Christopher Polster

PhD Student in the Dynamic Meteorology group at the

Institute for Atmospheric Physics
Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
Becherweg 21
55128 Mainz

Room 04-143 (417)
Phone +49 6131 39-24666


ORCID ORCID iD icon 0000-0001-6935-2555
Waves to Weather

Research Interests

  • Rossby Waveguides
  • Jet Stream Dynamics
  • Atmospheric Blocking
  • Scientific Computing


  • Polster, C., and V. Wirth, 2023: The Onset of a Blocking Event as a “Traffic Jam”: Characterization with Ensemble Sensitivity Analysis. J. Atmos. Sci., doi:10.1175/JAS-D-21-0312.1, in press.
  • Teubler, F., Riemer, M., Polster, C., Grams, C. M., Hauser, S., and Wirth, V., 2023: Similarity and variability of blocked weather-regime dynamics in the Atlantic–European region, Weather Clim. Dynam., 4, 265–285, doi:10.5194/wcd-4-265-2023.
  • Wirth, V. and Polster, C., 2021: The Problem of Diagnosing Jet Waveguidability in the Presence of Large-Amplitude Eddies, J. Atmos. Sci., 78(10), 3137-3151. doi:10.1175/JAS-D-20-0292.1

Conference Presentations

  • Polster, C. and Wirth, V., 2023: A new atmospheric background state to diagnose local waveguidability. EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 April 2023, EGU23-5448, doi:10.5194/egusphere-egu23-5448.
  • Polster, C.: Flottplot: Arrange and Navigate Collections of Images in the Browser. 2nd MeteoXchange ECS Conference 2023, 13-14 April 2023, link. 🏆 Best oral presentation award.
  • Polster, C. and Wirth, V., 2023: Can a Block form as a "Traffic Jam" in the Jet Stream?. Scale interactions, data-driven modeling, and uncertainty in weather and climate (TRR 165/181 Joint Conference), Ingolstadt, 27-30 March 2023, link.
  • Polster, C. and Wirth, V., 2022: Evidence for a "Traffic Jam" Onset of Blocked Flow from Ensemble Sensitivity Analysis. Stormtracks2022: Midlatitude storm-tracks workshop, Saint-Pierre-d'Oléron, France, 29 May-3 Jun 2022, link.
  • Polster, C. and Wirth, V., 2022: Evidence for a "Traffic Jam" Onset of Blocked Flow from Ensemble Sensitivity Analysis. EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-1703, doi:10.5194/egusphere-egu22-1703.
  • Polster, C. and Wirth, V., 2021: Sensitivity of Blocking Onset to Local Wave Activity. Atmospheric Blocking Virtual Workshop, September 27-29 2021, link.

Academic CV

  • 2016 - 2019: MSc Computational Science and Engineering (Technical University Munich)
    Thesis: Refinement for Game-Based Abstractions of Continuous-Space Linear Stochastic Systems (software, pdf)
  • 2014 - 2016: MSc Atmospheric Sciences (University of Innsbruck)
    Thesis: Bayesian Retrieval of Thermodynamic Atmospheric Profiles from Ground-Based Microwave Radiometer Data (software, pdf)
  • 2011 - 2014: BSc Meteorology (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)
    Thesis: Sommerliche Hitzewellen der Nordhemisphäre: Ein Überblick und Fallstudien