Head of the department: Prof. Dr. André Butz
Remote sensing of clouds with MSG/SEVIRI (Meteosat Second Generation). Clockwise for each quarter of the disk and starting at the upper right the figure shows: Colour composite, optical thickness, reflected shortwave irradiance, effective droplet radius.
Climate and chemistry of the atmosphere are affected by a variety of parameters and it is well known that clouds and aerosols are playing an essential role in this context. According to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the feedback of clouds is, for example, one of the largest uncertainties in the prediction of future climate. A profound knowledge about clouds and aerosols and their interaction with solar and thermal radiation is therefore mandatory. Satellite and surface based observations by passive and active remote sensing instruments provide information about their spatial and temporal distribution and can help to improve our understanding of their life cycle processes and related properties relevant to weather and climate.
Our research topics are:
Our most important tools are:
The methodical approaches for the development of the listed remote sensing methods are outlined on the page “Passive Remote Sensing”.
The department Atmospheric Remote Sensing closely cooperates with the Lehrstuhl für Experimentelle Meteorologie at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.