Julia Schmale is assistant professor at École Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, where she heads the Extreme Environments Research Laboratory (EERL) since 2019. Her research focuses on how the ocean, land, cryosphere and human activities influence the chemical and microphysical composition of the atmosphere, and the resulting effects on climate and air quality. The main study regions are the Arctic, Antarctica, Southern Ocean and high altitudes, where she deploys aerosol and trace gas instrumentation on aircraft, research vessels, ground-based observatories and tethered balloons. Prior to founding the EERL, Julia was part of the Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry at the Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland, where she started as a postdoc and then headed the molecular cluster and particle processes research group.
Throughout her career, Julia has been engaged in science-policy interaction, a direction she pursued in particular as scientist at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Germany, after having obtained her PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany. Currently Julia represents Switzerland in the international steering group of the MOSAiC expedition, the Atmosphere Working Group of the International Arctic Science Committee, and she is a lead author on the forthcoming report by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme’s expert group on short-lived climate forcers.
Julia Schmale will give the Keynote Presentation of the Programme Stream Understanding Weather & Climate Processes:
Measurements of Atmospheric Variability during the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) Expedition