Dr. Torsten Albrecht

PostDoc
Albrecht

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Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 2459
albrecht[at]pik-potsdam.de
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam

ORCID

  • Co-development of the Parallel Ice Sheet Model (PISM)
  • Interaction of fracture evolution and ice shelf dynamics
  • Iceberg calving parameterization for Antarctic ice shelves
  • Interactive coupling of ice model (PISM) to ocean model (FESOM, PICO) and solid-Earth model (VILMA)
  • Earth system resilience (ERAlab)

 

 Research Projects

 

2020



J. Garbe, T. Albrecht, A. Levermann, J. F. Donges and R. Winkelmann
"The Hysteresis of the Antarctic Ice Sheet" 
Nature, in press


R. Reese, A. Levermann T. Albrecht, H. Seroussi and R. Winkelmann
The role of history and strength of the oceanic forcing in sea-level projections from Antarctica with the Parallel Ice Sheet Model
The Cryosphere, 14, 3097–3110, DOI: 10.5194/tc-14-3097-2020


H. Seroussi, S. Nowicki, A. J. Payne, H. Goelzer, W. H. Lipscomb, A. Abe-Ouchi, C. Agosta, T. Albrecht, X. Asay-Davis, A. Barthel, R. Calov, R. Cullather, C. Dumas, B. K. Galton-Fenzi, R. Gladstone, N. R. Golledge, J. M. Gregory, R. Greve, T. Hatterman, M. J. Hoffman, A. Humbert, P. Huybrechts, N. C. Jourdain, T. Kleiner, E. Larour, G. R. Leguy, D. P. Lowry, C. M. Little, M. Morlighem, F. Pattyn, T. Pelle, S. F. Price, A. Quiquet, R. Reese, N.-J. Schlegel, A. Shepherd, E. Simon, R. S. Smith, F. Straneo, S. Sun, L. D. Trusel, J. Van Breedam, R. S. W. van de Wal, R. Winkelmann, C. Zhao, T. Zhang and T. Zwinger
ISMIP6 Antarctica: a multi-model ensemble of the Antarctic ice sheet evolution over the 21st century
The Cryosphere, 14, 3033–3070, DOI: 10.5194/tc-14-3033-2020


S. Sun, F. Pattyn, E. G. Simon, T. Albrecht, S. Cornford, R. Calov, C. Dumas, F. Gillet-Chaulet, H. Goelzer, N. R. Golledge, R. Greve, M. J. Hoffman, A. Humbert, E. Kazmierczak, T. Kleiner, G. R. Leguy, W. H. Lipscomb, D. Martin, M. Morlighem, S. Nowicki, D. Pollard, S. Price, A. Quiquet, H. Seroussi, T. Schlemm, J. Sutter, R. S. W. van de Wal, R. Winkelmann and T. Zhang
Antarctic ice sheet response to sudden and sustained ice-shelf collapse (ABUMIP)
Journal of Glaciology, 1-14, DOI: 10.1017/jog.2020.67
M. Kreuzer, R. Reese, W. N. Huiskamp, S. Petri, T. Albrecht, G. Feulner and R. Winkelmann
Coupling framework (1.0) for the ice sheet model PISM (1.1.1) and
the ocean model MOM5 (5.1.0) via the ice-shelf cavity module PICO
 
Geoscientific Model Development, in review


A. Levermann, R. Winkelmann, T. Albrecht, H. Goelzer, N.R. Golledge, R. Greve, P. Huybrechts, J. Jordan, G. Leguy, D. Martin, M. Morlighem, F. Pattyn, D. Pollard, A. Quiquet, C. Rodehacke, H. Seroussi, J. Sutter, T. Zhang, J. Van Breedam, R. Calov, R. DeConto, C. Dumas, J. Garbe, G.H. Gudmundsson, M.J. Hoffman, A. Humbert, T. Kleiner, W. Lipscomb, M. Meinshausen, E. Ng, S.M.J. Nowicki, M. Perego, S.F. Price, F. Saito, N.J. Schlegel, S. Sun, R.S.W. van de Wal
Projecting Antarctica's contribution to future sea level rise from basal ice shelf melt using linear response functions of 16 ice sheet models (LARMIP-2)
Earth System Dynamics, 11, 35–76, DOI: 10.5194/esd-11-35-2020


T. Albrecht, R. Winkelmann and A. Levermann
Glacial-cycle simulations of the Antarctic Ice Sheet with the Parallel Ice Sheet Model (PISM) – Part 1: Boundary conditions and climatic forcing
The Cryosphere, 14, 599–632, DOI: 10.5194/tc-14-599-2020
Data




T. Albrecht, R. Winkelmann and A. Levermann
Glacial-cycle simulations of the Antarctic Ice Sheet with the Parallel Ice Sheet Model (PISM) – Part 2: Parameter ensemble analysis
The Cryosphere, 14, 633–656, DOI: 10.5194/tc-14-633-2020
Data


2019

H. Seroussi, S. Nowicki, E. Simon, A. Abe Ouchi, T. Albrecht, J. Brondex, S. Cornford, C. Dumas, F. Gillet-Chaulet, H. Goelzer, N. R. Golledge, J. M. Gregory, R. Greve, M. J. Hoffman, A. Humbert, P. Huybrechts, T. Kleiner, E. Larour, G. Leguy, W. H. Lipscomb, D. Lowry, M. Mengel, M. Morlighem, F. Pattyn, A. J. Payne, D. Pollard, S. Price, A. Quiquet, T. Reerink, R. Reese, C. B. Rodehacke, N.-J. Schlegel, A. Shepherd, S. Sun, J. Sutter, J. Van Breedam, R. S. W van de Wal, R. Winkelmann and T. Zhang
initMIP-Antarctica: An ice sheet model initialization experiment of ISMIP6
The Cryosphere, 13, 1441--1471, DOI: 10.5194/tc-13-1441-2019


2018

J. Kingslake, R. P. Scherer, T. Albrecht*, J. Coenen, R. D. Powell, R. Reese, N. D. Stansell, S. Tulaczyk, M. G. Wearing & P. L. Whitehouse
Extensive retreat and re-advance of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet during the Holocene
Nature, 558, 430-434, DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0208-x
* These authors contributed equally
Data


R. Reese, T. Albrecht, M. Mengel, X. Asay-Davis and R. Winkelmann
Antarctic sub-shelf melt rates via PICO
The Cryosphere, 12, 1969-1985, DOI: 10.5194/tc-12-1969-2018


2015

C.P.O. Reyer, I.M. Otto, S. Adams, T. Albrecht, F. Baarsch, M. Cartsburg, D. Coumou, A. Eden, E. Ludi, R. Marcus, M. Mengel, B. Mosello, A. Robinson, C.-F. Schleussner, O. Serdeczny, J.Stagl
Climate change impacts in Central Asia and their implications for development
Regional Environmental Change, DOI: 10.1007/s10113-015-0893-z.


C.P.O. Reyer, S. Adams, T. Albrecht, F. Baarsch, A. Boit, N.C. Trujillo, M. Cartsburg, D. Coumou, A. Eden, E. Fernandes, F. Langerwisch, R. Marcus, M. Mengel, D. Mira-Salama, M. Perette, P. Pereznieto, A. Rammig, J. Reinhardt, A. Robinson, M. Rocha, B. Sakschewski, M. Schaeffer, C.-F. Schleussner, O. Serdeczny, K. Thonicke
Climate change impacts in Latin America and the Caribbean and their implications for development
Regional Environmental Change, DOI: 10.1007/s10113-015-0854-6.


2014

T. Albrecht, A. Levermann
Fracture-induced softening for large-scale ice dynamics
The Cryosphere 8, 587-605, DOI:10.5194/tc-8-587-2014.


T. Albrecht, A. Levermann
Spontaneous ice-front retreat caused by disintegration of adjacent ice shelf in Antarctica
Earth and Planetary Science Letters 393, 26-30, DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2014.02.034.


J. Feldmann, T. Albrecht, C. Khroulev, F. Pattyn, A. Levermann
Resolution-dependent performance of grounding line motion in a shallow model compared to a full-Stokes model according to the MISMIP3d intercomparison
Journal of Glaciology, Vol. 60, No. 220, 353-360, DOI: 10.3189/2014JoG13J093.


2013

J. Schewe, J. Heinke, D. Gerten, I. Haddeland, N. Arnell, D. B. Clark, R. Dankers, S. Eisner, B. M. Fekete, F. J Colón-González, S. N. Gosling, H. Kim, X. Liu, Y. Masaki, F. T. Portmann, Y. Satoh, T. Stacke, Q. Tang, Y. Wada, D. Wisser, T. Albrecht, K. Frieler, F. Piontek, L. Warszawski, P. Kabat
Multimodel assessment of water scarcity under climate change
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Special Feature, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1222460110.


F. Pattyn, L. Perichon, G. Durand, L. Favier, O. Gagliardini, R. C. A. Hindmarsh, T. Zwinger, T. Albrecht, S. Cornford, D. Docquier, J. J. Fürst, D. Goldberg, G. H. Gudmundsson, A. Humbert, M. Hütten, P. Huybrechts, G. Jouvet, T. Kleiner, E. Larour, D. Martin, M. Morlighem, A. J. Payne, D. Pollard, M. Rückamp, O. Rybak, H. Seroussi, M. Thoma and N. Wilkens
Grounding-line migration in plan-view marine ice-sheet models: results of the ice2sea MISMIP3d intercomparison
Journal of Glaciology, Vol. 59, No. 215, 410-422, DOI: 10.3189/2013JoG12J129.


2012

T. Albrecht, A. Levermann
Fracture field for large-scale ice dynamics
Journal of Glaciology, Vol. 58, No. 207, 165-176, DOI: 10.3189/2012JoG11J191.


A. Levermann, T. Albrecht, R. Winkelmann, M. A. Martin, M. Haseloff, I. Joughin
Kinematic first-order calving law implies potential for abrupt ice-shelf retreat
The Cryosphere 6, 273-286, DOI:10.5194/tc-6-273-2012.


2011

T. Albrecht, M. A. Martin, R. Winkelmann, M. Haseloff, A. Levermann
Parameterization for subgrid-scale motion of ice-shelf calving fronts
The Cryosphere 5, 35-44, DOI:10.5194/tc-5-35-2011.


M. A. Martin, R. Winkelmann, M. Haseloff, T. Albrecht, E. Bueler, C. Khroulev, A. Levermann
The Potsdam Parallel Ice Sheet Model (PISM-PIK), Part II: Dynamic equilibrium simulation of the Antarctic ice sheet
The Cryosphere 5, 727-740, DOI:10.5194/tc-5-727-2011.


R. Winkelmann, M. A. Martin, M. Haseloff, T. Albrecht, E. Bueler, C. Khroulev, A. Levermann
The Potsdam Parallel Ice Sheet Model (PISM-PIK), Part I: Model description
The Cryosphere 5, 717-726, DOI:10.5194/tc-5-715-2011.

 

 

ISI Citation summary: 1950 citations, h index 14 
(see more details in my profiles on 
Google ScholarORCID or Publons),


  

Reports

 

 

 

H.J. Schellnhuber, et al. (2014)
Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal.
Report commissioned by The World Bank, Washington, U.S.  

J.L. Lozán et al. (2014)
WARNSIGNAL KLIMA: Die Polarregionen
Verlag Wssenschaftliche Auswertungen, Hamburg, Germany
in cooperation with GEO - das Reportage Magazin

 

      

 




Scientific Talks & Conference contributions

T. Albrecht, R. Winkelmann & A. Levermann; "PISM paleo simulations of the Antarctic Ice Sheet over the last two glacial cycles"
EGU 2020 - European Geosciences Union General Assembly
Online, May 5 2020
T. Albrecht, R. Winkelmann & A. Levermann; "Ensemble of simulations of the Antarctic Ice Sheet over the last glacial cycles with PISM"
EGU 2018 - European Geosciences Union General Assembly
Vienna, Austria, April 10 2018
T. Albrecht; "Antarctic Ice Sheet histories during the last glacial cycles"
RD1 Science Discussions
Potsdam (PIK), Grermany, July 05 2017
T. Albrecht, J. Kingslake, R. Scherer, R. Reese et al.; "A new Holocene history of grounding line migration in Ross and Ronne Ice Shelves"
FRISP workshop
Bergen (Sotra), Norway, June 19-22 2017
T. Albrecht; "High resolution simulations with the coupled ice-ocean model PISM-FESOM"
DFG SPP 1158 coordination workshop
Rostock, Germany, Sept 14-16 2016
T. Albrecht & A. Levermann; "Modeling today’s sea-level contribution of glacial Antarctica"
EGU 2015 - European Geosciences Union General Assembly 
Vienna, Austria, April 17 2015
T. Albrecht & A. Levermann; "Understanding ice discharge pulses from Antarctica during the last deglaciation with the Parallel Ice Sheet Model (PISM)"
Joint Model-data workshop for the Late Pleistocene evolution of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets
LGGE, Grenoble, France, May 22-24 2014
T. Albrecht & A. Levermann; "Calving in the Parallel Ice Sheet Model (PISM)"
International Workshop on Calving
LGGE, Grenoble, France, June 1&2 2014
A. Levermann & T. Albrecht
"Spontaneous ice-front retreat caused by disintegration of adjacent ice shelf in Antarctica"
AGU 2013 - American Geophysical Union General Assembly
San Francisco, USA, Dec 13 2013
T. Albrecht; "Modeling the Antarctica Ice Sheet using a fracture-induced calving parameterization"
DFG SPP 1158 coordination workshop
Bochum, Germany, Sept 26-27 2013
T. Albrecht; "Modeling the Antarctica Ice Sheet and Shelf System"
ANT XXIX/3 seminar
RV Polarstern, Weddel Sea, Antarctica, Feb 18 2013
T. Albrecht & A. Levermann; "Fracture-induced softening for large-scale ice dynamics"
FRISP 2012 - 26th International Forum for Research into Ice Shelf Processes
Utö/Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden, June 12-14 2012
T. Albrecht & A. Levermann; "Fracture-induced softening for large-scale ice dynamics"
European PISM ice sheet modeling workshop
Hamburg, Germany, May 22 2012
T. Albrecht & A. Levermann; "Fracture-induced softening for large-scale ice dynamics"
EGU 2012 - European Geosciences Union General Assembly
Vienna, Austria, April 23 2012
T. Albrecht; "Rissbildung in der Eismodellierung"
4. Interdisziplinäres Doktorandensymposium der PoGS
Potsdam, Germany, Nov 2 2011
T. Albrecht & A. Levermann; "Fracture field for large-scale ice dynamics"
EGU 2011 - European Geosciences Union General Assembly
Vienna, Austria, April 07 2011
T. Albrecht & A. Levermann
"A fracture field for large-scale ice dynamics: Ice-shelf calving parameterized in PISM-PIK"
Seminar in the Geophysical Institute at University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Fairbanks, USA, March 24 2011
T. Albrecht & A. Levermann
"A fracture field for large-scale ice dynamics: Ice-shelf calving parameterized in PISM-PIK"
Seminar at EOS, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada, Feb 28 2011
T. Albrecht & A. Levermann
"A fracture field for large-scale ice dynamics: Ice-shelf calving parameterized in PISM-PIK"
Seminar at EAPS, MIT
Boston, USA, Feb 25 2011
T. Albrecht & A. Levermann
"A fracture field for large-scale ice dynamics: Ice-shelf calving parameterized in PISM-PIK"
Seminar at Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, GFDL
Princeton, USA, Feb 22 2011
T. Albrecht & A. Levermann
"A fracture field for large-scale ice dynamics: Ice-shelf calving parameterized in PISM-PIK"
Seminar at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University
New York, USA, Feb 18 2011
T. Albrecht & A. Levermann; "A Memory Field for Ice-Shelf Calving"
PIK-PhD days
Potsdam, Germany, July 8-9 2010
T. Albrecht, M. A. Martin, M. Haseloff, R. Winkelmann and A. Levermann
"A Subgrid-Scale Parameterization for Calving-Front Advance and Retreat"
EGU 2010 - European Geosciences Union General Assembly
Vienna, Austria, May 06 2010

Review Activity:

 

Briefings, Education & Stakeholder Dialog

T. Albrecht; "Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung"
Besuchergruppe des Amtsgerichts Potsdam
Potsdam, Germany, August 28 2019


T. Albrecht; "Klimawandel und das arktische Meereis"
Gesprächskreis "Maritime Sicherheit - Arktische Kooperations- und Konfliktfelder"
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik
Berlin, Germany, November 6 2018


T. Albrecht; "„Setzt Brandenburg dem Klimawandel genug entgegen?“ Themenschwerpunkte Energie- und Verkehrspolitik"
Fact-checking bei Podiumsdiskussion mit Landes-Politikern im Humboldt-Gymnasium
Potsdam, Germany, June 08 2017


T. Albrecht; "Klimawandel - Was geht mich das an??"
Vortrag beim "2. Berliner Klimatag"
Berlin, Germany, April 24 2016


T. Albrecht; "Wie werde ich Klimaforscher?"
Schülervortrag im Rahmen des "Green Day 2015"
Potsdam, Germany, November 17 2015


T. Albrecht & Matthias Mengel; "Entdeckungsreise zum Südpol"
Kindervortrag im Rahmen der "Langen Nacht der Wissenschaft"
Potsdam, Germany, June 13 2015








 

T. Albrecht; "Eis und Meer in Zeiten des Klimawandels"
Öko-Bundesfreiwilligendienst Brandenburg
Potsdam, Germany, December 17 2014


T. Albrecht; "Wie werde ich Klimaforscher?"
Kindervortrag im Rahmen des "Green Day 2014"
Potsdam, Germany, November 12 2014


T. Albrecht & Matthias Mengel; "Entdeckungsreise zum Südpol"
Kindervortrag im Rahmen der "Langen Nacht der Wissenschaft"
Potsdam, Germany, May 10 2014


T. Albrecht; "Klimawandel und wirschaftliche Folgen"
"MigrantInnen Unternehmen und Grüne Wirtschaft" , Bündnis 90 - Die Grünen
Berlin, Germany, Oct 25 2013


T. Albrecht; "Breaking the wall of Antarctica"
Falling Walls Lab 2012
Berlin, Germany, Nov 8 2012


T. Albrecht; "Climate Change - Scientific Fundamentals"
Delegation of the Maledive Islands visiting Bundestag and PIK
Potsdam, Germany, Sept 27 2012


T. Albrecht; "Climate Change - Scientific Fundamentals"
Graduiertentagung III 2012/13, Cusanuswerk e.V.
Georgsmarienhütte/Osnabrück, Germany, Oct 5 2012


T. Albrecht; "Klimafolgenforschung am PIK"
2°C Campus, WWF Deutschland
Potsdam, Germany, April 2 2012


T. Albrecht; "Global Change, Climate Impact and Sustainable Solutions"
American Council on Germany Study Tour visiting PIK
Potsdam, Germany, Dec 7 2011


T. Albrecht; "Der Klimawandel"
Schülergruppe, BMU-Auszeichnung "Klimakiste"
Potsdam, Germany, Jan 19 2011


T. Albrecht; "Der Klimawandel"
Students of Speyer-Kolleg
Potsdam, Germany, Dec 16 2010


T. Albrecht; "Die Rolle der Eisschelfe in der Diskussion um den globalen Meeresspiegelanstieg"
Doktorandenforum der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
Köln-Deutz, Germany, Dec 2-5 2010

 





 

 

 



since 2020 Post-doctoral Researcher
on Development of the PICO ice shelf cavity model into a “pop-up” model for use in transient glacial simulations
as part of the German Climate Modeling Initiative PalMod Phase II
at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Representative at Software, Data and Modeling Council
for the Ice Dynamics (PISM) group at PIK


2017-2020 Post-doctoral Researcher
on Constraining future Antarctic ice loss with the coupled ice-ocean model PISM-FESOM
as part of the DFG-Priority Programme 1158 on Antarctic Research
at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research


2014-2017 Post-doctoral Researcher
on the Role of the last ice ages on present and future sea-level contributions
as part of the DFG-Priority Programme 1158 on Antarctic Research
at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research


2010-2013 Ph.D. in Physics (Dr. rer. nat.)
on A Dynamic Memory of Fracture Processes in Ice Shelves
with Prof. Dr. Anders Levermann
at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
and the Physics Institute of the University of Potsdam, Germany


2010-2013 Graduate Scholarship
by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
(German National Academic Foundation)


2013 Scientific Expedition to Antarctica
ANT-XXIX/3 on R/V Polarstern
with Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung


2011 Visiting Scientist
at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, USA
with Prof. Ed Bueler


2009 Graduation in Physics (Diplom)
on Calving Processes at Ice-Shelf Fronts in the Parallel Ice-Sheet Model at PIK
with Prof. Dr. Anders Levermann
at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
and the University of Potsdam (mark 1.0, "with distinction")


2006-2007 Stay abroad
at the University of Bergen, Norway
with the Erasmus Programme


2006-2009 Undergraduate Scholarship
by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
(German National Academic Foundation)


2003-2009 Studies of Physics
at the University of Potsdam
Majors: Nonlinear Dynamics and Climate Sciences


2002-2003 Civilian Service
in a School specialized for handicapped Children, Schwichtenberg, Germany


2002 High School Graduation (Abitur)
at neues friedländer gymnasium (now KGS)
Intensive Courses: Math and Art (mark 1.0)