Professor, Oceanography,

IPRC, Department of Oceanography, SOEST, University of Hawaii

2525 Correa Road

Honolulu, HI 96822



axel at hawaii dot edu

tel:+1 808-9562720


1999 - Ph. D., Meteorology, Max Planck Institute of Meteorology, Hamburg

Thesis: Modes of climate variability as simulated by a coupled general circulation model

1995 - Diploma Physics, University of Marburg. Thesis: Photon-interferometry of the quark-gluon plasma (in German)

1992 - B. Sc., Physics, University of Marburg


Rosenstiel award of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, 2007

Research Interests

ENSO dynamics

Abrupt Climate Change

Dynamics of Thermohaline Circulation

Decadal climate predictability

Dynamical Systems’ Theory

Glacial Dynamics

Reconstructing climate change in Hawaii

Lake Kauhako

Professional Experience

Full Professor in Physical Oceanography University of Hawaii, since 2009

Associate Professor in Physical Oceanography, University of Hawaii, 2004-2009

Head of Research Group: Centennial and Millennial Climate Variability, IfM-Geomar, 2001-2006

Postdoctoral Fellow, International Pacific Research Center, Hawaii, USA, 2000-2001

Postdoctoral Fellow, Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute, the Netherlands,1998-2000

Further Professional Experience

IPCC Lead author of Chapter 5, 2010-2013

co-Organizer “Using paleo-climate model/data comparisons to constrain future projections”, Hawaii, 2012

Ex officio Member of the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group, 2008-2009

Organizer of International WCRP/PAGES summerschool: ENSO: Dynamics and Predictability June 2008

Visiting Professor Universite de Louvain La Neuve, Belgium, July-August, 2007

co-Organizer CLIVAR workshop Western Tropical Pacific, Guangzhou, November 2007

Organizer CLIVAR Pacific Panel meeting, Guangzhou, November 29-30, 2007

Organizer WCRP/CLIVAR Workshop on Multidecadal to Centennial Global Climate Variability, November 2006 (talks)

Chair of the International CLIVAR Pacific Panel,January 2005 - July 2009

Visiting Scientist, Leibniz Institut fuer Meereswissenschaften, IfM-GEOMAR, August, 2005

Member of the Air-Sea Interaction Committee of the AMS, December 2004-Dec. 2007

Co-Chair of SPIE's international Asia-Pacific Symposium, Hangzhou, China September 2002

Visiting Scientist, Department of Meteorology, University of Hawai'i, USA, Winter 2001/2002

Secretary Nonlinear Processes section of the European Geophysical Society, 2000 -2007

Organizer International Workshop Dynamical System Concepts in Climate Dynamics, De Bilt, the Netherlands, 2000

Co-author of the Greenpeace Report Pacific in Peril, September 2000

Visiting Scientist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, USA, 2000 (February)

IPCC: Co-author of the IPCC Third Assessment Report, Chapter 2,7,9, 1999

Lecturer, KNMI. Lecture series on Stochastic Climate Models, 1999 (January - April )

German Climate Expert Group Delegate to Jakarta, 1997

Oceanographic research cruise ARC XII to the Arctic Ocean, 1996