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Dr. Gian-Kasper Plattner

 

Funktion

Leiter Forschungsprogramm, Senior Scientist

  

Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf

Standort

Birmensdorf Bi HV G 10

 

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.

Education

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

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.

Publications

»» Follow this link for the most recent version of my publication list.

Teaching

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.

 

 

Curriculum Vitae

born 23. November 1970 in Basel, Switzerland.

Education

2001Ph.D., Natural Sciences, (Dr. phil. nat.), Division for Climate and Environmental Physics, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
1996Diploma, Geography, Meteorology, Climatology and Remote Sensing Lab, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
1989Matura, Gymnasium Bäumlihof Basel (High-school), Basel, Switzerland

Professional Experience

2016-Scientist, Office of the Director, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL)

Affiliated Scientist and Lecturer, Environmental Physics Group, Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, Department of Environmental Sciences, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

2014-2015Head, IPCC WGI TSU, University of Bern, Switzerland

Affiliated Scientist, Division for Climate and Environmental Physics, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland, & Environmental Physics Group, Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, Department of Environmental Sciences, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

2009-2013Deputy Head, Director of Science, IPCC WGI TSU, University of Bern, Switzerland

Affiliated Scientist, Division for Climate and Environmental Physics, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland, & Environmental Physics Group, Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, Department of Environmental Sciences, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

2007-2009Research Scientist, Environmental Physics, Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, Department of Environmental Sciences, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
2005-2007Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Division for Climate and Environmental Physics, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
2004-2005Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Biogeochemistry Group, IGPP, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2002-2004Postdoctoral Fellow, NOAA Program in Climate and Global Change (NOAA Yearbook)
2002-2004Visiting Research Scientist, Biogeochemistry Group, IGPP, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2001-2002Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Division for Climate and Environmental Physics, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
1997-2001Research Assistant, Division for Climate and Environmental Physics, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
1996-1997Research Scientist, Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, Davos, Switzerland
1996Internship at the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, Weissfluhjoch Davos, Davos, Switzerland
1994-1996Research Assistant, Meteorology, Climatology and Remote Sensing Lab, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Schools and Courses

2015Course "Alles im Griff mit Projektmanagement", Business Tools, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
2015Course "Teams stark machen!", Business Tools, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
20046th Summer Institute for the NOAA Postdoctoral Program in Climate and Global Change, Steamboat Springs, CO, USA
1999Swiss Climate Summer School, Hasliberg : 'The Dynamics of the Earth System: Processes and Records of Past Climate Change'
1998Winter School, Centre de Physique des Houches, France: 'Mathematical and Physical Tools for Climate Dynamics'

Fellowships

2002-2004Postdoctoral Fellowship from the NOAA Program in Climate and Global Change (NOAA Yearbook)
2002Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation (declined)

Society Membership

Advisors

Postdoctoral Advisors: Nicolas Gruber, Fortunat Joos, and Thomas F. Stocker

Ph.D. Thesis Advisors: Fortunat Joos and Thomas F. Stocker

Diploma Thesis Advisors: Dieter Scherer and Eberhard Parlow

 

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