December 9th, 2022


Professor of Physics of the Oceans, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and University of Potsdam


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Climate One is delighted to present the 2022 Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication to climate scientist and ocean expert Dr. Stefan Rahmstorf. 

In a year of unprecedented oceanic changes, Dr. Rahmstorf exemplifies the rare combination of superb scientist and powerful communicator in his work to convey the impact of climate on oceans, sea level rise, and increasing extreme weather events. 

Last year marked the highest ocean temperatures on record, threatening massive marine life extinction, undercutting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, and rapidly accelerating global sea level rise. But the ocean also offers climate solutions: it is the planet’s largest carbon storage unit and weather regulator, and a potential – yet controversial – source of minerals critical for building batteries to power the clean energy economy.

As oceans get warmer, higher, and more acidic, limiting global warming to 1.5°C is imperative to avoiding catastrophic ocean tipping points. What’s in store for our oceans — and for us — in a rapidly warming world?

Join us for this special online event with Stefan Rahmstorf, Co-Head of Research, Department on Earth System Analysis of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Professor of Physics of the Oceans at the University of Potsdam.

About the Award

Established in honor of Dr. Stephen H. Schneider, one of the founding fathers of climatology, Climate One’s Schneider Award recognizes a natural or social scientist who has made extraordinary scientific contributions and communicated that knowledge to a broad public in a clear, compelling fashion. Past winners include Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Katharine Hayhoe, Robert Bullard, Jane Lubchenco, and Michael Mann, among others.