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Dr. habil. Norbert Nowaczyk

Section 5.2: Climate Dynamics and Landscape Evolution

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Building C, room 321
14473 Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 288-1369
Fax: +49 331 288-1302
e-mail: norbert.nowaczyk(at)


About the person

Function and Responsibilities:

Scientific interests:

  • Paleomagnetism
  • Mineralmagnetism
  • Paleoclimate
  • Software design and instrument development


  • 2004 Habilitation (Universität Potsdam), 'Magnetostratigraphy as a tool for the reconstruction of geomagnetic field variations and paleoclimatic processes'
  • 1990 Dr. rer. nat. , Universität Bremen, 'High resolution magnetostratigraphy of late-Quaternary Arctic marine sediments'
  • 1985 Diplom in Geophysics, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany: 'Paleomagnetic investigation of Paleozoic rocks from the Hohes Venn, Germany'


  • 1996- Scientific and technical superviser of the paleo- and rock magnetic equipment
  • 1993-1996 Installation of new paleo and rock magnetic equipment at the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Germany
  • 1990-1993 Post-doc at the Department of Marine Geosciences, Bremen University, Germany

Selected publications:

  • Brigham-Grette, J.; Melles, M.; Minyuk, P.; Andreev, A.; Tarasov, P.; DeConto, R.; Koenig, S.; Nowaczyk, N. R.; Wennrich, V.; Rosén, P.; Haltia, E.; Cook, T.; Gebhardt, C.; Meyer-Jacob, C.; Snyder, J.; Herzschuh, U. (2013, online first): Pliocene Warmth, Polar Amplification, and Stepped Pleistocene Cooling Recorded in NE Arctic Russia. Science. doi: 10.1126/science.1233137
  • Melles, M.; Grette, J.; Minyuk, P. S.; Nowaczyk, N. R.; Wennrich, V.; DeConto, R. M.; Anderson, P. M.; Andreev, A. A.; Coletti, A.; Cook, T. L.; Hovi, E.; Kukkonen, M.; Lozhkin, A. V.; Rosén, P.; Tarasov, P.; Vogel, H.; Wagner, B. (2012): 2.8 Million Years of Arctic Climate Change from Lake El’gygytgyn, NE Russia. Science, 337, 6092, 315-320. doi: 10.1126/science.1222135
  • Nowaczyk, N. R.; Arz, H. W.; Frank, U.; Kind, J.; Plessen, B. (2012): Dynamics of the Laschamp geomagnetic excursion from Black Sea sediments. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 351-352, 54-69. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2012.06.050.
  • Nowaczyk, N. R. (2011): Dissolution of titanomagnetite and sulphidization in sediments from Lake Kinneret, Israel. Geophys. J. Int., 187, 1, 34-44. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05120.x
  • Haltia-Hovi, E.; Nowaczyk, N. R.; Saarinen, T. (2010): Holocene palaeomagnetic secular variation recorded in multiple lake sediment cores from eastern Finland. Geophys. J. Int., 180, 2, 609-622. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2009.04456.x
  • Wagner, B.; Lotter, A. F.; Nowaczyk, N. R.; Reed, J. M.; Schwalb, A.; Sulpizio, R.; Valsecchi, V.; Wessels, M.; Zanchetta, G. (2009): A 40,000-year record of environmental change from ancient Lake Ohrid (Albania and Macedonia). J. Paleolimnology., 41, 3, 407-430. doi: 10.1007/s10933-008-9234-2
  • Nowaczyk, N.R., Melles, M. & Minyuk, P.S. (2007): A revised age model for core PG1351 from Lake El'gygytgyn, Chukotka, based on magnetic susceptibility variations tuned to northern hemisphere insolation variations. J. Paleolim., 37 (special issue on El'gygytgyn), 65-76.
  • Gergana Yancheva, Norbert R. Nowaczyk, Jens Mingram, Peter Dulski, Georg Schettler, Jörg F. W. Negendank, Jiaqi Liu, Daniel M. Sigman, Larry C. Peterson & Gerald H. Haug. (2007): Influence of the intertropical convergence zone on the East Asian monsoon. Nature, 445, 7123. 74-77 p.
  • Ron, H.; Nowaczyk, N. R.; Frank, U.; Schwab, M. J.; Naumann, R.; Striewski, B.; Agnon, A. (2007): Greigite detected as dominating remanence carrier in Late Pleistocene sediments, Lisan formation, from Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), Israel. Geophysical Journal International, 170, 1, 117-131. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2007.03425.x
  • Demory, F.; Nowaczyk, N. R.; Witt, A.; Oberhänsli, H. (2005): High-resolution magnetostratigraphy of late quaternary sediments from Lake Baikal, Siberia: timing of intracontinental paleoclimatic responses. Glob. Planet. Change, 46, 1-4, 167-186. doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2004.09.016
  • Nowaczyk, N.R., Antonow, M., Knies, J., Spielhagen, R.F. (2003): Further magnetochronostratigraphic results on reversal excursions during the last 50 ka as derived from northern high latitudes and discrepancies in their precise AMS 14C dating. Geophys. J. Int., 155, 1065-1080.
  • Nowaczyk, N.R., Minyuk, P., Melles, M., Brigham-Grette, J., Glushkova, O., Nolan, M., Lozhkin, A.V., Stetsenko, T.V., Andersen, P.M., Forman, S.L. (2002): Magnetostratigraphic results from impact crater Lake El‘gygytgyn, northeastern Siberia: a 300 kyr long high-resolution terrestrial palaeoclimatic record from the Arctic. Geophys. J. Int., 150, 109-126.
  • Nowaczyk, N.R., Frederichs, T.W., Kassens, H., Nørgaard-Pedersen, N., Spielhagen, R.F., Stein, R., Weiel, D. (2001): Sedimentation rates in the Makarov Basin, Central Arctic Ocean – A paleo- and rock magnetic approach, Paleoceanography, 16(4), 368-389.
  • Nowaczyk, N.R., Harwart, S. & Melles, M. (2000): A rock magnetic record from Lama Lake, Taymyr Peninsula, northern Central Siberia. J. Paleolimnology., 23(3), 227-241.
  • Nowaczyk, N.R. & Knies, J. (2000): Magnetostratigraphic results from Eastern Arctic Ocean - AMS14C ages and relative palaeointensity data of the Mono Lake and Laschamp geomagnetic events. Geophys J. Int., 140, 185-197.
  • Nowaczyk, N.R., Frederichs, T.W., Eisenhauer, A., Gard, G. (1994): Magnetostratigraphic data from late Quaternary sediments from the Yermak Plateau, Arctic Ocean: evidence for four geomagnetic polarity events in the last 170 ka of the Brunhes Chron. Geophys. J. Int., 117, 453-471