Stefan Rahmstorf

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

Stefan Rahmstorf is professor of Physics of the Oceans at Potsdam University and Co-Head of Research Department on Earth System Analysis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany.

He is a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher and has published over 140 scientific papers (30 of which appear in the journals Nature, Science and PNAS), and has co-authored four books, two of which are in English (Our Threatened Oceans and The Climate Crisis).

Rahmstorf was a lead author of the 4th Assessment Report of the IPCC and advised the German government from 2004-2013 in the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). In 2007 he became an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales and in 2010 a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. In 2017 he was the first scientist outside the US to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize of the American Geophysical Union. He co-founded the Realclimate.org blog as well as the German blog KlimaLounge. Rahmstorf regularly comments in the German news magazine Der Spiegel and is Europe’s most-followed climate scientist on Twitter.

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Stefan Rahmstorf: 2022 Schneider Award Winner

Every year, we grant an award in memory of pioneering climate scientist Steve Schneider, a who fiercely took on the denial machine from the 1970s until his death in 2010. This year's recipient is German physicist and ocean expert Dr. Stefan Rahmstorf. Dr. Rahmstorf says we’re running toward a cliff in a fog. What can science tell us where that cliff is – and how to avoid it?