Stefan Rahmstorf elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union

02/17/2010 - As a “special tribute for exceptional scientific contributions”, Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The honorary fellowship is bestowed on only one in each thousand members in any given year, who have attained “acknowledged eminence in the Earth and space sciences”.
Stefan Rahmstorf elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
Stefan Rahmstorf. Credit: PIK

Stefan Rahmstorf is one of five newly elected Fellows in the Ocean Sciences section of AGU. Until now, only two other German ocean researchers have ever received this honour: Rolf Käse of the Universität Hamburg in 2006 and Jürgen Willebrand of the Leibniz-Institute for Marine Sciences IFM-GEOMAR in 2005.

The scientists are nominated for the Fellowship by AGU members. The nominations are vetted by section committees and election is by a committee of Fellows. This year’s Fellows’ certificates will be presented at the AGU’s Fall Meeting in San Francisco in December.

Stefan Rahmstorf studied physics at the Universities of Ulm and Konstanz and physical oceanography at the University of Wales (Bangor). He obtained his PhD in oceanography at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He started working at PIK in 1996. His research focuses on the role of ocean currents in climate change. Rahmstorf has published over 60 scientific papers and co-authored three books. His latest book "The Climate Crisis" is an overview of the current knowledge about climate change, its impacts, and strategies for mitigation for a wide readership.

The American Geophysical Union is an international non-profit scientific association with over 58,000 members. The Union is dedicated to the furtherance of the geophysical sciences through the individual efforts of its members and in cooperation with other national and international scientific organisations.

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