Stefan Rahmstorf

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Stefan Rahmstorf
Prof. Stefan Rahmstorf.jpg
Born (1960-02-22) 22 February 1960 (age 55)
Nationality German
Fields Oceanography
Institutions Potsdam University
Alma mater
Thesis An oceanic mixing model : application to global climate and to the New Zealand West Coast (1990)

Stefan Rahmstorf (born 22 February 1960) is a German oceanographer and climatologist. Since 2000, he has been a Professor of Physics of the Oceans at Potsdam University. He received his Ph.D. in oceanography from Victoria University of Wellington (1990). His work focuses on the role of ocean currents in climate change.[1] He was one of the lead authors of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report.[1]

In 1999 Rahmstorf was awarded the $1 million Centennial Fellowship Award of the US-based James S. McDonnell Foundation.[1] Rahmstorf was from 2004 till 2013 a member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU).[2]

Public role[edit]

Rahmstorf is a co-founder of the blog Real Climate, which has been described by Nature as one of the top-5 science blogs in 2006,[3] and included among the 15 best environmental websites by Time in 2008.[4] He also co-founded the German blog KlimaLounge.[5] KlimaLounge won the 3rd prize of the science blog award of 2013.[6] He is a frequent contributor of articles on climate and climate change in the popular press, some of which are internationally syndicated via Project Syndicate.[7] He writes a regular column in the German environmental magazine Zeo2,[8] and has published the children's science book Wolken, Wind und Wetter (Clouds, Wind, and Weather) on weather and climate.[9][10] The book was selected as Environmental Book of the Month for January 2012 by the Deutsche Umweltstiftung.[11] In addition, it was later voted Environmental Book of the Year 2012.[12]

Rahmstorf has commented on climate change and climate policy on TV and radio.[13][14][15] He was portrayed as one of the world's 10 leading climate scientists by the Financial Times in 2009.[16] The ARD presented a portrait of Rahmstorf in their prime news magazine Tagesthemen when he received the Deutscher Umweltmedienpreis (German Environmental Media Award) in 2007.[17]


The University of Flensburg found that among all climate scientists from Germany, Rahmstorf published the largest number of studies which ranked amongst the most-cited in the scientific literature during the years 1994-2013.[18]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Stefan Rahmstorf | Curriculum Vitae
  2. ^ "WBGU Advisory Council on Global Change". Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Top five science blogs". Nature 442 (9): 9. 2006. Bibcode:2006Natur.442....9.. doi:10.1038/442009a. PMID 16823420. 
  4. ^ Roston, Eric (April 17, 2008). "RealClimate". Time. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "KlimaLounge - Über das Blog". SciLogs. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Wissenschaft kommuniziert | Prosit 2014 – Der Wissenschafts-Blog des Jahres 2013 ist gewählt, 2. Januar 2014
  7. ^ "Project Syndicate - Author's Bio". Project Syndicate. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Zeo2 - Stefan Rahmstorf". Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Rahmstorf, Stefan. "Buchtipp: Wolken, Wind & Wetter". Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Stefan Rahmstorf "Wolken, Wind und Wetter" - Buchmesse 2011". Hessischer Rundfunk. September 29, 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Umweltbuch des Monats Januar 2012: "Wolken, Wind & Wetter"". Deutsche Umweltstiftung. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Umweltbuch des Jahres 2012: "Wolken, Wind & Wetter"". Deutsche Umweltstiftung. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Klimagipfel: "Die Zeit läuft davon"". Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen. December 12, 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Das Kyoto-Protokoll galt ja nur für die Industriestaaten". Deutschlandfunk. December 12, 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "Was dem Klima schadet". Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg. November 28, 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  16. ^ de Castella, Tom (November 20, 2009). "Top climate scientists share their outlook". Financial Times. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "Klimaschutz: Gore und UN-Klimarat mit Friedensnobelpreis ausgezeichnet". ARD. December 10, 2007. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  18. ^ Bernd Sommer (13 March 2014). "Die zehn meistzitierten Klimastudien aus Deutschland der Jahre 1994-2013" (PDF). Universität Flensburg. 

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