Spokesperson: Dr. Johannes Hendricks
Synergies from the combination of global aerosol model simulations, in-situ measurements and Lidar observations. The joint analysis of such data sets facilitates the interpretation of measurements as well as the identification and reduction of model biases (Graphics: ©DLR).
Atmospheric aerosols play a crucial role in the climate system. By scattering, absorption and re-emission of radiation they have a direct effect on the energy budget of the Earth’s atmosphere. In addition, aerosols indirectly impact the climate by modifying the properties of clouds and their radiative effects. Despite their potentially large relevance, aerosols still pose one of the largest uncertainties in our understanding of climate change. The aim of the matrix group is to bundle the various methodical capacities of the institute to advance our understanding of aerosol effects on climate.
Our aerosol research benefits from a high methodical potential and large synergies resulting from our broad spectrum of methods including:
Our research is embedded in the DLR-programmes on aeronautics, space, and transport. It addresses a wide spectrum of different subjects covering: