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Fischer, Erich Markus, Dr.

Erich Markus Fischer

ETH Zürich
Dr. Erich Markus Fischer
Institut für Atmosphäre und Klima
CHN N 16.2
Universitätstrasse 16
8092 Zürich

Phone: +41 44 632 82 41
Fax: +41 44 632 13 11
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Research Interests

Climate extremes in a future climate and asssociated uncertainties
Heatwave impacts on human health
Land-atmosphere interactions during recent heat waves
Climate response to volcanic eruptions

Peer-reviewed publications

Fischer, E.M., and R. Knutti, 2014: Detection of spatially aggregated changes in temperature and precipitation extremes, Geophys. Res. Lett., , 10.1002/2013GL058499. [PDF] [SOM]
Fischer, E.M., U. Beyerle and R. Knutti, 2013: Robust spatially aggregated projections of climate extremes, Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/nclimate2051. [PDF] [Supplementary Information], Nature News and Views , ETH News , Media: SRF Tagesschau (in German)
Fischer, E.M., and R. Knutti, 2013: Robust joint projections for humidity and temperature extremes, Nature Climate Change, 3, 120-126, doi:10.1038/nclimate1682 [PDF] [SOM], ETH Life
Perkins, S.E., and E.M. Fischer, 2013:The usefulness of different realizations for the model evaluation of regional trends in heatwaves, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, doi:10.1002/2013GL057833. [PDF]
Kopparla, P., E.M. Fischer, C. Hannay, and R. Knutti, 2013: Improved simulation of extreme precipitation in a high resolution atmosphere model, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, doi:10.1002/2013GL057866. [PDF]
Wuebbles, D., Meehl, G., Hayhoe, K., Karl, T.R., Kunkel, K. Santer, B., Wehner, M., Colle, B., Fischer, E.M., Fu, R., Goodman, A., Janssen, E., Kharin, V., Lee, H., Li, W., Long, L.N., Olsen, S.C., Pan, Z., Seth, A., Sheffield, J., Sun, L., 2013: CMIP5 Climate Model Analyses: Climate Extremes in the United States, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, in press.
Lustenberger, A., Knutti, R., Fischer, E.M., 2013: The potential of pattern scaling for projecting temperature-­related extreme indices, International Journal of Climatology, doi: 10.1002/joc.3659, advanced online publication.
Büntgen, U., Martinez-Peña, F., Aldea, J., Rigling, A., Fischer, E.M., Camarero, J.J., Hayes, M.J., Fatton, V., Egli, S., 2013: Declining pine growth in Central Spain coincides with increasing diurnal temperature range since the 1970s. Global and Planetary Change, 107, 177-185.
Lustenberger, A., Knutti, R., Fischer, E.M., 2013: Sensitivity of European extreme daily temperature return levels to projected trends in mean and variance, Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmosphere, revised.
Büntgen, U., Egli, S., Camarero, J., Fischer, E.M., Stobbe, U., Kauserud, H., Tegel, W., Sproll, L. and Stenseth, N.C., 2012: Drought-induced decline in Mediterranean truffle harvest, Nature Climate Change, 2, 827-829.
Fischer, E.M., J Rajczak, and C. Schär, 2012: Changes in European summer temperature variability revisited, Geophys. Res. Lett. Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L19702, doi:10.1029/2012GL052730, [PDF] [SOM]
Fischer, E.M., K.W. Oleson, and D.M. Lawrence, 2012: Contrasting urban and rural heat stress responses to climate change, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, doi:10.1029/2011GL050576, [PDF] [SOM], ETH Life
Barriopedro, D. E. M. Fischer, J. Luterbacher, R. M. Trigo, R. García-Herrera, 2011: The hot summer of 2010: redrawing the temperature record map of Europe, Science, 332, 10.1126/science.1201224 [PDF] [SOM].
Fischer, E.M., D.M. Lawrence, and B.M. Sanderson, 2011: Quantifying uncertainties in projections of extremes - a perturbed land surface parameter experiment, Clim. Dynam., 37, 7-8, 1381-1398 [PDF] [SOM].
Fischer, E.M., C. Schär, 2010: Consistent geographical patterns of changes in high-impact European heatwaves, Nature Geoscience, doi: 10.1038/NGEO866. [Media coverage: Nature news, ETH Life (in German) [PDF] [SOM].
Garcia-Herrera, R., J. Diaz, R.M. Trigo, J. Luterbacher, E.M. Fischer, 2010: A review of the European summer heat wave of 2003, Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 40, 267-306. [PDF]
Fischer, E.M., C. Schär, 2009: Future changes in daily summer temperature variability: driving processes and role for temperature extremes, Clim. Dynam., 10.1007/s00382-008-0473-8. [PDF]
Fischer, E.M., S.I. Seneviratne, P.L. Vidale, D. Lüthi and C. Schär, 2007: Soil moisture - atmosphere interactions during the 2003 European summer heat wave. J. Climate, 20, 20, 5081-5099. [PDF]
Fischer, E.M., S. I. Seneviratne, D. Lüthi, and C. Schär, 2007: Contribution of land-atmosphere coupling to recent European summer heat waves, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L06707, doi:10.1029/2006GL029068. [PDF] [Radio interview, Deutschlandfunk, in german]
Fischer, E.M., J. Luterbacher, E. Zorita, S. F. B. Tett, C. Casty, and H. Wanner, 2007: European climate response to tropical volcanic eruptions over the last half millennium, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L05707, doi:10.1029/2006GL027992. [PDF] [Tagesanzeiger newspaper article, in German]

Book chapters and conference proceedings

Xoplaki, E., R. M. Trigo, R. García-Herrera, D. Barriopedro, F. D’Andrea, E. M. Fischer, L. Gimeno, C. Gouveia, E. Hernandez, F. G. Kuglitsch, A. Mariotti, R. Nieto, J. G. Pinto, D. Pozo-Vázquez, H. Saaroni, A. Toreti, I. F. Trigo, S. M. Vicente-Serrano, P. Yiou, and B. Ziv, 2012: Large-Scale Atmospheric Circulation Driving Extreme Climate Events in the Mediterranean and its Related Impacts. In: Lionello, P. (ed.) The Climate of the Mediterranean Region. From the past to the future. Elsevier, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 349-417.
Muscheler, R., and E.M. Fischer, 2012: Solar and volcanic forcing of decadal- to millennial-scale climatic variations, in: The Sage Handbook of Environmental Change . Ed.: Matthews, J. A., ISBN: 9780857023605, SAGE Publications, London, UK.
Schär, C., and E.M. Fischer, 2008: Der Einfluss des Klimawandels auf Hitzewellen und das Sommerklima Europas, in: Warnsignal Klima: Gesundheitsrisiken -- Gefahren für Pflanzen, Tiere und Menschen. Eds.: Lozan, J. L., H. Grassl G. Jendritzky, L. Karbe, K. Reise, GEO Wissenschaftliche Auswertungen, Hamburg, Germany, 384pp. [PDF]
Fischer, E.M., 2006: Climate response to tropical eruptions, PAGES Newsletter, Vol. 13, Nr. 3, Ed.: Valerie Masson-Delmotte, Jürg Beer, Howard Cattle and Christoph Kull. [PDF]
Fischer, E.M., SI Seneviratne, D Lüthi, and C Schär, 2006: Soil moisture - atmosphere interactions during the 2003 European summer heatwave. Extended abstract. AMS 86th Annual Meeting, 28 January - 3 February 2006, Atlanta, GA, USA, [PDF]
Luterbacher, J., and 48 coauthors, 2006: Mediterranean climate variability over the last centuries: A review, in: The Mediterranean Climate: an overview of the main characteristics and issues, Eds. Lionello, P., Malanotte-Rizzoli, P., and Boscolo, R., Elsevier, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 27-148

Thesis

Fischer, E. M. 2007. The role of land-atmosphere interactions for European summer heat waves: Past, present and future, PhD Thesis. [PDF]
Fischer, E. M. 2003. Regional and Seasonal Impact of Volcanic Eruptions on European Climate over the Last Centuries, Diploma Thesis. [PDF]

Media

Extreme Weather, Catalyst, ABC Australia, 04/07/2013
Spielt das Wetter verrückt?, Echo der Zeit, Radio DRS 1, 14/08/2010.
Im Sommer steigt das Gesundheitsrisiko in Südeuropa deutlich an, Tagesanzeiger, 18/05/2010.
Mehr Hitzewellen erhöhen Gesundheitsrisiko, Radio interview in „Wissen aktuell“, Radio DRS 1, 18/05/2010.
Mediterranean most at risk from European heatwaves, Nature News, 17/05/2010.
Wo Hitzewellen vermehrt zum Gesundheitsrisiko werden könnten, ETH Life, 17/05/2010.
Climate change threatens health by Mediterranean, Reuters press release, 16/05/2010.
Die Zunahme lokaler Extremereignisse im Fokus, Handelszeitung, 08/07/2008.
Trockener Boden macht Bullenhitze, Deutschlandradio, 03/05/2007.
Extreme Vulkanausbrüche beeinflussten das Klima auch in Europa, Tagesanzeiger, 21/03/2007.

Oral presentations

Fischer, E.M., et al., 2013: The EASAC report on extreme weather in the context of the IPCC AR5, Release of EASAC report on Extreme Weather Events in Europe: preparing for climate change adaptation. Norwegian Academies of Science and Letters, Oslo, Norway, invited.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2013: Projections of temperature extremes: A plethora of uncertainties or do we know more than we think? Seminar, Met Office, Reading, UK, invited.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2013: Projections of temperature extremes: A plethora of uncertainties or do we know more than we think? Subdepartmental Seminar, AOPP, University of Oxford, UK, invited.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2013: Projections of temperature extremes: A plethora of uncertainties or do we know more than we think? Departmental Seminar, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, UK, invited.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2012: Robust joint projections for humidity and temperature extremes, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2012: Changes in European summer climate variability revisited, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2012: Uncertainties in model projections at regional and global scale, UZH/ETH Zurich Network for Interdisciplinary Climate Research, Workshop on uncertainty in climate change research, University of Zurich.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2011: European summer climate variability in a changing climate , WCRP Open Science Conference, Climate Research in Service to Society, Denver, USA.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2011: Contrasting urban and rural heat stress responses to climate change , WCRP Open Science Conference, Climate Research in Service to Society, Denver, USA.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2011: Consistent geographical patterns of changes in high-impact European heatwaves , MedCLIVAR Workshop, May 2011, Lecce, Italy invited.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2011: Different perspectives of the 2010 Russian heatwave and drought, May 2011, SwissRe, Zurich, invited.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2011: Summer heatwaves in a changing climate: physical mechanisms, projections, uncertainties and impacts, Seminar of the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Bern, CH, April 2011, invited.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2010: Quantifying uncertainties in future extremes - a perturbed land-surface parameter experiment, CESM/CCSM Swiss users workshop, Zurich.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2010: Consistent geographical patterns of changes in high-impact European heatwaves, European Science Foundation high-level research conference on "Extreme Environmental Events", Cambridge, UK, December 2010.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2010: High-impact European summer heatwaves in a changing climate, Annual Meeting of the European Meteorological Society, Zurich, CH, September 2010.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2010: Quantifying uncertainties in future extremes - a perturbed land-surface parameter experiment, CESM modelling workshop, Boulder, USA, July 2010.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2010: European summer heatwaves in a changing climate: physical mechanisms, projections, uncertainties and impacts, keynote talk at Extremes Workshop 2010, Diessenhofen, CH, June 2010, invited keynote speaker.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2010: High-impact European heatwaves in a changing climate, EGU General Assembly 2010, Vienna, Austria.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2009: High-impact European heatwaves in a changing climate, Keynote talk at Modelling Workshop 2009: Modelling & Understanding High Impact Weather, Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (CAWCR), Melbourne, AUS, invited.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2009: Quantifying uncertainties in extremes - a perturbed land-surface parameter experiment, Seminar, CSIRO, Aspendale, AUS, invited.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2009: Increasing risk of high-impact heat waves over densely populated European urban areas, Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC), University of New South Wales, Sidney, AUS, invited.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2009: Assessing risks of climate change: methods and perspectives, Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research, Bern, Switzerland.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2009: Quantifying uncertainties in extremes - a perturbed land-surface parameter experiment, CGD seminar, NCAR, CO, USA.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2009: Quantifying uncertainties in future extremes using a perturbed land surface parameter experiment, CCSM Workshop, Breckenridge, USA.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2009: Quantifying uncertainties in future extremes using a perturbed land surface parameter experiment, LMWG Meeting, Boulder, USA.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2009: Quantifying uncertainties in future extremes using a perturbed land surface parameter experiment, Seminar, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2009: Quantifying uncertainties in future extremes using a perturbed land surface parameter experiment, International Detection and Attribution Group (IDAG), Boulder, USA.
Fischer, E.M., and C. Schär, 2008: Daily temperature variability and its role for future changes in summer temperature extremes, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA.
Fischer, E.M., and C. Schär, 2008: Daily temperature variability and its role for future changes in summer temperature extremes, CCl/CLIVAR/JCOMM ETCCDI and ENSEMBLES Workshop: Extremes in a Changing Climate, KNMI, De Bilt, Netherlands.
Fischer, E.M., and C. Schär, 2008: Scenarios of subseasonal European heat waves and their relationship to changes in the seasonal cycle and daily temperature variability, EGU General Assembly 2008, Vienna, Austria.
Fischer, E.M., and C. Schär, 2008: Klimawandel und Extremereignisse, Symposium Warnsignal Klima: Gesundheitsrisiken für Pflanzen, Tiere und Menschen, University of Hamburg, Germany.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2008: Contribution of land--atmosphere coupling to recent European summer heat waves. Seminar of land surface modelling group, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, Reading, UK.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2008: The role of land--atmosphere interactions during recent European summer heat waves. IDAG Meeting, NCAR, Boulder, CO, USA.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2007: The contribution of land-atmosphere coupling to recent European summer heatwaves. IUGG General Assembly 2007, Perugia, Italy.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2007: The contribution of land-atmosphere coupling to recent European summer heatwaves. EGU General Assembly 2007, Vienna, Austria. [Abstract EGU2007-A-06475]
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2007: Land surface-atmosphere feedbacks during recent European summer heatwaves. 2nd ENSEMBLES Workshop on Climatic Extremes and Impacts, Riederalp, Riederalp, Switzerland.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2006: Land surface-atmosphere interactions during the 2003 European summer heatwave. Seminar of the Department for Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, invited.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2006: Soil moisture - atmosphere interactions during the 2003 European summer heatwave. 3rd ICTP Workshop on "The Theory and Use of Regional Climate Models", Trieste, Italy.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2006: Soil moisture - atmosphere interactions during the 2003 European summer heatwave. AMS 86th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2004: Atmospheric Circulation Changes and European Precipitation Anomalies Following Major Tropical Volcanic Eruptions over the Last 500 Years. EGU04-A-04218, EGU General Assembly 2004, Nice, France.
Fischer, E.M., et al., 2004: Regional and Seasonal Impact of Volcanic Eruptions on European Temperature over the Last Five Centuries. Jahresversammlung der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Meteorologie, Fribourg, Switzerland.
 

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