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Sergey Sergeevich Zilitinkevich

Date and place of birth
13.04.1936, Leningrad

Russian Federation, Sweden

Place of work and address
Director of Science, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Helsinki
Research Professor, Finnish Meteorological Institute
The head of the laboratory, Chief Scientist,
 N.I. Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod.

Address: Finnish Meteorological Institute, PO Box 503, 00101 Helsinki, Finland
Tel. +358 9 19294678, Fax +358 9 19294103, E-mail sergej.zilitinkevich @

Education and titles

  • Leningrad State University, Department of Physics (1959)
  • Ph. D.: Leningrad Hydrometeorological Institute (1962)
  • D. Sc. in Physics and Mathematics: P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology. Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1970)
  • Professor of Geophysics: Presidium of the USSR (1972)
  • Professor of Meteorology: Uppsala University, Sweden (1997)

Positions Held

From 2011 - Supervisor, Chief Scientist in the Laboratory of Physics of the planetary boundary layer of the Nizhny Novgorod State University. (megagrant the Government of the Russian Federation);
Since 2008 - Professor of the Finnish Meteorological Institute;
Director of Science Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Helsinki;
Chief Scientist, A.M. Obuhov Institute of Atmospheric Physics, RAS, Moscow
2004-2010 - Part-time Professor, Center for Environmental and Remote Sensing. Nansen, Norway
2004-2007 - Professor, University of Helsinki (Grant of the European Commission, " Marie Curie Department ")
1998-2003 - Professor and Head of the Department of Meteorology at Uppsala University (since 2003 - Professor Emeritus), Sweden
1991-1997 - Invited Professor and Director of Projects - Max Planck Institute of Meteorology, University of Hamburg, Alfred Wegener's Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Research center GKSS, Germany
1990-1990 - Invited Professor, Laboratory RISØ, Denmark
1959-1990 - Main Geophysical Observatory (Laboratory), Institute of Limnology (Senior)
The Institute of Oceanology (head of the Leningrad branch), Leningrad Hydrometeorological Institute (Professor), Russia

Publications and participation in conferences

8 books, over 170 articles in peer-reviewed journals over the past 10 years, participated in the organization of 28 international conferences, 60 invited talks.


Developed and read 7 different courses of meteorology, oceanography, geophysics, and management science - the universities of Russia, Germany, Sweden and Finland have read about 20 short courses on international summer schools.

Dissertation supervision

More than 25 candidates and doctors of science in meteorology, oceanography, and space research; among students - 4 professors.

Membership in organizations

  • Editorial boards of the journals Environmental Fluid Mechanics (International, 2000-2006); Geography, Environment, Sustainability (international, since 2008); International Journal of Geophysics (in 2008), Bulgarian Geophysical Journal (2000-2009), Ukrainian gidro-meteorological journal ( 2004-2008)
  • Russian National Council on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (since 2011)
  • Section Chairman AW2.1 «atmospheric boundary layers" of the European Meteorological Society (since 2005)
  • Expert of the European Research Council (ERC) (since 2009)
  • The Coordinating Council of the Center of polar observations and modeling of the Research Council for Environment Protection (NERC) (UK, 2002-2007)
  • Committee to award medals Vilhelm Bjerknes European Geophysical Union (2002 - 2009)
  • The Scientific Council of the Russian State Hydrometeorological University (since 2008)
  • The Council of the K.-G. Rossby International Meteorological Institute. (Sweden, 1998-2003)

Guide research and educational projects (in 10 years)

  • The project of the European Commission: Marie Curie Chair "Planetary boundary layers: theory, modelling and role in Earth system" (~ 500 kEUR), 2004 - 2007
  • The project of the European Commission: TEMPUS JEP 26005 "Development of competency-based two-level curricula in meteorology" (~ 500 kEUR), 2007 - 2010
  • The project of the European Commission: ERC Ideas 227915 "Atmospheric planetary boundary layers: physics, modelling and role in Earth system" (2.4 million EUR), 2009 - 2013,
  • The project of the European Commission: TEMPUS 159352-FI-JPHES "Development of qualification framework in meteorology" (~ 1 million EUR), 2010 - 2013,
  • Government grant of the Russian Federation: Megagrant 11.G34.31.0048 «Interaction of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and the land surface: the physical mechanisms, the methods of monitoring and control of the planetary boundary layer and the quality of the environment" (3.75 million euros), 2011 - 2013

Awards and honors