Department of Geophysical Sciences and the College
Malte Jansen’s research aims to improve our understanding of the large-scale dynamics of the atmosphere, the ocean and the coupled climate system. He is particularly interested in the transport of heat and other constituents in the atmosphere and ocean. Knowledge of the mechanisms of these transport processes is key to understanding past and future changes in Earth’s climate system. Jansen’s scholarship addresses these questions using a combination of theoretical fluid dynamics, numerical simulations, and analysis of observational data.
His recent co-authored articles include “Equilibration of an Atmosphere by Adiabatic Eddy Fluxes” (Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences), “Antarctic Sea Ice Control on Ocean Circulation in Present and Glacial Climates” (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), and “Parameterizing Subrigid-Scale Eddy Effects Using Energetically Consistent Backscatter” (Ocean Modeling).
Jansen earned his PhD in climate physics and chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Prize for the best thesis completed in the preceding year in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate. Most recently, he held a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship at Princeton University.
Jansen joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2014.