Dr Katharina Waha

Postdoctoral Fellow

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As a geographer I am interested in interdisciplinary research on the interactions between atmosphere, biosphere and human societies with a special focus on agricultural ecosystems. I earned MSc and PhD degrees (2008 and 2013) from the University of Leipzig and Potsdam, Germany. I specialize in cropping systems modelling, spatial data analysis and in assessing climate change impacts on agriculture globally and in sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining CSIRO, I worked at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, applying and developing a global dynamic vegetation and water balance model in a group of model developers in Germany and The Netherlands. In December 2014 I started working as a postdoctoral fellow in Mario Herrero's group. My main activities are related to mapping subtropical and tropical agricultural systems and analyzing the importance of climate variability and extreme events for agriculture.

Most recent publication:

Waha, K., Krummenauer, L., Adams, S., Aich, V., Baarsch, F., Coumou, D., … Schleussner, C.-F. (2017). Climate change impacts in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region and their implications for vulnerable population groups. Regional Environmental Change (published online) doi:10.1007/s10113-017-1144-2

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Food Systems and Global Change

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, CSIRO Agriculture Flagship
    Agricultural systems at risk in a changing world, mapping for impact and vulnerability studies

Academic Qualifications

  • 2013

    University of Potsdam / Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany

  • 2008

    Master of Science, Geography
    University of Leipzig, Germany

Professional Experiences

  • March 2013-November 2014

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Potdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

  • Jun 2012-Oct 2012

    Visiting Scientist
    CSIRO Sustainable Agriculture

  • Nov 2008-Feb 2013

    PhD student
    Potdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

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We have publications by Dr Katharina Waha
For more publications, please see Google Scholar: kg8S8EMAAAAJ Researcher ID: G-5808-2017