Monika Barcikowska

Postdoctoral Scientist: Climate


Areas of expertise:
Global and regional climate change and variability; analysis of extreme climate and weather events (e.g. precipitation, drought, tropical and mid-latitude storms); climatic signal decomposition methods

Monika Barcikowska is a member of EDF’s Climate Science team, with a focus the impact of climate and weather extremes in a warmer world - in particular, what might happen if the Earth’s temperature increases by 1.5 degrees, and what the difference could be if it increases by 2 degrees.

She will explore changes in hydrological cycles in many regions of the world, including drought in the United States and Mediterranean regions and storminess impacting coastal populations, and how they are relevant to food and health security.


Prior to joining EDF, Monika did scientific research at Princeton University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She worked on improved understanding of multidecadal variations of global thermal and hydro-climate as well as changes in extreme hydro-climate in the Mediterranean region. Monica got her PhD at the University of Hamburg, where she explored variability and change of tropical and mid-latitude storms. In addition to her role at EDF, she also serves as a climate change expert for the humanitarian organization NORCAP/NRC.


Russo, S., Sillmann, J., Sippel, S., Barcikowska, M. J., Ghisetti, C., Smid, M., and O’Neill, B.: Half a degree and rapid socioeconomic development matter for heatwave risk. Nat. Commun.,10,136, 2019

Barcikowska, M. J., Weaver, S. J., Feser, F., Russo, S., Schenk, F., Stone, D. A., Wehner, M. F., and Zahn, M.: Euro-Atlantic winter storminess and precipitation extremes under 1.5 °C vs. 2 °C warming scenarios, Earth Syst. Dynam., 9, 679-699,, 2018.

M. Barcikowska, S. Kapnick, L Krishnamurti (2017) Relationship between Indian Monsoon and the present and future summer Mediterranean atmospheric circulation (prep).

Barcikowska, Monika, Thomas Knutson and Rong Zhang (2017): Observed and simulated fingerprints of multidecadal climate variability, and their contributions to periods of global SST stagnation. Journal of Climate, 30(2), DOI:10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0443.1

M. Barcikowska, F. Feser, Wei Zhang, Wei Mei (2017) Changes in intense tropical cyclone activity for the western North Pacific during the last decades derived from a regional climate model simulation. Climate Dynamics, doi:10.1007/s00382-016-3420-0

Barcikowska, M., Kapnick, S.B., and F. Feser, 2017: Impact of large-scale circulation changes in the North Atlantic sector on the current and future Mediterranean winter hydroclimate. Climate Dynamics, doi:10.1007/s00382-017-3735-5

F. Feser, M. Barcikowska, S. Haeseler, C. Lefebvre, M. Schubert-Frisius, M. Stendel, H. von Storch and M. Zahn (2015), Hurricane Gonzalo and its extratropical transition to a strong European storm. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society; 96(12):S51-S55.

F.Feser, M. Barcikowska, O. Krueger, F. Schenk, R. Weisse, L. Xia (2015), Storminess over the North Atlantic and Northwestern Europe - A Review. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorology Society, vol 141, 687, p: 350-382.

F. Feser and M. Barcikowska (2014), Changes in typhoons over the last decades as given in observations and climate model simulations. Natural Disasters - Typhoons and Landslides - Risk Prediction, Crisis Management and Environmental Impacts Nova Science Publishers, New York.

F. Feser, and M. Barcikowska (2012), Inuence of Spectral Nudging on Typhoon Formation in Regional Climate Models. Environmental Research Letters; 7, 014024 (10pp).

M. Barcikowska F. Feser, H. von Storch (2012), Usability of best track data in climate statistics in the western North Pacific. Monthly Weather Review; 140, pp. 2818-2830.