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Dirk Notz
Research Group Leader
Sea Ice in the Earth System
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
  • Atmosphere and Climate
  • Marine
  • Education and Outreach
Sea ice
microstructure of sea ice, air-ice-sea interaction, tipping points, sea-ice modelling, fieldwork, polar climate change
  • Arctic

While being a student, I spent one year in Svalbard and got fascinated by all the snow and ice there. Hence, I decided to become a polar researcher, and did both my Diploma thesis and my PhD thesis on sea-ice related processes. Now, I'm head of the Max-Planck-Research group "Sea Ice in the Earth System", trying to better understand the role of sea ice for the past and future climate evolution.   Our work involves lab experiments and field work, primarily to better understand the microstructure of sea ice and its interaction with the underlying ocean. We also actively develop a new sea-ice model to be used for large-scale climate studies and also try to better understand the predictability of future sea-ice evolution on seasonal and decadal time scales.

  • Mentor Panels
    These panels are held at major international conferences and are coordinated by
    APECS members. Participation involves a 2-3 hour commitment on the day
    of the panel meeting.

  • Career Development Presentations
    Short presentations at conferences/workshops with a question/answer period.

  • Career Development Workshop Sessions
    Helping in the coordination and facilitation of sessions at major conferences

  • One-on-One Mentoring
    Email correspondence with APECS members regarding career advice (including
    alternative careers in polar/cryospheric issues), research skills, data
    management and occasional research-specific discussions/questions.

  • Participation in live online discussions
    This will be advertised to all APECS members and will be facilitated by an
    APECS Council or Executive Committee Member. Transcripts will be
    posted online for future reference.

  • Reviewing Resumes/CVs and Assisting with Cover Letter Development.

  • Reviewing papers and posters

  • Helping to improve presentation and communication skills

  • In-person meetings/conferences/seminars
  • Online seminars
  • Telephone/Skype conversations
  • Email Exchange
  • IM/Chat
  • European Geosciences Union
  • Arctic Frontiers
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