In the section Physics of the Atmosphere we merge experimental and theoretical insights of the role of the polar atmosphere with respect to climate change. Most experimental observations are conducted at the German-French Arctic station AWIPEV in Ny-Ålesund/Spitsbergen. However, we coordinate pan polar airborne and sonde campaigns as well, which are complemented by measurements in other regions of the world. The experimental studies are used to improve the characterisation of sub-scale processes in numeric models of the atmosphere and of the coupled climate system.
The section Physics of the Atmosphere combines three research directions, which are deeply related:
- regional modelling of polar climate systems
- tropospheric aerosols and clouds
- stratospheric ozone and other trace gases
One of the duties of the section is the scientific coordination of all german AWIPEV activities.