Dr Michiel Schaeffer

Director / Senior Scientist


Dr Michiel Schaeffer is a biophysicist and received his PhD in Dynamic Meteorology at University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, specialising in the interactions between atmosphere, ocean, ecosystems and society. He leads our Science Team. He worked as senior researcher on Earth System science at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

He is currently affiliated with Environmental System Analysis, Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) and is one of the founders of Climate Analytics. Based from 2005 to 2009 in Accra, Ghana and in Kigali, Rwanda, he has worked on building up co-operation with applied scientists and policy makers in the Western and Eastern-African regions on the subject of climate change research and policy applications. Since he moved from Kigali to New York mid-2009, he focuses on bringing together the scientific assessments with the policy applications for all projects that are carried out by Climate Analytics.

He brings high level scientific skills, experience in the international climate policy world, a broad understanding of climate policy and science, high capacities in science communication, presentation and writing, and experience in managing small teams of scientists developing state of the art models.


    • Peer reviewed
    • Science and policy characteristics of the Paris Agreement temperature goal Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, Joeri Rogelj, Michiel Schaeffer, Tabea Lissner, Rachel Licker, Erich M. Fischer, Reto Knutti, Anders Levermann, Katja Frieler & William Hare, Nature Climate Change Perspective, 6, 827–835 , doi:10.1038/nclimate3096, (2016)
    • Carbon budgets and energy transition pathways van Vuuren, D.P., van Soest, H., Riahi, K., Clarke, L., Krey, V., Kriegler, E., Rogelj, J., Schaeffer, M., Tavoni, M, Environmental Research Letters , 11 (2016) 075002, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/7/075002, (2016)
    • Mapping the climate change challenge Stephane Hallegatte, S., Rogelj, J., Allen, M., Clarke, L., Edenhofer, O., Field, C., Friedlingstein, P., van Kesteren, L., Knutti, R., Mach, K., Mastrandrea, M., Michel, A., Minx, J., Oppenheimer, M., Plattner, G.-K., Riahi, K., Schaeffer, M., Stocker, T., van Vuuren, D.P, Nature Climate Change, 6, 663-668, doi:10.1038/nclimate3057, (2016)
    • Differential climate impacts for policy-relevant limits to global warming: the case of 1.5 °C and 2 °C Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, Tabea K. Lissner, Erich M. Fischer, Jan Wohland, Mahé Perrette, Antonius Golly, Joeri Rogelj, Katelin Childers, Jacob Schewe, Katja Frieler, Matthias Mengel, William Hare, and Michiel Schaeffer, Earth System Dynamics, 7, 327-351, doi:10.5194/esd-7-327-2016, (2016)
    • Differences between carbon budget estimates unravelled Joeri Rogelj, Michiel Schaeffer, Pierre Friedlingstein, Nathan P. Gillett, Detlef P. van Vuuren, Keywan Riahi, Myles Allen & Reto Knutti, Nature Climate Change, 6, 245–252, doi:10.1038/nclimate2868, (2016)