Dr Michiel Schaeffer

Director / Senior Scientist

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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.

Publications

    • Climate Action Tracker Reports and Updates
    • 2.7°C is not enough – we can get lower Louise Jeffery, Claire Fyson, Ryan Alexander, Johannes Gütschow (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research), Marcia Rocha, Jasmin Cantzler, Michiel Schaeffer, Bill Hare (Climate Analytics), Markus Hagemann, Niklas Höhne (NewClimate Institute), Pieter van Breevoort, Kornelis Blok (Ecofys) (2015)
    • The Coal Gap: planned coal-fired power plants inconsistent with 2˚C and threaten achievement of INDCs Pieter van Breevoort, Kornelis Blok (Ecofys), Markus Hagemann, Hanna Fekete, Niklas Höhne (NewClimate Institute), Bill Hare, Michiel Schaeffer, Marcia Rocha (Climate Analytics), Louise Jeffery (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research) (2015)
    • INDCs lower projected warming to 2.7 ̊C: significant progress but still above 2oC Johannes Gütschow, Louise Jeffery, Ryan Alexander (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research), Bill Hare, Michiel Schaeffer, Marcia Rocha (Climate Analytics), Niklas Höhne, Hanna Fekete (NewClimate Institute), Pieter van Breevoort, Kornelis Blok (Ecofys) (2015)
    • How close are INDCs to 2°C and 1.5° pathways? Louise Jeffery, Ryan Alexander (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research) Bill Hare, Marcia Rocha, Michiel Schaeffer (Climate Analytics) Niklas Höhne, Hanna Fekete (NewClimate Institute) Pieter van Breevoort, Kornelis Blok (Ecofys) (2015)
    • G7+EU INDCs: some improvement, but a large emissions gap remains Marcia Rocha, Bill Hare, Fabio Sferra, Michiel Schaeffer (Climate Analytics) Niklas Höhne, Hanna Fekete, Markus Hagemann (NewClimate Institute) Louise Jeffery (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research) Kornelis Blok, Pieter van Breevoort (Ecofys) (2015)