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Remote Sensing and Radiative Transfer (Prof. Mayer)

Radiative transfer and high-resolution remote sensing of clouds and aerosol

The modelling of one and three-dimensional radiative transfer in the atmosphere is a main topic. These simulations facilitate the development of remote sensing methods for our own active (aerosol lidar, cloud radar) and passive sensors (cloud spectrometer, sun photometer, satellite observations). Various sensors' data is then used for our research topics: the influence of clouds and aerosol on weather and climate, the generation of renewable energy, and the impact of UV radiation on human health. To this end, also the modelling of clouds and their interaction of cloud microphysics, local 3D radiation budget and large scale dynamics is part of the group's research fields.

Trace Gases, Hans-Ertel-Centre, DLR Cooperation

Thematic overlap exists to the working group Remote Sensing of Trace Gases (Prof. Wenig) and the Data Assimilation Branch of the Hans-Ertel-Centre. Close cooperation exists with the Institute for Atmospheric Physics of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

The working group is part of the Chair of Experimental Meteorology (Prof. Mayer).

Radiative Transfer

We develop the 3D Model MYSTIC and the modelling package libRadtran, a collection of tools to calculate solar and thermal radiative transfer in the earth's atmosphere.

Remote Sensing of Aerosols

For remote sensing of aerosols we mainly use LIDAR-Systems and sun photometers, both commercial systems and systems developed at MIM.

Remote Sensing of Clouds

We use several active and passive remote sensing instruments observe cloud characteristics and we develop the related methods in the group.

Cloud modelling

To better understand the role of clouds in the climate system, we develop theoretical and numerical models that describe the interaction of microphysics and dynamics.

Cloud radiation interaction

Clouds influence the solar and terrestrial radiation field and at the same time radiation has an impact on cloud development.

Group Members

Members of the Remote Sensing and Radiative Transfer Group.


Publications of the Remote Sensing and Radiative Transfer Group from 2006