Harald Kunstmann is deputy director of the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK-IFU) at Campus Alpin of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and full professor and chair for Regional Climate and Hydrology at University of Augsburg in joint appointment with KIT. He studied physics in Marburg, Virginia/USA and Heidelberg and received his PhD in environmental natural sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland.
Harald's research addresses the impacts of climate change and land use change on water availability and flooding risks. His work comprises dynamical and statistical downscaling of meteorological fields, fully coupled atmospheric and hydrological modeling, convection permitting modelling, seasonal predictions, geostatistical merging of hydrometeorological data, the evaluation of attenuation data from commercial microwave links for the line integrated quantification of precipitation, and the setup and operation of hydrometeorological observatories. His research focus on climate and water sensitive regions worldwide; in addition to Europe and the Alpine Space his research covers the regions of West Africa, East Africa, the Near East, and China. He was associate editor for Journal of Hydrology from 2010-2015; is a member of the steering committee of TERENO; and is president of the International Commission for the Coupled Land Atmosphere System (ICCLAS) of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS). He regularly convenes and co-convenes sessions both at EGU and IAHS conferences.
At ECI Harald is working on climate change and water availability in Sub-Saharan Africa and on the initiation of an international cooperation in this field.