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Dr Jens Klump

Team Leader Geoscience Analytics


Jens Klump is a geochemist by training and Geoscience Analytics Team Leader in the Mineral Resources unit of CSIRO. Jens earned degrees in geology and in oceanography from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and received his PhD in marine geology from the University of Bremen, Germany, where he applied methods from geochemical exploration to palaeoceanography to reconstruct oceanographic and climatic changes along the Chilean coast at the end of the last ice-age.

Jens’ current work focuses on data in minerals exploration, both from a data analysis and from a data logistics perspective. Over the past 18 years, Jens has been at the forefront of earth science informatics, his broad experience in geology and computer sciences allows him to bridge between the two disciplines and identify information technology solutions that could potentially be applied to geosciences questions. In the 2000s he was involved in establishing formal and technical mechanisms for data publication and citation and later transferred these principles to publication and citation of software and a global identifier system for geological samples. Later he became involved in designing and building research data infrastructures and virtual research environments for geoscience projects. Among these are high-performance computing for geophysics, cloud-computing for virtual research environments, environmental sensor networks, and enterprise data management systems. In his work on data infrastructures, Jens covers the entire chain of digital value creation from data acquisition to data analysis. Since joining CSIRO in 2014, Jens has established a data science team, investigating the application of conditional simulation, data mining, machine learning, and geostatistical techniques to minerals exploration.

Jens is the Vice-President of the IGSN e.V., President of the Earth and Space Sciences Division of the European Geosciences Union, and one of the Chief Editors of the journal Earth System Science Data.

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Geoscience Analytics

Academic Qualifications

  • 1999

    Dr. rer. nat. in Marine Geology
    Universität Bremen

  • 1995

    B.Sc. (Honours) in Geology
    University of Cape Town

  • 1994

    B.Sc. in Geology, Ocean and Atmosphere Science (double major)
    University of Cape Town

Professional Experiences

  • 2001-2014

    Senior Research Scientist at German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ, Potsdam, Germany

  • 2000-2001

    IT Project Manager at DIE ZEIT (Newspaper, Hamburg, Germany)

Other highlights

  • 2014-2019

    CSIRO OCE Science Leader Earth Science Informatics