Jussi Grießinger

PD Dr. habil. Jussi Grießinger, Akad. ORat

Department Geographie und Geowissenschaften
Department of Geography

Room: Room 03.121
Wetterkreuz 15
91058 Erlangen


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Each week Tu, 13:00 - 14:00, Room 03.121, während der Vorlesungszeit. In der vorlesungsfreien Zeit Sprechstunde nur nach vorheriger persönlicher Vereinbarung.

High mountain areas are generally characterised by a high degree of spatio-temporal changes – through naturally induced processes such as  geomorphodynamics, but also through partly regionally specific individual land use systems (e.g. terrace systems) and location of settlement sites (e.g. on alluvial fans). These systems can react quickly to short-term changes, such as small-scale extreme events, hazardous events or slow changes in their environment, up to a certain point due to their partial high-grade adaptation to their environment. For abrupt, fast and above all meso-scale processes, such as  natural disasters like GLOF´s, land slides or the impact of large-scale recent climate change, the exposure to vulnerability increases considerably. Especially in remote (mountain) areas, however, reliable datasets as sources of information that adequately document changes in the climate system are often missing. On the interface between physical geography (e.g. information on palaeoclimatology/climatology in a region as a basis for quantifying climate and environmental change) and cultural geography (e.g. studies on the perception of environmental and climate change, adapted land use systems), joint investigations are necessary in order to be able to appropriately react to possible threats and changes.

My research interests are focused on the quantification and regionalization of climate change and its impact in various (high mountain) areas of the world. In doing so, my work is carried out across different scales, which are to be seen not only in a strict palaeoclimatological context (with a focus on proxy data sets derived by various tree-ring parameters, quantification on glacier dynamics and landscape history; climate variability since the MWP/ LIA), but also at the intersection between the period of available instrumental climate data and future periods of climate modelling. Especially the use of and comparison between climate proxy data and re-analysis data holds a great potential to crossvalidate and improve statements on climate and environmental change and resulting ecological reactions and adaptations in natural areas with spatially sparse and short-term climate datasets. In addition, there are far-reaching and well-founded starting points for works in hazard research, human-environment interactions and topics about securing livelihoods in habitats on the edge of ecumenism, which are highly sensitive to changes in their environment. Especially the use of different tree-ring parameters are a valuable tool to investigate the effect of environmental change on e.g adaptation strategies, potentials or threats to environements and land-use systems in various regions of the world. To this end, intensive cooperation is being established with the respective colleagues from human geography at our Institute (Prof. Dr. F. Krüger, Prof. Dr. P. Pohle).

summer term 2021 Full professor for climatology, University of Bayreuth, Institute of Geography

12/2019 Venia legendi for Physical Geography (Privatdozent)

11/2019 Habilitation in Physical Geography (facultas docendi for Physical Geography)

Title of Habilitation-thesis: Perspectives on climate variability and climate change in high-mountain ecosystems using tree-ring parameters. (Mentors: Prof. A. Bräuning, Prof. M. Braun, Prof. J. Böhner)

7/2016: Outstanding teaching award of the student council from the Institute of Geography, FAU

since 6/2016: Associate Professor / Akademischer Oberrat FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Institute of Geography. Head of Administration, Institute of Geography

4/2013-5/2016: Senior Scientist / Akademischer Rat FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Institute of Geography. Head of Administration, Institute of Geography

4/2009-3/2013: Senior Lecturer (LfbA) / Akademischer Rat FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Institute of Geography

10/2006-3/2009: Lecturer (LfbA) / Scientific Assistant FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Institute of Geography

10/2003-9/2006: Scientific employee (PhD-student) Research Centre of Jülich, Institute of Chemistry and Dynamics of the Geosphere (ICG-V), Department of Isotope-Geochemistry and Paleoclimate (Working Group Prof. G.H. Schleser)

Title of PhD-thesis: Investigations on the climate variability of the Tibetan plateau. A contribution on the basis of stable carbon and oxygen isotopes in tree-rings from subalpine trees (in German). University of Stuttgart (Advisors: Prof. Dr. W.D. Blümel, Prof. Dr. G.H. Schleser, Prof. Dr. A. Bräuning).

10/1996-4/2003: Study of Geography (Major, Diploma) Universities Stuttgart & Hohenheim; Minors: Geology, Soil sciences, Landscape planning, Landscape and plant ecology.

Title of Diploma thesis: Morphological development in the surroundings of the East-frisian island of Wangerooge: A GIS-based analysis. University of Stuttgart (Advisors: Prof. Dr. W.D. Blümel, Dr. C. Meyer; Dipl.-Ing. F. Ladage).


ORCID-ID: 0000-0001-6103-2071

Scopus Author ID: 15070397200

Web of Science Researcher ID: D-6318-2013

Reviewer for e.g. Nature, Nature Geoscience, Nature CC, Science, Scientific Reports, JGR-Atmosphere, Journal of Climate, Climate Dynamics, Trees – Structure and Function, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, GRL, Paleo-3, Quaternary International, Geographica Helvetica, Global and Planetary Change, Dendrochronologia, New Phytologist, Journal of Climate.


Peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and conference proceedings:


  • Grießinger, J., Meier, W. J.-H., Bast, A., Debel, A., Gärtner-Roer, I. & H. Gärtner (2021): Permafrost biases climate signals in δ18O tree-ring series from a sub-alpine tree stand in Val Bever. (Atmosphere / in review)
  • Yang, R.Q.; Zhao, F., Fan, Z.-X., Panthi, S., Fu, P.-L., Li, Z.-S., Grießinger, J. & A. Bräuning (2021): Recent growth decline of Abies delavayi is driven by stomatal responsiveness to warming climate in the Cangshan Mountain, southwestern China. (Tree Physiology / in review)
  • Ru, H., Zhu, H., Liang, E., Bräuning, A., Zhong, L., Xu, C., Feng, X., Asad, F., Sigdel, S.R. & J. Grießinger (2021): Contribution of winter precipitation to tree growth persists until the late growing season in the Karakoram of northern Pakistan. (Agricultural and Forest Meteorology / in review)
  • Bao, Y., Qin, C., Bräuning, A., Osborn, T.J., Trouet, V., Ljungqvist, F.C., Esper, J., Schneider, L., Grießinger, J., Büntgen, U., Rossi, S., Dong, G., Mi, Y., Ning, L., Wang, J., Wang, X., Wang, S., Luterbacher, J., Cook, E.R. & N.C. Stenseth (2021): Long-term decrease in Asian monsoon rainfall and abrupt climate change events over the past 6,700 years. PNAS – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (accepted)
  • Büntgen, U., Allen, K., Anchukaitis, K., Arseneault, D., Boucher, É., Bräuning, A., Chatterjee, S., Cherubini, P., Churakova, O.P., Corona, C., Gennaretti, F., Grießinger, J., Guillet, S., Guiot, J., Gunnarson, B., Helama, S., Hochreuther, P., Hughes, M.K., Huybers, P., Kirdyanov, A.V., Krusic, P.J., Ludescher, J., Meier, W.J.-H., Myglan, V.S., Nicolussi, K., Oppenheimer, C., Reinig, F., Salzer, M.W., Seftigen, K., Stine, A.R., Stoffel, M., St. George, S., Tejedor, E., Trevino, A., Trouet, V., Wang, J., Wilson, R., Yang, B., Xu, G. &  J. Esper (2021): The influence of decision-making in tree ring-based climate reconstructions. Nature Communications (accepted).
  • Zhu, H., Huang, R., Asad, F., Liang, E., Bräuning, A., Zhang, X., Dawadi, B., Man, W. & J. Grießinger (2021): Unexpected climate variability inferred from a 380-year tree-ring earlywood oxygen isotope record in the Karakoram, Northern Pakistan. Climate Dynamics 2021, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-021-05736-6.
  • Grießinger, J., Meier, W. J.-H. & P. Hochreuther (2021): Decreasing water availability as a threat for traditional irrigation-based land-use systems in the Mustang Himalaya/Nepal. In: Schickhoff, U., Singh, R.B. & S. Mal (eds.): Mountain Landscapes in Transition: Effects of land-use and climate change. Springer Sustainable Development Goals Series (in press / klick for link to Springer).
  • Arsalani, M., Grießinger, J., Pourthamasi, K. & A. Bräuning (2021): Multi-centennial reconstruction of drought events in south-western Iran using tree rings of Mediterranean cypress (Cupressus sempervirens L.). Palaeo-3: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 587, 110256. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2021.110296


  • Landshuter, N., Mölg, T., Grießinger, J., Bräuning, A. & T. Peters (2020): 10-year characteristics of moisture source regions and their potential effect on seasonal isotopic signatures of δ18O in tropical trees of southern Ecuador. Frontiers in Earth Science (accepted). https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2020.604804 
  • He, M., Bräuning, A., Rossi, S., Gebrekirstos, A., Grießinger, J. & C. Mayr (2020): No evidence for carryover effect in tree rings based on a pulse-labelling experiment on Juniperus communis in South Germany. Trees (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00468-020-02051-1
  • Aryal, S., Häusser, M., Grießinger, J., Fan, Z.-X., & A. Bräuning (2020): “dendRoAnalyst”: A tool for processing and analysing dendrometer data. Dendrochronologia 64, 125772 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dendro.2020.125772
  • Meier, W.J-H., Aravena, J., Hochreuther, P., Soto-Rogél, P., Jana, R., Braun, M.H. & J. Grießinger (2020): A tree-ring δ18O series from southernmost Fuego‑Patagonia is recording flavors of the Antarctic Oscillation. Global and Planetary Change 195 (2020), 103302. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2020.103302
  • Foroozan, P., Grießinger, J., Pourtahmasi, K. &  A. Bräuning (2020): A 501 year spring precipitation reconstruction for the semi-arid northern Iran derived from tree-ring δ18O data. Atmosphere 11(9), 889. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11090889
  • Soto-Rogél, P., Aravena, J.C., Meier, W. J.-H., Gross, P., Pérez, C., González-Reyes, A. & J. Grießinger (2020): Impact of extreme weather events on aboveground net primary productivity and sheep production in the Magellan region, southernmost Chilean Patagonia. Geosciences 10(8), 318. https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences10080318
  • Bräuning, A. & J. Grießinger (2020): Welche Umweltinformationen können aus Jahrringen von Bäumen abgeleitet werden? In: J.L. Lozán, E.W. Breckle, H. Escher-Vetter, H. Grassl, D. Kasang, F. Paul & U. Schickhoff (Eds.): Warnsignal Klima: Hochgebirge im Wandel: 23-27.
  • Schneider, C., Braun, M.H., Grießinger, J. & G. Cassassa (2020): Editorial: Climate Impacts on Glaciers and Biosphere in Fuego-Patagonia. Frontiers in Earth Sciences 8:91. https://doi.org/ 10.3389/feart.2020.00091 
  • Aryal, S., Gaire, N.P., Pokhrel, N.R., Rana, P., Sharma, B., Kharal, D.K., Poudel, B.S., Dyola, N., Fan, Z.-X., Grießinger, J. & A. Bräuning (2020): Spring season in western Nepal Himalaya is not yet warming: A 400-year temperature reconstruction based on tree-ring widths of Himalayan Hemlock (Tsuga dumosa). Atmosphere 11(2), 132. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11020132
  • Grießinger, J., Meier, W. J.-H. & P. Hochreuther (2020): Decreasing water availability as a threat for traditional irrigation-based land-use systems in the Mustang Himalaya/Nepal. In: Schickhoff, U., Singh, R.B. & S. Mal (eds.): Mountain Landscapes in Transition: Effects of land-use and climate change. Springer Sustainable Development Goals Series (in press).


  • Fan, Z.-X., Bräuning, A., Fu, P.-L., Yang, R.-Q., Qi, J.-H.,  Grießinger, J. & A. Gebrekirstos (2019): Intra-annual radial growth of Pinus kesiya var. liangbianensis is mainly controlled by moisture availability in the Ailao Mountains, southwestern China. Forests 10(10), 899. doi:10.3390/f10100899.
  • Meier, W.J.-H., Aravena, J.C., Grießinger, J., Hochreuther, P., Soto-Rogel, P., Zhu, H., De Pol-Holz, R., Schneider, C. & M.H. Braun (2019): Late Holocene glacier fluctuations of Glacier Schiaparelli at Monte Sarmiento Massif, Tierra del Fuego (54°24′S). Geosciences 9(8), 340. doi:10.3390/geosciences9080340.
  • Foroozan, Z., Grießinger, J., Pourthamasi, K. & Bräuning, A. (2019): Evaluation of different pooling methods to establish a multi-century δ18O chronology for paleoclimate reconstruction. Geosciences 9(6), 270. doi:10.3390/geosciences9060270.
  • Huang, R., Zhu, H., Liang, E., Grießinger, J., Dawadi, B. & A. Bräuning (2019): High-elevation shrub-ring δ18O on the northern slope of the central Himalayas records summer (May–July) temperatures. Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology 524 (2019): 230-239. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2019.03.038.
  • Grießinger, J., Bräuning, A., Helle, G., Schleser, G.H., Hochreuther, P., Meier, W.J-H. & H. Zhu (2019): A Dual Stable Isotope Approach Unravels Common Climate Signals and Species-Specific Responses to Environmental Change Stored in Multi-Century Tree-Ring Series from the Tibetan Plateau. Geosciences 9(4):151. doi:10.3390/geosciences9040151.
  • Huang, R., Zhu, H., Liang, E., Azad, F. & J. Grießinger (2019): A tree-ring–based summer (June–July) minimum temperature reconstruction for the western Kunlun Mountains since AD 1681. Theoretical and Applied Climatology. doi:10.1007/s00704-019-02849-1
  • Huang, R., Zhu, H., Liang, E., Liu, B., Shi, J., Zhang, R. & J. Grießinger (2019): A tree-ring based winter temperature reconstruction on the southeastern Tibetan plateau since 1365 CE. Climate Dynamics. doi:10.1007/s00382-019-04695-3
  • Wernicke, J., Stark, G., Wang, L., Grießinger, J., & A. Bräuning (2019): Air moisture signals in a stable oxygen isotope chronology of dwarf shrubs from the central Tibetan Plateau. Annals of Botany 124 (1):53-64. doi:10.1093/aob/mcz030.
  • He, M., Yang, B., Bräuning, A., Rossi, S., Ljungqvist, F.C., Shishov, V., Grießinger, J., Wang, J., Liu, J. & C. Qin (2019): Recent advances in dendroclimatology in China. Earth-Science Reviews. Accepted & in press. doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2019.02.012
  • Zhu, H., Shao, X., Zhang, H., Asad, F., Sigdel, S.R., Huang, R., Li, Y., Liu, W., Muhammad, S., Hussain, I., Grießinger, J. & E. Liang (2019): Trees record changes of the temperate glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau: potential and uncertainty. Global and Planetary Change 173 (2019): 15-23. doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2018.12.004
  • Huang, R., Zhu, H., Liang, E., Grießinger, J., Wernicke, J., Yu, W., Hochreuther, P., Risi, C., Zeng, Y., Fremme, A., Sodemann, H. & A. Bräuning (2019): Temperature signals in tree-ring oxygen isotope series from the northern slope of the Himalayas. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 506 (2019):45-465. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2018.11.002


  • Buentgen, U., Wacker, L., Galvan, D., Arnold, S., Arseneault, D., Baillie, M., Beer, J., Bernabei, M., Bleicher, N., Boswijk, G., Bräuning, A., Carrer, M., Ljungqvist, F., Cherubini, P., Christl, M., Christie, D., Clark, P., Cook, E., D’Arrigo, R., Davi, N., Eggertsson, O., Esper, J., Fowler, A., Gedalof, Z., Gennaretti, F., Grießinger, J., Grissino-Mayer, H., Grudd, H., Gunnarson, B., Hantemirov, R.,Herzig, F., Hessl, A., Heussner, K.-U., Jull, T., Kukarskih, V., Kirdyanov, A.,  Kolar, T., Krusic, P., Kyncl, T., Lara, A., LeQuesne, C., Linderholm, H., Loader, N., Luckman, B., Miyake, F., Myglan, V., Nicolussi, K., Oppenheimer, C., Palmer, J., Panyushkina, I., Pederson, N., Rybnicek, M., Schweingruber, F., Seim, A., Sigl, M., Churakova, O., Speer, J., Synal, H.-A., Tegel, W.,  Treydte, K., Villalba, R., Wiles, G., Wilson, R.,  Winship, L., Wunder, J., Yang, B. & G. Young (2018): Tree rings reveal globally coherent signature of cosmogenic radiocarbon events in 774 and 993 CE. Nature Communications 9, 3605 (2018). doi:10.1038/s41467-018-06036-0
  • Meier, W. J-H., Hochreuther, P., Grießinger, J., & M.H. Braun (2018): An updated multi-temporal glacier inventory for the Patagonian Andes with changes between the Little Ice Age and 2016. Frontiers in Earth Sciences 6:62. doi: 10.3389/feart.2018.00062
  • Grießinger, J., Langhamer, L., Schneider, C., Saß, B.L., Steger, D., Skvarca, P., Braun, M.H., Meier, W.J.-H., Srur, A.M. & P. Hochreuther (2018): Imprints of climate signals in a 204 year δ18O tree-ring record of Nothofagus pumilio from Perito Moreno Glacier, southern Patagonia (50°S). Frontiers in Earth Sciences 6:27. doi:10.3389/feart.2018.00027
  • He, M., Bräuning, A., Grießinger, J., Hochreuther, P. & J. Wernicke (2018): May–June drought reconstruction over the past 821 years on the south-central Tibetan Plateau derived from tree-ring width. Dendrochronologia 47:48-57. doi:10.1016/j.dendro.2017.12.006
  • He, M., Yang, B., Shishov, V., Rossi, S., Bräuning, A., Ljungqvist, F.C. & J. Grießinger (2018): Relationships between Wood Formation and Cambium Phenology on the Tibetan Plateau during 1960–2014. Forest Ecology & Management 9(2) 86. doi:10.3390/f9020086.


  • He, M., Yang, B., Shishov, V., Rossi, S., Bräuning, A., Ljungqvist, F.C. & J. Grießinger (2017): Projections for the changes in growing season length of tree-ring formation on the Tibetan Plateau based on CMIP5 model simulations. International Journal of Biometeorology. doi:10.1007/s00484-017-1472-4
  • Yang, B., He, M., Shishov, V., Tychkov, I., Vaganov, E., Rossi, S., Ljungqvist, F.C., Bräuning, A. & J. Grießinger (2017): A new perspective on spring vegetation phenology and global climate change based on Tibetan plateau tree-ring data. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences PNAS 114(27):6966-6971. doi:10.1073/pnas.1616608114
  • He, M., Shishov, V., Kaparova, N., Yang, B., Bräuning, A. & J. Grießinger (2017): Process-based modeling of tree-ring formation and its relationships with climate on the Tibetan plateau. Dendrochronologia (2017), 42:31-41. doi:10.1016/j.dendro.2017.01.002
  • Hochreuther, P., Wernicke, J., Grießinger, J., & A. Bräuning (2017): On the influence of autocorrelation on the significance of wavelet spectral peaks. TRACE – Tree Rings in Archaeology, Climatology and Ecology, Vol. 15:54-58. Scientific Technical Report STR 17/04, Potsdam. doi:10.2312/GFZ.b103-17040.
  • Wernicke, J., Hochreuther, P., Grießinger, J., Zhu, H., Wang, L. & A. Bräuning (2017): Multi-century humidity reconstructions from the southeastern Tibetan Plateau inferred from tree-ring δ18O. Global and Planetary Change (2017), 149:26-35. doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2016.12.013
  • Fu, P.-L., Grießinger, J., Gebrekirstos, A., Fan, Z.-X. & A. Bräuning (2017): Earlywood and latewood stable carbon and oxygen isotope variations in two pine species in southwestern China during the recent decades. Frontiers in Plant Sciences 7:2050. doi:10.3389/fpls.2016.02050
  • Grießinger, J., Helle, G., Hochreuther, P., Schleser, G.H. & A. Bräuning (2017): Late Holocene relative humidity history on the southeastern Tibetan plateau inferred from a tree-ring δ18O record: recent decrease and conditions during the last 1,500 years. Quaternary International 430(2017):52-59. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2016.02.011.
  • Wernicke, J., Hochreuther, P., Grießinger, J., Zhu, H., Wang, L. & A. Bräuning (2017): Air mass signals in δ18O of tree-ring cellulose revealed by back-trajectory modeling at the monsoonal Tibetan plateau. International Journal of Biometeorology doi:10.1007/s00484-016-1292-y
  • Huang, R., Zhu, H., Liu, X., Liang, E., Grießinger, J., Bräuning, A., Li, X. & G. Wu (2017): Does increasing intrinsic water use efficiency (iWUE) stimulate tree growth at natural alpine timberline on the southeastern Tibetan Plateau? Global and Planetary Change (2017), 148:217-226. doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2016.11.017


  • Hochreuther, P., Wernicke, J., Grießinger J., Mölg, T., Zhu, H., Wang, L., & A. Bräuning (2016): Influence of the Indian Ocean Dipole on tree-ring δ18O of monsoonal Southeast Tibet. Climatic Change 2016. doi:10.1007/s10584-016-1663-8
  • Titz, A., Grießinger, J. & S. Raven (2016): Naturgefahren und Naturgefahrenmanagement im Oberen Paznauntal/Tirol. Mitteilungen der Fränkischen Geographischen Gesellschaft Bd. 61/62:47-60.
  • Bräuning, A., Grießinger, J., Hochreuther, P. & J. Wernicke (2016): Dendroecological perspectives on climate change on the southern Tibetan plateau. In: Singh, E.D., Schickhoff, U. & Mal, S. (Eds.) (2016): Dynamics of Climate, Glaciers and Vegetation in the Himalaya: Contributions towards future Earth initiatives, pp. 347-364, Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-28977-9_17


  • Wernicke, J., Grießinger, J., Hochreuther, P. & A. Bräuning (2015): Variability of summer humidity during the past 800 years on the eastern Tibetan Plateau inferred from δ18O of tree-ring cellulose. Climate of the Past 11: 327-337, 2015. doi:10.5194/cp-11-327-2015
  • Hochreuther, P.,Loibl, D., Wernicke, J., Zhu, H., Grießinger J. & A. Bräuning (2015): Ages of major Little Ice Age glacier fluctuations on the southeastern Tibetan plateau derived from tree-ring based moraine dating. Palaeogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology 422 (2015): 1-10. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.01.002
  • Wernicke, J., Hochreuther, P., Grießinger, J., Zhu, H., Wang, L. & A. Bräuning (2015): Hydroclimatic variability of the Tibetan plateau during the last Millenium. TRACE – Tree Rings in Archaeology, Climatology and Ecology, Vol. 13: 42-48, GFZ Potsdam, Scientific Technical Report STR 15/06, Potsdam. doi:10.2312/GFZ.b103-15069
  • Hochreuther, P., Loibl, D., Wernicke, J., Grießinger, J., Zhu, H. & A. Bräuning.(2015): Tree-ring dating of lateral and terminal Little Ice Age moraines of four glaciers in southeast Tibet. TRACE – Tree Rings in Archaeology, Climatology and Ecology, Vol. 13: 116-122, GFZ Potsdam, Scientific Technical Report STR 15/06, Potsdam. doi:10.2312/GFZ.b103-15069


  • Qin, C., Yang, B., Bräuning, A., Grießinger, J. & J. Wernicke (2014): Drought signals in tree-ring stable oxygen isotope series of Qilian juniper from the arid northeast Tibetan plateau. Global and Planetary Change (2014), doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2014.12.002.
  • Wernicke, J., Grießinger, J., Hochreuther, P. & A. Bräuning (2014): Variability of summer humidity during the past 800 years on the eastern Tibetan Plateau inferred from δ18O of tree-ring cellulose. Climate of the Past Discussions 10, 3327-3356. doi:10.5194/cpd-10-3327-2014
  • Loibl, D., Lehmkuhl, F. & J. Grießinger (2014): Reconstructing glacier retreat since the Little Ice Age in SE Tibet by glacier mapping and equilibrium line altitide calculation. Geomorphology 214:22-39, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.03.018.
  • Liu, X., Xu, G., Grießinger, J., An, W., Wang, W., Zeng, X., Wu, G. & D. Qin (2014): A shift in cloud cover over the southeastern Tibetan Plateau since 1600: evidence from regional tree-ring δ18O and its linkages to tropical oceans. Quaternary Science Reviews Vol. 88:55-68. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.01.009.


  • Hochreuther, P., Münchow, J., Grießinger, J. & A. Bräuning (2013): Relationships between ring width and maximum lacewood density – an example from southeast Tibet. TRACE – Tree Rings in Archaeology, Climatology and Ecology, Vol. 11: 10-13, GFZ Potsdam, Scientific Technical Report STR 14/03, Potsdam


  • Grießinger, J. & A. Bräuning (2012): Asian Summer Monsoon history in southern Tibet for the late Holocene : Results from a network of tree-ring isotope chronologies. Journal of Nepal Geological Society 45: 70-71.
  • Hochreuther, P., Grießinger, J. & A. Bräuning (2012): Preliminary results from ring width and latewood density measurements from the southeast Tibetan plateau, China. TRACE – Tree Rings in Archaeology, Climatology and Ecology, Vol. 10: 20-27, GFZ Potsdam, Scientific Technical Report STR 12/03, Potsdam. doi: 10.2312/GFZ.b103-12036

2011 and earlier

  • Grießinger, J., Bräuning, A., Helle, G., Thomas, A. & G.H. Schleser (2011): Late Holocene Asian summer monsoon variability reflected by δ18O in tree‐rings from Tibetan junipers. Geophysical Research Letters 38, , L03701, doi:10.1029/2010GL045988, 2011.
  • Grießinger, J., Bräuning, A., Helle, G., Thomas, A. & G.H. Schleser (2009): 800 years of tree-ring δ18O reflect variability of precipitation in southeastern Tibet. TRACE – Tree Rings in Archaeology, Climatology and Ecology, Vol. 7: 90-94, GFZ Potsdam, Scientific Technical Report STR 09/03, Potsdam.
  • Grießinger, J., Bräuning, A.,Thomas, A. & G. H. Schleser (2008): Stable oxygen isotopes in juniper trees from the Tibetan plateau as a proxy for monsoonal activity. TRACE – Tree Rings in Archaeology, Climatology and Ecology. Vol. 6:92-95, GFZ Potsdam Scientific Technical Report STR 08/05.
  • Bräuning, A. & Grießinger, J. (2006): Late Holocene variations in monsoon intensity in the Tibetan Himalayan Region – Evidence from tree rings. Journal of the Geological Society of India 68 (3): 485-493


Monographies & Others:

  • Krüger, F. & Grießinger, J. (Eds.) (2015): 24 Tage durch Mosambik und Südafrika. Roadbook zur Großen Exkursion. Wissenschaftliche Themen und Reiseberichte.
  • Grießinger, J. & Titz, A. (Eds.) (2012): Exkursionsführer Wallis 2012. Ergebnisse des Kleinen Geländeseminars für Fortgeschrittene .
  • Grießinger, J. & Peters, T. (Eds.) (2011): Exkursionsführer Finnland 2010. Ergebnisse des Großen Geländeseminars Finnland 2011
  • Krüger, F. & Grießinger, J. (Eds.) (2010): 24 Tage durch Botswana & Samibia 2010. Roadbook zur Großen Exkursion. Wissenschaftliche Themen und Reiseberichte.
  • Grießinger, J. (Ed.) (2009): Karwendel – Exkursion für Fortgeschrittene 2009.
  • Grießinger, J. & Gerique, A. (Eds.) (2009): Kleine Exkursion Bayerisches Vorplanend 2009
  • Grießinger, J. (2008): Untersuchungen zur Klimavariabilität auf dem Tibetischen Plateau – Ein Beitrag auf der Basis stabiler Kohlenstoff- und Sauerstoffisotopen in Jahrringen von Bäumen waldgrenznaher Standorte. Dissertation Universität Stuttgart, Schriften des Forschungszentrums Jülich . Reihe Energie & Umwelt / Energy & Environment 19.
  • Grießinger, J. (2002): Großräumige morphologische Entwicklung im Umfeld der ostfriesischen Insel Wangerooge – Konsequenzen für zukünftige Inselschutzkonzepte. Eine GIS-gestützte Analyse. (Diplomarbeit, Geographisches Institut der Universität Stuttgart).


Poster presentations:

  • Meier, W., Wernicke, J., Braun, M., Aravena, J., Jana, R., Grießinger, J. (2016): Climate variability reflected by tree-ring width and δ18O in a heavily glaciated area of the Patagonian Andes since the Little Ice Age. AGU Fall Meeting 2016, San Francisco, USA.
  • Grießinger, J., Hochreuther, P., Loibl, D.,  Zhu, H., Bräuning, A. (2015): Late Holocene monsoonal dynamics in SE-Tibet derived from glacial evidence and tree-ring δ18O. AAG Annual Meeting 2015, Chicago, USA.
  • Hochreuther, P., Grießinger, J., Wernicke, J., Zhu, H., Bräuning, A. (2014): Reaction of monsoonal temperate valley glaciers in southeast Tibet to climate change inferred from tree-ring proxies. EGU General Assembly 2014, Wien, März 2014.Loibl, D., Grießinger, J. & F. Lehmkuhl (2014): Glacier retreat since the Little Ice Age in the eastern Nyainqêntanglha Range, southeastern Tibet. EGU General Assembly 2014, Wien, März 2014.
  • Wernicke, J., Grießinger, J., Hochreuther, P., Zhu, H., Wang, L. & Bräuning, A. (2014): Hydroclimatic reconstructions and variability research on the Tibetan plateau inferred from d18O in tree-ring cellulose. CAME/CLASH Meeting, Frankfurt, März 2014.
  • Hochreuther, P., Grießinger, J. & Bräuning, A. (2013): Gletscherdynamik in Südosttibet – eine dendroklimatologische Studie. Arbeitskreis Hochgebirge General Assembly, Bonn, März 2013.
  • Hochreuther, P., Grießinger, J. & Bräuning, A. (2012): Deconstruction of ring width- and wood density relationships – a case study from the southeastern Tibetan plateau.” Tree Rings in Archaeology, Climatology and Ecology (TRACE) 2012, Potsdam, April 2012.
  • Hochreuther, P., Grießinger, J. & Bräuning, A. (2012): Accessing glacial history through tree rings – a case study from southeast Tibet. International Geographic Congress (IGC) 2012, Köln, Oktober 2012.
  • Grießinger, J., Bräuning, A. & Schleser, G.H. (2007): Stable oxygen isotopes in juniper and spruce trees from the Tibetan plateau. TRACE – Tree Rings in Archaeology, Climatology and Ecology (Poster). Mai 2007, Riga, Lettland.
  • Grießinger, J., Bräuning, A. & Schleser, G.H. (2004): Isotope studies along a high-elevation transect on the Tibetan Plateau. TRACE- Tree Rings in Archaeology, Climatology and Ecology. April 2004, Birmensdorf, Switzerland.
  • Grießinger, J., & Bräuning, A. (2004): Isotopenphysikalische Untersuchungen an tibetischen Waldgrenzstandorten zur Analyse der Monsunvariabilität in den letzten 2000 Jahren. Arbeitskreis Hochgebirge, Januar 2004, Giessen.

Lectures and seminars:
  • SoSem 2017 (2 LV´s): Seminar Geomorphology, Regional Seminar Finland, Excursion Finland (together with Dr. T. Peters)
  • WS 2016/2017 (1 LV): Seminar Interpretation of topographic maps
  • SoSem 2016 (3 LV´s): Regional Seminar Excursion “Wadden Sea”; Excursion Wadden Sea; Repetitoria Physical Geography
  • WS 2015/2016 (2 LV´s): Lecture High Mountain Geography; Seminar Interpretation of topographic maps
  • SoSem 2015 (2 LV´s): Science seminar Africulture together with Prof. F. Krüger & Dr. A. Titz); Field work for Beginners 
  • WS 2014/2015 (4 LV´s): Science seminar Africulture (gemeinsam mit Prof. F. Krüger & Dr. A. Titz); Exkursion seminar Nepal (together with  Dr. A. Titz); Excursion Nepal (gemeinsam mit Dr. A. Titz); Lecture Introduction into Physical Geography
  • for informations on my teaching before WS 2014/2015 please visit www.univis.fau.de

my research interests include a broad variety in human-environment interactions in High Mountain Areas and/or semi-arid areas, High Asia, Patagonia, natural hazards, hazards in high mountain areas, water cycle, tree-physiology (adaptability towards stressors)

Research interests and focii

Regional focus

  • South- and High Asia with focus on the Tibetan Plateau & Nepal
  • South America: Patagonia
  • Africa (Botsuana, Namibia)

Methodological focus

  • Palaoclimatology / Dendroecology / Dendroclimatology
  • Stable isotopes in enviromental research (C, O, D/H)
  • Atmosphere- biosphere dynamics
  • Geomorphology & landscape history
  • climatically induced research on natural hazards

Research themes and -interests

  • Climate variability and climate change in high mountain ecosystems
  • Landscape history of High Asia
  • Climate change and natural hazards
  • Human-Environment interactions in high mountains and semi-arid areas Investigations on the potential, risk and adaptability of tree species to environmental stress and change


Running research projects

  • AVOID – Adaptation and vulnerability of Nothofagus forests to drought-induced risks and disasters in Central and Southern Chile. (funded by BMBF 2019-2022). In cooperation with the Chilean universities of Universidad Austral de Chile/Valdivia, Pontifica Universidad Católica de Valparaíso/Valparaíso and Universidad de Magallanes/Punta Arenas.
  • YunForest – Growth and physiological reactions of different forest types to climate change along different latitudinal and altitudinal transects in Southwest-China (Yunnan). (funded by German Research Foundation DFG 2019-2022)


Former research projects

  • KLIGAnd – Climate reconstruction, ice dynamics and geodetic glacier mass balances in the southern Andes (funded by BMBF 2015-2019) within the chilean-german bundle project  “Responses of Glaciers, Biosphere and Hydrology to climate variability and climate change across the Southern Andes (GABY-VASA)”
  • NepalRing (Projektförderung durch das BMBF 2015-2017)Monsoonal variations and climate change during the late Holocene derived from tree rings and glacier fluctuations. (Projektförderung durch die DFG 2011-2015)
  • Monsoon Variability, Climate Change, Tree-Ecology and sustainable land use in the Ailao Shan Mountains, China. (Projektförderung durch die Robert-Bosch-Stiftung 2010-2014)
  • Klimawandel als Ursache für tiefgreifende hydrologische Änderungen im Oberen Mustang/Nepal (Projektförderung durch die Schmauser-Stiftung 2015-2016)
  • CLASH – Climate variability and landscape dynamics in SE-Tibet and the eastern Himalaya during the late Holocene reconstructed from tree rings, soils and climate modelling. (Projektförderung durch das BMBF 2011-2014)
  • ClimRol – Climate Change in the Rolwaling-Himalaya/Nepal for the past centuries. (Projektförderung durch die Bayerische Forschungsallianz 2014)




betreut werden: BSc, MSc, Zulassungsarbeiten LAG, LARS und LAGH

Themenvorschläge Abschlussarbeiten
Aktuell werden AbsolventInnen aller Studienrichtungen  gesucht, die sich für Themen zur Landschafts- und Klimageschichte  sowie zu Naturgefahren in Hoch- und Südasien (Himalaya, Pamir, Karakorum, Tien-Shan und das Tibet-Plateau) und den Alpen interessieren. Der Schwerpunkt liegt hierbei zum Einen in Literaturarbeiten zu den genannten Themen (Stand der Forschung, rezente Entwicklungen, aktuelle Fallbeispiele zum Georisiko und Georisikomanagement in Hochgebirgsregionen, Hazardforschung) als auch Arbeiten zu glaziologischen und paläoklimatischen Themenbereichen (Paläoklimaforschung, Klimafolgenforschung, Fernerkundung) in den genannten Naturräumen. Letztere Themenkomplexe werden dabei unter Co-Betreuung von Prof. Matthias Braun (GIS/Fernerkundung) und Prof. Achim Bräuning (Paläoklima) bearbeitet. Weiterführende Informationen sowie eine regionale und inhaltliche Eingrenzung der allgemein genannten Themen erhalten Interessierte nach Voranmeldung in meiner Sprechstunde.

Aktuell zu vergebende Themen:

  • (Klima-)Informationsverlust durch Schneitelung? Wie wirkt sich intensive anthropogene Nutzung auf die δ13C und δ18O-Signaturen im Jahrring aus?



  • Britta Hafenecker (2010): Verwertungsmöglichkeiten von Grünschnitt aus Naturschutz- und Landschaftspflegemaßnahmen im Raum Nürnberg Süd. (Zweitgutachter; Erstgutachter Prof. R. Bäumler).
  • Dirk Haas (2011): Integration und Management heterogener jahrringökologischer Datensätze durch die Generierung einer relationalen Datenbank. (Zweitgutachter, Erstgutachter Prof. A. Bräuning).
  • Martin Grünbeck (2012): Auf dem Weg zur nachhaltigen Stadtentwicklung – Grundlagen, Handlungsbedarf und Visionen auf Basis aktueller Praxisbeispiele. (Zweitgutachter; Erstgutachter Prof. R. Bäumler).
  • Michael Schwinn (2012): GIS-gestützte Modellierung von Gefahrenzonen durch gravitative Massenbewegungen an den Verkehrswegen um Loja, Südecuador – Eine vergleichende geomorphologische Studie als Beitrag zur geographischen Hazardforschung. (Zweitgutachter; Erstgutachter Prof. R. Bäumler).
  • Katarzyna Gabrys (2012): Vergleiche der Bodenbildungen an West- und Osthängen im Bereich der Nördlichen Frankenalb (Hetzleser Berg). (Zweitgutachter; Erstgutachter Prof. R. Bäumler)
  • Tanja Häfner (2012): Raumanalyse zur Ermittlung und Beurteilung von Konversionsflächen/Freiflächen im Landkreis Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz zur Umnutzung mit Erneuerbaren Energieträgern. (Zweitgutachter; Erstgutachter Prof. R. Bäumler).



  • Michael Neumann (2010): Erstellung und Umsetzung eines GPS-gestützten Wanderführers mit Hilfe des Software Programmes ArcGIS 9.3.1. (Zweitgutachter; Erstgutachter Prof. A. Bräuning)
  • Thorsten Lajoie (2012): Stabile Sauerstoffisotope zur Untersuchung der Permafrostdynamik in einem subalpinen Lärchenbestand im Val Bever/Schweiz.
  • Jasmin Arnhardt (2013): Der Klimawandel im Hochgebirge und seine Auswirkungen am Beispiel des Gletscherwandels im Himalaya und Karakorum.
  • Tilman Kiesel (2013): Die Entwicklung der Schweizer Gletscher unter dem Einfluss des Klimawandels. Eine Analyse regionaler Vergletscherung seit 1850.
  • Susanne Schindler (2013): Die samische Rentierwirtschaft in Skandinavien – Ihre Veränderungen, Probleme und Konflikte seit dem 20. Jahrhundert.
  • Natalie Aures (2014): δ13C-Variationen als Nachweis eines sich ändernden CO2-Partialdrucks in einem subalpinen Hochgebirgs-Ökosystem.
  • Marion Schweighart (2014): Reflecting on changing climate in South Africa: Physical change, vulnerability and coping strategies for facing complexity and uncertainty.
  • Cornelia Kern (2014): Darstellung regenerativer Energieträger mit Anwendungsbeispielen der nahezu stromautarken Stadt Haßfurt.
  • Marc Oertelt (2014): Verwundbarkeit und Anpassungsfähigkeit traditioneller Landnutzungssysteme Nepals unter dem Einfluss des Klimawandels.
  • Markus Meier (2015): Hazards und Hazardmanagement in einem Entwicklungsland – das Beispiel Nepal.
  • Christian Schwerdtfeger (2016): Georessourcen – Afrika: Entwicklungsländer und Ressourcenfluch.
  • Simon Voll (2017): Klimavariabilität und Gletscher in Patagonien. Analyse der δ18O-Variationen und Jahrringbreiten von Nothofagus-Spezies zur Rekonstruktion des lokalen Klimas.



  • Anna-Katharina Franke (2013): O2-Mangel durch Stauwasser als Auslöser von Eichenschäden in Unterfranken. (Erstgutachter)
  • Sascha Scharpff (2015): Naturgefahren und Sicherheitsbedürfnis in einem durch Massentourismus geprägten alpinen Raum: das Beispiel Galtür/Tirol (Erstgutachter).
  • Claudia Benz (2015): Landnutzungsveränderung und Urban Sprawl im Kathmandutal, Nepal ( Erstgutachter)
  • Natascha Lehmann (2016): Untersuchungen zur Landnutzung und möglichen Auswirkungen des Klimawandels in Mustang, Nepal. Eine empirische Fallstudie in den Dörfern Dankardzon, Phallyak, Piklin und Yule (Erstgutachter).
  • Tilman Kiesel (2017): Risikoanalyse und Managementstrategien des Klimaschutzes und der Klimaanpassung am Beispiel des freistaates Bayern. (Erstgutachter).



  • Benjamin Köstler (2011): Vergleichende Analyse von Gletscherschwankungen in den Alpen und im Großen Kaukasus.
  • Tobias Schneider (2012): Georisikomanagement als Reaktion auf Naturrisiken und –katastrophen – Eine vergleichende Analyse und Bewertung der Veränderung des Georisikos und der Entwicklung des alpinen Naturgefahrenmanagements anhand der Fallbeispiele Pontresina und der Talschaft Arieschbach (Engadin/Schweiz).
  • Karolin Döringer (2013): Vergleich des Naturgefahrenmanagements in Österreich und der Schweiz.
  • Regina Fleischmann (2014): Fluviale Geomorphodynamik und die Wahrnehmung der resultierenden Risiken in der Bevölkerung von Kagbeni, Nepal.
  • Lorenz Banzer (2014): GIS-basierte Analyse des Gefahrenpotentials ausgewählter Gletscherdämme im Karakorum.
  • Alexandra Zuhr (2015): Untersuchungen zur Klimavariabilität im Manaslu-Himalaya anhand von Sauerstoffisotopen in Bäumen.
  • Jakob Ank (2015): Glaziale Dynamik der letzten 100 Jahre in Patagonien.
  • Daniela Waeber (2015): Analyse von Klimaänderungen mittels NCEP/NCAR-Daten für die Region Ladakh/Indien.
  • Marvin Liedtke (2016): Ereignisanalyse und Modellierung des Murgangs vom 31.01.2016  im Teufbach (Schweiz).
  • Matthias von Stackelberg (2016): Analyse der Flächenänderungen von ausbruchsfähigen Gletscherseen im Nord- und Südwestpamir mit R und ArcGIS.
  • Simone Raven (2016): Die Naturgefahr Hochwasser und Hochwasserrisikomanagement. Untersuchung des Umsetzungspotenzials von dezentralen Schutzmaßnahmen anhand eines Fallbeispiels in Tröstau/Oberfranken.