Claudia Wolff

Claudia Wolff

Doctoral Researchers

Coastal Risks and Sea-Level Rise Research Group

Claudia studied Environmental Geography and Management at the University of Kiel. Her studies include the minors “Oceanography" and "Hydrology”. Claudia joined the CRSLR group in March 2011 as a scientific assistant and has started her PhD since April 2015. Her research focuses on the assessment of vulnerability to sea-level rise, from global to national scales. In particular, Claudia is interested in the effects of scale and different input data on modelling the potential impacts of sea-level rise in the world’s coastal regions. In this context, she is currently involved in the development of the global coastal database that underlies the Dynamic Interactive Vulnerability Assessment (DIVA) modelling framework and is involved in several applications of the DIVA model at various scales. What Claudia is most enthusiastic about in her work is improving the structure and availability of data, in order to enable coherent and consistent analyses of future impacts of sea-level rise and to assess the benefits of different adaptation strategies.

WOLFF, C., NIKOLETOPOULOS, T., HINKEL, J., ATHANASIOS, N. (2020): Future urban development exacerbates coastal exposure in the Mediterranean. In: Scientific Reports 10, 14420 (2020).
ARNS, A.; WAHL, T.; WOLFF, C.; VAFEIDIS, A.; HAIGH, I.; WOODWORTH, P.; NIEHÜSER, S.; JENSEN, J. (2020): Non-linear interaction modulates global extreme sea levels, coastal flood exposure, and impacts. In: Nat Commun 11, 1918 (2020).
LINCKE, D.; WOLFF, C.; HINKEL, J.; VAFEIDIS, A.; BLICKENSDÖRFER, L.; POVH SKUGOR, D. (2020): The effectiveness of setback zones for adapting to coastal sea-level rise: An application of DIVA for Croatia. Regional Environmental Change.
FANG, J.; LINCKE, D.; BROWN, S.; NICHOLLS, R.J.; WOLFF, C.; MERKENS, J-L.; HINKEL, J.; VAFEIDIS, A.; SHI, P.; LIU, M. (2020): Coastal flood risks in China through the 21st century – An application of DIVA, Science of The Total Environment. Doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135311
VAFEIDIS, A.T.; SCHUERCH, M.; WOLFF, C.; MERKENS, J.; BROWN, S.; HINKEL, J.; LINCKE, D.; SPENCER, T.; NICHOLLS, R.J. (2019): Water-level attenuation in global-scale assessments of exposure to coastal flooding: a sensitivity analysis. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences.
WOLFF, C., VAFEIDIS, A., MUIS, S., LINCKE, D., SATTA, A., LIONELLO, P., JIMINEZ, J., CONTE, D. and J. HINKEL (2018): A Mediterranean coastal database for assessing the impacts of sea-level rise and associated hazards. In: Scientific Data 5. doi:10.1038/sdata.2018.44.
SCHUERCH, M., SPENCER, T., TEMMERMAN, S., KIRWAN, M., WOLFF, C., LINCKE, D., MCOWEN, C., PICKERING, M., REEF, R., VAFEIDIS, A., HINKEL, J., NICHOLLS, R. and S. BROWN (2018): Future response of global coastal wetlands to sea-level rise. In: Nature 561, p. pages231–234. doi:10.1038/s41586-018-0476-5.
NICHOLLS, R., BROWN, S., GOODWIN, P., WAHL, T., LOWE, J., SOLAN, M., GODBOLD, J., HAIGH, I., LINCKE, D., HINKEL, J., WOLFF, C. and J. MERKENS (2018): Stabilization of global temperature at 1.5°C and 2.0°C: implications for coastal areas. In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 376. doi:10.1098/rsta.2016.0448.
WOLFF, C., VAFEIDIS, A.T., LINCKE, D., MARASMI, C., and J. HINKEL (2016): Effects of scale and input data on assessing the future impacts of coastal flooding: An application of DIVA for the Emilia-Romagna coast. In: Frontiers in Marine Science 3.
Claudia Wolff

Geographisches Institut

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Ludewig-Meyn-Str. 14

24098 Kiel

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WOLFF, C., VAFEIDIS, A.T., LINCKE, D., HINKEl, J., LIONELLO, P., MUIS, S., SATTA, A., CONTE, D. & J. A. JIMENEZ (2017): A Mediterranean Coastal Database for Assessing the Impacts of Sea-Level Rise and Associated Hazards.