Proposed Topics for Master`s Theses


As of August 2022

Excerpt from the SPO §14 (2): The master’s thesis topic can only be given out by university teachers (“Hochschullehrer(in)”), habilitated scientists, and leading scientists (“leitende(r) Wissenschaftler(in)”) according to Article 14, par. 3, clause 1, KITG. In addition, the examination committee can authorize other examiners to give out the topic according to Article 17, pars. 2-4. The student shall be given the possibility of making proposals for the topic.

This list is an overview of possible topics for your Master's Thesis at IMK. If you are interested in a special research field or like to analyze topics that are not listed here, don't hesitate to contact the respective working group leaders or researchers.



WG Arneth, IMK IFU


Prof. Almut Arneth, almut.arneth∂
Will increase CO2 help feed the world?
Description German, English
A. Arneth
How much do fires cost?
Description German, English
A. Arneth


WG Blumenstock, IMK-ASF


Dr. Thomas Blumenstock, Phone: 22838, thomas.blumenstock∂
Dr. Matthias Schneider, Phone: 26222, matthias.schneider∂
Topics Supervision
Optimieren des MUSICA MetOp/IASI Satellitenprozessors (H2O, HDO, N2O, CH4, HNO3) und dessen Validierung anhand von NDACC/FTIR und GRUAN Referenzdaten M. Schneider
Klimatologische Vergleiche von gemessener und modellierter Isotopen-Zusammensetzung des troposphärischen Wasserdampfes (MUSICA NDACC/FTIR bodengebundene Fernerkundungsmessdaten versus ECHAM5-wiso und ICON-ART-iso Modelldaten)     M. Schneider, R. Ruhnke (AG, IMK-MOD)

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WG Braesicke, IMK-ASF


Prof. Dr. Peter Braesicke, Phone: 22191, peter.braesicke∂
Topics Supervision
Thermal Tropopause P. Braesicke
Quasi-biennial Oscillation(QBO) in 2016 P. Braesicke
The trace gas fingerprint of the Indian Summer Monsoon P. Braesicke
Exchange Processes between Troposphere and Stratosphere P. Braesicke
Quantification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Thessaloniki, Greece P. Braesicke, F. Hase


WG Cermak, IMK-ASF und IPF


Prof. Dr. Jan Cermak, Phone: 24510/43675, jan.cermak∂
Folke Olesen, Phone: 22109, folke.olesen∂
Dr. Frank Göttsche, Phone: 23821, frank.goettsche∂
Topics Supervisors
Satellite remote sensing of Namib-region fog J. Cermak, H. Andersen
Generation of land-cover maps from thermal surface parameters and vegetation indices F. Göttsche
Development of a technique to detect and predict fog dissipation based on satellite observations J. Cermak
Infrared spectroscopy of selected surfaces (Namibia or Germany) for satellite data validation F. Olesen




Dr. Christian Grams , Phone: 26544, grams∂
Dr. Annika Oertel, Phone: 26537, annika.oertel∂
Dr. Julian Quinting, Phone: 26537, julian.quinting∂

Dear students,

we always have ideas for exciting Master’s thesis research projects partly in collaboration with other groups at IMK-TRO. Please contact us directly to discuss your research interests, time plan, and specific research topics.

You find more information on our MSc/BSc group website

We are looking forward hearing from you.

Christian Grams, Annika Oertel, and Julian Quinting


WG Handwerker, IMK-TRO



Dr. Jan Handwerker, Phone: 22847, jan.handwerker∂
Topic Supervision
Extracting cloud base heights from Doppler-Lidar measurements (Description) A. Wieser,, J. Handwerker
Analysis of Doppler lidar wind profile retrievals during the Swabian-MOSES measurement campaign (Description) Philipp Gasch, philipp.gasch∂, Annika Oertel


WG Höpfner/Friedl-Vallon, IMK-ASF


PD Dr. Michael Höpfner, Phone: 25948, michael.hoepfner∂
Felix Friedl-Vallon, Phone: 24834, felix.friedl-vallon∂
Dr. Wolfgang Woiwode, Phone: 23024, wolfgang.woiwode∂
Sören Johansson, Phone: 26971, soeren.johansson∂
We offer:

Analysis of various aircraft and balloon-borne remote sensing experiments from the upper troposphere to the middle stratosphere and their interpretation, with,  e.g., chemical / climate models.

Topic Supervision G. Wetzel, M. Höpfner




Prof. Dr. Corinna Hoose , Phone: 43587, corinna.hoose∂ 


WG Hoshyaripour, IMK-TRO


Dr. Ali Hoshyaripour, Phone: 23277, ali.hoshyaripour∂
Topic Supervision
Aerosol processes and interactions
How would the great green wall in Africa affect the dust emissions? A. Hoshyaripour
Mispredicted clouds during the Saharan dust outbreak in March 2021: role of dust-cloud interaction A. Hoshyaripour
Volcanic ash as ice nuclei: new parameterization A. Hoshyaripour
Validation of ICON-ART experiments during MOSES campaign 17-25 June 2021: aerosol size and optics A. Hoshyaripour
Validation of ICON-ART experiments during MOSES campaign 17-25 June 2021: ice nucleation potential of aerosols A. Hoshyaripour
Eruption of Tonga volcano January 2022 A. Hoshyaripour
Mixing of volcanic aerosols with Saharan dust during the La Palma eruption 2021 A. Hoshyaripour
Data processing and AI
Validation of desert dust forecast data using satellite and ground measurements (with DWD) A. Hoshyaripour
Analysis of aerosol budgets and trends using model and satellite data (with DWD) A. Hoshyaripour
Parameterization of aerosol emissions using artificial neural network A. Hoshyaripour
Parameterization of aerosol properties and interactions using artificial neural network A. Hoshyaripour
AI-based plume rise model for biomass-burning aerosols (with NASA) A. Hoshyaripour
Tracer transport with convolutional neural network (with DKRZ) A. Hoshyaripour


WG Järvinen/Schnaiter


Dr. Emma Järvinen, Phone: 23941, emma.jaervinen∂
Dr. Martin Schnaiter, Phone: 26079, martin.schnaiter∂



Dr. Martina Klose,  martina.klose∂
Topic Supervision
Meteorological drivers of dust events during J-WADI field campaign, Jordan 2022 M. Klose

Deriving particle speed from high-resolution optical measurements

M. Klose


Please find more information on our group page.


WG Knippertz, IMK-TRO


Prof. Dr. Peter Knippertz, Phone: 43565, peter.knippertz∂
Prof. Dr. Andreas Fink, Phone: 48711, andreas.fink∂
Topic Supervision
The Ouagadougou flood: Modelling extreme convection in the Sahel A. H. Fink, M. Maranan
Why do models fail to reproduce low clouds over West Africa? P. Knippertz, A. Lemburg
Can convection-permitting ensembles improve forecasting in West Africa? B. Wodhams, P. Knippertz




Prof. Dr. Michael Kunz, Phone: 22840, Email michael.kunz∂
Topic Supervision
Statistische Niederschlagsanalysen im Kontext des Klimawandels für Georgien S. Mohr, M. Kunz
Analyse der Umgebungsbedingungen konvektiver Starkniederschlagsereignisse in Deutschland auf der Grundlage von RADOLAN Daten und Reanalysen S. Mohr, M. Kunz
Tageszeitliche Entwicklung der konvektiven Umgebungsbedingungen basierend auf hoch-aufgelösten COSMO-EU Modellanalysen J. Wilhelm, M. Kunz
Model vs. Observation: Finding reasons for improper ICON model predictions during the Swabian MOSES 2021 field campaign J. Wilhelm, J Quinting


WG Leisner, IMK-AAF


Dr. Alexei Kiselev, Phone: 26662, Email alexei.kiselev∂
Prof. Dr. Thomas Leisner, Phone: 24865, Email thomas.leisner∂
Topic Supervision
Elektronenmikroskopische Untersuchung von Eiswachstum auf natürlichen Mineraloberflächen A. Kiselev
Eismultiplikation beim Gefrieren unterkühlter Wolkentropfen A. Kiselev, T. Leisner
Kontaktgefrieren levitierter Wolkentropfen N. Hoffmann, A. Kiselev
Charakterisierung von Eiskeimfähigkeit natürlicher Mineralstaubpartikel A. Kiselev, N. Hoffmann


WG Möhler, IMK-AAF




WG Regional climate and weather hazards


Prof. Dr. Joaquim Pinto, Phone 28467 or 43357, joaquim.pinto∂
Dr. Patrick Ludwig, Phone 24942, patrick.ludwig∂
Dr. Alexandre Ramos, Phone 22805, alexandre.ramos∂
Dr. Julia Mömken, Phone 22805, julia.moemken∂
Hendrik Feldmann, Phone 22802, hendrik.feldmann∂
Dr. Christoph Braun, Phone 22844, christoph.braun∂
Dr. Ting-Chen Chen, ting-chen.chen∂
Dr. Armenia Franco-Diaz, Phone 22844, armenia.franco-diaz∂
M.Sc.Tatiana Klimiuk, Phone 24793, tatiana.klimiuk∂
M.Sc. Kim Stadelmaier, Tel. 28715, kim.stadelmaier∂

Topic Supervision
Impact of Climate change on future wildfire danger in Europe from a compound event perspective A. Ramos, J. Pinto
Long-term changes in the main Euro-Atlantic large-scale circulation indices during the Holocene A. Ramos, P. Ludwig, J. Pinto
Impact of atmospheric rivers on extreme precipitation over Western Europe A. Ramos, J. Pinto
Estimation of diabatic processes in extratropical cyclones in ERA-5 Reanalysis
Project: ClimXtreme A
Ting-Chen Chen, J. Pinto
Climate change attribution to extreme precipitation events using high-resolution ICON simulations - a case study on the Berlin 2017 event
Project: SCENIC
F. Ehmele, J. Pinto
Exploitation of regional climate model data for impact modelling applications using statistical/dynamical downscaling techniques to the (sub-)kilometer scale
Project: RegIKlim, ClimXtreme
F. Ehmele, J. Pinto
Scale dependency of precipitation representation in large regional climate model ensembles
Project: ClimXtreme - A1 Severe
H. Feldmann, A. Franco-Diaz, J. Pinto
Impact of climate change on the Rossby wave activity over the Northern Hemisphere and impacts to temperature Extremes over Europe
Project: SCENIC
T. Klimiuk, J. Pinto, P. Braesicke
Impact of Caspian Sea water levels on the regional climate during the last glacial cycle K.Stadelmaier, P. Ludwig, J. Pinto
Comparison of convection-permitting regional climate model ensembles over Southern Germany
Project: NUKLEUS 2
C. Braun, J. Mömken, H. Feldmann, J. Pinto


WG Ruhnke, IMK-ASF


Dr. Roland Ruhnke, Phone: 27497, roland.ruhnke∂
Dr. Björn-Martin Sinnhuber, Phone: 24735, bjoern-martin.sinnhuber∂
Christian Scharun, Phone: 28446, christian.scharun∂
Topics Supervison
Quantifying and modeling methane emissions with the WALLACE workflow Christian Scharun
Analyse der Wechselwirkung zwischen dem Treibhausgas Methan und seinem bevorzugten chemischen Reaktionspartner OH Roland Ruhnke
Analyse von Modellsimulationen im Rahmen der internationalen Chemistry Climate Modelling Initiative (CCMI) Björn-Martin Sinnhuber

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WG Saathoff, IMK-AAF


Dr. Harald Saathoff, Phone: 22897, harald.saathoff∂


WG Sinnhuber, IMK-ASF


Dr. Miriam Sinnhuber, Phone: 24908, miriam.sinnhuber∂,

Topic Supervision
Solare Aktivität im Sonnensystem und darüber hinaus: Modellstudien zum Einfluss von stellarer Aktivität auf die Atmosphären von Mars, Venus und terrestrischen Exoplaneten M. Sinnhuber