Stefan Rahmstorf

Stefan Rahmstorf is an oceanographer, climatologist, professor, and Head of Earth System Analysis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. His work focuses on the role of ocean currents in climate change, past and present.

Stefan worked as a scientist at the New Zealand Oceanographic Institute, and at the Institute of Marine Science in Kiel. In 1999 Stefan was awarded the $1 million Centennial Fellowship Award of the US-based James S. McDonnell foundation.  He is a member of the Academia Europaea and served from 2004-2013 in the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). In 2007 he became an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales and in 2010 a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He has published over 80 scientific papers and co-authored four books. Available in English are Our Threatened Oceans and The Climate Crisis.

Stefan studied physics at the Universities of Ulm and Konstanz, and physical oceanography at the University of Wales. He obtained his PhD in oceanography at Victoria University of Wellington.

Outside of Science: Stefan enjoys photography, swimming, and hanging out at the beach with his two kids.