10 November 2014
Peter Lemke is professor of physics of ocean and atmosphere at the University of Bremen and head of the Climate Sciences Research Division at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven. Since 2009 he has headed the Climate-Initiative REKLIM (Regional Climate Change) of the Helmholtz Association (HGF), Germany's largest scientific organization.
Professor Lemke's special interests are observation and modelling of high-latitude processes, especially the interaction between atmosphere, sea ice, and ocean. With more than 30 years of experience of working in the field, he has taken part in eight polar expeditions with the German research icebreaker "Polarstern," acting as chief scientist on six of them.
He has served on many national and international committees working on the Arctic climate system, coordinating international atmosphere-sea ice-ocean modeling activities, and chairing the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme from 2000 to 2006.
He was the Coordinating Lead Author for Chapter 4 (Observations: Changes in Snow, Ice and Frozen Ground) of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report published in 2007. In 2010 he received the Bayer Climate Award.
Professor Lemke was German representative to the IIASA Council since 2003, Chair of IIASA’s Program Committee from 2004 to 2008, and Chair of the IIASA Council from 2009 to 2014.
Last edited: 12 November 2014
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