Thomas Stocker – Switzerland

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Thomas Stocker is Professor of Climate and Environmental Physics at the University of Bern and head of the Division of Climate and Environmental Physics of the Physics Institute since 1993. He developed the first climate models of intermediate complexity, and he investigates the role of the carbon cycle in the climate system, in particular, the impact of abrupt climate changes on the biogeochemical cycles. He is the coordinator of the chapter “Global Climate Projection” in the forthcoming Fourth Assessment Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC. (full text).

He says: (Question: Where did the carbon dioxide come from?) “This is one of the grand unsolved puzzles in climate research, about 50% of the 80-ppm glacial-to-interglacial increase can be explained by a change in the solubility of carbon dioxide. Warmer ocean water carries less carbon dioxide than colder water. However, there are complicated biochemical processes in the ocean, such as pH, the depth of the dissolution level for calcium carbonate, and the net primary productivity of the marine carbon cycle that are also playing a role”. (full text).

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Thomas Stocker – Switzerland

He works for the laboratory for Climate and Environmental Physics, Univ. Berne (Switzerland).

Research Interests are: Dynamics of the Climate System, Climate Modelling, Past and Future Climate Change, Abrupt Climate Change, Ice Core Analysis, Isotopes in the Environment, Radiocarbon. (full text and his homepage).

Stocker’s guest lecture was entitled: ‘The latest results from EPICA (the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica): Greenhouse Gases and the Bipolar Seesaw’. Thomas Stocker is a Professor at the University of Bern where he is leader of the Climate and Environmental Physics group. He was in Bergen as part of a three-day workshop involving participants in the project entitled, ‘Patterns of Climate Variability in the North Atlantic (PACLIVA)’. (full text).

Read abstract: Influence of CO2 emission rates on the stability of the thermohaline circulation.

… Thomas Stocker gave a lecture on “Greenhouse Gases and the Ocean Bipolar Seesaw”. Dr Stocker is one of the world’s leading experts on the dynamics of the climate system. He has made significant contributions to climatic research using his models for past and future climatic changes. He coordinates the Global Climate Projections working group for the fourth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and is a member of the management committee of CLIVAR, an international programme on Climate Variability and Predictability. He has been heavily involved with the recent European project Ice Core Drilling in Antarctica (EPICA), which aims to document the variation and variability of greenhouse gas concentrations. Dr Stocker will present the latest results from the project (10/2005). (full text).

Atmospheric Methane and Nitrous Oxide of the Late Pleistocene from Antarctic Ice Cores. (Read the full text = Register for Free or Subscribe/Join AAAS to View Full Text).

Thomas Stocker has published over 110 papers in international refereed journals. He is a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science. Stocker served as a Coordinating Lead Author and contributor for the Third Assessment Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published in 2001, and coordinates the Chapter “Global Climate Projection” in the forthcoming Fourth Assessment Report of IPCC. Stocker was awarded the National Latsis Prize of the Swiss National Science Foundation in 1993 and a honorary doctorate of the University of Versailles (France) in 2006. He is also Member of the Academia Europaea, and a Corresponding Member of the Academy of Science and Literature, Mainz. (full text).

Here some of his publications:

His Institute-Homepage and CV.


Climate Past and Future (04/2007);

PROGRESS REPORT 2003 – 2006, submitted to the SWISS NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, Climate and Environmental, Physics 2003 – 2006;;

climatic (r)evolution;

The Great Ocean Conveyor Belt.

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