About this person
Michel is a Research Scientist at Uni Research Climate and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. In 2009, he earned a PhD degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (USA), where he received a GPA of 4.0 (grade A). He has 42 publications on large-scale dynamics, including sea-ice-atmosphere interaction, storm tracks, teleconnectivity, downscaling, climate modeling, science education, and climate ecology.
He has successfully applied for and received grants in Norway and in the United States. Michel is currently the Principal Investigator of the C-ICE project, funded by the Norwegian Research Council as well as the upcoming PREPARE project, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has also led the NORINDIA project, funded by the Norwegian Research Council and the XCUBE Project, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Michel has also been a Visiting Faculty at TERI University in India and has previously worked as a Group Leader of the Regional Climate Modeling group at Uni Research, managing 20 research scientists, and a co-Leader of the RG5 modelling group at the Bjerknes Centre. He is also a member of the IDSA-PRIO Advisory Group on climate change science and policy in Norway and India. He fostered the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR, USA) and the Bjerknes Centre. He has developed the distance learning website m2lab.org, which has educated more than 600 researchers (on WRF, R, and Bayesian statistics) throughout the world, and he co-runs the Facebook WRF Regional Climate Modeling group, with more than 900 participants.