About Me

I hold a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Meteorology from the Free University of Berlin, Germany and have multiple years of research experience in climate dynamics and interactions at climate research institutions such as the ETH in Zurich, the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg and the Complutense University of Madrid. This gave me experience in analyzing problems in climate modeling, climate subsystem interaction, climate dynamics, and big data analysis. After my undergraduate studies, I did my PhD in Physics at the Department of Earth Science and Astrophysics of the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, where I specialized in land-climate interaction in the climate system and its role in the Earth energy inventory. During that time, I also had research visits to the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg and to Utrecht University. Thereafter, I worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the NORCE Norwegian Research Centre, where I investigated the permafrost-carbon feedback in climate-change projections of current-generation climate models and the corresponding dynamic instabilities in high-latitude ecosystems. To that, I conducted a research stay at the Met Office Hadley Centre in Exeter. Currently, I am working as a Senior Climate Researcher at the CICERO Center for International Climate Research in Oslo, Norway, where my research focus lies on climate change impacts and reversibility processes in climate change mitigation scenarios running ensembles of Simple and Conceptual Climate Models.

My research focuses on analyzing land-climate interactions, including land surface physical processes, energy exchange, the carbon cycle and the biosphere. I have researched the sensitivity of land-climate interactions to soil-model depth and hydro-thermodynamic coupling in state-of-the-art Earth System Models, with a particular focus on Arctic ecosystems and their respective responses to future climate warming. Currently, I am working on assessing Earth system reversibility and associated climate change impacts with a focus on land processes. Further, I extend my research to the investigation of high-latitude ecosystems as potential tipping elements under changing warming conditions.

CICERO Centre for International Climate Research
Climate Mitigation Research Group
Oslo Science Park, Gaustadalléen 21
0349 Oslo, Norway

CICERO Center for International Climate Research

E-mail: norman.steinert@cicero.oslo.no


  • Climate Change
  • Climate Dynamics
  • Numerical Modeling
  • Land-Atmosphere Interactions
  • Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • Permafrost
  • Carbon Cycle
  • Climate Feedbacks
  • Tipping Elements


  • Ph.D. in Physics, 2021
    Complutense University of Madrid
  • M.Sc. in Meteorology, 2017
    Free University of Berlin
  • B.Sc. in Meteorology, 2013
    Free University of Berlin