Head of the department: Dr. Hans Schlager
Trace gases and aerosols play a key role in atmospheric physics and chemistry via homogeneous and heterogeneous chemical reactions, phase transitions, and interaction with radiation. The department investigates the distribution of trace species in the troposphere and lower stratosphere and the processes involved (natural and anthropogenic emissions, transport, chemistry, aerosol composition and physics).
The present research activities focus on:
For this purpose in situ measurement systems are developed and used on board of different research aircraft (Falcon, Do228, Geophysica, Lufthansa Airbus 340-600), and at test facilities and ground stations. Trace gas measurement systems available include:
For special investigations and as support for the interpretation of the field data also models are developed and used.