Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Victor Brovkin
Research group leader, Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie
Bundesstraße 53, 20146 Hamburg, Germany
+49 40 41173-339, victor.brovkin@we dont want

Selected research topics and accomplishments

Topics: Studies of the role of the terrestrial biosphere in the Earth System in present, past, and future climate, analysis of land-atmosphere interactions and feedbacks between global carbon cycle and climate with a focus on high latitudes processes.

Accomplishments: Development and application of dynamic global vegetation models as a part of Earth System models of full and intermediate complexity; first analysis of historical land use effects on climate; studies of multiple states and abrupt changes in climate using models and observations, with a special focus on the northern high latitudes; evaluation of vegetation models against satellite data; investigation of wetlands and permafrost carbon roles in the global carbon and methane cycles.  


Professional record and academic education

Since 2008
Head of Climate-Biosphere Interactions group, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg

Professor (§17), Centrum für Erdsystemforschung und Nachhaltigkeit, Universität Hamburg

Habilitation, Meteorology, Universität Hamburg

1994 – 2008
Research Scientist, Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK), Potsdam, Germany

 Research Scientist, Oboukhov Institute for Atmospheric Physics of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Dissertation, System Control, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

1987 – 1993
Research Scientist, Research Institute for Agricultural Ecology and Radiology, Obninsk, Russia

Diploma, Mathematics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

Honors, distinctions and awards

Corresponding PI of ERC Synergy grant Q-ARCTIC

Review Editor of IPCC AR6, WGI, Chapter 5 (Carbon Cycle)

ISI Highly Cited Researcher

Co-Chair of AIMES (Analysis, Integration and Modelling of the Earth System),
    Global Research Project of Future Earth

Since 2016
Member of Academia Europaea

Since 2015
Member of Scientific Steering Committees of CMIP6 projects (C4MIP, LUMIP)

2013 - 2021
Member of Scientific Steering Committee of AIMES

2008 – 2018
Editor of the EGU journal “Biogeosciences”

2010 – 2013
Lead author of IPCC AR5, WG I, Ch. 6 (Carbon and Other Biogeochemical Cycles)

2010 – 2013
Scientific Advisor of Marie-Curie Training Network GREENCYCLES II

2006 – 2007
Contributing author of IPCC AR4 WGI

2005 – 2015
Editor of the EGU journal “Climate of the Past”

2003 – 2005
Lead author of Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, WG I: Conditions and Trends


Supervisory work

Since 2008
Supervision of 10 Diploma/MSc students, 9 PhD students, and 8 Postdocs


10 selected publications

Wilkenskjeld, S., Miesner, F., Overduin, P., Puglini, M. & Brovkin, V., 2022: Strong increase in thawing of subsea permafrost in the 22nd century caused by anthropogenic climate change. The Cryosphere, 16, 1057-1069.

Brovkin, V., Brook, E., Williams, J., Bathiany, S., Lenton, T., Barton, M., DeConto, R., Donges, J., Ganopolski, A., McManus, J., Praetorius, S., de Vernal, A., Abe-Ouchi, A., Cheng, H., Claussen, M., Crucifix, M., Gallopín, G., Iglesias, V., Kaufman, D., Kleinen, T., Lambert, F., van der Leeuw, S., Liddy, H., Loutre, M.-F., McGee, D., Rehfeld, K., Rhodes, R., Seddon, A., Trauth, M., Vanderveken, L. & Yu, Z., 2021: Past abrupt changes, tipping points and cascading impacts in the Earth system. Nature Geoscience, 14, 550-558. doi:10.1038/s41561-021-00790-5

de Vrese, P. & Brovkin, V., 2021: Timescales of the permafrost carbon cycle and legacy effects of temperature overshoot scenarios. Nature Communications, 12: 2688. doi:10.1038/s41467-021-23010-5

Abis, B., Brovkin, V., 2019: Alternative tree-cover states of the boreal ecosystem: a conceptual model. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 28, 612-627. doi:10.1111/geb.12880

Brovkin, V., Lorenz, S., Raddatz, T., Ilyina, T., Heinze , M., Stemmler, I., Toohey, M., Claussen, M., 2019: What was the source of the atmospheric CO2 increase during Holocene? Biogeosciences, 16, 2543-2555. doi:10.5194/bg-16-2543-2019

Winkler, A., Myneni, R., Alexandrov, G., Brovkin, V. 2019: Earth system models underestimate Carbon fixation by plants in the high latitudes. Nature Communications, 10: 885. doi:10.1038/s41467-019-08633-z

Willeit, M., Ganopolski, A., Calov, R., Brovkin, V., 2019: Mid-Pleistocene transition in glacial cycles explained by declining CO2 and regolith removal. Science Advances, 5, doi:10.1126/sciadv.aav7337

Kleinen, T., Brovkin, V., 2018: Pathway-dependent fate of permafrost region carbon. Environmental Research Letters, 13: 094001. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aad824

Bathiany, S., D. Notz, T. Mauritsen, G. Rädel, G., V. Brovkin, 2016: On the mechanism of Arctic winter sea ice collapse. Journal of Climate, 29, 2703-2719, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0466.1

Brovkin, V., L. Boysen, V. Arora, J. Boisier, P. Cadule, L. Chini, M. Claussen, P. Friedlingstein, V. Gayler, B. van den Hurk, G. Hurtt, C. Jones, E. Kato, N. de Noblet-Ducoudré, F. Pacifico, J. Pongratz, M. Weiss, 2013: Effect of anthropogenic land-use and land cover changes on climate and land carbon storage in CMIP5 projections for the 21st century. Journal of Climate, 26, 6859-6881, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00623.1