Dr. Sina Loriani

Postdoctoral Researcher

Sina Loriani is a researcher in Research Department 1 on Earth System Analysis at PIK and member of the FutureLab on Earth Resilience in the Anthropocene. His work focuses on tipping points, and contributes to WG1 of the Earth Commission. To this end, he is part of the core team setting up the Tipping Points Model Intercomparison Project (TIPMIP) at PIK.


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
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14412 Potsdam


Current position:


2021-2023: Postdoc position at Earth Commission working group 1. Quantification of safe and just Earth system boundaries and systematic tipping point assessment. Setup of TIPMIP.

2020-2021: Postdoc position at the DLR CARIOQA project, Institute of Quantum Optics. Establishment of a numerical simulator for satellite-based quantum sensing.

2018-2019: Research stays at the theory and metrology group (Prof. Wolf) at SYRTE (Observatoire de Paris) in a collaboration on systematic errors in space-borne quantum experiments.

2017-2020: PhD in physics, Quantum sensing group (Prof. Rasel, Dr. Gaaloul) at the Institute of Quantum Optics (LUH). Specialization on quantum sensors (atom interferometry, clocks) for inertial navigation, geodesy and tests of fundamental physics. Thesis: Atom Interferometry for Tests of General Relativity.


2014-2016: M.Sc. in physics (LUH). Thesis: Ultracold atomic sources for space-borne atom interferometry.

2011-2014: B.Sc. in physics Leibniz University Hannover (LUH).

  • Systematic investigation of tipping points
  • Time series analysis of nonlinear systems
  • Supporting the work of the Earth Commission WG1
  • Future Lab: Earth Resilience in the Anthropocene

earth.PNG Earth system sciences and tipping points

  • T. M. Lenton, D.I. Armstrong McKay, S. Loriani, J.F. Abrams, S.J. Lade, J.F. Donges, M. Milkoreit, T. Powell, S.R. Smith, C. Zimm, J.E. Buxton, E. Bailey, L. Laybourn, A. Ghadiali, J.G. Dyke (eds), 2023, The Global Tipping Points Report 2023. University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.
  • B Stewart-Koster et al., Living within the safe and just Earth system boundaries for blue water, Nature Sustainability (2023)
  • J Abrams et al., Committed Global Warming Risks Triggering Multiple Climate Tipping Points, Earth's Future (2023)
  • J Rockström et al., Safe and just Earth system boundaries, Nature (2023)
  • T Lenton, C Xu et al., Quantifying the human cost of global warming, Nature Sustainability (2023)
  • N Wunderling et al., Global warming overshoots increase risks of climate tipping cascades in a network model, Nature Climate Change (2022)
  • D I Armstrong McKay et al., Exceeding 1.5°C global warming could trigger multiple climate tipping points, Science 377, 6611  (2022)

to illustrate what I have been doing before joining PIK 

Quantum sensing