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


since October 2017:   ClimAlert

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, Samaniego, L., Hansjürgens, B., Marx, A.: Climate impacts on long-term silage maize yield in Germany. Scientific Reports 9, 7674, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-44126-1, 2019.

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., 18, 889-906, https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-889-2018, 2018.


Peichl, M., Thober, S., Marx, A.(2019): Impacts on winter wheat yield in Germany at 1.5°, 2º, and 3° global warming. European Climate Changes Adaptaion conference (ECCA), Lisbon.

Peichl, M. (2018): Economic Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Crop Yield. Economics Research Colloquium, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

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., Thober, S., Meyer, V., Samaniego, L., (2017): The Effect of Soil Moisture Anomalies on Maize Yield in Germany, Econometric Models of Climate Change at Nuffieleld College, University of Oxford, UK.

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.