Daniela Jacob is one of Germany’s leading climate scientists. She develops regional climate models with the aim of understanding how regional weather phenomenon influence changes in local climate systems. She is fascinated by the relationship humans have with their local environment and is driven by the ambition to support communities and societies develop a more sustainable way of living. Throughout her career she has played an important role in many national and international committees, panels and advisory boards that report on and suggest solutions for the causes and consequences of climate change - most importantly as a key member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Daniela made the decision to become a meteorologist while learning to fly gliders at the age of twelve. She completed her studies in meteorology at the Technical University in Darmstadt before doing her Ph.D. at the University of Hamburg, and postdoctoral research in Geesthacht and the USA. She is now Director of the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) in Hamburg, a scientific organizational entity of Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, and visiting professor at Leuphana University in Lüneburg. She was one of the leading authors of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above preindustrial levels. In 2015 she co-founded a new scientific journal called “Climate Services” together with Elsevier.