Peter Landschützer appointed research director at the VLIZ in Ostend

Dr. Peter Landschützer, scientist in the department "The Ocean in the Earth System" at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and head of the group "Observations, Analysis and Synthesis", will be the new research director at the Belgian Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ; Flanders Marine Institute) in Ostend. Starting in September 2022, he will serve as director in climate research there, but will continue to work closely with colleagues at MPI-M in the context of CO2 measurements. The MPI-M congratulates Peter Landschützer on this success!

Credit: Peter Landschützer

Peter Landschützer received his Master of Science (Mag. rer. nat.) degree in Environmental Systems Science from the University of Graz, Austria, in 2011; he wrote his master's thesis on the exchange of CO2 and O2 at the atmosphere-ocean interface at the University of Bergen, Norway. He completed his PhD on "Variability of the Global Ocean Carbon Sink (1998 through 2011)" in July 2014 at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England. From 2014 to 2016, he was a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, before joining MPI-M and eventually becoming group leader.

Peter Landschützer's research interests to date have focused on the variability of the global ocean carbon cycle and its impacts, with a particular focus on the Southern Ocean. Through collaborating with sailors, for example Boris Herrmann's and his racing yacht "Malizia - Seaexplorer", he was able to contribute to the collection of sea surface CO2 measurements during the 2021 Vendée Globe race in regions of the Southern Hemisphere that are otherwise difficult to reach for in situ measurements. These measurements will be continued. In the future, Peter Landschützer will also turn to new tasks, such as the effects of climate change on coastal regions.

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Dr. Peter Landschützer
Now: Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)
E-Mail: peter.landschuetzer@we dont want (Max Planck Institute for Meteorology)