Prof. Dr. Dirk Notz is a German climate researcher and a lead author of the next IPCC report on global climate change. He is head of the sea-ice research groups at the University of Hamburg and at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg. His research focuses on understanding the past and future evolution of the sea-ice cover in the polar regions of our planet.
For his research, he has led numerous expeditions in the Arctic.
He studied meteorology and physics in Seattle and Hamburg, and obtained a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Cambridge. He is very engaged in public outreach activities, regularly advises policy makers, and has won several prizes for his clear communication of climate science.