Michael Peichl

Computational Hydrosystems (CHS) /

Climate Office for Central Germany

Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research − UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

phone: ++49 - 341 - 235 4663
fax: ++49 - 341 - 235 45 4663



Areas of Expertise and Research

Economic Analysis and Assessment of Water Scarcity, Hydrologic-Economic Modeling

PhD-Student within the UFZ  Integrated Project (IP) Water Scarcity:

  • Modeling of economic costs and damages in the agricultural sector: Coupling of spatio-temporally distributed output units of the mesoscale Hydrologic Model (mHM; Samaniego, Kumar & Attinger, 2010) with various crop yields using econometric methods.
  • The coupling serves as basis for socio-economic analysis and assessment of soil moisture as production factor in the agricultural sector.
  • This project is a mutual and interdisciplinary approach of the Departments Economics and CHS

Short CV

Work Experience

05/2012 – 01/2013

Research Assistant, Institute for Environmental Science, University of Koblenz – Landau, Landau

02/2012 – 04/2012

Internship, Department Geo Risks Research/Corporate Climate Centre, MunichRe

08/2007 – 05/2009

& 07/2011 - 02/2012

Student Research Assistant, Research Area Environmental


10/2006 – 12/2011

Diploma in Economics, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Focus: Environmental Economics, Diploma thesis: “The valuation of storms using different measurement techniques – A comparison of the life satisfaction approach and hedonic pricing”

9/2009 – 09/2010

Exchange Student, Graduate School, University of Oregon, Focus: Environmental Studies and Econometrics

10/2005 – 09/2006

University of Mannheim

 WS 2012/2013

  • Tutorial: Sustainability and Development Economics
  • Seminar: Socio-economic Aspects of Sustainability
  • Tutorial: Economic Valuation, Cost-Benefit and Risk Analysis
  • Seminar: Special Topics in Environmental and Resource Economics

SS 2012

  • Seminar: Ecological Economics
  • Tutorial: Models in Environmental and Ecological Economics
  • Seminar: Principals in Environmental Policy
  • Seminar: Environmental Management 1


Peichl, M., Thober, S., Meyer, V., and Samaniego, L.: The Effect of Soil Moisture Anomalies on Maize Yield in Germany, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., doi:10.5194/nhess-2017-144, in review, 2017


Peichl, M., Thober, S., Schwarze, R., Meyer, V., Samaniego, L., (2016): Soil Moisture Anomaly as Predictor of Crop Yield Deviation in Germany. European Geoscienses Union General Assembly (EGU) Vienna, Austria.

Peichl, M., Meyer, V., Thober, S., Samaniego, L., Schwarze, R, (2015): Soil Moisture Anomaly as Predictor of Crop Yield Deviation in Germany. Higrade-Conference, UFZ, Leipzig, Germany. 

Peichl, M., Meyer, V., Thober, S., Samaniego, L. (2015): Soil Moisture as an Estimator of Crop Yield in Germany. European Geoscienses Union General Assembly (EGU) Vienna, Austria.

Peichl, M. (2013): The Economic Assessment of Water Scarcity - Direct costs in the agricultural sector of Germany. REKLIM Workshop 2014, Bad Salzschlirff, Germany.