Goethe University Frankfurt (GUF)


Department carrying out activities:

Institute for Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

Goethe University Frankfurt, positioned among the top international research universities, offers a wide variety of academic programmes, a diverse group of research institutes, and a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex problems. The university is named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Frankfurt-born polymath renowned for his exceptional contributions to literature, science, and philosophy. A total of 46,547 students were enrolled at Goethe University at the start of the winter semester 2014/2015. Of these, 9,453 were first-semester students and 7,302 were international students from approximately 125 different countries. The university was awarded approximately 182 million euros of external funding, including funding under the state of Hesse Campaign for the Development of Scientific and Economic Excellence (LOEWE).

The Institute for Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (German: Institut für Atmosphäre und Umwelt, IAU) is part of the department of Geosciences (Fachbereich 11) of Goethe University Frankfurt. The institute is divided into 5 research groups: Boundary Layer Meteorology, Experimental Atmospheric Research, Mesoscale Meteorology and Climate, Theory of Atmospheric Dynamics and Climate, and Analytical Environmental Chemistry.

Using experimental, theoretical and modelling approaches, we aim at improving the understanding of physical and chemical processes in the atmosphere and the environment. The group “Mesoscale Meteorology and Climate” headed by Bodo Ahrens focuses on research in mesoscale hydro-meteorological and -climatological prediction of the energy- and water cycle in complex terrain. Of main interest is the investigation of land- and sea-surface – atmosphere feedback processes and the complex interactions in transition zones. The geographical focus areas are the German Mittelgebirge, the Mediterranean and its mountain ranges (like the European Alps), and the African and Asian monsoon regions. Main research tools are conceptual modeling, development of and application of a regional climate modeling system (www.clm-community.eu) based on the NWP model COSMO and coupling with the ocean model NEMO, observational data interpretation and data assimilation, and model validation/forecast evaluation frameworks. This research is integrated in long-term research networks (BiK-F, MiKliP, HyMeX, CORDEX).