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Exploiting Observations in Meteorology

There are much too few observations in the lowest 1-2 km of the atmosphere, the so-called atmospheric boundary layer (ABL). We perform research on new meteorological observation systems and investigate if and how these can improve our knowledge on the structure of the ABL, e.g. temperature, humidity and winds. Developing such methods can help us shed light on the physical processes in the ABL such as turbulent fluxes or cloud and precipitation formation. Also, we investigate the impact of these observational methods on short-term weather forecasts and high-resolution re-analyses.  

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Have a look at our open positions or contact Ulrich Löhnert if you are interested in a student assistance job, are looking for exiting BSc ode MSc thesis themes!

Recent publications

  • Böhm, C., M. Reyers, J.-H. Schween, and S.Crewell, 2020: Water vapor variability in the Atacama Desert during the 20th century, Global and Planetary Change, 190, 103192,

  • Cimini, D., M. Haeffelin, S. Kotthaus, U. Löhnert, P. Martinet, E. O'Connor, C. Walden, M. Collaud Coen, and J. Preissler, 2020: Towards the profiling of the atmospheric boundary layer at European scale—introducing the COST Action PROBE, Bulletin of Atmospheric Science and Technology, 1, 23-42

  • Ebell, K., T. Nomokonova, M. Maturilli, and C. Ritter, 2020: Radiative effect of clouds at Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, as inferred from ground-based remote sensing observations, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 59, 3-22,

  • Frank, C. W., B. Pospichal, S. Wahl, J. D. Keller, A. Hense, and S. Crewell, 2020a: The added value of high resolution regional reanalyses for wind power applications, Renewable Energy, 148, 1094-1109

  • Gierens, R., S. Kneifel, M. D. Shupe, K. Ebell, M. Maturilli, and U. Löhnert, 2020: Low-level mixed-phase clouds in a complex Arctic environment, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 20, 3459–3481,

  • Maahn, M., D. D. Turner, U. Löhnert, D. J. Posselt, K. Ebell, G. G. Mace, and J. M. Comstock, 2020: Optimal Estimation Retrievals and Their Uncertainties: What Every Atmospheric Scientist Should Know. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, E1512–E1523,

  • Marke, T., Löhnert, U., Schemann, V., Schween, J. H., and S. Crewell, 2020: Detection of land-surface-induced atmospheric water vapor patterns, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 20, 1723–1736,

  • McMichael, L. A., Yang F., Marke, T., Löhnert. U., Mechem, D. B., Vogelmann, A. M., Sanchez, K., Tuononen, M., Schween, J. H., 2020: Characterizing Subsiding Shells in Shallow Cumulus Using Doppler Lidar and Large‐Eddy Simulation, Geophysical Research Letters, 47(18), e2020GL089699, DOI:10.1029/2020GL089699

  • Nomokonova, T., K. Ebell, U. Löhnert, M. Maturilli, and C. Ritter, 2020: The influence of water vapor anomalies on clouds and their radiative effect at Ny-Ålesund, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 20, 5157–5173,

  • Schemann, V., K. Ebell, B. Pospichal, R. Neggers, C. Moseley, and B. Stevens, 2020: Linking large‐eddy simulations to local cloud observations. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 12 (12), e2020MS002209.

  • Schnitt, S., U. Löhnert, R. Preusker, 2020: Potential of Dual-Frequency Radar and Microwave Radiometer Synergy for Water Vapor Profiling in the Cloudy Trade Wind Environment, Journal of Oceanic and Atmospheric Technology, 37(11), 1973-1986,

  • Schween, J. H., D. Hoffmeister, and U. Löhnert, 2020: Filling the Observational Gap in the Atacama Desert with a new Network of Climate Stations, Global and Planetary Change, 184,

  • Stevens, B., C. Acquistapace, M. Costa-Surós, S. Crewell, M. Jacob, U. Löhnert, S. Schnitt, et al., 2020: Large-eddy and Storm Resolving Models for Climate Prediction - The Added Value for Clouds and Precipitation, Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan, 98(2), 395-435,

  • Toporov, M., and U. Löhnert, 2020: Synergy of Satellite- and Ground-Based Observations for Continuous Monitoring of Atmospheric Stability, Liquid Water Path and Integrated Water Vapor, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 59(7), 1153-1170,

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