Katrin Meissner (climatologist)

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Katrin Juliane Meissner (born 1971 in Berlin ) is a German-Australian climate scientist . She has headed the Climate Change Research Center at the University of New South Wales since 2017 , where she has been a professor since 2018 .


Meissner passed the German Abitur and the Baccalauréat Français at the French Gymnasium in Berlin in 1989 . In 1995 she graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Lille with an engineering degree. In 1996 she graduated from the University of Pierre and Marie Curie with a Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies on the interactions between oceans and the atmosphere. She received her doctorate in physics from the University of Bremen in 1999 . From 2000 to 2009 she worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria in Canada. In 2009 she moved to the University of New South Wales as a Senior Lecturer . There she has been director of the Climate Change Research Center since 2017 and has been a professor since 2018.

Meissner has lived in Sydney with her family since 2009. She has two children.


Meissner's research interests include abrupt climate change events as well as threshold values ​​and feedback in the climate system . It relies on climate models of the Earth system in conjunction with paleoclimate records to improve the understanding of the fundamental mechanisms underlying climate variability and climate change .


Meissner has received several awards, including the Annette Barthelt Prize for Marine Research in 2000 for her doctoral thesis.

Publications (selection)

  • Eby, M., Zickfeld, K., Montenegro, A., Archer, D., Meissner, KJ, & Weaver, AJ (2009). Lifetime of anthropogenic climate change: millennial time scales of potential CO2 and surface temperature perturbations. Journal of Climate, 22 (10), 2501-2511. DOI: 10.1175 / 2008JCLI2554.1
  • Meissner, KJ, Lippmann, T., & Gupta, AS (2012). Large-scale stress factors affecting coral reefs: open ocean sea surface temperature and surface seawater aragonite saturation over the next 400 years. Coral Reefs, 31 (2), 309-319. DOI: 10.1007 / s00338-011-0866-8
  • Meissner, KJ, Weaver, AJ, Matthews, HD, & Cox, PM (2003). The role of land surface dynamics in glacial inception: a study with the UVic Earth System Model. Climate Dynamics, 21 (7-8), 515-537. DOI: 10.1007 / s00382-003-0352-2

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b The winners: Prize winners of the year 2000. Annette Barthelt-Stiftung e. V., accessed on January 7, 2020 .
  2. a b Thomas Hummel: Devastating forest fires in Australia: "The political reaction is shocking". sueddeutsche.de , November 22, 2019, accessed on January 7, 2020 .
  3. a b c d e f Katrin J. Meissner - Curriculum Vitae. University of New South Wales, accessed January 7, 2020 .
  4. a b Kerry Brewster: Climate Scientists Reveal Their Fears For The Future , ABC Lateline, June 29, 2017
  5. a b Katrin Juliane Meissner. University of New South Wales, accessed January 7, 2020 .