Souvignet, Maxime

Associate Academic Officer

UNU Publications
Selected NON-UNU Publications
  • Maxime Souvignet
    The Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII)

    Research Interests

    • Climate change adaptation
    • Climate Risk Insurance
    • Risk and Uncertainty Modelling


    • Ph.D., Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources in Mountainous Arid Zones, Universität Leipzig, Faculty of Physics and Geosciences
    • MSc. in Natural Resources Management, Cologne University of Applied Sciences
    • Dipl.-Ing in Mechanical Engineering, Université de Technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard


    • 2010 to date: Member of the American Geophysical Union
    • 2010 to date: Member of the European Geosciences Union
    • 2008 to date: Member of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences
    • 2003 to date: Member of the Global Education Network

    Biographical Statement

    Dr. Maxime Souvignet is an Associate Academic Officer for the Munich Climate Risk Insurance Initiative (MCII) hosted by UNU-EHS in close collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The project aims to develop a strategic framework for low income countries and emerging economies in finding ways to implement climate risk insurance solutions in an integrated climate risk management approach.

    He holds a PhD. in Climatology and Hydrology from the University of Leipzig in Germany, which was conducted in close collaboration with the Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones (CEAZA) in Chile.

    Dr. Souvignet has a broad interest in climate change adaptation, climate risk modelling and uncertainties related with natural catastrophes. Much of his work focuses on developing concepts and methods for the spatial assessment of risk in the context of climate change and natural perils.

    Dr. Souvignet has previously worked as a consultant for different bi-lateral donors such as the KfW, the GIZ or the African Union (AU). He was a key expert in the KfW pilot feasibility study in collaboration with SwissRe. This project adapted the Economics of Climate Adaptation (ECA) methodology and its modelling tools (Climada) in order to assess climate adaptation potential in poor urban areas in San Salvador.

    Dr. Souvignet also worked in various academic institutions and he was a senior scientist at the University of Bristol, School of Geography. He has acted as an invited speaker at different events in Africa, South-America, North-America and in Europe.

  • Articles



  • Articles

    • Souvignet, M., P. Laux, D. Q. Thinh, T. Thuc, J. Cullmann, A. Nauditt, W. A. Flügel, H. Kunstmann and L. Ribbe (2014). Recent climate trends and linkage to discharge in Central Vietnam. Hydrological Processes, 28 (4), pp. 1587-1601
    • Arumí, J.L., Maureira, H., Pérez, C., Souvignet, M., Rivera, D., Oyarzún, R. (2014) Where does the water go? Understanding geohydrological behaviour of Andean catchments in South-Central Chile. Hydrological Sciences Journal, DOI:10.1080/02626667.2014.934250
    • Souvignet, M, de Almeida, GA, Champion, A, Garcia Pintado, J, Neal, J, Freer, JE, Hannah Cloke, H, Odoni, N, Coxon, G, Bates, PD & Mason, D „Cascading rainfall uncertainties into 2D inundation impact models“ EGU General Assembly 2013, Geophysical Research Abstracts, 15, 2013
    • de Almeida, G. A. M., P. D. Bates, J. Freer, and M. Souvignet (2012) Improving the stability of a simple formulation of the shallow water equations for 2D flood modelling. Water Resource Research, DOI:10.1029/2011WR011570
    • Souvignet, M, Freer, J.E, Odoni, NA, Cloke, H, De Almeida, GA & Bates, PD. „Cascading rainfall uncertainties into conceptual hydro-meteorological models for flooding applications“, EGU General Assembly 2012, Geophysical Research Abstracts, 14, 2012
    • Freer, J.E, Clark, M P, Odoni, NA, Coxon, G, McMillan, H & Souvignet, M. „Understanding the main uncertainties in hydrological ensembles of future climate change predictions“, EGU General Assembly 2012, Geophysical Research Abstracts, 14, 2012
    • Souvignet, M., Oyarzún, R., Verbist, K., Gaese, H. & J. Heinrich (2012) Trends in hydro-meteorological extremes in semi-arid North-Central Chile (29-32ºS): Water resources implications in a fragile Andean region. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 57 (3), 1-17
    • Meier, G., Zumbroich, T., Roehrig, J., Souvignet, M. (2012) Application of the radiating effect concept to implement measures stipulated by the European Water Framework Directive, Water Science and Technology, 66 (12), pp. 2793-2799
    • Souvignet, M. & Heinrich, J. (2011) Statistical downscaling in the arid central Andes: uncertainty analysis of multi-model simulated temperature and precipitation. Theoritical and Applied Climatology, 106 (1-2), 229-244, DOI: 10.1007/s00704-011-0430-z
    • Souvignet, M., Gaese, H., Ribbe, L., Kretschmer, N., Oyarzun, R. (2010) Statistical downscaling of precipitation and temperature in north-central Chile: an assessment of possible climate change impacts in an arid Andean watershed. Hydrological Sciences Journal 55 (1), 41-57