Sergej Zilitinkevich

Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland


Sergej Zilitinkevich graduated from Leningrad University as a Theoretical Physicist in 1959. He received the Ph.D. degree in 1962, and the D.S. degree in 1968—both dissertations on physics of planetary boundary layers. He served as a Professor of geophysics in 1972, and as a Professor of meteorology in 1998 at Uppsala University, Sweden. In 1966, he established the Leningrad Branch of the Institute of Oceanology. Since 1968, he has been leading the Physics and Modelling Subprogram of the USSR Space Research Programme VENERA. In 1990, he moved to Denmark to work at the RISOE National Lab till 1997, then he moved to Germany to work at Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Alferd Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, and GKSS Research Centre. Between 1998–2003, he was a Professor and Chair of meteorology at Uppsala University. Since 2004, he has been a Professor of meteorology at the University of Helsinki and Finnish Meteorological Institute (during 2004–2007, Marie Curie Chair), and part-time Professor at Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre in Bergen, Norway. His current interests include revision of PBL physics accounting for the nonlocal effects of organized structures and internal waves, PBL parameterizations, and the role of PBLs in Earth systems. He supervised 20 dissertations, and published 8 books and 160 peer-reviewed papers. He solely authored 80% of his publications. His international awards include the European Geophysical Society Wilhelm Bjerknes Medal for his outstanding contribution to the creation of the modern theory of atmospheric turbulent boundary layers (2000), and the EU-Commission Marie Curie Chair of “Planetary Boundary Layers—Theory, Modelling and Role in Earth Systems” (2004–2007). He is a Member of Academia Europaea, Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, and editorial board member of four scientific journals.

Biography Updated on 3 July 2008

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