Working group "Atmospheric Dynamics", Leader Prof. Dr. Peter Knippertz
Atmospheric dynamics uses the fundamental laws of physics to understand air circulations and associated weather and climatic phenomena, particularly on the meso and synoptic scale, but also in the planetary boundary layer. Dynamical processes and their interactions with clouds and precipitation are key elements of all weather and climate models. The working group follows an integrated approach using observational and model studies, analyses of field campaigns and resulting conceptional models of atmospheric dynamics, which allow, among other things, advances in model physics and regime-dependent analysis of ensemble predictions. The understanding of dynamical processes has a growing importance in times of seamless prediction systems, in which the entire range of scales from days to centuries is represented by just one model chain, as systematic errors in climate models can already be established after a few days integration time. An additional point that is receiving increasing attention is the question of changing weather, particularly extreme weather, in a changing climate.
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