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Dr. Claudia Acquistapace

Address Pohligstr. 3, 50969 Köln
Room 3.151
Phone +49 (0)221 470-6276
Fax +49 (0)221 470-5161
Mail cacquistSpamProtectionuni-koeln.de

Research Topics

  • Cloud physics
  • Aerosols
  • Remote sensing
  • Polluted regions
  • Modeling



  • HD(CP)2: High Definition Clouds and Precipitation for advancing Climate Prediction
  • ITaRS: Initial Training for Atmospheric Remote Sensing



2014 – 2016 Doctoral degree in Meteorology: “The detection of the autoconversion process in clouds using ground-based active and passive microwave sensors.”, University of Cologne, Germany. The research project was part of the framework of EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network (FP7 - PEOPLE - 2011 - ITN).

2009 - 2012 Master Degree in Physics, specialization in Atmospheric Physics and Meteorology, University of Bologna, Italy

2003 – 2009 Bachelor Degree in Physics, University of Pisa, Italy






Acquistapace, C., U. Löhnert, P. Kollias, M. Maahn, 2018: Developing a new criterion to improve operational drizzle detection from ground-based instrumentation. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, in preparation.

Acquistapace, C., S. Kneifel, U. Löhnert, P. Kollias, M. Maahn, and M. Bauer-Pfundstein, 2017: Optimizing observations of drizzle onset with millimeter-wavelength radars. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 1783–1802, dx.doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-1783-2017.

Acquistapace C., 2017: Investigation of drizzle onset in liquid clouds using ground-based active and passive remote sensing instruments. PhD thesis, University of Cologne. http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/7932/

Löhnert, U., J. H. Schween, C. Acquistapace, K. Ebell, M. Maahn, M. Barrera-Verdejo, A. Hirsikko, B. Bohn, A. Knaps, E. O’Connor, C. Simmer, A. Wahner, and S. Crewell, 2015: JOYCE: Jülich Observatory for Cloud Evolution. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 96, 1157–1174, dx.doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00105.1.

Cattani E., C. Acquistapace, S. Laviola, V. Levizzani., 2013: Satellite-based VIS/IR multispectral screening of precipitating clouds: A case study during summer at mid-latitudes. EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts, Vienna, 2013EGUGA..15.8813C


Acquistapace, C. May 2017 (invited talk), National Oceanographic Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) : Evaluation of boundary layer types using a new boundary layer classification developed at JOYCE.

Acquistapace, C, S. Kneifel, U. Löhnert, P. Kollias, M. Maahn, May 2017, International symposium on tropospheric profiling, Fort Collins (US): A new criterion to improve drizzle detection from ground-based.

Acquistapace, C, U. Löhnert, J.H. Schween, V. Schemann, T. Marke, K. Ebell, E. O'Connor, A. Manninen, June 2016, International conference on clouds and precipitation, Manchester, (UK): Developing an advanced categorization scheme for drizzle detection using ground-based observations