Topics of the Working Groups


Working groups

Status April 2021

This list is intended to provide an overview of some possible bachelor thesis topics at the IMK. If you are interested in certain research areas and topics that are not listed here, please do not hesitate to contact the working group leaders or scientists directly.

On these pages you will find the working groups of the departments IMK-AAF, IMK-ASF and IMK-TRO.

AG Blumenstock, IMK-ASF


Dr. Thomas Blumenstock Tel. 22838, thomas.blumenstock∂
Dr. Frank Hase, Tel. 22434, frank.hase∂
Evaluation of trace gases from MIR spectra from the measuring station at Campus North and discussion of the resulting time seriesT. Blumenstock, F. Hase

AG Braesicke, IMK-ASF


Prof. Dr. Peter Braesicke, Tel. 22191, peter.braesicke∂
PD Dr. Thomas Clarmann, thomas.clarmann∂
Dr. Tobias Kerzenmacher, Tel. 28274, tobias.kerzenmacher∂
The unusual behaviour of the quasi-two-year oscillation (QBO) in 2016P. Braesicke, T. Kerzenmacher

AG Cermak, IMK-ASF and IPF


Prof. Dr. Jan Cermak, Tel. 24510/43675, jan.cermak∂
Hendrik Andersen, Tel. 24304/44130, hendrik.andersen∂
Evaluation of satellite based cloud detection in desert regionsJ. Cermak
Spatial patterns of aerosol load from satellite dataJ. Cermak



Dr. Christian Grams , Phone: 26544, grams∂

Dr. Dominik Büeler, Phone: 26537, dominik.bueeler∂

Dr. Julian Quinting, Phone: 26537, julian.quinting∂


Dear students,

we always have some ideas for bachelor theses on current research topics from our group. Please just contact us directly.

Possible topics are:

"The influence of the Madden-Julian oscillation on weather regimes in the Atlantic-European region on time scales of several weeks to months."
"Can we better predict ground weather based on weather regimes?"
"Is there a link between Saharan dust outbreaks and forecast errors for Europe?"

For more information, check out our MSc/BSc group page:

We look forward to hearing from you!

Christian Grams, Dominik Büeler, and Julian Quinting



Prof. Dr. Corinna Hoose , Tel. 43587, corinna.hoose∂

AG Höpfner/Friedl-Vallon, IMK-ASF


PD Dr. Michael Höpfner, Tel. 25948, michael.hoepfner∂
Felix Friedl-Vallon, Tel. 24834, felix.friedl-vallon∂
Analysis of different airborne and balloon-borne remote sensing experiments from the upper troposphere to the middle stratosphere and their interpretation e.g. by means of chemistry/climate models.M. Höpfner, G. Wetzel, W. Woiwode, S. Johansson

AG Järvinen/Schnaiter, IMK-AAF


Dr. Martin Schnaiter, Tel. 24332, martin.schnaiter∂
Dr Emma Järvinen, tel. 25971, emma.jaervinen∂

Detection and characterization of ice particles in Arctic mixed-phase clouds - analysis of aircraft measurement dataE. Järvinen, M. Schnaiter



Dr. Martina Klose, martina.klose∂
Can Haboob dust storms be realistically reproduced with convection-permitting modeling?M. Klose
Case study of an intense dust storm observed during a field campaign in Morocco.M. Klose

AG Knippertz, IMK-TRO


Prof. Dr. Peter Knippertz, Tel. 43565, peter.knippertz∂
Prof. Dr. Andreas Fink, Tel. 48711, andreas.fink∂
Vertical structure of the tropical atmosphereA. H. Fink, M. Maranan
Case studies on the dynamics and predictability of winter stormsP. Knippertz, L. Eisenstein
A. H. Fink, M. Maranan

AG Leisner, IMK-AAF


Dr. Alexei Kiselev, Tel. 26662, Email alexei.kiselev∂
Dr. Ahmed Abdelmonem, Tel. 24520, ahmed-abdelmonem∂
Dr. Nadine Hoffmann, Tel. 28689, nadine.hoffmann∂
Prof. Dr. Thomas Leisner, Tel. 24865, Email thomas.leisner∂
Ice nucleation in supercooled seawater dropletsA. Kiselev, N. Hoffmann
Light scattering from levitated frozen water droplets with rough surfacesA. Kiselev
Influence of antifreeze protein on the growth of ice crystalsA. Kiselev, N. Hoffmann
Secondary ice production in seawater dropletsA. Kiselev, T. Leisner
Probing adsorption and deposition ice nucleation of water on the sapphire substrate using optical methodsA. Abdelmonem, T. Leisner

AG Möhler, IMK-AAF


Dr. Ottmar Möhler, Tel. 24287, ottmar.moehler∂

Dr. Larissa Lacher, Tel. 23979, larissa.lacher∂

Dr. Kristina Höhler, Tel. 28690 , kristina.hoehler∂



Prof. Dr. Joaquim G. Pinto, Tel. 28467, joaquim.pinto∂
Dr. Florian Ehmele, Tel. 22844, florian.ehmele∂
Dr. Patrick Ludwig, Tel. 24942, patrick.ludwig∂
Dr. Hans Schipper, Tel. 28469, schipper∂
Spatial variability of seasonal precipitation statistics and trends in Central Europe using a large, century-long ensemble of regional climate models
Project: Extreme weather events under recent climate conditions (AON)
F. Ehmele
Large scale patterns (temperature, precipitation, jet stream) in PMIP3/PMIP4 LGM simulations P. Ludwig

H. Schipper

AG Saathoff, IMK-AAF


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

Measurement of water isotopologues in and outside cloudsH. Saathoff

AG Schädler, IMK-TRO


Dr. Marcus Breil, Tel. 24793, marcus.breil∂

Dr. Gerd Schädler, Tel. 22085, gerd.schaedler∂

Improvement of rainfall simulation in the Western Sahel by stochastic variation of root depthsM. Breil, G. Schädler
The effect of afforestation on the radiation budget in EuropeM. Breil, G. Schädl



Dr. Bernhard Vogel, Phone: 24233, bernhard.vogel∂
Aerosol processes and interactions
Do Saharan dust outbreaks in spring affect weather predictability in Europe?Co-Supervision AG Vogel and AG Grams
Development of a simplified aerosol model for operational weather prediction applicationsB. Vogel
Optical properties of sub-grid clouds and their dependence on aerosolsB. Vogel
Chemical processing of aerosols during atmospheric transport B. Vogel, H. Vogel, A. Hoshyaripour
How would the great green wall in Africa affect the dust emissions? B. Vogel, A. Hoshyaripour
Data processing and model validation
Validation of DWD desert dust forecast data using satellite and ground-based measurementsB. Vogel, A. Hoshyaripour
Analysis of aerosol budgets and trends using model and satellite data B. Vogel, A. Hoshyaripour
Machine learning applications in aerosol modeling
Parameterization of aerosol emissions using artificial neural networkB. Vogel, A. Hoshyaripour
Parameterization of aerosol properties and interactions using artificial neural network B. Vogel, A. Hoshyaripour