Jakob Dörr PhD candidate in Climate Dynamics (RF4), UiB

What did you do before you joined the Nansen Legacy?

I studied meteorology at the University of Hamburg, both in the bachelor and master. In my master's thesis at the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology, I studied changes in the internal variability of Arctic sea ice.

What is your specific role in the project?

I use a combination of climate models and observations in order to understand and project the loss of winter sea ice in the Barents Sea and the rest of the Arctic Ocean.

Which scientific question do you hope to answer at the end of the project?

Which large-scale drivers influence the winter sea ice in the Arctic, now and in the future?

If you had to choose another discipline within the Nansen Legacy, which one would you choose?

It would be interesting to understand how the sea-ice loss impacts the ecosystem in the Barents Sea.

The Arctic, what fascinates you the most?

How quickly and dramatically an entire region and ecosystem is changing.

What is the first thing you think of when hearing the name, Fridtjof Nansen?

His legendary Fram expedition, which shaped the polar research for decades and still has an influence today.

Which book/film/music has made the largest impression on you lately?

“Wütendes Wetter” (“Angry Weather”) by Friederike Otto, a book about how the science of climate attribution can detect links between single extreme weather events and climate change.

[Photos: Jakob Dörr; Christian Morel / christianmorel.net; www.mostphotos.com]