Dr. Gian-Kasper Plattner
Senior Scientist, Leiter Stab Direktion
+41 44 739 23 08
Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
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.
Dipl. Geograph, University of Basel, 1996
Dr. phil. nat., University of Bern, 2001
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.
born 23. November 1970 in Basel, Switzerland.
|2001||Ph.D., Natural Sciences, (Dr. phil. nat.), Division for Climate and Environmental Physics, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland|
|1996||Diploma, Geography, Meteorology, Climatology and Remote Sensing Lab, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland|
|1989||Matura, Gymnasium Bäumlihof Basel (High-school), Basel, Switzerland|
Schools and Courses
|2015||Course "Alles im Griff mit Projektmanagement", Business Tools, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland|
|2015||Course "Teams stark machen!", Business Tools, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland|
|2004||6th Summer Institute for the NOAA Postdoctoral Program in Climate and Global Change, Steamboat Springs, CO, USA|
|1999||Swiss Climate Summer School, Hasliberg : 'The Dynamics of the Earth System: Processes and Records of Past Climate Change'|
|1998||Winter School, Centre de Physique des Houches, France: 'Mathematical and Physical Tools for Climate Dynamics'|
|2002-2004||Postdoctoral Fellowship from the NOAA Program in Climate and Global Change (NOAA Yearbook)|
|2002||Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation (declined)|
|since 1999||American Geophysical Union|
|since 2001||European Geophysical Society/Union|
|2005||American Society of Limnology and Oceanography|
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