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Research emphases


The Atmospheric Dynamics working group addresses the following research issues:

  • Climatology und variability of the stratosphere and mesosphere
  • Chemistry-Climate-Interactions in the stratosphere and mesosphere
  • Future development of the stratospheric ozone layer
  • Effects of ozone changes on climate
  • Influence of the 11-year solar variability on climate
  • Modeling the climate of the past
  • Stratosphere-troposphere-exchange
  • The tropical TTL (Tropopause Transition Layer)
  • Validation of Chemistry-Climate-Models
  • Valdiation of satellite measurements
  • Meteorological support for field measurements


For that purpose we use

  • Global climate models:

  • The ECHAM5-MESSy Climate model with interactive Chemistry (since 2005)
  • The Freie Universität Berlin Climate Middle Atmosphere Model with interactive Chemistry (FUB-CMAM-CHEM) (until 2003)
  • The Freie Universität Berlin Climate Middle Atmosphere Model (FUB-CMAM) (until 2003)


  • global observational data sets, e.g.
  • FUB Stratosphere analyses
  • NCEP/NCAR Reanalyses
  • ERA40-Reanalyses
  • ERA-Interim


Research projects

ROMIC-SOLIC Role Of the MIddle atmosphere in Climate: Quantification of Uncertainties of Solar Induced Climate variability 2014-
StratoClim Stratospheric and upper tropospheric processes for better climate predictions 2014-
ISOLAA Sea-Ice and Stratospheric Ozone-Links and Impact in the Arctic and Antarctic 2012-
MiKlip Mittelfristige Klimaprognosen 2011-
SHARP Stratospheric Change and its Role for Climate Prediction 2009-
HGF-Alliance PEL Helmholtz Alliance 'Planetary Evolution and Life' 2008-2013
ProSECCO Project on Solar Effects on Chemsitry and Climate Including Ocean Interactions 2005-2010
SOLVO The Influence of SOLar Variability On Climate) 2004-2008
SCOUT-O3 Stratosphere-Climate Links With Emphasis On The UTLS 2004-2009
SCIA (BMBF) (Subcontract with the University of Heidelberg) Validation of SCIAMACHY data products by balloon-borne measurements. Meterological support by trajectory calculations, based on ECMWF data. 2001-2006
ENVISAT (BMBF) Creation and validation of data products from ENVISAT-measurements, and their usage for the investigation of the upper troposphere and stratosphere. 2000-2004
MESA (BMBF) Model studies to investigate the influence of solar variability on the atmosphere 2000-2003
EuroSPICE (EU) Investigation of the impact of the increase in greenhouse gases on climate (ozone layer, temperature trends ...) 2000-2003
SOLICE (EU) Solar Influences on Climate and the Environment 2000-2003