convective parameters and indices to predict isolated and severe thunderstorms, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 7, 327–342.

Browning, K., A. Blyth, P. Clark, U. Corsmeier, C. Morcrette, J. Agnew, D. Bamber, Ch. Barthlott, L. Bennett, K. Beswick, M. Bitter, K. Bozier, G. Brooks C. Collier, C. Cook, F. Davies, B. Deny, T. Feuerle, R. Forbes, C. Gaffard, M. Gray, R. Hankers, T. Hewison, N. Kalthoff, S. Khodayar, M. Kohler, Ch. Kottmeier, S. Kraut, M. Kunz, D. Ladd, J. Lenfant, J. Marsham, J. McGregor, J. Nicol, E. Norton, D. Parker, F. Perry, M. Ramatschi, H. Ricketts, N. Roberts, A. Russell, H. Schulz, E. Slack, G. Vaughan, J. Waight, R. Watson, A. Webb and A. Wieser, 2007: The Convective Storms Initiation Project. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 1939-1955.



Kunz, M., and Ch. Kottmeier, 2006a: Orographic enhancement of precipitation over low mountain ranges, Part I: Model formulation. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 1, 1025-1040.

Kunz, M., and Ch. Kottmeier, 2006b: Orographic enhancement of precipitation over low mountain ranges, Part II: Simulations of heavy precipitation events. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 1, 1041-1055.



Löffler-Mang, M., M. Kunz and W. Schmid, 1999: On the performance of a low-cost K-band Doppler radar for quantitative rain measurements, J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 16, 379-387.



Löffler-Mang, M., M. Kunz and M. Kossmann, 1996: Eine nächtliche Kaltfront über orographisch gegliedertem Gelände und die Veränderungen der Ozonkonzentration am Boden, Meteor. Zeitschrift, 5, 308-317.