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Dr Katharina Waha

Senior Research Scientist


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Katharina is a Senior Research Scientist in the Global Food and Nutrition Security group at CSIRO. She received her MSc in geography from Leipzig University in Germany and then her PhD in environmental sciences from the University of Potsdam, in Germany. Her papers have appeared in Global Change Biology, Global Environmental Change, Nature Climate Change, and other leading journals in the Environmental Sciences. Katharina is a contributing author of the forthcoming IPCC Sixth Assessment Report for the Working Group II regional chapter on Africa and a contributing author of the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land.

She is interested in climate change impacts and adaptation research for agriculture, smallholder agriculture in low- and middle income countries and global change and land use change processes globally. She has strong expertise in modelling climate change impacts on cropping systems. Her recent research aims at understanding the role of agricultural diversification in increasing food security and managing climate risks and the importance of multiple cropping and cropping intensification for global food production.

Core methods and tools that she develops or deploys are process-based cropping systems modelling, spatial analysis with GIS and R, scenario analysis, social science methods, uncertainty analysis, data integration and multi-scale analysis.

Selected recent publications

The benefits and trade-offs of agricultural diversity for food security in low- and middle-income countries: A review of existing knowledge and evidence
Waha K, Accatino F, Godde C, Rigolot C, Bogard J, Domingues P, Gotor E, Herrero M, Martin G, Mason D'Croz D, Tacconi F, van Wijk F
Published: 2022 in Global Food Security
DOI: 10.1016/j.gfs.2022.100645.

Past and future rainfall changes in the Australian midlatitudes and implications for agriculture
Waha K, Clarke J, Dayal K, Freund M, Heady C, Parisi I, Vogel E
Published: 2022 in Climatic Change
DOI: 10.1007/s10584-021-03301-y.

Two most cited publications

Adaptation to climate change through the choice of cropping system and sowing date in sub-Saharan Africa
Waha K, Müller C, Bondeau A, Dietrich JP, Kurukulasuriya P, Heinke J, Lotze-Campen H
Published: 2013 in Global Environmental Change
DOI: 10.1016/J.GLOENVCHA.2012.11.001.

Climate-driven simulation of global crop sowing dates
Waha K & van Bussel LGJ (equal contribution), Müller C, Bondeau A
Published: 2012 in Global Ecology and Biogeography
DOI: 10.1111/J.1466-8238.2011.00678.X.

Current Roles

  • Senior Research Scientist
    Leading research in the area of global change, agricultural systems analysis and risk analyses

  • Lead for CSIRO's component
    Evaluating zoonotic malaria transmission and agricultural and forestry land use in Indonesia (ZOOMAL)

Academic Qualifications

  • 2013

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

  • 2008

    Master of Science
    University of Leipzig, Institute of Geography, Germany

Professional Experiences

  • Dec 2014-Aug 2017

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    CSIRO Agriculture & Food

  • Mar 2013-Nov 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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