Our research deals with atmospheric boundary layer processes (microscale) and their coupling to the free atmosphere (mesoscale, macroscale). The focus is on interactions between land surface properties and the adjacent atmosphere with respect to spatiotemporal dynamics of energy, water and carbon fluxes (e.g. turbulent exchange processes, transport and dispersion patterns) as well as the formation of topographically induced flow systems and cloud formation mechanisms by e.g. terrain and land use.
The knowledge about systemic processes and functional interrelations significantly contributes to a better understanding of the climate system and thus to reducing uncertainties about our future climate.
We use a broad spectrum of modern environmental monitoring methods, geo-statistical analysis methods and numerical models. In addition to ground-based measurement techniques such as eddy-covariance measurements for turbulent exchange processes, GIS- and remote sensing-based data for an upscaling of the local information.
Numerical models are used to unveil the underlying physical and mechanistic processes. In addition, we are developing numerical models for the simulation and analysis of future regional and local climate change scenarios.