Climate and chemistry of the atmosphere are affected by a variety of parameters, the most important of which are clouds, aerosol, and water vapour. According to IPCC (2007), the feedback of clouds is one of the largest uncertainties in the prediction of future climate. A profound knowledge about these components and their interaction with solar and thermal radiation is therefore mandatory. Satellite observations provide information about spatial distribution and temporal changes of atmospheric quantities and can help to improve our understanding of the cloud-radiation interaction. Instruments like MSG/SEVIRI allow to study the life cycle of clouds with a time resolution of 15 up to 5 Minutes.
The department Atmospheric Remote Sensing closely cooperates with the Lehrstuhl für Experimentelle Meteorologie der Universität München and concentrates on the development and scientific application of remote sensing algorithms to study water and ice clouds as well as their influence on the radiation in the atmosphere.
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