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Chair of Environmental Meteorology

Forests under water stress

Two masts reach above the canopy of this drought-damaged Scots Pine forest. Our research station in Hartheim allows long-term studies of the impact of climate and environmental changes on the microclimate and trace-gas exchange of forest ecosystems (D. Redepenning).

Wind measurements on Freiburg Münster

Wind, pressure, and turbulence measurements are one of our research areas. We perform wind and turbulence measurements inside and outside the tower of the Freiburg Cathedral's main tower (M. Mohr).

Urban- and Bioclimate

We develop numerical models that simulate energy exchange and bioclimate in cities. The picture shows Freiburg in thermal infrared, yellow colors representing warm, purple colors low temperatures (T. Göller).

Methane emissions in the Canadian Arctic

In the Mackenzie River Delta in Canada we explore how Arctic plants and soils respond to climate change. At this station, operated in summer 2017, methane emissions that escape from thawing permafrost were measured (W. Skeeter, UBC).

Wind energy in complex terrain

In regions of complex terrain, assessment of wind energy potential are a challenge. At the Chair of Environmental Meteorology we developed a new approach to retrieve and improve spatially fine-grained assessments (C. Jung).

The Chair of Environmental Meteorology is part of the Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences an the Institute of Forest Sciences in the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources.

Our research activities focus on micrometeorology and land-atmosphere interactions. We study the dynamics of near-surface airflow and turbulence and measure and model the exchange of energy, water and trace gases between complex land surfaces (forests, cities) and the atmosphere.

In teaching, we offer a B.Sc. minor in Meteorology and Climatology (in German) and we are involved in various M.Sc. degree programs in the broader field of Environmental Sciences (selected programs in English).