Dominik Schumacher

Environmental scientist with a specific interest in the physical mechanisms driving the climate system with its manifold interactions between and within components.

Dominik SchumacherI am currently a PhD candidate at the Laboratory of Hydrology and Water Management – Ghent University. I studied at ETH Zurich and obtained my MSc. in Environmental Sciences with a major in Atmosphere and Climate sciences in 2016. For my bachelor thesis, I investigated the relations between large-scale atmospheric teleconnection patterns, the jet stream over Europe, climate change and the occurrence of temperature and precipitation extremes. In my master thesis, I developed and explored a novel climate model metric solely relying on the spatial configuration of dynamic atmospheric phenomena. I then completed an internship at MeteoSwiss to obtain my Master’s degree, mainly working on surface data quality control and data management. Next, I participated in a project related to automated present weather sensing, still at MeteoSwiss. My field of activity included data analyses & quality control, lab experiments and the development of a plausibility check algorithm for horizontal visibility data. The scope of my research within DRY-2-DRY  includes the influence of land feedbacks on drought expansion and concatenation, aiming to obtain a mechanistic understanding of how teleconnected feedbacks may affect drought propagation.

Research topics: atmospheric teleconnection patterns, land-atmosphere feedbacks, extreme events under climate change, (climate model metrics).


Adress: Coupure links 653 - Room A2.008

             9000 Ghent, Belgium

Phone: +32 9 264 61 37



  • 2017 – Present: PhD candidate – Laboratory of Hydrology and Water Management, Ghent University
  • 2017 – 2017: Research associate – MeteoSwiss
  • 2016 – 2016: Internship – MeteoSwiss
  • 2014 – 2016: MSc. in Environmental Sciences – Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zurich
  • 2010 – 2013: BSc. in Environmental Sciences – Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich


  • DRY-2-DRY (ERC): Do droughts self-propagate and self-intensify? (2017 - 2022)