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Ole Humlum (born 21 July 1949) is a Danish professor emeritus of physical geography at the University of Oslo, Department of Geosciences and adjunct professor of physical geography at the University Centre in Svalbard.[1] His academic focus includes glacial and periglacial geomorphology and climatology.[2]


Born near the coast in Jylland, he became interested in geology when he visited the Alps as a teenager and saw the glaciers. He studied natural science at the University of Copenhagen, earning bachelor's degrees in geology, geography, zoology and botany. In 1976, he obtained a M.Sc. in glacial geomorphology and was the same year also awarded a Prize Essay Gold Medal at the University for another study. He earned a Ph.D degree in glacial geomorphology in 1980.[1][3]


After having held post-doc positions 1980–1983 he became scientific director at the University of Copenhagen Arctic Station near Qeqertarsuaq where he lived for three years. He subsequently worked as assistant professor at the University of Copenhagen from 1986–1999.[1]

He became professor at the University Centre in Svalbard in 1999. In 2003, he became full professor at the University of Oslo, Department of Geosciences.[1] He became a member of the newly founded Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research in 2008.[3][4]

Climate change viewsEdit

Humlum is a member of the Norwegian organization Climate Realists, which questions aspects of the scientific assessment of climate change that have been expressed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is active in Norwegian and Danish debate about science on the issue, arguing that current climate change is mainly a natural phenomenon.[1] Together with Jan-Erik Solheim and Kjel Stordahl, he published the article "Identifying natural contributions to late Holocene climate change" in Global and Planetary Change in 2011. The article argues that changes in the sun's and moon's influence on the earth may explain most of the historical and current climate change. The theory in the article was opposed by several scientists.[5] He predicted in 2013 that the climate would most likely become colder in the coming 10–15 years.[6] In April 2018 he joined the Academic Advisory Council of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, a London think tank that questions aspects of the greenhouse warming theory.[7]

Selected publicationsEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e Halfdan Carstens (2013) Klimatolog i hardt vær Archived 2014-01-09 at the Wayback Machine Geo, nb. 1 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2014 (in Norwegian)
  2. ^ Ole Humlum UiO. Retrieved 9 January 2014
  3. ^ a b Curriculum Vitae: Ole Humlum (as of 2010) Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research. Retrieved 9 January 2014
  4. ^ Members Polar Academy. Retrieved 9 January 2014
  5. ^ Bjørn H. Samset and Henrik H. Svensen (26 July 2013) Seniorsaken Morgenbladet. Retrieved 9 January 2014 (in Norwegian)
  6. ^ NTB (18 September 2014) De naturlige variasjonene i klimaet har vært undervurdert Adresseavisen. Retrieved 9 January 2014 (in Norwegian)
  7. ^ "Professor Ole Humlum Joins GWPF's Academic Advisory Council". The Global Warming Policy Foundation. 4 April 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2019.