Research Interests:

Drivers of and trends in organised convection, land-atmosphere interactions, climate dynamics, convection-permitting models


Spatio-temporal variability in water availability and demand in the Peruvian Andes (AgroClim)

Nowcasting FLood Impacts of Convective storms in the Sahel

African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis - 2050


Klein C, Taylor CM (2020): Dry soils can intensify mesoscale convective systems, PNAS,

Taylor, CM.; Fink, AH; Klein, C; Parker, DJ.; Guichard, F; Harris, PP.; Knapp, KR. (2018) Earlier seasonal onset of intense mesoscale convective systems in the Congo Basin since 1999. Geophy. Res. Lett., 45 (24),

Bliefernicht, J.; Berger, S.; Salack, S.; Guug, S.; Hingerl, L.; Heinzeller, D.; Mauder, M.; Steinbrecher, R.; Steup, G.; Bossa, A.Y.; Waongo, M.; Quansah, E.; Balogun, A.A.; Yira, Y.; Arnault, J.; Wagner, S.; Klein, C.; [...]. (2018) The WASCAL hydrometeorological observatory in the Sudan Savanna of Burkina Faso and Ghana. Vadose Zone Journal, 17 (1), 180065. 20, pp.

Crook, Julia; Klein, C.; Folwell, Sonja; Taylor, Christopher M.; Parker, Douglas J.; Stratton, Rachel; Stein, Thorwald. (2019), Assessment of the representation of West African storm lifecycles in convection-permitting simulations. Earth and Space Science,

Heinzeller D., Dieng D., Smiatek G., Olusegun C., Klein C., Hamann I., Salack S., Kunstmann H. (2018): The WASCAL high-resolution regional climate simulation ensemble for West Africa: concept, dissemination, assessment, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 815-835,

Klein C., Belušić D., Taylor C.M. (2018): Wavelet scale analysis of mesoscale convective systems for detecting deep convection from infrared imagery, JGR-Atmos,

Taylor C.M., Belušić D., Guichard F., Parker D. J., Vischel T., Bock O., Harris P.P., Janicot S., Klein C., Panthou G. (2017): Frequency of extreme Sahelian storms tripled since 1982 in satellite observations. Nature 544 , 475–478,

Klein C., Bliefernicht J., Heinzeller D., Gessner U., Klein I., Kunstmann H. (2017): Feedback of observed interannual vegetation change: a regional climate model analysis for the West African monsoon, Clim. Dyn.,

Salack, S., Klein C., Giannini A., Sarr B., Worou N.O., Belko N., Bliefernicht J., Kunstmann H. (2016): Global warming induced hybrid rainy seasons in the Sahel, Env. Res. Letters, 11(10),

Klein C., D. Heinzeller, J. Bliefernicht, H. Kunstmann (2015): Variability of West African monsoon patterns generated by a WRF multi-physics ensemble, Clim.Dyn,45(9-10),2733–2755,



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