Head of the department: Prof. Dr. Robert Sausen
The department “Dynamics of the Atmosphere” investigates the movement and chemical composition of atmospheric air and the associated energy and mass fluxes with the help of numerical simulation and appropriate observation data. The department has currently three main working areas: climate modelling, process modelling, and the information technology administration.
The research topics include
The department uses mainly the following simulation models:
global models of the atmosphere and the climate system, in particular the coupled dynamic-chemistry model EMAC (ECHAM-MESSy-Atmospheric-Chemistry) for large-scale processes and interactions
Diverse meteorological data sets (e.g. numerical analyses of the ECMWF, long time-series of in-situ data, satellite data products) are used in the research work. Special diagnostic and statistical tools are applied and further developed for the data analysis.