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Professor John Schellnhuber

John Schellnhuber


FORMER James Martin Research Fellow




ECI Climate Research Theme


John no longer works for ECI

John worked as a Oxford Martin School Fellow from 2006-2009. He was recently appointed 'Chief Sustainability Scientist' for the German Government and is Founding Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and a Distinguished Science Advisor and former Research Director of the UK's Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. His research interests are: The theory of complex non-linear systems, and regional and global environmental analysis.

John has also been very active in the ECI's TippingPoint events. This is an annual event which brings together scientists and artists to discuss the climate change debate.

John recently won the DBU-Award, presented from Federal President Horst Köhler on 28th October 2007 in Aachen. Schellnhuber is honoured for the major impact he had with his institute on the international political discussion about the solution of the climate problem. Read more about the German Environmental Award.

Research Interest

View John Schellnhuber's CV on the Potsdam Institute website

Recent Publications

Read John Schellnhuber's piece in the ECI's 2006 Annual Report

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals or Books

  • Schellnhuber, H. J. (2009). Foreword 1. In Patt, A. G., Schröter, D., Klein, R. J. T., de la Vega-Leinert, A. C. (Eds.) Assessing Vulnerability to Global Environmental Change. Earthscan, xvii
  • Schellnhuber, H. J. (2009). Regional climate change. Issues in Science and Technology, Spring 2009, 19
  • Jaeger, C.C., Schellnhuber, H. J., Brovkin, V. (2008). Stern's review and Adam's fallacy. Climatic Change 89, 3
  • Kropp, J., Schellnhuber, H.J. (2008). Prototyping of broad-scale climate and ecosystem classes by means of self-organising maps. Agrarwal, P., Skupin, A. (Eds.) Self-organising maps: Applications in geographic information sciences. Wiley & Sons, New York, 155
  • Lenton, T., Held, H., Kriegler, E., Hall, J., Lucht, W., Rahmstorf, S. and Schellnhuber, H.J. (2008) Tipping elements in the Earth's climate system. PNAS 105, 1786
  • Svirejeva-Hopkins, A., Schellnhuber, H. J. (2008). Urban expansion and its contribution to the regional carbon emissions: Using the model based on the population density distribution. Ecological Modelling 216, 208
  • Warren, R., de la Nava Santos, S., Arnell, N.W., Bane, M., Barker, T., Barton, C., Ford, R., Füssel, H.-M., Hankin, R.K.S., Klein, R., Linstead, C., Kohler, J., Mitchell, T.D., Osborn, T.J., Pan, H., Raper, S.C.B., Riley, G., Schellnhuber, H.J., Winne, S., Anderson, D. (2008). Development and illustrative outputs of the community integrated assessment system (CIAS), a multi-institutional modular integrated assessment approach for modelling climate change. Environmental Modelling & Software 23, 592

Further Articles

  • Schellnhuber, H. J. (2009). Curbing Climate Change through Sustainable Urbanization. GDCM Green City Development Mechanisms, Proceedings of the Chinese-German Conference on Urban Sustainability October 2006/Bejing, 12
  • Schellnhuber, H. J., Pietsch, J. (2008). Nachhaltige Revolutionäre gesucht. In Die Dritte Industrielle Revolution - Aufbruch in ein ökologisches Jahrhundert. Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit, Bonn, 77
  • Schellnhuber, H. J. (2008). Global denken, in Brandenburg handeln. Perspektiven 21, 25
  • Schellnhuber, H. J., Reusswig, F. (2008). Was kann Architektur für das Klima tun?. Deutsche Bauzeitschrift, Sonderheft April 2008, 18


  • Schubert, R., Schellnhuber, H.J. et al. (2009). Welt im Wandel –Zukunftsfähige Bioenergie und nachhaltige Landnutzung. WBGU, Berlin
  • Schubert, R., Schellnhuber, H.J. et al. (2009). World in Transition – Future Bioenergy and Sustainable Land Use. Earthscan, London
  • Schubert, R., Schellnhuber, H.J. et al. (2008). Welt im Wandel: Sicherheitsrisiko Klimawandel. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York
  • Schubert, R., Schellnhuber, H.J. et al. (2008). Climate change as a security risk. Earthscan, London

View a full list of John Schellnhubers publications on the Potsdam Institute website