Dirk Notz is professor for sea-ice research at the University of Hamburg and one of the lead authors of the most recent IPCC report. His research aims among others at a conceptual understanding of the large-scale climate evolution of our planet, with a specific focus on the past and future evolution of the sea-ice cover in the polar regions.
Dirk studied meteorology and physics in Hamburg and Seattle, and obtained a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Cambridge, UK. He has spent a good part of his life in the polar regions for sea-ice related field work.. Among others, he has led a number of student field expeditions in the high Arctic. For the recent IPCC report, he has been lead author for the chapter on “Oceans, Cryosphere and Sea Level”, and was engaged in the final discussions on the summary for policymakers.
Besides his research, Dirk is very engaged in public outreach activities and has won several prizes for his clear communication of scientific topics. He regularly gives public presentations on climate change, with audiences including policy makers and private businesses but also elementary schools and universities.