Short CV/Education and training

  • 1995
    Abitur (A-levels)

  • 1988 – 2000
    Freie Universität (FU) Berlin (student, stratosphere group)

  • 1995 – 2000
    Studied meteorology at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany

  • 2000
    Diplom degree in meteorology (with top marks)

  • 2000 – 2003
    FU Berlin (doctoral student, stratosphere group)

  • 2003
    Doctorate(Dr. rer. nat.), Institute of Meteorology, FU Berlin, Germany – dissertation topic: The impact of the 11-year sunspot cycle and the QBO on the atmosphere: A model study (summa cum laude, Prof. Dr. K. Labitzke, Prof. Dr. U. Cubasch)

  • 2004 – 2007
    Research associate, postdoc at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, USA

  • 2004 – 2008
    Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowship (OIF) from the European Commission at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, USA and the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin; research associate, postdoc at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

  • 2009 – 2011
    Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam, Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ und Freie Universität Berlin, Department for Meteorology – (Director of the Helmholtz higher education junior research group NATHAN (Quantification of Natural Climate Variability in the Atmosphere-Hydrosphere System with Data Constrained Simulations))

  • 2010 – 2011
    W2 professor of atmosphere–hydrosphere systems in the Earth science section of the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) Potsdam, Germany

  • Since 2012
    EOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel – Director of the Helmholtz higher education junior research group NATHAN (Quantification of Natural Climate Variability in the Atmosphere-Hydrosphere System with Data Constrained Simulations)

  • Since 2012
    W3-Professur at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and the "Christian-Albrechts-Universität" Kiel

Selected publications

  • Wang, W., Matthes, K. und Schmidt, T. (2015) Quantifying contributions to the recent temperature variability in the tropical tropopause layer Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15 . pp. 5815-5826. DOI 10.5194/acp-15-5815-2015.

  • Hood, L. L., Misios, S., Mitchell, D. M., Rozanov, E., Gray, L. J., Tourpali, K., Matthes, K.et al. (Im Druck / Accepted) Solar Signals in CMIP-5 Simulations: The Ozone Response Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society . DOI 10.1002/qj.2553.

  • Mitchell, D. M., Misios, S., Gray, L. J., Tourpali, K., Matthes, K., et al (Im Druck / Accepted) Solar Signals in CMIP-5 Simulations: The Stratospheric Pathway Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society . n/a-n/a. DOI 10.1002/qj.2530.

  • Seppälä, A., Matthes, K., Randall, C. und Mironova, I. (2014) What is the solar influence on climate? Overview of activities during CAWSES-II Progress in Earth and Planetary Science, 1 (24). pp. 1-12. DOI 10.1186/s40645-014-0024-3.

  • Hansen, F., Matthes, K., Petrick, C. und Wang, W. (2014) The influence of natural and anthropogenic factors on major stratospheric sudden warmings Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 119 (13). pp. 8117-8136. DOI 10.1002/2013JD021397.

  • Martin-Puertas, C., Matthes, K., Brauer, A., Muscheler, R., Hansen, F., Petrick, C., Aldahan, A., Possnert, G. und van Geel, B. (2012) Regional atmospheric circulation shifts induced by a grand solar minimum Nature Geoscience, 5 (6). pp. 397-401. DOI 10.1038/ngeo1460.

  • Matthes, K. (2011) Atmospheric science: Solar cycle and climate predictions Nature Geoscience, 4 (11). pp. 735-736. DOI 10.1038/ngeo1298.

  • Gray, L. J., Beer, J., Geller, M., Haigh, J. D., Lockwood, M., Matthes, K., Cubasch, U., Fleitmann, D., Harrison, G., Hood, L., Luterbacher, J., Meehl, G. A., Shindell, D., van Geel, B. und White, W. (2010) Correction to "Solar influences on climate" – SOLAR INFLUENCES ON CLIMATE (vol 50, RG1006, 2012) Reviews of Geophysics, 48 (4). RG4001. DOI 10.1029/2009RG000282.

  • Meehl, G. A., Arblaster, J. M., Matthes, K., Sassi, F. und van Loon, H. (2009) Amplifying the Pacific Climate System Response to a Small 11-Year Solar Cycle Forcing Science, 325 (5944). pp. 1114-1118. DOI 10.1126/science.1172872.

  • Matthes, K., Kuroda, Y., Kodera, K. und Langematz, U. (2006) Transfer of the solar signal from the stratosphere to the troposphere: Northern winter Journal of Geophysical Research, 111 (D6). DOI 10.1029/2005JD006283.


Selected projects

  • 2009-2015 The Helmholtz higher-education junior research group NATHAN: Quantification of natural climate variability in the atmosphere–hydrosphere system with data-constrained simulations

  • 2014-2017 ROMIC-SOLIC, the role of the middle atmosphere in climate: Quantification of uncertainties of solar-induced climate variability, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

  • 2012-2015 GIFSTRAT, Processes controlling stratospheric dynamic variability, and implications for ozone levels and downard coupling to the troposphere (German Israel Foundation)

  • since 2006 SPARC solar influence study group (SOLARIS) for the World Climate Research Programme Stratospheric Processes and their Role in Climate (WCRP-SPARC), (http://sparcsolaris.gfz-potsdam.de/)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • American Geophysical Union

  • German Meteorological Society

  • German Higher Education Teachers' Association

  • European Geophysical Union

  • 2015: Organizer of the 3rd joint SOLARIS-HEPPA Workshop in Boulder, CO, USA

  • 2015: Organizer of the Sun-Climate Connections Conference (http://scc.geomar.de) in Kiel

  • 2014: Organizer of the 2nd joint SOLARIS-HEPPA Workshop in Baden-Baden, Germany

  • Since 2013: Chair of the GEOMAR Women’s Executive Board (WEB)

  • Since 2013: Member of the scientific advisory committee at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

  • 2011 – 2015: Vice-chair of the EU network COST Action ES-1005 "Towards a more complete assessment of the impact of solar variability on the Earth's climate (TOSCA)"

  • Since 2006: Coordinator of the SPARC solar influence study group (SOLARISHEPPA) for the World Climate Research Programme – Stratospheric and Tropospheric Processes and their Role in Climate (WCRP-SPARC) http://solarisheppa.geomar.de

  • 2012: Organizer of the 1st joint SOLARIS-HEPPA Workshop in Boulder, CO, USA

  • Since 2011: Member of the International Committee on the Middle Atmosphere (ICMA)

  • 2012 – 2014: Co-Leader of the CAWSES (Climate And Weather of the Sun-Earth System) Task Group 1, "What is the solar influence on the Earth's climate?"

  • 2010: Helmholtz Management Academy for Young Leaders "Effective Management", 2 three-day workshops by the Malik Management Centre in St. Gallen

  • 2009 – 2011: Co-Convener at the EMS Conference (European Meteorological Society)

  • 2010: Organizer of the 2nd International SOLARIS Workshop at the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) in Potsdam

  • 2009 – 2013: Task Group Co-Leader, SCOSTEP Climate and Weather of the Sun and Earth System (CAWSES) II program, Task Group 1 / Project 3 (How to quantify and numerically test indirect solar effects upon climate?)

  • 2008 & 2014: Convener at the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), Vienna, Austria

  • 2008 – 2012: Scientific Discipline Representative for the Scientific Committee on Solar Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP)

  • 2006: Organizer of the 1st SOLARIS Workshop at NCAR in Boulder, CO, USA

  • 2002: Co-organizer of the GRIPS Workshop in Tsukuba, Japan

  • 2001 – 2004: Co-coordinator of the GRIPS (GCM Reality Intercomparison Project for SPARC) solar influence study group for WCRP-SPARC

Additional qualifications

  • Areas of specialisation include climate variation and Sun-climate interactions


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married, two children (born 2004, 2006)


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