Prof. Dr. Torsten Sachs

Torsten Sachs
Prof. Dr. Torsten Sachs
Group Leader
Telegrafenberg
Building A 70, Room 303
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1423

Function and Responsibilities:

  • Head of Earth-Atmosphere Interactions (TEAM)
  • Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Physics, Technische Universität Braunschweig

Research Interests:

  • Geosphere-atmosphere interactions (heat, water, carbon)
  • Greenhouse gas dynamics in Arctic permafrost and shelf areas
  • Greenhouse gas dynamics in rewetted peatlands
  • Biogeochemistry of peatlands and lakes

Career:

  • since 2016 Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Physics
    Technische Universität Braunschweig
  • since 2012 Group Leader
    Helmholtz Young Investigators Group "TEAM"
    GFZ German Research Centre for Geoscience, Potsdam, Germany
  • 2009-2011 Research Scientist / Postdoc
    GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany
  • 2008 Visiting Scientist
    ETH Zurich, Switzerland (DAAD Scholarship, ETH funding)
  • 2005-2009 Research Scientist / PhD Student
    Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar- and Marine Research, Potsdam
  • 2004 Staff member
    Barrow Arctic Science Consortium, Barrow, AK (Fulbright Scholarship)

Education:

  • 2005-2009 PhD Geosciences
    Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar- and Marine Research & University of Potsdam
    Guest researcher at ETH Zurich (DAAD scholarship & ETH funding)
  • 2002-2003 Master of Science in Environmental Science
    Alaska Pacific University Anchorage, Alaska, USA (Fulbright Scholarship)
  • 1998-2002 Undergraduate and graduate studies of Geoecology
    Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany

Projects:

  • EU funding:
  • Horizon2020 Research & Innovation Action:
    • 2016 - 2021: INTAROS - Integrated Arctic Observing System
    • 2017 - 2022: NUNATARYUK - Permafrost thaw and the changing Arctic coast
    Horizon2020 ERA-NET Cofund:
    • 2017 - 2020: GHG-Manage - Managing and reporting of GHG emissions and C sequestration (Network: ERA-GAS)
    • 2017 - 2020: iCUPE - Integrative and Comprehensive Understanding on Polar Environments (Network: ERA-PLANET)

  • DFG funding (German Science Foundation):
  • International Research Training Group (GRK 2309/0):
    • 2018 - 2022: TransTiP - Geo-ecosystems in transition on the Tibetan Plateau

  • Helmholtz Association funding:
    MOSES - Modular Observation Solutions for Earth Systems
    TERENO
    - Terrestrial Environmental Observatories Network
    REKLIM
    - Helmholtz Network "Regional Climate Change"
    Helmholtz Young Investigators Group:
    • 2012 - 2017: TEAM - Trace Gas Exchange in the Earth Atmosphere System on Multiple Scales
    Helmholtz Postdoc Program (PI: Koebsch; Advisor: Sachs):
    • 2014 - 2016: Capturing the hotspots – GHG dynamics during peatland restoration

  • Relevant collaborative project involvement:
  • NASA Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment ( ABoVE):
    DFG funding (PI: A. Lorke):
    • 2016 - 2019: See-Atmosphäre Wechselwirkungen und Energieflusspfade in kleinen Seen

    Leibniz Association, Competition Collaborative Excellence:
    • 2018 - 2021: CONNECT - Connectivity and synchronisation of lake ecosystems in space and time

Research Boards and Committees:

  • since 2017 Working Group Leader
    WG Permafrost, Modular Observation Solutions for Earth Systems (MOSES)
  • since 2015 Science Team Member
    NASA Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE)
  • 2007-2010 Council Member
    Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)
  • 2007-2008 Co-Chair
    Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) - Germany
  • 2005-2007 Steering Committee
    International Polar Year Youth Steering Committee (IPY YSC)

Awards:

  • 20122017 Helmholtz Young Investigators Group
  • 2008 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship
  • 2003 Alaska International Education Foundation (AIEF) Scholarship
    Alaska Pacific University (APU) International Student Scholarship
  • 2002 – 2004 Fulbright Scholarship

Publications