World renown climate expert to become professor – University of Copenhagen

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06 February 2017

World renown climate expert to become professor


Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen to take up professorship at the University of Copenhagen’s Niels Bohr Institute on March 1st. As an internationally recognized expert and one of the main authors of a UN Climate Change Report, Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen will contribute towards improving Danish climate research, through a strong interdisciplinary collaboration with the Danish Meteorological Institute. Furthermore, the new professorship will strengthen academic programmes at the Niels Bohr Institute, particularly in meteorology-, climate- and ice-physics.

Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen

Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen

Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen comes from a position as Scientific Head at DMI, the Danish Meteorological Institute. The Niels Bohr Institute’s Head of Department, Niels Obers, is excited about the new professorship and looks forward to expanded collaboration between DMI and the Niels Bohr Institute:

“Together with DMI, we will be able to attract more of an ever-increasing amount of national and international funding that will serve towards the development of better climate models, analyses and forecasts,” says Niels Obers.

Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen is one of the world's leading researchers in the use of climate models to predict future climatic conditions. He is also an expert on both Arctic climate change and on extremes of temperature and precipitation. The appointment will allow him to contribute more knowledge about the sensitivity of climate to changes in sea ice and Greenlandic Inland Ice.

His professorship will fortify course offerings at Niels Bohr Institute in the fields of meteorology-, climate- and ice physics, and oceanography, department areas already noted by world-class research.

Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen holds a doctoral degree in Astrophysics from the University of Copenhagen’s Niels Bohr Institute, and has served as Scientific Head at DMI for a number of years. He is 58-years-old, married and has two adult daughters.