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Dr. Gregor Pante


Atmospheric Dynamics

Room: 13-8
CS 30.23

Phone: +49 721 608-43352
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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research

Wolfgang-Gaede-Str. 1
D-76131 Karlsruhe



Research Interests

  • Meteorology of the Sahara/Sahel region
  • Tropical-Extratropical interactions
  • Dynamics over the tropical and subtropical Atlantic Ocean
  • Transatlantic transport of mineral dust
  • Global and regional numerical modeling
  • Model development


Education & Employment

  • since 04/2014
  • 01/2012‒03/2014
  • 2013
  • 2009
  • 2004‒2009
  2. Research associate, IMK-TRO at KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany
  3. Research associate, Univ. of Mainz, Germany
  4. PhD in Meteorology, Univ. of Mainz, Germany
  5. Diploma in Meteorology, Univ. of Mainz, Germany
  6. Studies in Meteorology, Univ. of Mainz, Germany and Univ. of Uppsala, Sweden


Pante, G.; Knippertz, P.; Fink, A. H.; Kniffka, A.
Increasing manmade air pollution likely to reduce rainfall in southern West Africa.
2020. Atmospheric chemistry and physics / Discussions, 1–31. doi:10.5194/acp-2020-463, 2020
Kniffka, A.; Knippertz, P.; Fink, A. H.; Bendetti, A.; Brooks, M. E.; Hill, P. P. G.; Maranan, M.; Pante, G.; Vogel, B.
An Evaluation of Operational and Research Weather Forecasts for Southern West Africa using Observations from the DACCIWA Field Campaign in June‐July 2016.
2019. Quarterly journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 146 (728), 1121–1148. doi:10.1002/qj.3729
Pante, G.; Knippertz, P.
Resolving Sahelian thunderstorms improves mid-latitude weather forecasts.
2019. Nature Communications, 10 (1), Article: 3487. doi:10.1038/s41467-019-11081-4
Engel, T.; Fink, A. H.; Knippertz, P.; Pante, G.; Bliefernicht, J.
Extreme precipitation in the West African cities of Dakar and Ouagadougou - atmospheric dynamics and implications for flood risk assessments.
2017. Journal of hydrometeorology, 18, 2937–2957. doi:10.1175/JHM-D-16-0218.1
Hannak, L.; Knippertz, P.; Fink, A. H.; Kniffka, A.; Pante, G.
Why Do Global Climate Models Struggle to Represent Low-Level Clouds in the West African Summer Monsoon?.
2017. Journal of climate, 30, 1665–1687. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0451.1
Gläser, G.; Wernli, H.; Kerkweg, A.; Teubler, F.
The transatlantic dust transport from North Africa to the Americas : Its characteristics and source regions.
2015. Journal of geophysical research / Atmospheres, 120 (21), 11231–11252. doi:10.1002/2015JD023792

2013 or older

Knippertz, P.; Wernli, H.; Gläser, G., 2013
A global climatology of tropical moisture exports
J. Clim., 26(10), 3031-3045, Abstract

Gläser, G.; Knippertz, P.; Heinold, B., 2012
Orographic effects and evaporative cooling along a subtropical cold front: The case of the spectacular Saharan dust outbreak of March 2004
Mon. Wea. Rev., 140(8), 2520-2533, Abstract

Gläser, G.; Kerkweg, A.; Wernli, H., 2012
The mineral dust cycle in EMAC 2.40: sensitivity to the spectral resolution and the dust emission scheme
Atm. Chem. Phys., 12(3), 1611-1627, Abstract