Mikael Karvinen

Department Climate Variability IMPRS
Group IMPRS doctoral candidate Director's Research Group (CVR)
Position Phd Candidate
phone +49 40 41173-116
Email mikael.karvinen@mpimet.mpg.de
Room B 206

Scientific Interests

My background is in meteorology and I am particularly interested in atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics at meso- and synoptic scales. The working title of my PhD is "Tropical Cyclones in a Warming World" and I am currently using the ICON model to study the internal variability of tropical cyclones and how their intensity and frequency respond to the climate change.

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Jochem Marotzke (MPI-M), Dr. Nils Brüggemann (MPI-M), Dr. Marja Bister (University of Helsinki)

Ph.D. Candidate in Physical Oceanography / Earth System Sciences

University of Hamburg & Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Mar 2023 - present

Working title of the thesis: Tropical Cyclones in a Warming World


M.Sc. in Meteorology

University of Helsinki, Sep 2021 - Nov 2022

Erasmus exchange at the University of Munich, Apr 2022 - Aug 2022

Thesis: Gravity Variations in Climate Modelling


B.Sc. in Physics (specialisation in Meteorology)

University of Helsinki, Sep 2017 - Jun 2021

Thesis: Why did precipitation decrease drastically in the Sahelian Region in the late 20th century?

PhD Candidate

Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany

Mar 2023 - present


Research assistant

Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR), University of Helsinki, Finland

  • May 2020 - Feb 2021: I used the ICTP AGCM climate model (nicknamed "SPEEDY") to study the effect of gravity variations on atmospheric general circulation and energy fluxes.
  • May 2021 - Aug 2021: I used OpenIFS output data to convert pressure fields into spherical harmonics. Part of a project aiming to improve the accuracy of weather forecasts by using satellite measurements and data assimilation.
  • Sep 2022 - Feb 2023: Continuation of the SPEEDY project.

I have been a Teaching Assistant on the following courses:


Climate Dynamics

University of Hamburg, Summer 2023

Graduate course


Statitistical Analysis of Observations

University of Helsinki, Spring 2021

Undergraduate course