Find out more about PISM here.

FutureLab Earth Resilience in the Anthropocene (ERAlab)

Leader of PIK FutureLab, established in 2019

Overarching research questions:

  • What are critical thresholds for tipping elements in the Earth System? What is the risk for domino effects and tipping cascades to be triggered by human interference?

  • How can the resilience of the Earth System and its interacting physical, ecological and societal components under anthropogenic disruptions be defined, characterized, modelled and measured?

Find out more about the ERAlab here.


Principal Investigator of the DominoES Project (2017 - 2020)

DominoES is a joint project by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (GESIS), funded by the Leibniz Association.

Tipping elements are components of the Earth system that could be pushed into qualitatively different states by small external perturbations, with profound environmental impacts possibly endangering the livelihoods of millions of people. There are indications for significant inter-linkages between climate tipping elements and even the potential for tipping cascades or domino effects from the climate to the social sphere. In the DominoES project, we assess these effects and their societal implications for climate tipping elements like Antarctica and Greenland, and potential social tipping processes in public opinion formation and climate policy changes.  

Find out more about DominoES here.


Principal Investigator of Project C5 (2017 - 2020)
on Interaction of tipping elements in the climate system

A project within the International Research Training Group 1740
by German Research Foundation (DFG) and Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP).

Find out more about IRTG-1740 here.

X-MELT: Impact of extreme melt events on the future mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet

Research project by German Research Foundation (DFG), 2019 - 2022.

GIS-Tip: Rapid Ice Dynamics in Greenland


Research project by German Research Foundation (DFG), 2018 - 2021.


Research project by German Research Foundation (DFG), 2018 - 2019.

Constraining future Antarctic ice loss with the coupled ice-ocean model PISM-FESOM

Research project by German Research Foundation (DFG), 2017 - 2019.

PalMod – Paleo Modelling German paleo climate modelling initiative


Contributions to Work Package 1.1: Coupling of ice sheet models with AOGCMs.

Find out more about PalMod here.