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PD Dr.  Ralf Sussmann

PD Dr. Ralf Sussmann

Leader Group "Atmospheric Variability and Trends", Deputy Head Division "Regional Climate Systems"
group: Atmospheric Variability and Trends
room: 259 Campus Alpin
phone: +49 8821 183-159
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PD Dr. habil.

Studies of Physics at the Technical University of Munich, finished 1994 with a summa cum laude PhD in physical chemistry – molecular spectroscopy. In 1995-1996 postdoc in atmospheric sciences. DLR Science Award in 2000. Since 2000 leader of research group  "Atmospheric Variability and Trends" at KIT/IMK-IFU. University lecturer ("Privatdozent") at the University of Augsburg with a Venia Legendi for "Climate and Environmental Sciences".



Research Interests
  • Physics and chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Biospheric sources and sinks of climate gases (FTIR column measurements of CO2, CH4, N2O)
  • Long-term change of the atmosphere (monitoring of international protocols)
  • Molecular physics and spectroscopic interaction between radiation and atmospheric trace compounds in the infrared, visible, and ultraviolet spectral range
  • Optical remote sounding (inversion theory and instrument development, FTIR, lidar, GPS)
  • Satellite validation and synergetic combination of satellite and ground-based remote sounding
Boards and Committees
  • State Government of Bavaria : Virtual Alpine Observatory: Experimental Climate Research for Investigation of the Interaction between Water Vapor, Ice Clouds, Temperature, and Radiation above the Alps
  • EU-INGOS : Integrated non-CO2 Greenhouse gas Observing System
  • ESA-GHG-cci : A project proposal for generating the Essential Climate Variable (ECV) Greenhouse Gases (GHG) in the framework of ESA’s Climate Change Initiative (CCI)
  • State Government of Bavaria : Measurement of the water vapor greenhouse effect in the Arctic and the Alps
  • EU-HYMN : Hydrogen, Methane and Nitrous oxide: Trend variability, budgets and interactions with the biosphere
  • BMBF/DLR (German Space Agency) : SATVAL-A – Validation of ENVISAT/SCIAMACHY methane columns
  • EU-GEOMON : Global Earth Observation and Monitoring
  • ESA-TASTE : Technical Assistance To Envisat validation by soundings, spectrometers and radiometers
  • HGF-PEP : Pole - Equator - Pole: Variability of atmospheric trace constituents along a North-South Transect
  • EU-ACCENT-TROPOSAT-2 : The Satellite Remote Sensing Task of ACCENT, the European Network of Excellence on Atmospheric Composition Change: PI-Contribution R. Sussmann
  • Science award of the year 2000 of the German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • Two first awards of the “Verein der Freunde und Förderer des IMK-IFU” for best research paper of the years 1999 and 2006, respectively