Stefan Rahmstorf

Stefan Rahmstorf is professor of ocean physics at Potsdam University and department head of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. His most recent book is The Climate Crisis.

Rahmstorf completed a thesis on general relativity theory after studying physics at the Universities of Ulm and Konstanz and physical oceanography at the University of Wales (Bangor). He then moved to New Zealand and obtained his Ph.D. in oceanography at Victoria University of Wellington in 1990.

After this he worked as a scientist at the New Zealand Oceanographic Institute, and at the Institute of Marine Science in Kiel. Since 1996 he has been at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, where his work focuses on the role of ocean currents in climate change.

In 1999, Rahmstorf was awarded a $1 million Centennial Fellowship Award by the James S. McDonnell foundation. He is a member of the Academia Europaea and of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). He is also one of the lead authors of the 4th Assessment Report of the IPCC. In 2007, he became an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, and in 2010 a fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

Focus: Energy, Environment, Science, Germany, Europe, Global


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Last Updated: May 15, 2012

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