A research group in the Department "Cloud Physics"
Head: Dr. Luca Bugliaro
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, cloud optical thickness, reflected shortwave irradiance, effective droplet radius.
Clouds and aerosol are definitely among the most important atmospheric constituents affecting the Earth’s radiation budget. An imbalance in the Earth’s radiation budget can cause climate to heat up or cool down. The goal of the research group “Remote sensing of the atmosphere” is to contribute to a better understanding of the temporal evolution of cloud and aerosol properties as well as to their impact on the radiation budget. To this end we investigate the life cycle of clouds, from their formation until their dissipation, and aerosol transport using satellite remote sensing instruments. For an accurate evaluation and interpretation of these data we complement them with in situ and remote sensing measurements from airborne campaigns.
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