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

I am currently working on modeling the impacts of extreme environmental conditions on society. In doing so, I consider both short-term projections as well as developments that will be further exacerbated by climate change. To this end, I am developing damage functions that can be used to derive and quantify the impacts of climate change on society from climate projections of hydrological and meteorological data. The identification of particularly relevant and harmful damaging drivers plays an important role in this process.

Currently, I focus on the agricultural sector, but the models can be applied to other sectors as well. My particular focus is on statistical methods that are easily transferable. I use econometric methods and machine learning. My research focuses on the limitations of currently used methods, the resulting uncertainty, and how to arrive at socially and economically relevant results.

I also have experience interacting with relevant stakeholders and conducting demand analysis for decision support systems such as mobile applications.


Since November 2020: Helmholtz-Climate-Initative https://www.helmholtz-klima.de/en

October 2017 - September 2020:   ClimAlert

February 2012 - June 2017: Integrated Project Water Scarcity

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., Samaniego L., Kumar R., Rakovec O., Marx A. (2020): Landwirtschaftliche Ertragsabschätzungen für 1.5° , 2° und 3° Celsius globale Erwärmung. Dürren in Mitteldeutschland – Auswirkungen, Herausforderungen, Anpassungsoptionen 

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., Samaniego L., Kumar R., Rakovec O., Marx A. (2019): Impacts on winter wheat yield in Germany at 1.5, 2, and 3 K global warming, American Geoscience Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco

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.