Nikolay Koldunov


Alfred Wegener Institute
Bussestraße 24
27570 Bremerhaven 
(Room F-212)


Tel: +49(471)4831-1893

Fax: +49(471)4831-1797

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Research interests

  • Arctic sea ice numerical modelling and remote sensing.
  • Arctic Ocean medium and high resolution numerical modelling and data assimilation.
  • Atmosphere-ice-ocean interactions and feedbacks. Interactions between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Oceans.
  • Atlantic water circulation.
  • Coastall and open ocean sea level variability and trends in the Arctic Ocean.
  • Fresh water dynamics and variability.

Education and Professional Experience

  • since 2020 Post-Doc at AWI

  • 2016-2020 Post-Doc at MARUM and AWI

  • 2014-2016 Post-Doc at the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), Hamburg, Germany.

  • 2010-2014 Post-Doc at the Institute of Oceanography, Universität Hamburg, advisor: Prof. Dr. Detlef Stammer

  • 2010 Dr. rer. nat., Universität Hamburg, Germany.

  • 2006-2010 PhD student at the graduate school "International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM), Hamburg, advisors: Prof. Dr. Detlef Stammer and Prof Dr. Jochem Marotzke.

  • 2004-2006 Research assistant, Arctic and Antarctic Research institute (AARI), Russia.

  • 2002-2004 M.Sc., Applied Polar and Marine Science, Universität Bremen, Germany.

  • 2002-2004 M.Sc., Hydrometeorology, State University of St. Petersburg, Russia.

  • 1998-2002 B.Sc., Oceanography, State University of St. Petersburg, Russia.

Publications in Refereed Journals


Hutter, N. C., Bouchat, A., Dupont, F., Dukhovskoy, D. S., Koldunov, N. V., Lee, Y. J., ... & Wang, Q. (2021). Sea Ice Rheology Experiment (SIREx), Part II: Evaluating simulated linear kinematic features in high-resolution sea-ice simulations. Earth and Space Science Open Archive ESSOAr.

Narges Khosravi, Qiang Wang, Nikolay V. Koldunov, Claudia Hinrichs, Tido Semmler, S. Danilov, Thomas Jung. Arctic Ocean in CMIP6 Models: Historical and projected temperature and salinity in the deep basins. Submitted to Earth's Future.




  • [37] Righi, M., Andela, B., Eyring, V., Lauer, A., Predoi, V., Schlund, M., Vegas-Regidor, J., Bock, L., Brötz, B., de Mora, L., Diblen, F., Dreyer, L., Drost, N., Earnshaw, P., Hassler, B., Koldunov, N., Little, B., Loosveldt Tomas, S., and Zimmermann, K.: ESMValTool v2.0 – Technical overview, Geosci. Model Dev. Discuss.,, 2020.






  • [13] Dmitrenko, I. A., S. A. Kirillov, S. Rysgaard, D. G. Barber, D. G. Babb, L. Toudal Pedersen, N. V. Koldunov, W. Boone, O. Crabeck and J. Mortensen, Polynya impacts on water properties in a Northeast Greenland Fiord, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, Volume 153, Pages 10-17, ISSN 0272-7714, doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2014.11.027, 2015.






Teaching and Service

  • Co-organiser "GLACINDIA: Stakeholder WORKSHOP ON IDENTIFYING CLIMATE CHANGE INFORMATION NEEDS and Training on Climate modeling and Climate Change Research, innovation and Services", 8-10th April 2015, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India. Block course "Introduction to Python for Geosciences" for participants.
  • Python for Geosciences. Institute of Oceanography, University of Hamburg. Block course for co-workers: 24.10.2013.
  • Climate models data: present and future climate change simulations. Summer School on Climate and Environmental Change, Russian State Hydrometeorological University, 11-17 July 2011.
  • Introduction to Programming for Geoscientists, State University of St. Petersburg, POMOR master program. Block course: 03.05.2010-07.05.2010.
  • Oceanographic measurements, Field course for university students (Department of Oceanography, State University of St. Petersburg), White Sea (Kandalakshsky bay). Summer 2003, 2004, 2005.
  • Hydrology, Field course for school students, Environmental expedition ”Jhyvaya voda” (”Live water”) at Vepsky forest, Summer 1999,2001.



  • Oceanographers.RU - Oceanography news and education. In Russian. Co-Author, Webmaster.
  • - software tools and programing languages that used in geosciences for data analysis and visualization. In Russian. Author, Webmaster.
  • - latest developments in climate science, communicating climate science to general public. In Russian. Author, Webmaster.
  • Critical Mass - Aggregator of Russian scientific blogs. In Russian. Editor.
  • EarthPy - Python tools for geoscientists. In English. Author, Webmaster.

Interviews and popular science articles:

  • Ice mountains. Article about icebergs in Northern and Southern hemispheres. Motorboat and Yachting, Russian edition, In Russian, September-October 2012.
  • Agulhas Current. Short article about Agulhas Current. Motorboat and Yachting, Russian edition, In Russian, November-December 2012.
  • El-Nino. Article about El-Nino. Motorboat and Yachting, Russian edition, In Russian, November-December 2012. January-February 2013.