Cathy Hohenegger

  Email: cathy.hohenegger[at]

  Phone: +49 40 41173 302          Office Z411

Mailing address

  Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

  Bundesstrasse 53

  D-20146 Hamburg



  Atmosphere in the Earth System

Research Group

  Precipitating Convection, group leader



My research focuses on precipitating convection, its interactions with the environment and its representation in atmospheric models across resolution. One question that particularly interests me is the role that the surface, being the ocean or the land, plays in setting basic features of the climatological precipitation distribution. Given my interests, being able to represent  convection explicitly and the surface dynamically is of crucial importance. This explains my strong involvement in the use and development of coupled storm-resolving Earth System Models. Besides, I like using more simple, idealized approaches, in particular making use of the radiative convective equilibrium (RCE) conceptualization to study problems of climate related to the coupling between convection and the underlying surface. Recently, I have been involved in the design of field experiments with the aim to sample the near-surface air properties at kilometer-scale resolution.

Some key publications highlighting my research are listed below. Their findings are summarized under Research.

  • Hohenegger, C., L. Kornblueh, D. Klocke, T. Becker, G. Cioni, J. F. Engels, U. Schulzweida and B. Stevens, 2020: Climate statistics in global simulations of the atmosphere, from 80 to 2.5 km grid spacing. J. Meteorol. Society Japan, 98, 73-91, doi:10.2151/jmsj.2020-005.
  • Hohenegger C. and B. Stevens, 2018: The role of the permanent wilting point in controlling the spatial distribution of precipitation. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 115, 5692-5697, doi:10.1073/pnas.1718842115.
  • Hohenegger C. and B. Stevens, 2013: Preconditioning deep convection with cumulus congestus. J. Atmos. Sci., 70, 448-464 doi:10.1175/JAS-D-12-089.1.
  • Hohenegger C., P. Brockhaus, C. S. Bretherton, and C. Schär, 2009: The soil-moisture precipitation feedback in simulations with explicit and parameterized convection. J. Climate22, 5003-5020, doi:10.1175/2009JCLI2604.1


A full list of publications can be found under Publications.