A physicist and oceanographer by training, Stefan Rahmstorf has moved from early work in general relativity theory to working on climate issues.
He has done research at the New Zealand Oceanographic Institute, at the Institute of Marine Science in Kiel and since 1996 at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany (in Potsdam near Berlin).
His work focuses on the role of ocean currents in climate change, past and present.
In 1999 Rahmstorf was awarded the $ 1 million Centennial Fellowship Award of the US-based James S. McDonnell foundation.
Since 2000 he teaches physics of the oceans as a professor at Potsdam University.
Rahmstorf is a member of the Panel on Abrupt Climate Change and of the Advisory Council on Global Change of the German government.
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