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Chair of Environmental Meteorology

Climate impacts of drought-damaged forests in Germany

Massive tree-dieback has occurred as a consequence of the 2018 drought. This mast operated at the Hartheim Forest Research Site by the Chair of Environmental Meteorology records the impact of the drought on the energy, radiation, and greenhouse gas exchange. 

40% wind energy for Germany

A  study published by the Chair of Environmental Meteorology demonstrates that 40 percent of current energy needs in Germany could be met by wind energy alone by the year 2030 using optimal placement and renewal of wind turbines. Read press release...

Students map urban heat island with Meteobikes

Our students in the minor "Meteorology and Climatology" map the urban heat island of Freiburg using mobile, self-assembled weather stations on bikes. Read press release...

ERC Synergy Grant awarded

European Research Council awards 12.4 million euros in funding for our collaborative 6-year project "urbisphere" with partners at the University of Reading, the University of Stuttgart and FORTH to forecast the future and climate of cities. Press release...

Pressure pumping and methane oxidation in forest soils

In a project funded by the DFG, the Chair of Environmental Meteorology is investigating the importance of wind-induced soil gas transport processes for methane oxidation in forest soils. It is assumed that turbulence-controlled pressure pumping significantly controls the exchange of the greenhouse gas methane between forest soils and the atmosphere.

How cities affect the climate

We use instruments like this sunphotometer as part of the Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) to study how urban aerosol emissions change regional radiative transfer.

Artificial intelligence for urban climate adaptation

"I4C - Intelligence for Cities" is a research project where we develop new methods for rapid modelling and spatially explicit risk assessments of heat, water and wind extremes in cities using artificial intelligence.

Heat in the desert

NamTEX was a multi-national field campaign in the Namib Desert in March 2020. We operated a fiber-optic temperature sensing system and thermal cameras to collect fundamental data for the analysis of three-dimensional heat transfer between the soil, surface and atmosphere. Read more...

Mobile biometeorological network

We developed a network of 120 biometeorological sensors as a prototype system that records, assesses and communicates thermal comfort in real-time at different workplaces and integrates data into workplace-specific heat stress forecasts. Read more...

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

Our research activities focus on boundary-layer meteorology 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 the M.Sc. degree programs in Environmental Sciences and Renewable Energy Engineering and Management (both in English).