Axel Timmermann gets selected as one of world’s most Highly Cited Researchers

Axel Timmermann, Director of the IBS Center for Climate Physics at Pusan National University, has been selected as one of 53 scientists in South Korea to join the 2018 list of Highly Cited Researchers, a yearly distinction given to only a small percentage of scientists worldwide by Clarivate Analytics, a company which tracks citations and the impact of international research publications.

The latest Highly Cited Researcher listing by Clarivate Analytics, recognizes leading researchers in 21 fields of the sciences, social sciences and interdisciplinary fields from around the world. This year, for the first time, a new cross-field category has been added to recognize researchers with substantial influence in several fields. Prof. Timmermann was selected in the cross-field category.





Over the last decade, Dr. Timmermann has published multiple papers, which rank in the top 1% for an entire research field. His most recognized publication on the response of the El Niño Southern Oscillation phenomenon to Global Warming(1999) belongs to the top 0.04% most highly cited papers in all sciences since 1970.

Dr. Timmermann is a Distinguished Professor at Pusan National University, who launched the IBS Center for Climate Physics in 2017 as its founding Director. His research focuses on the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, abrupt climate change, glacial cycles and the influence of climate change on human migration. His theoretical and computer modeling studies have helped to unravel the mysteries of ice ages. Dr. Timmermann’s recent research, on the effects of past climate change on early human migration and evolution has received world-wide media attention. He is an elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and he received numerous prestigious awards, such as the Milankovic Medal of the European Geosciences Union and the Rosenstiel award for Ocean science from the Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmosphere Science. He has served as lead author of the 5th assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Dr. Timmermann has published and co-authored over 160 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, including 7 in Nature and 3 in Science.