Physics of the atmosphere

The understanding and quantification of natural climate variability in the Earth's system from seasonal to multidecadal time scales is essential for more reliable future climate predictions. Together with volcanic activity, solar variability could be an important external source of natural climate variations, superimposed on the human-induced warming since the late twentieth century. Modeling the complex interactions between dynamical, physical and chemical processes in the atmosphere from the middle atmosphere (stratosphere and mesosphere) to the Earth’s surface and its interaction with the ocean circulation is necessary to understand the underlying physical mechanisms. Observations on the other hand are an important component for monitoring atmosphere-ocean interactions as well as improving and validating climate models.


Research Areas

  • Stratosphere-troposphere-ocean modeling with special focus on chemistry-climate modeling

  • Role of the middle atmosphere for (natural) climate variability

  • Mechanisms for sun-climate interactions

  • Decadal climate variability and predictability

  • Processes in the UTLS (Upper Troposphere Lower Stratosphere)

  • Development of and contribution to international model intercomparison studies of climate variability and climate change

  • Air-sea interactions, in particular turbulent heat transfer and precipitation measurements


  • WCRP-SPARC SOLARIS-HEPPA Working Group on Solar Activity 

  • BMBF ROMIC-SOLIC (Role Of the MIddle atmosphere in Climate: Quantification of Uncertainties of Solar Induced Climate variability)



  • Julia Bruckert
  • Jessica Kern
  • Megan Metcalfe
  • Ann-Katrin Seemann

Former Members:

  • Blume, Christian (PhD thesis Freie Universität Berlin 2012; Scientist 2009-2012)
  • Brieber, Annika (Bachelor thesis Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel 2015)
  • Drews, Annika (Scientist)
  • Ebsen, Lena (student helper WEB; Bachelor thesis Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel 2015)
  • Eirund, Gesa (student helper; Master thesis Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel 2016)
  • Dr. Hansen, Felicitas (PhD thesis Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel 2015; Scientist 2010-2015)
  • Dr. Harlaß, Jan (Scientist)
  • Kadow, Christopher (student helper; Diploma thesis Freie Universität Berlin 2011)
  • Dr. Kemena, Tronje (PhD thesis Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel 2017)
  • Kinzel, Julian (student helper; Master thesis Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel 2013)
  • Dr. Kruschke, Tim (Scientist 2015-2018)
  • Kumar Yadav, Atul (Scientist)
  • Li, Haiyan (CSC-Doktorandin)
  • Dr. Lubis, Sandro (PhD thesis Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel 2016; Scientist 2013-2016)
  • Maas, Josefine (student helper; Bachelor thesis Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel 2013, Master thesis 2016, PhD thesis 2020)
  • Dr. Neef, Lisa (Scientist - 2017)
  • Dr. Omrani, Nour-Eddine (Scientist 2014-2015)
  • Dr. Petrick, Christof (PhD thesis Freie Universität Berlin 2013; Scientist 2009-2013)
  • Scheef, Helga (student helper; Master thesis Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel 2014)
  • Dr.  Shangguan, Ming (Scientist 2014-2016)
  • Dr. Thieblémont,  Rémi (Scientist 2013-2016)
  • Walther, Sophia (student helper; Bachelor thesis Freie Universität Berlin 2011)
  • Dr.  Wang, Wuke (PhD thesis Freie Universität Berlin 2015;  Scientist 2011-2016)