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Dr. Sabine Banzhaf


Institute for Meteorology

WG Tropospheric Environmental Research


Carl-Heinrich-Becker-Weg 6-10
Room 121 (Altbau)
12165 Berlin

Scientific work

since 2014                 Research Assistant (Postdoc), Institute for Meteorology, FU Berlin

2008 - 2014               Research Assistant, Institute for Meteorology, FU Berlin

2005 - 2007               Student assistant, Institute for Meteorology, FU Berlin

Academic education

2014          Ph.D. (Meteorology), Department of Geosciences, Freie Universität Berlin

2007          Diploma (Meteorology), Department of Geosciences, Freie Universität Berlin

Research Interests

Atmospheric sciences; atmospheric chemistry; numerical modeling

Areas of expertise

Air quality (PM, nitrogen oxides, ozone); Pollutant inputs to ecosystems; Greenhouse gases; Pollutant transport modeling; Emission modeling.


HoTC Development of methods to improve the temporal and spatial resolution of sector-specific greenhouse gas emissions for CO2 (energy production, domestic heating) and CH4 (agriculture, waste management) based on Copernicus data. Preparation of a dynamic emission data set for CO2 and CH4.
MOSAIK 2 Improvement and extension of chemistry module in the PALM model system, which we have developed and implemented in MOSAIK project phase 1. The focus is on an enhanced aerosol description, the extension of emissions description, options and handling for use in idealized studies and the implementation of wet deposition processes.
PINETI IV Continuation of the time series for nitrogen and sulfur deposition from the previous projects PINETI I-III for the years 2015-2018. Further development of the LOTOS-EUROS model by enabling a higher resolution using meteorological forcing data from the ICON model.



Khan, B., Banzhaf, S., Chan, E. C., Forkel, R., Kanani-Sühring, F., Ketelsen, K., Kurppa, M., Maronga, B., Mauder, M., Raasch, S., Russo, E., Schaap, M., and Sühring, M.: Development of an atmospheric chemistry model coupled to the PALM model system 6.0: implementation and first applications, Geosci. Model Dev., 14, 1171–1193, https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-14-1171-2021, 2021.


Maronga, B., Banzhaf, S., Burmeister, C., Esch, T., Forkel, R., Fröhlich, D., Fuka, V., Gehrke, K. F., Geletič, J., Giersch, S., Gronemeier, T., Groß, G., Heldens, W., Hellsten, A., Hoffmann, F., Inagaki, A., Kadasch, E., Kanani-Sühring, F., Ketelsen, K., Khan, B. A., Knigge, C., Knoop, H., Krč, P., Kurppa, M., Maamari, H., Matzarakis, A., Mauder, M., Pallasch, M., Pavlik, D., Pfafferott, J., Resler, J., Rissmann, S., Russo, E., Salim, M., Schrempf, M., Schwenkel, J., Seckmeyer, G., Schubert, S., Sühring, M., von Tils, R., Vollmer, L., Ward, S., Witha, B., Wurps, H., Zeidler, J., and Raasch, S.: Overview of the PALM model system 6.0, Geosci. Model Dev., 13, 1335–1372, https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-13-1335-2020, 2020.


Maronga, B., G. Gross, S. Raasch, S. Banzhaf, R. Forkel, W. Heldens, F. Kanani-Sühring, A. Matzarakis, M. Mauder, D. Pavlik, J. Pfafferott, S. Schubert, G. Seckmeyer, H. Sieker and K. Winderlich. Development of a new urban climate model based on the modelpalm - project overview, planned work, and first achievements, Met. Z., Vol. 28 No. 2, p. 105 – 119, 2019.


Manders, A. M. M., Builtjes, P. J. H., Curier, L., Denier van der Gon, H. A. C., Hendriks, C., Jonkers, S., Kranenburg, R., Kuenen, J. J. P., Segers, A. J., Timmermans, R. M. A., Visschedijk, A. J. H., Wichink Kruit, R. J., van Pul, W. A. J., Sauter, F. J., van der Swaluw, E., Swart, D. P. J., Douros, J., Eskes, H., van Meijgaard, E., van Ulft, B., van Velthoven, P., Banzhaf, S., Mues, A. C., Stern, R., Fu, G., Lu, S., Heemink, A., van Velzen, N., and Schaap, M.: Curriculum vitae of the LOTOS–EUROS (v2.0) chemistry transport model, Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 4145–4173, https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-4145-2017, 2017.

Schaap, M., Banzhaf, S., Scheuschner, T., Geupel, M., Hendriks, C., Kranenburg, R., Nagel, H.-D., Segers, A. J., von Schlutow, A., Wichink Kruit, R., and Builtjes, P. J. H.: Atmospheric nitrogen deposition to terrestrial ecosystems across Germany, Biogeosciences Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-2017-49, 2017.


Banzhaf S., Schaap M., Wichink Kruit R., Kranenburg R., Manders A., Hendriks C. (2016): Sensitivity of Modelled Land Use Specific Nitrogen Deposition Fluxes to Improved Process Descriptions. In: Steyn D., Chaumerliac N. (eds) Air Pollution Modeling and its Application XXIV. Springer Proceedings in Complexity. Springer.


Banzhaf, S., Schaap, M., Kranenburg, R., Manders, A. M. M., Segers, A. J., Visschedijk, A. H. J., Denier van der Gon, H. A. C., Kuenen, J. J. P., van Meijgaard, E., van Ulft, L. H., Cofala, J. and Builtjes, P. J. H. (2015): Dynamic model evaluation for secondary inorganic aerosol and its precursors over Europe between 1990 and 2009. Geoscientific Model Development, 8, 1047–1070.


Banzhaf, S., Schaap, M., Wichink Kruit, R.J., Denier van der Gon, H. A. C., Stern, R., and Builtjes, P. J. H. (2013): Impact of emission changes on secondary inorganic aerosol episodes across Germany, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 13, 11675-11693.


Banzhaf S., Schaap M., Kerschbaumer A., Reimer E.,Stern R., van der Swaluw E. and Builtjes P. (2012): Implementation and evaluation of pH-dependent cloud chemistry and wet deposition in the chemical transport model REM-Calgrid. Atmospheric Environment, Volume 49, Pages 378-390.

further publications


Schaap, M., Hendriks, C., Kranenburg, R., Kuenen, J., Segers, A., Schlutow, A., Nagel, H-D., Ritter, A., Banzhaf, S. (2018): PINETI-3: Modellierung atmosphärischer Stoffeinträge von 2000 bis 2015 zur Bewertung der ökosystem-spezifischen Gefährdung von Biodiversität durch Luftschadstoffe in Deutschland. UBA-Texte, 79, 1-149.


Schaap, M., Wichink Kruit, R., Banzhaf, S., Hendriks, C., Kranenburg, R., Segers, A., & Builtjes, P. (2017): Modelling and assessment of acidifying and eutrophying atmospheric deposition to terrestrial ecosystems (PINETI-2); Part I: Atmospheric deposition to German natural and semi-natural ecosystems during 2009, 2010 and 2011. UBA-Texte, 62, 1–98.


Wichink Kruit, R., Schaap, M., Segers, A., Banzhaf, S., Scheuschner, T., Builtjes, P., & Heslinga, D. (2014): Modelling and mapping of atmospheric nitrogen and sulphur deposition and critical loads for ecosystem specific assessment of threats to biodiversity in Germany – PINETI (Pollutant INput and EcosysTem Impact) Part 1. UBA-Texte, 60, 1–170.

Banzhaf, S. (2014): Modelling the fate of secondary inorganic aerosol and its precursors over Europe. Dissertation, Freie Universität Berlin, [http://www.diss.fu-berlin.de/diss/receive/FUDISS_thesis_000000096977]