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Peter Landschützer appointed new research director at VLIZ

Added on 2022-09-01
Today, 1 September 2022, Dr. Peter Landschützer will start as the new research director of the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ). As a climate scientist, Peter previously worked at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (Hamburg, Germany). With this appointment, VLIZ realises a top transfer and accelerates its investments in research at the climate, ocean, and biodiversity interface, as stipulated in the covenant with the Flemish government for the period 2022-2026.

Photo: Dr. Peter Landschützer is the new research director of the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ). © Max Planck Institute of Meteorology (MPI-M)

Peter Landschützer received his Master of Science degree in Environmental Systems Science from the University of Graz (Austria) in 2011. He wrote his master's thesis on the exchange of carbon dioxide (CO2) and oxygen gas (O2) at the atmosphere-ocean interface at the University of Bergen, Norway. In July 2014, he completed his PhD on the variability of the global ocean carbon sink at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, England). From 2014 to 2016, he was a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich, Switzerland before joining the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and eventually becoming group leader of the division ‘Observations, Analysis and Synthesis’.

Until now, Peter's research interest has mainly focused on the variability of the global ocean carbon cycle and its effects on climate and marine ecosystems. His research particularly focused on the Southern Ocean. Due to his close collaboration with sailors, Peter was able to collect for instance CO2 measurements during the Vendée Globe sailing race in 2021; in regions of the southern hemisphere that are otherwise difficult to reach. Within his new job, Peter will continue these CO2 measurements, in close collaboration with the researchers from MPI-M and the VLIZ ICOS team. In addition, he will lead the VLIZ Research department and focus on new research lines investigating the effects of climate change on coastal regions.

We warmly welcome Peter at VLIZ and wish him all the best in his new job.

More information about Dr. Peter Landschützer:

Link: https://mpimet.mpg.de/en/communication/news/single-news/peter-landschuetzer-appointed-research-director-at-the-vliz-in-ostend



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