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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Projects | IRI THESys | People | Prof. Dr. Christoph Schneider

Prof. Dr. Christoph Schneider

Climate change impacts on urban and cryosphere systems


  • Climate and climate change impacts on the cryosphere
  • Urban climate and air quality
  • Atmospheric teleconnections related to polar and sub-polar climates


"In many parts of the world climate change impacts frame the corridors of change of both natural and human systems in the 21st century. My research interest builds around the various impacts of climate and climate change. I am particularly interested in the response of the cryosphere at regional levels especially in sub-polar and polar environments and at high altitude sites in Central Asia. Further we are investigating the local to regional patterns of urban climates and air quality such as particulate matter concentration in space and time. Within IRI Thesys I see my role as a facilitator for the integration of climate-related issues into transition research." Christoph Schneider


Prof. Dr. Christoph Schneider is head of the section Climate-Geography at the Department of Geography of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin since October 2015. Before, from 2004 to 2015, he was professor in Physical Geography and Climatology at RWTH Aachen University and partly managing director of the Department of Geography at RWTH Aachen. From 2009 to 2014 he further served as Dean of Study Affairs for the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering of RWTH Aachen University. He received his first degree in geography and physics at the University of Freiburg in 1993. His PhD research in geography at the same university from 1994 to 1998 was on RADAR remote sensing of glaciers related to climate change along the Antarctic Peninsula. The habilitation thesis also at Freiburg University covered work carried out between 1999 and 2004 on climate and climate change impacts on glaciers of southwest Patagonia in Chile. Later he run various projects on climate change impacts on the snow cover in German low mountain ranges, on glaciers in Svalbard, Tibet and Central Asia including Tibet, Tien Shan and Qilian Shan as well as projects related to urban climate and air quality in Aachen and other locations. Christoph Schneider is member of the German working group on Climatology within the German Society of Geography in which he served as spokesman from 2008 to 2011. Since 2016 he is elected member of the German Research Foundation’s (DFG) review board for Physical Geography.

Christoph Schneider is a member of IRI THESys since April 2016.

Selected Publications

Maras, I.; Schmidt, T.; Paas, B.; Ziefle, M.; Schneider, C. (2016): The impact of human-biometeorological factors on perceived thermal comfort in urban public places, Meteorologische Zeitschrift, 25, 407-420. doi: 10.1127/metz/2016/0705.

Möller, R.; Möller, M.; Kukla, P.A.; Schneider, C. (2016): Impact of supraglacial deposits of tephra from Grimsvotn volcano, Iceland, on glacier ablation, Journal of Glaciology, 62, 933-943. doi: 10.1017/jog.2016.82.

Paas, B.; Schneider, C. (2016): A comparison of model performance between ENVI-met and Austal2000 for particulate matter, Atmospheric Environment, 145, 392-404. doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.09.031.

Huintjes, E.; Neckel, N.; Hochschild, V.; Schneider, C. (2015): Surface energy and mass balance at the Purogangri Ice Cap, central Tibetan Plateau, 2001-2011, Journal of Glaciology, 61, 1048-1060. doi: 10.3189/2015JoG15J056.

Knörchen, A.; Ketzler, G.; Schneider, C. (2015): Implementation of a near-real time cross-border web-mapping platform on airborne particulate matter (PM) concentration with open-source software, Computers & Geosciences, 74, 13-26. doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2014.10.003.

Link to full list of publications.


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