Geosystem Modelling

Prof. Dr. Michael Schulz

1994 Diploma in Geology- Paleontology, University of Kiel; 1998 Dissertation in Paleoceanography, University of Kiel

Employment: 1998-2002 Institute for Geosciences, University of Kiel; Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Ja Jolla, USA; Meteorological Institute, University of Hamburg

Professor in Bremen since 2002

Research Interests: Rapid climate change during the Quaternary – Climate change and global biogeochemical cycles during the Neogene – Time-series analysis

We study the environmental conditions and their variability throughout the Earth’s history by means of Earth-system models. They allow us to understand the mechanisms underlying reconstructed environmental variability. Specifically, we analyse the origin of natural climate variations to assess the stability of the climate system at different times in the geological past.

Working Area

The role of the ocean in the climate system – natural climate variations during warm climates – climate development during the past 65 million years – direct modelling of measurable climate indices (e. g. oxygen- and carbon isotopes) – climate-induced variations of marine and terrestrial ecosystems


The employed Earth-system models are complex computer programs, describing the dynamics of atmosphere, ocean, sea-ice etc., biogeochemical processes and their interactions. The range of models encompasses detailed, realistic models as well as conceptual models , which allow for a deeper understanding of the climate system by focusing only on the essential dynamical elements of the climate system.


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