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Erik Jan Schaffernicht

Erik Jan Schaffernicht
in E6

University of Cologne
Institute for Meteorology

    Pohligstr. 3
50969 Cologne
    Phone:   +49 (0)221-470 6363
  E-mail:   eschaffe@uni-koeln.de
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CRC 806 - Project Affiliation

Project E6
Palaeoclimate and Palaeoenvironmental Reconstructions Using a Computational Regional Environmental Modelling System

Project Z3
Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG)



P. Ludwig, E. J. Schafferincht, Y. Shao, J. G. Pinto

Regional atmospheric circulation over Europe during the Last Glacial Maximum and its links to precipitation

J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 121, 2130–2145, doi:10.1002/2015JD024444.





S. Rahm­storf, J.E. Box, G. Feul­ner, M.E.Mann, A.R., S.Ru­t­her­ford und E. J. Schaf­fer­nicht

Ex­cep­tio­nal twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry slow­down in At­lan­tic Ocean over­turning cir­cu­la­ti­on

Na­tu­re Cli­ma­te Chan­ge
March 2015


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Corresponding press release by Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK): Click here


Scientific Interests

  • Paleoclimate modelling
  • Regional simulation of the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM, 21 000 years ago)
  • Circulation Weather Type classification (CWT)
  • Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project Phase 3 (PMIP3)
  • Weather Research and Forecasting Model (WRF-Chem/Dust)
  • Dust, Loess, Speleothem and Pollen as climate proxies
  • Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation
  • Recent changes of the Earth system (20th/21st century): Ocean, Atmosphere, Land.
  • Climate forcings
  • Climate feedback loops
  • High performance computing (HPC)


Ph.D. Research Topic:

Modelling paleo dust as a climate indicator and comparison with loess and sediment proxies



Yaping Shao (Meteorology, Full Professor) and Martin Melles (Geology, Full Professor)



Patrick Ludwig, Martina Klose



Since 2013:

Doctoral candidate at Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany.


Course of study: Physics

Degree: Diplom Physik (German university degree)

Minor university studies:
Climate Physics, Geophysics, Microsystems Engineering, Latin, Spanish, Computer Science


Diploma thesis (title translated to English):
Analysis of Temperature Data as a Proxy for the Atlantic Circulation


Diploma thesis, official title:
Analyse von Temperaturdaten als Proxy für die Atlantikzirkulation


Conference contributions

2016, DACH, Berlin, Germany . . . Talk on large scale atmospherice patterns during LGM

2015, MHN-Akademie, Heidelberg, Germany . . . Talk on "Ex­cep­tio­nal twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry slow­down in Atlantic Ocean over­turning cir­cu­la­ti­on"

2015, CdE, Kirchheim, Germany . . . Talk on Earth System Sciences, Climate Proxies and the slowdown of the Atlantic overturning circulation"

2015, EGU-GA, Vienna, Austria . . . Poster on CWT for the LGM

2015, GSGS, Cologne, Germany . . . Poster on LGM reconstruction

2013, EGU-GA, Vienna, Austria . . . Erik's diploma thesis results presented, talk by S. Rahmstorf

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