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Energy Meteorology

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We aim to advance the field of energy meteorology through basic research on meteorological processes and climatological assessments relevant for renewable energy production and supply. In our research, we combine atmospheric models of different complexity, theoretical approaches, and observations. Our collaborations are inter-disciplinary with partners at the German Weather Service and the Institute of Energy Economics (EWI) at the University of Cologne.


Current topics in focus

- Meteorological risk assessments for renewable energies
- Past and future climate change
- Peak winds and storms
- Natural and anthropogenic aerosols


- Numerical models: Re-analysis, climate models, weather forecasts
- Observations: Satellite retrievals, ground stations, research vessels


  • HErZ III Enhancing climate monitoring through regional reanalysis - The case of renewable energy
  • Earth - Evolution at the dry limit (CRC1211)

Latest publications

  • Frank, C., Fiedler, S. Crewell, S., in press: Balancing potential of natural variability and extremes in photovoltaic and wind energy production for European countries, Renewable Energy, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2020.07.103

  • Dhital, S., Kaplan, M. L., Orza, J. A. G., and Fiedler, S., in press: Atmospheric Dynamics of a Saharan Dust Outbreak over Mindelo, Cape Verde Islands Preceded by Rossby Wave Breaking: Multi-scale Observational Analyses and Simulations,  J. Geophys. Res. - Atmos., 10.1029/2020JD032975, available on Earth and Space Science Open Archive, doi: 10.1002/essoar.10503689.1

  • van Heerwaarden, C. C., Mol, W. B., Veerman, M. A., Benedict, I. B., Heusinkveld, B. G., Knap, W. H., Kazadzis, S., Kouremeti, N, and Fiedler, S., submitted: COVID-19 lockdown contribution to spring surface solar irradiance record in Western Europe, available on arXiv preprint arXiv:2008.13497, https://arxiv.org/abs/2008.13497

  • Fiedler, S., Crueger, T., D'Agostino, R., Peters, K., Becker, T., Leutwyler, D., Paccini, L., Burdanowitz, J., Buehler, S., Uribe, A., Dauhut, T., Dommenget, D., Fraedrich, K., Jungandreas, L., Maher, N., Naumann, A., Rugenstein, M., Sakradzija, M., Schmidt, H., Sielmann, F., Stephan, C., Timmreck, C., Zhu , X. & Stevens, B., 2020: Simulated tropical precipitation assessed across three major phases of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP). Monthly Weather Review, 148, 3653–3680, https://doi.org/10.1175/MWR-D-19-0404.1

  • Orza, J.A.G., Dhital,S., Fiedler, S., Kaplan,M.L., 2020: Large scale upper-level precursors for dust storm formation over North Africa and poleward transport to the Iberian Peninsula. Part I: An observational analysis, Atmospheric Environment, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2020.117688
  • Fiedler, S., Sokolik, I., 2020: Desert-Dust Aerosols, Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental sciences, https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.12413-3
  • Thornhill, G., Collins, W., Olivié, D., Archibald, A., Bauer, S., Checa-Garcia, R., Fiedler, S., Folberth, G., Gjermundsen, A., Horowitz, L., Lamarque, J.-F., Michou, M., Mulcahy, J., Nabat, P., Naik, V., O'Connor, F. M., Paulot, F., Schulz, M., Scott, C. E., Seferian, R., Smith, C., Takemura, T., Tilmes, S., and Weber, J.: Climate-driven chemistry and aerosol feedbacks in CMIP6 Earth system models, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2019-1207, in review
  • Smith, C. J., Kramer, R. J., Myhre, G., Alterskjær, K., Collins, W., Sima, A., Boucher, O., Dufresne, J.-L., Nabat, P., Michou, M., Yukimoto, S., Cole, J., Paynter, D., Shiogama, H., O'Connor, F. M., Robertson, E., Wiltshire, A., Andrews, T., Hannay, C., Miller, R., Nazarenko, L., Kirkevåg, A., Olivié, D., Fiedler, S., Pincus, R., and Forster, P. M., 2020: Effective radiative forcing and adjustments in CMIP6 models, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., doi:10.5194/acp-2019-1212, in review
  • Bellouin, N, Quaas, J., Gryspeerdt, E., Kinne, S., Stier, P., Watson-Parris, D., Boucher, O., Carslaw, K.S., Christensen, M., Daniau, A.-L., Dufresne, J.-L., Feingold, G., Fiedler, S., Forster, P., Gettelman, A., Haywood, J. M., Lohmann, U., Malavelle, F., Mauritsen, T., McCoy, D.T., Myhre, G., Mülmenstädt, J., Neubauer, D., Possner, A., Rugenstein, M., Sato, Y., Schulz, M., Schwartz, S.E., Sourdeval, O., Storelvmo, T., Toll, V., Winker, D., & Stevens, B., 2020: Bounding global aerosol radiative forcing of climate change, Reviews of Geophysics,  58, e2019RG000660. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019RG000660
  • Fiedler, S., Kinne, S., Huang, W. T. K., Räisänen, P., O'Donnell, D., Bellouin, N., Stier, P., Merikanto, J., van Noije, T., Makkonen, R., and Lohmann, U., 2019: Anthropogenic aerosol forcing – insights from multiple estimates from aerosol-climate models with reduced complexity, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 6821–6841, doi:10.5194/acp-19-6821-2019.
  •  Fiedler, S., Stevens, B., Gidden, M., Smith, S. J., Riahi, K., and van Vuuren, D., 2019: First forcing estimates from the future CMIP6 scenarios of anthropogenic aerosol optical properties and an associated Twomey effect, Geosci. Model Dev., 12, 989-1007, doi:10.5194/gmd-12-989-2019.