Michael Walz

Michael Walz

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Michael Walz is a trained Meteorologist undertaking doctoral research into extreme extra-tropical cyclones and their potential impact on domestic properties (e.g. housing).  The major task is to identify and to quantify uncertainties related to probabilistic seasonal to decadal forecasts of these extreme events and to see how these meteorological uncertainties eventually affect economic loss models (e.g. CAT models).


  • BSc in Meteorology from Freie Universitaet Berlin (FU Berlin) 2012
  • MSc in Meteorology from FU Berlin 2015


Before completing his MSc in Meteorology FU Berlin in 2015, Michael Walz had already completed his BSc at the same university in 2012. During his studies in Berlin, he was employed as a student assistant for a total of 4 years in the working group for extreme events (CLIDIA) lead by Prof Dr Ulbrich.

Following a brief employment as a research associate in the MiKlip project at FU Berlin from June to August 2015, Michael started his PhD in Environmental Health and Risk Management under supervision of Dr GC Leckebusch and Dr J Hillier (Uni Loughborough) in September 2015.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Hazard Uncertainty and Related Damage Potentials of extra-tropical Cyclones
Supervisors: Dr Gregor Leckebusch, Dr J Hillier (University of Loughborough)


Research interests

Analysis of extreme events (statistical and dynamical), statistical modelling (Clustering, Extreme Value Statistics), variability of extra-tropical cyclones in seasonal to decadal predictions.


Schmidt, H., S. Rast, F. Bunzel, M. Esch, M. Giorgetta, S. Kinne, T. Krismer, G. Stenchikov, C. Timmreck, L. Tomassini, and M. Walz (2013), Response of the middle atmosphere to anthropogenic and natural forcings in the CMIP5 simulations with the Max Planck Institute Earth system model, J.Adv.Model.EarthSyst.5, 98–116, doi:10.1002/jame.20014