Dr. Thomas Fischer


Eberhard Karls University Tübingen
Soil Science and Geomorphology
Rümelinstraße 19-23
D-72070 Tübingen

Office: Wiesbaden, Germany

Tel.: +49(0)7071-29-72-400

E-Mail: thomas.fischer.geospam prevention@gmx.de

ResearchGate: [Link]

Research Topics:

  • Climate Extremes
  • Climate Change and Climate Variability
  • Natural Catastrophes
  • Loss and Damages
  • Environment

Regional Interests:

  • China
  • South-East Asia
  • Europe




01/2013 - present

Adjunct faculty member, Department of Geosciences, Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany.

01/2011 - 01/2013 Ph.D. in Geography (Dr. rer. nat), Department of Geosciences, Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany. Research topic: Climate extremes in South China.
04/2003 - 05/2009 Diplom-Geography, Department of Geography, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. Research topic: Flood Risk Assessment in the Philippines.

Work Experience:

10/2013 - present

NatCat-Expert at R+V Re-Insurance, Wiesbaden, Germany

07/2009 - 10/2013 Expert for Environmental Statistics at the National Climate Centre of the China Meteorological Administration, Beijing, China
01/2008 - 07/2008

Research Assistant with GTZ EnRD’s Disaster Risk Management in the Eastern Visayas, Philippines

Academic Thesis:


Thomas Fischer: Spatio-Temporal Changes in Meteorological Dryness/Wetness Pattern and Hydrological Responses in South China. Dissertation, Universitätsbibliothek Tübingen, Eberhard Karls University, 01/2013, Tübingen, Germany. [Link]


Thomas Fischer: Flood Risks of the lower Pagsangaan River - A participative risk analysis of flooding in Ormoc City, Philippines. Diplomarbeit, Humboldt University, 02/2009, Berlin, Germany.


Peer reviewed Articles 2018

Buda Su, Jinlong Huang, Thomas Fischer, Yanjun Wang, Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz, Jianqing Zhai, Hemin Sun, Anqian Wang, Xiaofan Zeng, Guojie Wang, Hui Tao, Marco Gemmer, Xiucang Li, and Tong Jiang: Drought losses in China might double between the 1.5 °C and 2.0 °C warming. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) 10/2018; 1-6. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1802129115

Shanshan Wen, Yanjun Wang, Buda Su, Chao Gao, Xue Chen, Tong Jiang, Hui Tao, Thomas Fischer, Guojie Wang, Jianqing Zhai: Estimation of economic losses from tropical cyclones in China at 1.5C and 2.0C warming using the regional climate model COSMO-CLM. International Journal of Climatology 09/2018; 1–14. doi: 10.1002/joc.5838

Shanshan Wen, Buda Su, Yanjun Wang, Thomas Fischer, Xiucang Li, Yizhou Yin, Gao Chao, Run Wang, Tong Jiang: Economic sector loss from influential tropical cyclones and relationship to associated rainfall and wind speed in China. Global and Planetary Change 08/2018; 169. doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2018.08.004

Peer reviewed 2014 to 2017

Tong Jiang, Thomas Fischer, Xixi Lu, Hongming He: Concluding Remarks of Larger Asian Rivers 9: Hydroclimatic changes in a warming world. Quaternary International 09/2017; 453: 96-98. doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2017.08.057

Hui Tao, Thomas Fischer, Buda Su, Weiyi Mao, Tong Jiang, Klaus Fraedrich: Observed changes in maximum and minimum temperatures in Xinjiang autonomous region, China. International Journal of Climatology 06/2017; 37(15): 5120-5128. doi: 10.1002/joc.5149

Jinlong Huang, Jianqing Zhai, Tong Jiang, Yanjun Wang, Xiucang Li, Run Wang, Ming Xiong, Buda Su, Thomas Fischer: Analysis of future drought characteristics in China using the regional climate model CCLM. Climate Dynamics 03/2017; 50(10): 1-19. doi: 10.1007/s00382-017-3623-z

Yanjun Wang, Shanshan Wen, Xiucang Li, Fischer Thomas, Buda Su, Run Wang, Tong Jiang: Spatiotemporal distributions of influential tropical cyclones and associated economic losses in China in 1984–2015. Natural Hazards 08/2016; 84(3). doi: 10.1007/s11069-016-2531-6

Jinlong Huang, Yanjun Wang, Thomas Fischer, Buda Su, Xiucang Li, Tong Jiang: Simulation and projection of climatic changes in the Indus River Basin, using the regional climate model COSMO CLM. International Journal of Climatology 08/2016; 37(5). doi: 10.1002/joc.4864

Hui Tao, Thomas Fischer, Yan Zeng, Klaus Fraedrich: Evaluation of TRMM 3B43 Precipitation Data for Drought Monitoring in Jiangsu Province, China. Water 05/2016; 8(6): 221. doi: 10.3390/w8060221

Jianqing Zhai, Jinlong Huang, Buda Su, Lige Cao, Yanjun Wang, Tong Jiang, Thomas Fischer: Intensity–area–duration analysis of droughts in China 1960–2013. Climate Dynamics 03/2016; 48(1-2). doi: 10.1007/s00382-016-3066-y

Chao Gao, Mingtian Yao, Yanjun Wang, Jianqing Zhai, Buda Su, Thomas Fischer, Xiaofan Zeng, Wenpen Wang: Hydrological model comparison and assessment: criteria from catchment scales and temporal resolution. Hydrological Sciences Journal/Journal des Sciences Hydrologiques 07/2015; 61(10): 150709010722003. doi: 10.1080/02626667.2015.1057141

Tong Jiang, Thomas Fischer, Xi Xi Lu, Hongming He: Larger Asian rivers: Impacts from human activities and climate change. Quaternary International 06/2015; 380. doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2015.05.024

Thomas Fischer, Buda Su, Shanshan Wen: Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Economic Losses from Tropical Cyclones in Affected Provinces of China for the Last 30 Years (1984–2013). Natural Hazards Review 05/2015; doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)NH.1527-6996.0000186

Jian Huang, Hui Tao, Thomas Fischer, Xiangrong Wang: Simulated and projected climate extremes in the Tarim River Basin using the regional climate model CCLM. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 03/2015; 29(8). doi: 10.1007/s00477-015-1059-8

Buda Su, Mingjin Zhan, Jianqing Zhai, Yanjun Wang, Thomas Fischer: Spatio-temporal variation of haze days and atmospheric circulation pattern in China (1961–2013). Quaternary International 12/2014; 380. doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2014.11.044

Dildar Hussain Kazmi, Jianping Li, Ghulam Rasul, Jiang Tong, Gohar Ali, Sohail Babar Cheema, Luliu Liu, Marco Gemmer, Thomas Fischer: Statistical downscaling and future scenario generation of temperatures for Pakistan Region. Theoretical and Applied Climatology 05/2014; doi: 10.1007/s00704-014-1176-1

Before 2014

Thomas Fischer
, Christoph Menz, Buda Su, Thomas Scholten: Simulated and projected climate extremes in the Zhujiang River Basin, South China, using the regional climate model COSMO-CLM. International Journal of Climatology 11/2013; 33(14): 2988-3001. doi: 10.1002/joc.3643

Tong Jiang, Thomas Fischer, Xi Xi Lu: Larger Asian rivers: Changes in hydro-climate and water environments. Quaternary International 08/2013; 304: 1-4. doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2013.06.030

Lüliu Liu, Thomas Fischer, Tong Jiang, Yong Luo: Comparison of uncertainties in projected flood frequency of the Zhujiang River, South China. Quaternary International 08/2013; 304: 51-61. doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2013.02.039

Carmen Dienst, Clemens Schneider, Chun Xia, Mathieu Saurat, Thomas Fischer, Daniel Vallentin: On Track to Become a Low Carbon Future City? First Findings of the Integrated Status Quo and Trends Assessment of the Pilot City of Wuxi in China. Sustainability 08/2013; 5(8): 3224-3243. doi: 10.3390/su5083224

Thomas Fischer, Marco Gemmer, Buda Su, Thomas Scholten: Hydrological long-term dry and wet periods in the Xijiang River basin, South China. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 01/2013; 17(1): 135-148. doi: 10.5194/hess-17-135-2013

Tong Jiang, Thomas Fischer, Xixi Lu: Larger Asian rivers: Climate, water discharge, water and sediment quality. Quaternary International 12/2012; 282: 1–4. doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2012.07.031

Thomas Fischer, Marco Gemmer, Buda Su, Thomas Scholten: Long-term meteorological and hydrological dryness and wetness conditions in the Zhujiang River Basin, South China. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions 09/2012; 9(9): 10525-10562. doi: 10.5194/hessd-9-10525-2012

Thomas Fischer, Buda Su, Yong Luo, Thomas Scholten: Probability Distribution of Precipitation Extremes for Weather Index-Based Insurance in the Zhujiang River Basin, South China. Journal of Hydrometeorology 06/2012; 13(3): 1023-1037. doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-11-041.1

Thomas Fischer, Marco Gemmer, Lüliu Liu, Buda Su: Change-points in climate extremes in the Zhujiang River Basin, South China, 1961–2007. Climatic Change 02/2012; 110(3): 783-799. doi: 10.1007/s10584-011-0123-8

Marco Gemmer, Yizhou Yin, Yong Luo, Thomas Fischer: Tropical cyclones in China: County-based analysis of landfalls and economic losses in Fujian Province. Quaternary International 11/2011; 244(2): 169-177. doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2011.03.021

Tong Jiang, Thomas Fischer, Xixi Lu: Larger Asian rivers: Climate, hydrology and ecosystems. Quaternary International 11/2011; 244(2): 127-129. doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2011.06.031

Lüliu Liu, Zhaofei Liu, Xiyan Ren, Thomas Fischer, Ying Xu: Hydrological impacts of climate change in the Yellow River Basin for the 21st century using hydrological model and statistical downscaling model. Quaternary International 11/2011; 244(2): 211-220. doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2010.12.001

Thomas Fischer, Marco Gemmer, Liu Lüliu, Su Buda: Temperature and precipitation trends and dryness/wetness pattern in the Zhujiang River Basin, South China, 1961–2007. Quaternary International 11/2011; 244(2): 138-148. doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2010.08.010

Marco Gemmer, Thomas Fischer, Tong Jiang, Buda Su, Lü Liu Liu: Trends in Precipitation Extremes in the Zhujiang River Basin, South China. Journal of Climate 02/2011; 24(3): 750-761. doi: 10.1175/2010JCLI3717.1

Tong Jiang, Thomas Fischer, Xixi Lu: Larger Asian rivers: Climate change, river flow, and watershed management. Quaternary International 10/2010; 226(1): 1-3. doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2010.06.011

Thomas Fischer, Marco Gemmer, Buda Su, L.L.Liu: Trends in Monthly Temperature and Precipitation Extremes in the Zhujiang River Basin, South China (1961–2007). 09/2010; 1(2): 63-70. doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1248.2010.00063

Book chapters

Thomas Fischer: Extreme Dürren in China. In: Lozán, J. L., S.-W. Breckle, H. Graßl. D. Kasang & R. Weisse (Hrsg.). Warnsignal Klima: Extremereignisse. 09/2018; pp. 130-137. Online: www.klima-warnsignale.uni-hamburg.de.


Contributing Author to: Jiménez Cisneros, B.E., T. Oki, N.W. Arnell, G. Benito, J.G. Cogley, P. Döll, T. Jiang, and S.S. Mwakalila, 2014: Freshwater resources. In: Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Part A: Global and Sectoral Aspects. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Field, C.B., V.R. Barros, D.J. Dokken, K.J. Mach, M.D. Mastrandrea, T.E. Bilir, M. Chatterjee, K.L. Ebi, Y.O. Estrada, R.C. Genova, B. Girma, E.S. Kissel, A.N. Levy, S. MacCracken, P.R. Mastrandrea, and L.L. White (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA, pp. 229-269.

Buda Su, Feng  Tan, Yu  Fang, Thomas  Fischer, Mingjin Zhan: Weather Index Insurance and Commercial Applications in China. Chinese Research Perspectives on the Environment, Special Volume - Annual Report on Actions to Address Climate Change (2012), Edited by International Advisory Board Chinese Research Perspectives Online, WANG Weiguang, Zheng Guoguang, PAN Jiahua, 05/2014: chapter 11: pages 165-174; Brill Online. ISBN: 9789004274631, doi: 10.1163/9789004274648

Conference Contributions and Proceedings:

2008 to 2016

Thomas Fischer: Overview and Ideas on Index Insurance with Focus on Droughts in China. Presentation, Sino-German Symposium on Climatic Service Science: From Global General Climate Circulation Models to Adaptation Costs, GERICS, Climate Service Center, 11/2016, Hamburg, Germany.

Thomas Fischer, Tong Jiang, Buda Su, Jianqing Zhai: Simple Probability Estimation Of Drought Losses In China Based On Observed Events And Simulated/Projected SPI. Extended Abstract and Poster, 6th International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC), 08/2016, Davos, Switzerland, pp. 203-206.


Mathias Raschke, Silke Janouschkowetz, Thomas Fischer, Christian Simon: Estimation of earthquake risk curves of physical building damage. Poster, European Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology, 08/2014, Istanbul, Turkey.


Tong Jiang, Lucie Vaucel, Marco Gemmer, Thomas Fischer, Buda Su, Lige Cao, Xiucang Li: Weather index-based insurance in China: the challenges of dealing with data. Article and Presentation, 6th International Microinsurance Conference, 11/2010, Manila, Philippines.


Olaf Neussner, Allen Molen, Thomas Fischer: Using Geoinformation Technology for the Establishment of a Local Flood Early Warning System. Article and Presentation, Second International Conference of Geoinformation Technology for Natural Disaster Management and Rehabilitation, 12/2008, Bangkok, Thailand.