Lucas Pfister

PhD Student


+41 31 684 80 20
Universität Bern
Geographisches Institut
Hallerstrasse 12
CH-3012 Bern

Dynamical Downscaling and Data Assimilation in Central Europe Using the WRF Model

- Dynamical and statistical downscaling
- Data assimilation
- Climate variability on a daily to decadal scale
- Early instrumental meteorological data
- Historical weather events and their impacts on society

2014: BSc in Geography, University of Bern
2018: MSc in Geography, University of Bern
2018-2019 Research assistant in Climatology Group, University of Bern
since 2020: PhD-student in climate sciences at University of Bern

Pfister, L., Brönnimann, S., Schwander, M., Isotta, F. A., Horton, P., and Rohr, C. (2020): Statistical reconstruction of daily precipitation and temperature fields in Switzerland back to 1864, Clim. Past, 16, 663–678,

Brugnara, Y., Pfister, L., Villiger, L., Rohr, C., Isotta, F. A., and Brönnimann, S. (2020): Early instrumental meteorological observations in Switzerland: 1708–1873, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 1179–1190,

Pfister, L., F. Hupfer, Y. Brugnara, L. Munz, L. Villiger, L. Meyer, M. Schwander, F. A. Isotta, C. Rohr, and S. Brönnimann (2019): Early instrumental meteorological measurements in Switzerland, Clim. Past, 15, 1345–1361,

Brönnimann, S., Allan, R., et al. (2019): Unlocking Pre-1850 Instrumental Meteorological Records: A Global Inventory. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 100(12), ES389-ES413. American Meteorological Society 10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0040.1.

Stucki, P., M. Bandhauer, U. Heikkilä, O. Rössler, M. Zappa, L. Pfister, M. Salvisberg, P. Froidevaux, O. Martius, L. Panziera and S. Brönnimann (2018): Reconstruction and simulation of an extreme flood event in the Lago Maggiore catchment in 1868. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 18(10), 2717-2739,

Brönnimann, S., C. Rohr, P. Stucki, S. Summermatter, M. Bandhauer, Y. Barton, A. Fischer, P. Froidevaux, U. Germann, M. Grosjean, F. Hupfer, K. Ingold, F. Isotta, M. Keiler, O. Martius, M. Messmer, R. Mülchi, L. Panziera, L. Pfister, C. C. Raible, T. Reist, O. Rössler, V. Röthlisberger, S. Scherrer, R. Weingartner, M. Zappa, M. Zimmermann und A. P. Zischg (2018): 1868 – das Hochwasser, das die Schweiz veränderte. Ursachen, Folgen und Lehren für die Zukunft. Geographica Bernensia, G94, doi:10.4480/GB2018.G94.01.