Lara Wallberg

Department Climate Variability
Group Earth System Modelling and Predictions
Position Postdoc
phone +49 40 41173-468
Room B 204

About me

I am working at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany, and am interested in extreme conditions occurring on longer time scales. In particular, I am interested in the driving mechanisms and predictability of heat extremes on sub-decadal time scales. My dissertation project focused on the sub-decadal variability of European summer heat extremes. In this work, I have not only found a mechnaism linking the accumulation of heat in the North Atlantic to extremely warm European summers occurring several years later, but also shown that this mechanism can be used to improve the predictability of extremely warm summers, and thus temperature in general. Now, during my PostDoc, I am continuing this topic and trying to work out relevant results for possible application-related target groups.

I work together with Wolfgang Müller in the Earth System Modeling and Prediction group of the Climate Variability department.


Phone: +49-40-41173-468  

ORCiD: 0000-0002-5979-3362



  • Wallberg, L., Suarez-Gutierrez, L., Matei, D., and Müller, W. A.: Extremely warm European summers preceded by sub-decadal North Atlantic ocean heat accumulation, Earth Syst. Dynam., 15, 1–14,, 2024.


  • Wallberg, L., Rautenhaus, M., Ruggieri, P., Athanasiadis, P., Dobrynin, M., Mayer, B., and Baehr, J.: The Northern Hemisphere Winter Polar Jet Stream and its Connection to the Seasonal Prediction Skill of Weather Regimes over Europe [submitted to GRL, in review]


  • Olonscheck, D., Suarez-Gutierrez, L., Milinski, S., and 14 co-authors (including Wallberg, L.): The new Max Planck Institute Grand Ensemble with CMIP6 forcing and high-frequency model output, ESS Open Archive [2023] 

since 2024: Postdoc within the European Union’s Horizon Europe project ASPECT, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

2020-2023: PhD Candidate, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and IMPRS-ESM, Thesis: Sub-Decadal Variability of European Summer Heat Extremes

2020: Research Scientist, Climate Modeling, Institut für Meereskunde, Universität Hamburg

2018: Stay abroad, The University Center of Svalbard, Longyearbyen, Norway

2017-2019: M. Sc. Meteorology, University Hamburg, Thesis: The Northern Hemisphere Winter Polar Jet Stream and its Connection to the Seasonal Prediction Skill of Weather Regimes over Europe

2013-2017:  B. Sc. Meteorology, Leibniz-University Hannover, Thesis: Anpassung eines Wolkenkamerasystems auf maritime Umgebungen