The 5th training course for the model system ICON-ART was held from April 8 to April 12, 2019 in the Hessian city Langen. It was organized in collaboration with the Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the German Weather Service (DWD). The participants provided an insight into the weather prediction model ICON and performed initial simulations. They got information about the importance of aerosols (small liquid or solid particles suspended in the air) for weather patterns, aviation and climate in theory and practice.
The participants were able to perform simulations with ICON-ART. They calculated the dispersion of arbitrary single sources, volcanic ash plumes by virtual eruption of different volcanoes, a simple ozone chemistry and a accidental release. Furthermore, the spread of sea salt particles could be simulated. Sea salt has a large share of the global aerosol amount and is assumed, among others, to play an important role for the formation of clouds.
We are pleased to repeat this course next year. The ICON-ART team Christopher Diekmann, Sven Werchner and Dr. Heike Vogel from KIT together with Dipl.-Met. Jochen Förstner from DWD is led by Dr. Bernhard Vogel. The training course was supported by Dr. Daniel Rieger, Dr. Florian Prill, Dr. Daniel Reinert from DWD.