Lohmann comes from Kiel, the daughter of a teacher and an SPD politician. She did a voluntary year in an SOS Children’s Village in Nigeria. This was followed by studies in ethnology and geography. Inspired by environmental reports on climate change, she studied meteorology in Mainz and Hamburg from 1988 to 1993. She received her doctorate in 1996 from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg. She first worked as an assistant and associate professor of atmospheric sciences at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She has been a full professor of atmospheric physics at the Institute for Atmosphere and Climate at ETH Zurich since 2004.
Lohmann is concerned with the interplay between global warming, aerosols and cloud formation. She once summarised her findings on this as follows: “We assume that in a warmer climate there are fewer low clouds, but more high ones. That would mean that the clouds would have a warming effect on balance.”
She also addresses the possibility of geoengineering through cirrus cloud thinning. However, she is critical of such interventions: “As it stands, cirrus cloud thinning should only be seen as a thought experiment that helps to understand how ice clouds form.”
She is one of the lead authors of the Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
In 2019, Lohmann was among the signatories of a statement on student protests for climate action to draw attention to the climate crisis. She stresses the importance of climate scientists showing solidarity with the global climate strike movement. Thus, she once said in this regard, “We know enough to be able to make a political statement as well.”
- U. Lohmann, J. Feichter: Global indirect aerosol effects: a review. In: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. Vol. 5, No. 3, 2005, pp. 715-737.
- U. Lohmann, B. Gasparini: A cirrus cloud climate dial? In: Science. Vol. 357, No. 6348, 2017, pp. 248-249. doi:10.1126/science.aan3325
- T. Storelvmo, T. Leirvik, U. Lohmann, P. C. Phillips, M. Wild: Disentangling greenhouse warming and aerosol cooling to reveal Earth’s climate sensitivity. In Nature Geoscience. Vol. 9, No. 4, 2016, p. 286. doi:10.1038/ngeo2670
- 2018: Honorary doctorate from Stockholm University
- 2018: Highly cited researcher by Thomson Reuters
- 2017: Highly cited researcher by Thomson Reuters * 2016: Highly cited researcher by Thomson Reuters
- 2015: Highly cited researcher by Thomson Reuters
- 2014: Highly cited researcher by Thomson Reuters (top 1% cited papers published 2002-2013)
- 2014: Admission to the Geosciences Section as a member (matriculation no. 7587) of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
- 2013: The ETH Zurich Golden Tricycle for family-friendly leadership
- Member entry of Ulrike Lohmann (with picture and curriculum vitae) at the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
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|SHORT DESCRIPTION||german climate researcher and university lecturer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1966|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Berlin|