Dr. Hans Christian Steen-Larsen
Dr. Hans Christian Steen-Larsen was awarded his PhD from the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen in 2011. After having carried out his research at the University of Colorado, Boulder and at Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement, Paris, he is now a researcher at the Geophysical Institute at University of Bergen. His main scientific expertise is associated with the use of stable water isotopes to understand the physical processes of the atmospheric hydrological cycle and how the state of the climate is imprinted in the isotopic fingerprint. He combines observations of atmospheric water isotopes together with outputs from isotope-enabled General Circulation Models, thereby bridging the gap between the modeling and observational world.
In collaboration with BIOS, Hans Christian’s research is focused on understanding the processes of the interaction between the marine boundary layer and the free troposphere and the processes of evaporation from the ocean. Improving our understanding of these processes is crucial for the ability of the scientific community to project the changes in climate as a result of global warming. Besides his research carried out in Bermuda, Hans Christian is also involved in deducing past climatic variations from ice core records from the Polar Regions and enhancing our understanding of the hydrological cycle of the Arctic and the Tibetan Plateau.