Head of department: Dr. Thomas Gerz
Weather and wake vortices derogate aviation. Noise bothers residents along traffic trails and wind turbines. Wind-energy earnings and wake-vortex behaviour depend on dynamical processes in the atmosphere. Reliable weather forecast requires the consistent description of gravity waves and turbulence and how they interact on small and medium scales. The Department is aiming at the understanding and prediction of dynamical processes in the atmospheric boundary layer and in the upper atmosphere on one hand. On the other hand, it is dedicated to develop analysis and prediction products tailored to the needs of and applicable by aviation stakeholders and wind energy industry. To this end, simulation and measurement technologies are pursued and improved and expert systems are assembled.
Current research highlights encompass
The technologies employed for these purposes incorporate the development of
Since January 2018 the Department hosts the Office of the core project SPARC (Stratosphere-troposphere Processes and their Role in Climate) of the United Nation’s World Climate Research Programme.