Elisa Ziegler

portrait of a smiling white woman with dark pink hair, black-framed glasses and a turqouise sweater in front of greenery
Position PhD Student
Address Im Neuenheimer Feld 229
Room 344
Phone +49 6221 54 6318
E-mail eziegler@iup.uni-heidelberg.de
Group STACY - Paleoclimate dynamics and variability
Website ORCID

Research interests​

Elisa researches climate variability on long timescales using earth system models of varying complexity from comprehensive Earth System Models to intermediate complexity and conceptual energy balance models. She analyses them with respect to feedbacks, forcings, and the effect of parameterization on simulated climate and their dependence on the background state. In her master's thesis, she examined the components of the Earth's energy balance and the feedbacks at work in the climate system using an energy balance model, which she extended to enable transient simulations. Overall, she explores how and why climate models differ in their representations of climate and in particular climate variability.

  • climate models across every level of complexity
  • process-based analysis of model simulations, particularly with respect to forcings and parameterizations
  • climate variability across timescales
  • state-dependency of simulated climate (variability)
  • paleoclimate, esp. since the Last Glacial, the last Deglaciation, and Holocene

Publications

Elisa Ziegler and Kira Rehfeld: TransEBM v. 1.0: Description, tuning, and validation of a transient model of the Earth’s energy balance in two dimensions, Geosci. Model Dev. Discuss. doi:10.5194/gmd-2020-237, in review, 2020.

Conference contributions

Elisa Ziegler, Beatrice Ellerhoff, Christian Wirths, Heather Andres, Steffen Kutterolf, Matthew Toohey, Julie Christin Schindlbeck-Belo and Kira Rehfeld, First results on simulated climate variability since the Last Glacial Maximum from experiments with simple, idealized and comprehensive climate models. AGU Fall Meeting 2020 (Poster). Link

Elisa Ziegler, Beatrice Ellerhoff, Christian Wirths, Heather Andres, Steffen Kutterolf, Matthew Toohey, Julie Christin Schindlbeck-Belo and Kira Rehfeld, Towards characterizing changes in climate variability since the Last Glacial in simulations of conceptual to comprehensive climate models. QUIGS-IFG virtual meeting on Glacial terminations 2020 (talk).

Elisa Ziegler, Kira Rehfeld, Simulation of climate variability since the Last Glacial using climate models of varying complexity, EGU 2020, virtual (virtual presentation), Display: viewdoi:10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-8615.

Elisa Ziegler, Kira Rehfeld, Transient simulation of climate during the last 30,000 years with an energy balance climate model. 2nd REKLIM conference Berlin 2019 (talk).

Elisa Ziegler, Kira Rehfeld, Transient simulation of climate variability during the Last Glacial Maximum and the Holocene with an energy balance climate model. EGU 2019, Vienna (Poster). Link (awarded an Outstanding Student Poster and PICO 2019 award, link)