Dr. Lars Gerlitz

Lars Gerlitz
Dr. Lars Gerlitz
Building C 4, Room 2.28
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28990

Function and Responsibilities:

Coordination CAWa (Central Asian Water)

Research Interests:

Climate Change and Variability in High Mountains
Central and High-Asia
Statistical Downscaling and Climate Spatialisation
Seasonal Forecasting
Geostatistics and GIS


  • Since 2017: Project-Coordinator CAWa: German Research Center for Geosciences - Section Hydrology
  • Since 2015: Scientist (Postdoc): German Research Center for Geosciences - Section Hydrology
  • 2011-2014: Scientific Assistant (PhD): University of Hamburg - Institute of Geography


  • 2005 - 2011: Studies of Geography, Meteorology and Mathematics (University of Hamburg)
  • 2011 - 2014: PhD at the Department of Geosciences (University of Hamburg)
  • 2011 - 2014: Postgraduate studies: School of Integrated Climate System Sciences (SICSS), Cluster of Excellence  "Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction" (CliSAP), University of Hamburg
  • PhD thesis: Assessment of High Resolution Climate Data for the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayan Arc - New Approaches in Statistical Downscaling


  • CAWA (Central Asian Water)
  • EbA (Ecosystem-based Adaption to Climate Change in Central Asia)
  • MORSANAT (Model- and remote sensing-based analysis of glacier-related natural hazards in the Tien Shan mountains)


  • CLASH (Climate variability and landscape dynamics in Southeast-Tibet and the eastern Himalaya during the Late Holocene reconstructed from tree rings, soils and climate modeling)
  • TREELINE (Sensitivity and Response of the Treeline Ecotone in Rolwaling Himal, Nepal, to Climate Warming)