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Dr. Thomas Trickl

Senior Research Scientist
group: Atmospheric Variability and Trends
room: 268
phone: +49 8821 183 209
fax: +49 8821 735 73
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Research Scientist and Project Leader in the Research Group “Atmospheric Variability and Trends”
Thomas Trickl

Curriculum Vitae

1972-1978: Studies of physics at the Technical University of Munich; diploma thesis on lattice defects in molybdenum, characterised by 181Ta Mößbauer spectrometry (supervisor: W. Gläser)

1979-1983: Doctoral work at the Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ), laser-spectroscopic investigations of IF, formed in the reactions F + IX (X = Cl. Br, I), graduation at the University of Munich (supervisor: H. Walther)

1983-1985: Scientist at MPQ (state-selective multi-photon ionization studies)

1986-1987: Postdoctoral fellow at the University of California (Berkeley); construction of the highest-resolution extreme-ultraviolet experiment to that date; high-resolution spectroscopic studies of H2, N2 and Kr; 1986: Nobel Price in Chemistry for the research director, Y. T. Lee

1988-1989: Scientist at the Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestric Physics

Since 1990: Staff scientist at IMK-IFU; development and application of five lidar systems (aerosol, ozone, water vapour); since 2000 also in charge of the long-term measurements of the stratospheric aerosol in the frame of the world-wide atmospheric network NDACC; principal investigator in numerous national and international joint projects (e.g., of EUROTRAC, the European Union and the German BMBF); research highlights: details on the transport of trace constituents in the Alps; extensive studies of stratosphere-troposphere transport; first detection of intercontinental transport of ozone


Research Interests

  • Physics and chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Impact of atmospheric transport on the vertical distribution of the trace constituents (Alpine wind system, stratosphere-troposphere transport, intercontinental transport, stratospheric aerosol)
  • Vertically and temporally highly resolved investigations in the tropopause region
  • Long-term changes in the atmosphere
  • Optical remote sensing (lidar), laser development
  • Satellite ground truthing


Actual projects

  • EARLINET-ASOS: EU “Co-ordination Action” for an improvement of the infrastructure of the European lidar network EARLINET
  • Development of a high-power Raman lidar system for water-vapour and temperature sounding
  • Development and testing of a reliable and widely tunable single-mode OPO system


Project Co-ordination

Co-ordinator of the German joint project ATMOFAST (programme „Atmosphärenforschung 2000“ of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)); work-package co-ordinator in the EU projects STACCATO and EARLINET

Selected Publications