Dr. C.E. (Claudia) Wieners

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Princetonplein 5
3584 CC Utrecht

Dr. C.E. (Claudia) Wieners

Assistant Professor
Physical Oceanography

Academic experience

From September 2020: Assistant Professor at the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research, Utrecht (IMAU)

Currently, I am using a big climate model (the Community Earth System Model, CESM) to study whether Geoengineering can prevent dangerous climate tipping. 

July 2019-June 2020: Postdoc at the Institute of Economics, Sant'Anna, Pisa/Italy

At Sant'Anna, I worked on agent-based models for climate economics. 

June 2018 - June 2019: Coordinator of the Complexity Lab Utrecht (CLUe)

Nov. 2017 - June 2019: Postdoc at the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research, Utrecht (IMAU)

During my postdoc investigated the interaction between Climate, Economy and Policy, focusing in particular on the role of (sulfate) geoengineering. In addition, I coordinated the interdisciplinary MSc course "Understanding Complexity: Economy and the Planet". 

Nov. 2013-Oct 2017: PhD at the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research, Utrecht (IMAU)

PhD Thesis: "Wagging the Pacific Dog by its Indian Tail? A West Indian Ocean precursor to ENSO"

I investigated the possible influence of the Indian Ocean on El Niño/Southern Oscillation. To this end I have analysed observational data and the output of a General Circulation Model (CESM). In addition, I have worked with an Intermediate Complexity Model (the Zebiak-Cane model), which I extensively modified to encorporate an idealised Indian Ocean and a nonlinear convection feedback.

Sept. 2011-Oct.2013: MSc in Theoretical Physics and Climate Science at Utrecht University

I completed the two programmes "Theoretical Physics" and "Meteorology, Physical Oceanography and Climate" with the distinction cum laude

In my thesis, I investigated the effect of atmospheric noise on El Niño by applying the Dynamically Orthogonal Field Method. 

Oct. 2008-Aug. 2011: BSc in Physics at Goethe-Univesität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany


Non-academic experience

2012-2015: Popular science writer for students' magazine "de Vakidioot"

2008-2010: First aid instructor for Sanitätsschule Trommer