The Stuecker Climate Dynamics lab is working on various aspects of climate variability and change in the past, present, and future. These range from regional to global scales, from the tropics to the poles. Much of our work is centered on the climate of the Pacific, the largest ocean and home to Hawaiʻi and our University.

Our tools include statistical analysis of observations and paleo records as well as hierarchies of climate model simulations, ranging from very idealized low-order models to state-of-the-art high-resolution coupled climate models and large ensemble simulations. High resolution models allow us to gain a better understanding of regional processes whereas large ensembles provide a powerful tool to study changes in climate variability and extreme events (such as marine heatwaves or heavy rainfall).

Furthermore, we are interested in the practical applications to seasonal forecasting and society as a whole based on insights gained from studying fundamental climate dynamics. For instance, we recently developed a new statistical-dynamical forecast system for the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD). This system exhibits superior skill compared to all previous and current operational IOD prediction systems.

Please contact me regarding potential opportunities to join the group as a student/postdoc. I encourage prospective students and postdocs to apply to several fellowships available in our field (listed under the potential opportunities link).


Dr. Stuecker is an assistant professor in the Department of Oceanography and the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) at the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) at Mānoa (USA). Prior to joining the UH faculty in 2020, he was an assistant project leader and research professor at the IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP) in Busan (South Korea), a NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle (USA), and a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at UH Mānoa. He received a Diplom in Marine Environmental Sciences from the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg (Germany) in 2009 and a Ph.D. in Meteorology from UH Mānoa in 2015.

Dr. Stuecker is involved in various national and international research community activities. He is currently a member of three CLIVAR research groups, on the topic of "Tropical Basin Interaction", on "ENSO Conceptual Models", and on "Tropical Pacific Decadal Variability". He is also a member of the NOAA Marine Ecosystem Task Force and was a contributing author to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) of the IPCC. He contributed to several large coordinated climate model experiments, including the CESM2 Large Ensemble and the CESM1 Ultra-high-resolution simulations.

Dr. Stuecker received the Kamide Lecture Award from the Atmospheric Sciences section of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) in 2020 and the Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL) division of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) in 2016. In 2018, he was a Future Leaders Program Fellow of the Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum in Kyoto, Japan. Dr. Stuecker received an NSF CAREER Award in 2022.

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Dr. Malte F. Stuecker

Assistant Professor

Department of Oceanography & International Pacific Research Center (IPRC)

School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST)

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


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