Competence Field "Atmosphere and Climate"

The atmosphere determines to a large extent the environmental conditions on Earth. Natural as well as human activities influence the chemical composition of the atmosphere and drive climate change, which in turn acts back on the atmosphere by changing the spatial and temporal distribution of greenhouse gases and aerosols as well as of storm tracks, precipitation and severe weather events. The research focusses on the experimental as well as model analyses of the atmospheric processes and their changes including the atmospheric components of the water cycle. Numerical models and measurement techniques are developed for a detailed chemical, dynamical and microphysical process understanding as well as for weather forecasts and regional climate change. The work is closely interrelated with mathematics and informatics in the field of numerics and modelling, and with engineering in the field of development of improved measurement techniques.