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Gian-Kasper Plattner
Organisational unit Stab Direktion
Address Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf

Room Bi HV G 10
Contact Phone: +41 44 739 2308
Fax: +41 44 7392 215
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I am a Scientist in the office of the Director at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL). I support the Director in the definition of the strategic orientation of the Institute and in the coordination of overarching science projects at WSL.

Before joining WSL in January 2016, I held the position of Director of Science and Head of the IPCC WGI Technical Support Unit (TSU) at the University of Bern, Switzerland, from 2009 to 2015. From 2007 to 2009, I worked as Research Associate in the Environmental Physics group (UP) at the Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics (IBP), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH Zürich), Switzerland, where I continue to be Affiliated Scientist/Lecturer.


Dipl. Geograph, University of Basel, 1996
Dr. phil. nat., University of Bern, 2001

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Resarch Interests

I'm interested in the global carbon cycle and its links to climate and climate change. While I am no longer actively pursuing my own research, I still continue to be involved in a number of research activities. My research focused on the contemporary and future carbon cycle from regional to global scales, in particular the role of on the ocean component of the Earth System, its role in nutrient and carbon cycling and ultimately climate. As research tools, I used a hierarchy of numerical physical-biogeochemical models.


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I have been involved in teaching the following courses at ETH Zürich:

  • Introduction to Physical Oceanography (jointly lead by Dr. Münnich, Dr. Froelicher, and myself) [Bachelor level]
  • Aquatic Physics (jointly lead by Prof. Wüest, Dr. Münnich, and myself) [Bachelor level]
  • Global Biogeochemical Cycles and Climate (lead by Prof. Gruber) [Master level]
  • Term paper in Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics (lead by Prof. Gruber and the Faculty of IBP) [Master level]

Further, I have been involved in teaching courses at the Universities of Bern and Basel, and at the Swiss College of Agriculture (SHL):

  • Naturwissenschaftliche Grundlagen der Allgemeinen Ökologie, Interdisciplinary Centre for General Ecology (IKAÖ), University of Bern.
  • Graduate Seminar Climate Sciences, Master level course, Graduate School of Climate Sciences, University of Bern.
  • Aktuelle Klimaprobleme, Institute of Meteorology, Climatology and Remote Sensing (MCR Lab), University of Basel.
  • Agrarökonomie im Spiegel von Klima und Wetter, Swiss College of Agriculture (SHL), Zollikofen.