Klaus Dethloff is a Professor of atmospheric physics at the Institute of Physics, University Potsdam, and the Head of the Atmospheric Circulation Research Section at the Research Unit Potsdam of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). He was born 1950 in Kämmerich, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. From 1968 until 1973, he studied physics at the University Rostock. He made his Ph.D. work at the Central Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics at the Academy of Sciences and got his Ph.D. degree 1979 in theoretical physics at the University Rostock with a dissertation on “The influence of momentum- and heat sources on the zonal circulation of the tropo- and stratosphere.” He then worked at the Heinrich-Hertz Institute for Atmospheric Research and Geomagnetism, Observatory for Atmospheric Research in Kühlungsborn and since 1992 at the Institute for Atmospheric Physics at the University Rostock. In 1986, he stayed two months as a guest scientist at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Academy of Sciences Moscow. Since 1993, he built the atmospheric modelling group at the AWI Research Unit Potsdam. In 1993, he habilitated at the Institute of Physics, Humboldt University Berlin with a thesis on “Modelling and diagnostics of large-scale atmospheric climate processes using a hierarchy of simplified climate models and analyses of global data sets.” His main research topics are modelling of the polar atmosphere, arctic and antarctic circulation, hierarchy of atmospheric and climate models, global impacts of polar processes, nonlinear dynamics of the climate system, physics of the atmosphere, physics of the climate system, and decadel-scale climate variability.
Biography Updated on 11 November 2009