Olaf holds a PhD in meteorology and worked in the UK and Germany on the development of atmospheric chemistry and chemistry-climate models. He is leading the NIWA Climate Variability and Change Programme, which focusses on using global and regional climate models and a hydrology model to predict climate globally and for the New Zealand region, ranging from seasonal to centennial timescales. He is also leading the Earth System Modelling and Predictions programme for the Deep South National Science Challenge, which is tasked with developing and exploiting the New Zealand Earth System Model and to downscale these results. He is a Lead Author of the 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
PhD, Meteorology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland Diploma in Physics, Freiburg University, Germany