Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

Mentor Database

Name (First, Last)
Dirk Notz
Job/ Position Title/ Classification
Research Group Leader
Department/ Unit/ Branch
Sea Ice in the Earth System
University/ Institution/ Organization/ Employer
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Telephone Number (please include country code)
Please check the major focus area that best fits your interests.
  • Atmosphere and Climate
  • Marine
  • Education and Outreach
Primary Discipline
Sea ice
Please list a few keywords that describe your work and interests Separate the words with a comma ( , ).
microstructure of sea ice, air-ice-sea interaction, tipping points, sea-ice modelling, fieldwork, polar climate change
Please indicate the main regions where you work or conduct your research.
  • Arctic
Please provide a short biosketch (1000 characters)

While being a student, I spent one year in Svalbard and got fascinated by all the snow and ice there. Hence, I decided to become a polar researcher, and did both my Diploma thesis and my PhD thesis on sea-ice related processes. Now, I'm head of the Max-Planck-Research group "Sea Ice in the Earth System", trying to better understand the role of sea ice for the past and future climate evolution.   Our work involves lab experiments and field work, primarily to better understand the microstructure of sea ice and its interaction with the underlying ocean. We also actively develop a new sea-ice model to be used for large-scale climate studies and also try to better understand the predictability of future sea-ice evolution on seasonal and decadal time scales.

Mentoring activities you are interested in participating in (check all that apply).
  • Mentor Panels
    These panels are held at major international conferences and are coordinated by
    APECS members. Participation involves a 2-3 hour commitment on the day
    of the panel meeting.

  • Career Development Presentations
    Short presentations at conferences/workshops with a question/answer period.

  • Career Development Workshop Sessions
    Helping in the coordination and facilitation of sessions at major conferences

  • One-on-One Mentoring
    Email correspondence with APECS members regarding career advice (including
    alternative careers in polar/cryospheric issues), research skills, data
    management and occasional research-specific discussions/questions.

  • Participation in live online discussions
    This will be advertised to all APECS members and will be facilitated by an
    APECS Council or Executive Committee Member. Transcripts will be
    posted online for future reference.

  • Reviewing Resumes/CVs and Assisting with Cover Letter Development.

  • Reviewing papers and posters

  • Helping to improve presentation and communication skills

Preferred method of mentoring (check all that apply)
  • In-person meetings/conferences/seminars
  • Online seminars
  • Telephone/Skype conversations
  • Email Exchange
  • IM/Chat
Conferences you normally attend (check all that apply)
  • European Geosciences Union
  • Arctic Frontiers
We would very much like to include you in the online mentor database that is available to our members, but we also understand that you might only want us to use your information for our internal purposes. Please let us know if we can include your information on our website.
Sure, include me in your list online

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