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Dr. Katrin Nissen

Freie Universität Berlin

Institute of Meteorology

Scientific Associate

Carl-Heinrich-Becker-Weg 6-10
Room 296 (New Building)
12165 Berlin


since 07/2007

scientific associate FUB, IfM, AG Clidia


scientific associate FUB, IfM, AG Stratosphäre


scientific associate FUB, IfM, AG Stratosphäre


Post Doc. at Edinburgh University


Promotion at the FUB


Study of Meteorology, Nebenfach Umwelttechnik, (Luftreinhaltung), FUB und TUB

Work and Research Interests

  •  Cyclones in the Mediterranean region
  •  Modelling of the climate/earth system
  •   Dynamics of the stratosphere

Publications (re-viewed)

K.M. Nissen, S. Rupp, T.M. Kreuzer, B. Guse, B. Damm and U. Ulbrich, 2022: Quantification of meteorological conditions for rockfall triggers in Germany, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 2117–2130, https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-22-2117-2022.

M. Dietze, R. Bell, U.  Ozturk,  K.L. Cook, C. Andermann, A.R. Beer, B. Damm, A. Lucia, F.S. Fauer, K.M. Nissen, T. Sieg, A.H. Thieken, 2022: More than heavy rain turning into fast-flowing water – a landscape perspective on the 2021 Eifel floods, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 1845–1856, https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-22-1845-2022.

K.M. Nissen, N. Becker, O. Dähne, M. Rabe, J. Scheffler, M. Solle, U. Ulbrich,2020: How does weather affect the use of public transport in Berlin? Environ. Res. Lett. 15, 085001, https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab8ec3

K.M. Nissen, K. Matthes, U. Langematz, B. Mayer, 2007: Towards a better representation of the solar cycle in general circulation models, Atmos. Chem. Phys.,7, 5391-5400.

R.N. Bannister, A. O'Neill, A.R. Gregory and K.M. Nissen, 2004: The role of the south-east Asian monsoon and other seasonal features in creating the 'tape recorder' signal in the Unified Model, Q. J. R. Meteorol. Soc, 130, 1531-1554.

K. M. Nissen, P. Braesicke, U. Langematz, 2000: QBO, SAO and tropical waves in the Berlin TSM GCM: Sensitivity to radiation, vertical resolution and convection. J. Geophys. Res.,105, NO.D20, 24771-24790.

K. M. Müller, U. Langematz, S. Pawson, 1997: The stratopause semiannual oscilation in the Berlin troposphere-stratosphere-mesosphere GCM. J. Atmos. Sci., 54, 2749-2759.


J. R. Holton, P. Kushner, K. Müller, K. Semeniuk, D. H. Tran, 1997: Wave-mean-flow interaction, in The Stratosphere and its Role in the Climate System edited by G. Brasseur, Springer, Heidelberg, pp. 47-57.

K.M. Nissen, V. West and R.N. Bannister, 2000: Troposphere-Stratosphere exchange of water vapour in the tropics, UK Universities Global Modelling Programme Newsletter, 35--37.

R.N. Bannister, V. West and K.M. Nissen, 2000: The Stratospheric 'Tape Recorder' Signal in the Unified Model, UK Universities Global Modelling Programme Newsletter, 32--35.

K.M. Nissen, H.L. Clark and R.N. Bannister, 2001: Water vapour in the tropical upper troposphere UK Universities Global Modelling Programme Newsletter, 16--18.

R.N. Bannister, A.R. Gregory, A. O'Neill and K.M. Nissen, 2001: What can the Unified Model tell us about how the 'tape recorder' is synthesized? UK Universities Global Modelling Programme Newsletter, 47--48.

R.S. Harwood, I.A. MacKenzie, K.M. Nissen, D.S. Stevenson and V. West, 2001: Transport, chemistry and climate studies with the Met. Office Unified Model, Research Activities in Atmospheric and Oceanic Modelling, World Meteorol. Org., Geneva.

J. Austin, N. Butchart, C. Claud, C. Cagnazzo, A. Hauchecorne, J. Hampson, J. Kaurola, J. Damski, L. Tholix, U. Langematz, P. Mieth, K. Nissen, L. Grenfell, W. Lahoz, S. Hare, P. Canziani, 2003: EuroSPICE: The European Project on Stratospheric Processes and their Influence on Climate and the Environment - Description and brief Highlights, SPARC Newsletter 21.


Die Jahres- und Halbjahreswelle im Berliner Klimamodell

PhD Thesis

Die Bedeutung der Konvektion für die Variabilität in der tropischen Stratosphäre - im Vergleich zur Rolle von vertikaler Auflösung und Strahlung: Simulationen mit einem globalen Zirkulationsmodell