Bad Honnef Physics School on

Atmospheric Physics: Experiment meets Modelling

April 29 – May 3, 2019, Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Germany
Organized by
Christian von Savigny (University of Greifswald) and Justus Notholt (University of Bremen)
supported by


Atmospheric Physics is a sub-discipline of applied physics, which has become more and more important in recent decades. It deals – amongst many other topics – with several of the most urgent problems of humankind, including climate change, air pollution or the stratospheric ozone issue. It is a highly interdisciplinary field with close connections to atmospheric chemistry, biogeochemistry, meteorology and mathematics.
The research of most atmospheric physicists addresses only a part of the atmospheric system, e.g., modelling atmospheric processes (climate modelling, modelling of atmospheric chemistry, physical processes or dynamics), observations (in-situ or remote sensing observations in different spectral regions) or fundamental lab studies. In order to fully understand the complexity of the field, expertise in several different sub-disciplines is required. Understanding, e.g., atmospheric variability requires consideration of processes of natural or anthropogenic nature, or of physical, chemical or biological nature. In many cases, knowledge in fields outside of physics is necessary for a thorough understanding.
The main goal of the Bad Honnef Physics School on Atmospheric Physics is to overcome the limitation of disciplinary thinking and to provide the attendees with the possibility to obtain scientifically sound and highly relevant information on the most important sub-disciplines of atmospheric physics, presented by internationally recognized experts. The Bad Honnef Physics School will combine expertise of scientists representing theoretical and experimental approaches. On the theoretical side experts on chemical-transport modelling, atmospheric dynamics modelling as well as modelling atmospheric and climate effects of large volcanic eruptions provide insight into their fields. In terms of experimental techniques, experts on in-situ and remote sensing observations of atmospheric composition, aerosols and atmospheric background parameters will represent their research areas. These topics will be complemented by expert lectures on ionospheric processes and space weather, as well as on fundamental thermodynamic considerations of the atmosphere in the Earth system.
The target group of the Bad Honnef Physics school on Atmospheric Physics consists of Master & Ph.D. students in atmospheric or environmental physics and related disciplines (e.g. meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, environmental sciences).

Speakers and Topics
• Prof. Dr. Erich Becker (Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Kühlungsborn): Introduction to modelling atmospheric dynamics
• Prof. Dr. Susanne Crewell (Institute of Geophysics and Meteorology, University of Cologne): Introduction to microwave remote sensing
• Prof. Dr. Martin Dameris (German Aerospace Center (DLR), Wessling): Introduction to stratospheric modelling
• Dr. Axel Kleidon (Max-Planck-Institute of Biogeochemistry, Jena): Thermodynamics of the Earth system
• Prof. Dr. Ralf Koppmann (Institute for Atmospheric and Environmental Research, University of Wuppertal): Introduction to In-situ measurements of atmospheric composition
• Prof. Dr. Thomas Leisner (Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, KIT): Laboratory studies of aerosol formation
• Prof. Dr. Justus Notholt (Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen): Introduction to IR remote sensing
• Prof. Dr. Ulrich Platt (Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Heidelberg): Introduction to UV/vis remote sensing
• Dr. Andreas Richter (Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen): Pollution monitoring in the optical spectral range
• Dr. Miriam Sinnhuber (Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, KIT): Introduction to modelling particle precipitation effects on atmospheric chemistry
• Dr. Wolfgang Steinbrecht (German Weather Service (DWD), Observatory Hohenpeißenberg): Introduction to LIDAR remote sensing of stratospheric composition
• Prof. Dr. Claudia Stolle (GFZ Helmholtz Centre Potsdam): Introduction to ionospheric physics
• PD Dr. Claudia Timmreck (Max-Planck-Institute of Meteorology, Hamburg): Modelling atmospheric and climate effects of large volcanic eruptions
• Prof. Dr. Christian von Savigny (Institute of Physics, University of Greifswald): Introduction to airglow and remote sensing applications & Introduction to inversion theory


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FEES     200 € full board and lodging (for DPG* members 100 € )
* The German Physical Society (DPG)

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