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Norman J. Steinert

Postdoctoral researcher

NORCE - Norwegian Research Centre

About Me

Currently, I am working as a Postdoc at the Norwegian Research Centre in Bergen, Norway, where I investigate the permafrost-carbon feedback in climate-change projections of current-generation climate models and the corresponding dynamic instabilities in high-latitude ecosystems. My research interest focuses on the analysis of land-atmosphere and land-climate interactions, including land surface physical processes, the carbon cycle and the biosphere. Further, I extend my research to the investigation of high-latitude ecosystems as potential tipping elements under changing warming conditions. Recent publications involve work with thermodynamic and hydrological surface and subsurface regimes in different regions of the Earth. I have conducted research on 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. 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.

Norwegian Research Centre
Climate and Environment
Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research
Jahnebakken 5
5007 Bergen, Norway


E-mail: nste@norceresearch.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