Paleoclimate records teach us that climate change is actually not a new challenge: local and global climate have been changing during the whole history of our planet. What is new is our growing awareness of the impacts such changes have had on the evolution of mankind and are having on modern society, as well as the vertiginous increase in the anthropogenic influence upon climate. Unrestrained demographic expansion and technological development – which have previously been our most effective strategies of adaptation to a changing environment – now render us victims of our own attempts to improve living conditions in a densely populated world. It is therefore essential to rethink economic growth and technological development in order to turn them truly sustainable. To achieve this, the first challenge is to obtain a reliable picture of the ongoing climatic changes and their impacts on local and global scales, followed by a precise assessment of the anthropogenic contributions to such changes. These investigations provide the essential basis for the establishment of more efficient environmental policies and new strategies for sustainable development.
Multidisciplinary researcher on Earth and planetary sciences, social dynamics, and complex systems.
Adjoint Presidential Professor at the Nagaoka University of Technology (NUT), Japan.
Head of the BC3 Environmental Physics Group.
Head of the Team “Climate Change, Environment and Human Well-Being”, part of the Doctorate Programme “Quaternary: Environmental Change and Human Ecological Footprint” of the University of the Basque Country (EHU/UPV).
European Coordinator of the "GIGAKU Education Programme for Innovative Global Engineers" (GIGAKU-IGLOBE) led by Nagaoka University of Technology (NUT) and funded by MEXT, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.
Member of the East Greenland Ice core Project (EGRIP).
Associate Editor-in-Chief of “Journal of Glaciology” and “Annals of Glaciology”, published by Cambridge University Press and the International Glaciological Society, Cambridge, U.K..
Associate Editor of the journals “Entropy” and “Geosciences”, published by MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Associate Editor of the journal “Scientific Reports” published by Nature Research, London, U.K.
Doctorate in Natural Sciences (summa cum laude) from the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany (2003) and Master in Physics (summa com laude) from the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil.
Formerly Assistant Professor of Geosciences at the University of Göttingen, Germany (2006-2011), Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences Leipzig, Germany (2004-2006), Research Associate at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany (2003-2004) and Assistant Professor of Physics at the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil (2003).
Guest stays at the Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan (2007, 2009, 2010, 2015), the National Institute of Polar Research, Japan (2015), the Institute of Low Temperature Science of the Hokkaido University, Japan (2007, 2009), Colorado State University Fort Collins, U.S.A. (2009), the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research Bremerhaven, Germany (2003-2004, 2005-2006) and the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences of the University of Cambridge, U.K. (2003).
Also several stays in Antarctica and Greenland, in particular as ice core scientist during two EPICA-DML* deep-drilling expeditions (2003-2004 and 2005-2006) to Kohnen Station (75º00’S, 00º04’E), Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. Through these activities he became most likely the first Brazilian to perform long term research activities on the Antarctic plateau, as well as the first Brazilian to take part on a polar deep drilling expedition.
*EPICA = European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica; DML = Dronning Maud Land.