Matthias Aengenheyster

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Matthias Aengenheyster

Graduate Student

I am a first year DPhil student in Climate and Ocean Physics.
In 2014 I received a B.Sc. in Physics from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. After a year in the Central Research Department of Robert Bosch GmbH I continued with a M.Sc. in Climate Physics at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. My work has included internships and time spent in the US, Canada and Svalbard, Norway.

My research interests span a wide range in Physics and Climate Physics. In my B.Sc. thesis (with Martin Losch at AWI, Bremerhaven) I investigated the stability of the Arctic halocline under strong wind forcing in an ice-free Arctic Ocean. For my M.Sc. thesis (with Henk Dijkstra, Utrecht and Rick van der Ploeg, Oxford) I went into very large-scale climate dynamics and looked at the relation between anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions and global mean temperature. In particular, I worked on the so-called Point of No Return, asking when at the latest emissions have to be reduced to reach climate targets. In the meantime I have also been involved in work (among others with Jonathan Donges at PIK, Potsdam) applying network theory to investigate the stability of power grids (with support from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation).

Currently, for my DPhil research I am working with Laure Zanna on better understanding ocean heat uptake, with the ocean being the key memory component of the climate system on decadal to centennial timescales. Given that climate impacts are typically regional, I am particularly interested in how spatial patterns of air-sea fluxes project onto patterns of ocean heat uptake, and how, in reverse, patterns of ocean heat uptake drive atmospheric impacts.