Michael Walz

University of Birmingham


Hazard Uncertainty and Related Damage Potentials of Extra-Tropical Cyclones (HURD-ETC)


PD Dr GC Leckebusch (UoB-GEES), Dr J Hillier (Loughborough University)

PhD Summary

The impact of extra-tropical cyclones and related wind storms on our society and economy is direct and substantial (damage on housing, infrastructure...).This project aims to generate sets of physical consistent events to assess i) their uncertainties and ii) the related uncertainties in potential damage and loss. These can be used to help improve resilience planning. This is achieved by making use of seasonal and decadal predictions of extreme wind storms.

What inspires you?

During my student exchange program to Kansas (USA) I was able to witness several tornadoes. This got me really intrigued in how the atmosphere and all other relevant conditions interact to create such destructive storms.

Previous Activity

I completed the MSc program Meteorology at Free University of Berlin. Ensuing, I worked as a research associate for 3 months.

Why did you choose Docotoral Research?

As I am planning to pursue a career in research, Doctoral Research studies will give me the perfect foundation to start such a career. Additionally, there is still so much learn about something that virtually surrounds us every day.

Why did you choose a CENTA Studentship?

Firstly, the topic offered within the CENTA consortium is a perfect and logical continuation of my previous research work during my MSc program. Secondly, it gives me the opportunity to study and potentially work in a different country.

What are your future plans

The skills that are trained in this PhD program represent a perfect start into the career of a researcher, however it also enables me to gain insight into industries which are also possible employers like insurance and reinsurance companies.