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Prof. Dr. Andreas Christen

Prof. Dr. Andreas Christen

Prof. Dr. Andreas Christen
Head of the Chair of Environmental Meteorology

Werthmannstrasse 10
79085 Freiburg
Room 00 005

Phone  +49 761 203 3590
Direct +49 761 203 3591
ORCiD  0000-0003-3864-1703


From 1995 to 2000, Andreas Christen studied Geography with minors in Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Meteorology at the University of Basel, Switzerland. In 2005 he received his PhD in Meteorology from the University of Basel with a dissertation on "atmospheric turbulence and surface energy exchange in urban environments" (under the supervision of Prof. Eberhard Parlow and Prof. Mathias Rotach). In 2005/06 he was post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Ecology of the Technical University of Berlin in the group of Prof. Dieter Scherer. Between 2006 and 2013 he was appointed assistant professor and from 2013 to 2017 associate professor in Geography and the Atmospheric Science Program at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, where he also led the “Laboratory for Atmospheric Research on Greenhouse Gas Exchange”. In 2012/13 he was visiting professor in the lab of Prof. Marc B. Parlange at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. Since 2017 he is Full Professor in Environmental Meteorology at the University of Freiburg and heads the chair of Environmental Meteorology in the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources.


Working the field of environmental meteorology, Christen and his team measure and model the effect of environmental changes on weather and climate. They investigate and describe the coupling between land surfaces and the atmosphere in the climate system, with emphasis on the near-surface wind field and turbulence, the exchange of trace gases and of  urban climate effects. The outcomes of this research will allow improved assessments and scenarios on how cities, forests, and other land surfaces behave in a changing climate and how changes in land surface dynamics affect the climate system in reverse. A core interest of Andreas Christen is the development of new micrometeorological measurement methods, analysis and prediction techniques.

Current and Past Research Projects

Current and Past Offices

  • Co-Speaker of the Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Freiburg (2020-2021).
  • Director of the M.Sc. Program in Environmental Sciences, University of Freiburg.
  • Secretary of the International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC), 2018-2022.

Editorial board memberships


Recent Publications


  • Oke TR, Mills G, Christen A, Voogt JA 2017: Urban Climates, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-11-074-2953-6

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

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