Oleg Anisimov

I would like to introduce one person from our team – Oleg Anisimov:

Oleg Anisimov is a professor of physical geography in the Hydrological Institute in St.Petersburg, Russia. He received his Ph.D. in 1986 and became a full professor in 1998. Hydrological institute is well-known in the international climate science community for its department of Climatology. The department was founded by Professor Mikhail Budyko, who was the world-first scientist to formulate the idea of global anthropogenic warming in the late 1960th. In 2001 Oleg Anisimov succeeded him as a head of this department. His team has strong expertise in the studies of the climate change impacts on the environment.

Main research interests of Oleg Anisimov are in modeling the environmental impacts of changing climate, with the focus on Northern lands and permafrost. Important benchmarks in his professional carrier were the research stay in Germany in 1990-1992 and in 1994, where we worked in the Institute of Biology at the University of Freiburg as recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation on mathematical modeling of plant-vegetation interaction with implications to photosynthesis and carbon balance; collaboration with permafrost research group in the USA at the University of New York at Albany (1995-1997), University of Delaware (1998-2009), and George Washington University (2010-), which resulted in several joint projects targeted at predictive permafrost modeling and evaluation of socio-economical impacts of changing climate in permafrost regions.

Oleg Anisimov has been involved as coordinating author in the Third (2001), Fourth (2007), and Fifth assessment reports of the Intergovernmental panel on climate change, and in 2007 he shared the Nobel Peace Prize with the IPCC writing team. He is also a contributor to the Arctic climate assessment report (2005) and to the assessment report of the Arctic Council “Snow, water, ice, and permafrost in the Arctic” (2011). Anisimov is a member of Russian geographical society, American geophysical union. He is a co-Chair of the International Permafrost Association Working Group on Permafrost and Climate, author of more than 100 scientific papers.

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