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Measurement Methods and Models

A range of methods and tools is used across the different working groups research topics. Dynamical, radiative and chemical models are used to understand the processes in the atmosphere. Several measurement instruments, particularly remote sensing methods, allow to observe the atmosphere.

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.

Numerical Simulations

Several numerical weather models, such as COSMO, ICON or the LES-model EULAG, are used and developed further in various research groups

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 Spectrometer specMACS

A hyper-spectral spectrometer and polarized imager for the spectral area 400 - 2500 nm, specMACS, is used for remote sensing of cloud properties.

Cloud Radars X-MACS, Ka-MACS, W-MACS

Three cloud radars on the roof of our institute use wavelength between 3 mm and 3 cm and are sensitive to cloud and rain particles. We use them to investigate cloud geometry and microphysics.

UV-Radiation: Measurement and Modelling

Solar UV-radiation, important for skin cancer, vitamin D production and photo chemistry, is measured at MIM and on top of the Zugspitze. UV-modelling allows sensitivity studies and prognoses.

Meteorological Tower

The meteorological measurement tower located in the Campus Garching is necessary for the operation of the research reactor. The MIM provides this service for TU since 1961.