Dr Jordis Tradowsky

Scientist

I am Jordis, an atmospheric scientist working in Alexandra, Aotearoa New Zealand and Potsdam, Germany. My latest research investigates how severity and likelihood of extreme weather events in Aotearoa are impacted by human-made climate change. I have a leading-role in the 'Extreme Weather Event Real-time Attribution Machine' (EWERAM) project which is developing a system that will enable us to inform the public about how climate change affected the extreme events that have a strong impact on Aotearoa.

Prior to this current role, I have been specialised on performing, quality checking and using ground-based reference quality measurements of the atmospheric state, e.g. radiosondes, ozonesondes, frost point hygrometer as well as other in situ measurements of the atmosphere. I organised and participated in a variety of field campaigns on different continents. Furthermore, I used radio occultation measurements in the development of a method to correct radiosonde temperature biases prior to assimilation into the UK Met Office numerical weather forecast system.

Academic qualifications

  • 2018 Dr. rer. nat. (Doctor of Natural Sciences), Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

  • 2013 MSc in Meteorology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

  • 2011 BSc in Meteorology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Positions held

  • 2020-current, Scientist, Deutscher Wetterdienst, Potsdam, Germany. As of October 2020 I have taken on an additional role at Deutscher Wetterdienst in Germany. In this role I am developing a largely automated attribution system for extreme events impacting Germany. As part of this role I am also participating in World Weather Attribution studies analysing the impact of climate change on specific high-impact extreme weather events.

  • 2018–current, Atmospheric Scientist, Bodeker Scientific, Alexandra, New Zealand. In this role I am leading the Extreme Weather Event Real-time Attribution Machine project which is currently underway in New Zealand.

  • 2018-2019, Visiting/associate Scientist, UK Met Office, Exeter, England. During 2018/2019 I spent 4 months working with the EUMETSAT Radio Occultation Meteorology Satellite Application Facility. Within this period I spend two months at the Satellite Applications department of the UK Met Office.

  • 2015–2018, Atmospheric Scientist/PhD Student, Bodeker Scientific, Alexandra, New Zealand. During my doctoral thesis, I worked as an atmospheric scientist at Bodeker Scientific. I addition to the research I conducted for my thesis, I supported the Global Climate Observing System Reference Upper-Air Network (GRUAN) and worked on a variety of funding proposals.

  • 2017-2018, Meteorologist, BK Scientific, Mainz, Germany. I was employed part-time as a meteorologist to organise and perform atmospheric measurement campaigns at the Pacific Island state of Palau, where I launched ozonesondes and radiosondes in support of the European StratoClim project. This role also involved educating children from a Palauan school and performing balloon launches with them.

  • 2016, Visiting Scientist, UK Met Office, Exeter, England. During 2016 I spent 2.5 months as a visiting scientist at the Satellite Applications department of the UK Met Office. The project was organised and funded by the EUMETSAT Radio Occultation Meteorology Satellite Application Facility.

  • 2015, Visiting Scientist, UK Met Office, Exeter, England. During 2015 I spent 2 months as a visiting scientist at the Satellite Applications department of the UK Met Office. The project was organised and funded by the EUMETSAT Radio Occultation Meteorology Satellite Application Facility.

  • 2014, Intern, Bodeker Scientific, Alexandra, New Zealand. After finishing my Master of Science in Meteorology I spent 4 months working as an intern at Bodeker Scientific. Following this internship I developed a funding proposal to return to Bodeker Scientific as a PhD student.

  • 2013, Intern, TNO, Utrecht, The Netherlands. As part of my master’s thesis I spent 4 months at TNO, which is an indepent research organisation specialised in applied research. The resulting thesis was titled “Influence of meteorology on the LOTOS-EUROS model performance and on the data assimilation of NO2 satellite observations”.

  • 2011, Intern, Senate Department for Health, Environment and Consumer Protection; Directorate III; Environment Policy, Berlin, Germany. Internship in the air quality and emission working group as part of my Bachelor degree. I mainly analysed the exceedance of threshold values for air pollutants in Berlin and the cause of the prevailing exceedance.