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 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 and explains my strong involvement in the use and development of coupled convection-permitting climate models, besides using more simple, idealized approaches. 

Some key publications highlighting my resear

  • 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 here.