Sergej Zilitinkevich#

Obituary, World Meteorogical Organization
Obituary, European Meteorological Society
Obituary, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC)

Curriculum Vitae#

Education and degrees awarded
  • Degree title
    Graduated from: Physical Faculty, Leningrad State University, USSR (1959)
    PhD physics and mathematics: Leningrad Hydrometeorological Institute (1962)
    Dr Sci physics and mathematics: PP Shirshov Institute of Oceanology Acad. Sci. USSR (1970)
  • Title of docent/professor
    Professor of geophysics: Presidium of Acad. Sci. USSR (1972)
    Professor of meteorology: Uppsala University, Sweden (1997)

Linguistic skills
  • Mother tongue: Russian
  • Other languages: English

Current positions
  • Since 2008 Research Professor, Finnish Meteorological Institute / Research Director, Division Atmos. Sci., Dept. Physics, Helsinki University, Finland
  • Since 2011 Visiting Chief Scientist, Dept. of Radio-physics, Nizhny Novgorod University, Russia

Previous work
  • 2004 - 2007 Finland: Marie Curie Chair (Boundary-Layer Physics), University of Helsinki
  • 1998 - 2003 Sweden: Professor, Chair of Meteorology, Uppsala Univ. (since 2003 Prof. Emeritus)
  • 1991 - 1997 Germany: Visiting Professor, Max Planck Inst. of Meteorology, Hamburg University, Alfred Wegener Inst. of Polar and Marine Research, GKSS Research Centre
  • 1990 - 1990 Denmark: Visiting Professor, RISØ National Laboratory
  • 1959 - 1990 Russia: Main Geophysical Observatory (Head of Lab), Institute of Lake Research (Senior Scientist), Institute of Oceanology (Founding Director of Leningrad Branch), Russian State Hydrometeorological University (Professor)

Research funding, leadership and supervision
  • Major research funding in the last decade (coordinator):
    • EU Commission: Marie Curie Chair “Planetary boundary layers: theory, modelling and role in Earth System” (~500 kEUR), University of Helsinki, FI, 2004-2007
    • EU Commission: TEMPUS JEP 26005 “Development of competency-based two-level curricula in meteorology” (~500 kEUR), University of Helsinki, FI, 2007-2010
    • EU Commission: ERC-Ideas Advanced Grant 227915 “Atmospheric planetary boundary layers: physics, modelling and role in Earth system” (2.4 million EUR), Finnish Meteorological Institute, 2009-2013,
    • EU Commission: TEMPUS 159352-FI-JPHES “Development of qualification framework in meteorology” (~1 million EUR), University of Helsinki, FI, 2010-2013
    • EU Commission: ERC PoC Grant 632295 “Integrated monitoring and forecasting system for local weather and microclimate” (150 kEUR), Finnish Meteorological Institute, 2014-2015
    • EU Commission: Erasmus+ Grant 561975-EPP-1-2015-1-FI-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP Adaptive learning environment for competence in economic and societal impacts of local weather, air quality and climate (ECOIMPACT ~1 million EUR), University of Helsinki, FI, 2015-2017
    • Academy of Finland / Russian Foundation for Basic Research (bilateral RU-FI collaboration): Acad. FI Grant 280700 “Atmosphere-hydrosphere interaction in Baltic Basin and Arctic Seas” (373 kEUR), Finnish Meteorological Institute, 2014-2017
    • Russian Government: Mega-Grant 11.G34.31.0048 “Air-sea/land interaction: physics and observation of planetary boundary layers and quality of environment” (~4.7 million EUR), University of Nizhny Novgorod, 2011-2015,
    • Russian Science Foundation: Grant 15-17-20009 “Physical Nature and Modelling of Atmospheric Boundary Layer over Heterogeneous Terrain” (30 million RUB, 2015-2017)
  • Participated in organising more than 30 international conferences during the last decade
  • Supervised 25 PhD / Dr Sci dissertations in atmospheric sciences, oceanography and space research

Merits in teaching and pedagogical competence
  • Developed and delivered 7 courses in atmospheric sciences, oceanography, geophysics and science management at universities of Russia, Germany, Sweden and Finland
  • Delivered a dozen short courses on turbulence and boundary layers at international summer schools

Awards, prizes and honours
  • Vilhelm Bjerknes Medal-2000 of European Geophysical Society
  • Alfred Wegener Medal-2015 of European Geoscience Union (
  • Member of Academia Europaea (Earth and Cosmic Sciences, since 2002)
  • Member of Finnish Academy of Science and Letters (Geosciences, since 2009)
  • Member of Societas Scientiarum Fennica (Mathematical & Physical Sciences, since 2012)
  • Member of International Eurasian Academy of Sciences (since 2012)
  • Fellow of Royal Meteorological Society (UK, since 2004)
  • Honorary member of European Geoscience Union (since 2015)
  • Professor Emeritus, Uppsala University (Sweden, since 2003)
  • Doctor honoris causa, University of Pretoria (South Africa, since 2015)
  • Doctor honoris causa, University of Nizhny Novgorod (Russia, since 2015)
  • Doctor honoris causa, Odessa Ecological University (Ukraine, since 2016)

Other academic merits
  • Chief Scientist of EU-Russia-China environmental research programme “Pan-Eurasian Experiment” (PEEX, launched in 2012,
  • Peer Review Referee of European Research Council (since 2009)
  • Member of Russian National Council on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (since 2011)
  • Convener of Session ASI8 “Atmospheric Boundary Layers”, Annual Meetings of European Meteorological Society (since 2005)
  • Official Nominator for “Japan Prize” (since 2012)
  • Member of the Vilhelm Bjerknes Medal Committee, European Geosciences Union (2002-2009)
  • Member of board, NERC Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (UK, 2002-2007)
  • Member of board, C-G Rossby International Meteorological Institute (Sweden, 1998-2003)
  • Member of editorial boards of scientific journals: international – Geography, Environment, Sustainability (since 2008), International J. of Geophysics (since 2008), Advances in Applied Physics (since 2012); Russian – Ice and Snow (since 2014), Proceedings of Moscow State University (Geography Series, since 2014), Marine Hydrophysical Journal (since 2014); Ukrainian - Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Journal (since 2014)
  • Member of International Council of University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (since 2015)
  • International expert of Russian Science Foundation (since 2015)
  • Delivered more than 70 invited lectures in the last 10 years

Scientific and societal impact of research
  • Published 9 scientific books, over 200 peer-reviewed papers and 3 literary works
  • Number of citations over 4500, h-index 37. Zilitinkevich is first or single author in almost all papers making his h-index: Google Scholar

CV & leadership profile(info) (2018)

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