Wolfgang Meier

Dr. Wolfgang Meier

Department Geographie und Geowissenschaften
Department of Geography

Room: Room 02.059
Wetterkreuz 15
91058 Erlangen

Curriculum Vitae

2008-2014: Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg Subjects: Geography, Chemistry and Bioengineering. State examination in Geography and Chemistry;

since 2014: Scientific employee at the Institute of Geography; Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

PhD thesis: Past and recent climate variability and glacier fluctuations across the Southern Patagonian Andes – A multi‐parameter approach using tree‐ring parameters and remote sensing. (Historische und rezente Klimavariabilität und Gletscherschwankungen in den südlichen Patagonischen Anden – Ein Multi‐Parameter Ansatz, basierend auf Jahrringparametern und Fernerkundung)

10/2021: Dissertation award of the German Association of Applied Geography (VGDH Verbands für Geographie an deutschsprachigen Hochschulen und Forschungseinrichtungen) in Physical Geography


SS 22 (3 LV´s): Excursion Karwendel; Field work for Beginners ; Seminar with field work;

WS 21/22 (4 LV´s):  Seminar : Physical Geography of Polar -and Subpolar regions; Advanced Methods MSc: Tree-Ring Analysis (together wtith Prof. A. Bräuning); Seminar: Interpretation of topographic maps; Seminar: Geoecological analysis (togetherwith PD Dr. habil Jussi Grießinger)

SS 21 (3 LV´s): Exkursion seminar: Lappland and Lofoten; Exkursion: Lappland and Lofoten; due to pandemic situation: Northern Bavaria (togetherwith PD Dr. habil Jussi Grießinger); Field work for Beginners

WS 20/21 (1 LV): Advanced Methods MSc: Tree-Ring Analysis

SS 20 (3 LV´s): Field work for Beginners; Exkursion seminar: Norway (togetherwith PD Dr. habil Jussi Grießinger); Exkursion: Norway; due to pandemic situation: Northern Bavaria (togetherwith PD Dr. habil Jussi Grießinger)

WS 19/20 (2 LV´s): Advanced Methods MSc: Tree-Ring Analysis ; Seminar: Interpretation of topographic maps

SS 19 (2 LV´s): Seminar with field work; Field work for Beginners

WS 18/19 (1 LV): Seminar: Interpretation of topographic maps

SS 18 (1 LV): Field work for Beginners


Main Research focuses and -interests

  • Climate variability, and dynamics; impact of climate change on high mountain ecosystems U
  • Climate-, glacier- und landscape history of High and Central Asia, South America
  • Climate Change und Natural hazards
  • Human-environment interactions in High Mountains

Regional Focus

  • Asia with a main focus on Nepal, the Tibetan plateau and Southern China (Yunnan)
  • South America: Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego



  • Grießinger, J., Meier, W. J.-H. & P. Hochreuther (2022): 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, pp. 253-266. Springer Sustainable Development Goals Series, Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-70238-0_8


  • Soto-Rogel, P., Aravena, J.C., Bringas, C., Meier, W. J.-H., Gonzalez-Reyes, Á. & J. Grießinger (2021): Nothofagus species are revealing site-specific responses to climate in Southernmost South America. (under review)
  • 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/Switzerland. Atmosphere 12(7), 836. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos12070836
  • Debel, A. , Meier, W. J.-H., Bräuning, A (2021): Climate signals for growth variations of F. sylvatica, P. abies, and P. sylvestris in southeast Germany over the past 50 years. Forests 2021, 12, 1433. https://doi.org/10.3390/f12111433
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-23627-6.


  • 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
  • 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


  • 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. https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences9080340.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences9040151.
  • Mayr, C., Smith, R.E., García M.L., Massaferro, J., Lücke, A., Dubois, N., Maidana, N.I., Meier, W.J.-H., Wissel, H., Zolitschka, B. (2019): Historical eruptions of Lautaro Volcano and their impactson lacustrine ecosystems in southern Argentina. Journal of Paleolimnology 62(20). https://10.1007/s10933-019-00088-y


  • 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 (2018), 62. https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2018.00062
  • Malz, P., Meier, W.J.-H., Casassa, G., Jaña, R., Skvarcs, P., Braun, M.H. (2018): Elevation and Mass Changes of the Southern Patagonia Icefield Derived from TanDEM-X and SRTM Data. Remote sensing 10(2), 188. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs10020188
  • 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 (2018), 27. https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2018.00027