Menu Close
Senior Research Scientist, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University

Wolfgang Knorr has more than 25 years of experience as a climate scientist, publishing on a broad range of sub-fields.

He received his doctorate from the University of Hamburg and the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology, one of the world's leading climate modelling centres, and went on to lead a research group of more than ten PhD students and postdocs with the then newly founded Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry.

After that, he was recruited by University of Bristol and the UK's Natural Environment Research Council, as Deputy Leader of a major climate science and Earth system modelling research programme called QUEST (Quantifying and Understanding the Earth System). He has served as Detached National Expert for the European Commission at its Joint Research Center in Italy, as Mission Consultant for the European Space Agency, as reviewer for numerous funding bodies, and has been editor for over six years at the American Physical Union's flagship journal Geophysical Research Letters, handling more than a hundred research articles per year.

He has worked and published extensively in broad range of climate and climate impacts research, including the global carbon cycle, climate impacts on terrestrial ecosystems, plant physiology, soil science, land surface-atmosphere feedbacks, and forestry for climate mitigation. Currently he is a Senior Researcher Scientist at Lund University, Sweden, where he works on fire ecology under demographic and climatic changes, atmospheric chemistry and air pollution, as well as measuring CO2 fluxes from terrestrial vegetation and human activities.


  • 2011–present
    Senior Researcher, University of Lund
  • 2005–2010
    Deputy Programme Leader, NERC and Bristol University
  • 2003–2004
    Detached National Expert, European Commission Joint Research Centre
  • 1999–2004
    Research Group Leader, Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry
  • 1997–1999
    Postdoctoral researcher, Max-Planck-Insitute for Meteorology
  • 1992–1997
    Postgraduate researcher, Max-Planck-Insitute for Meteorology

Professional Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union