Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research

Proposed topics for Master Theses

As of September 2020

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.

Here you find more information about the working groups of the departments IMK-AAF, IMK-ASF and IMK-TRO.

 

AG Blumenstock, IMK-ASF

Contact

Dr. Thomas Blumenstock, Phone: 22838, thomas.blumenstock∂kit.edu
Dr. Matthias Schneider, Phone: 26222, matthias.schneider∂kit.edu
  • Optimieren des MUSICA MetOp/IASI Satellitenprozessors (H2O, HDO, N2O, CH4, HNO3) durch Berücksichtigung von Wasserkontinuums-Effekten und dessen Validierung anhand von NDACC/FTIR und GRUAN Referenzdaten

            Supervision: M. Schneider

  • Klimatologische Vergleiche von gemessener und modellierter Isotopogen-Zusammensetzung des troposphärischen Wasserdampfes (MUSICA NDACC/FTIR bodengebundene Fernerkundungsmessdaten versus ECHAM5-wiso und ICON-ART-iso Modelldaten)

            Supervision: M. Schneider, R. Ruhnke (AG, IMK-MOD)

More Information about the Topic: http://www.imk-asf.kit.edu/english/musica.php

 

AG Braesicke, IMK-ASF

Contact

Prof. Dr. Peter Braesicke, Phone: 22191, peter.braesicke∂kit.edu
  • Thermal Tropopause

            Supervision: P. Braesicke

  • Quasi-biennial Oscillation(QBO) in 2016

            Supervision: P. Braesicke

  • The trace gas fingerprint of the Indian Summer Monsoon

            Supervision: P. Braesicke

  • Exchange Processes between Troposphere and Stratosphere

             Supervision: P. Braesicke

 

AG Cermak, IMK-ASF und IPF

Contact

Prof. Dr. Jan Cermak, Phone: 24510/43675, jan.cermak∂kit.edu
Folke Olesen, Phone: 22109, folke.olesen∂kit.edu
Dr. Frank Göttsche, Phone: 23821, frank.goettsche∂kit.edu
  • Satellite remote sensing of Namib-region fog

            Supervision: J. Cermak, H. Andersen

  • Generation of land-cover maps from thermal surface parameters and vegetation indices

            Supervision: F. Göttsche

  • Satellite estimaes of solar radiation in West Africa (mit AG Knippertz)

            Supervision: A. Kniffka, J. Cermak, P. Knippertz

  • Development of a technique to detect and predict fog dissipation based on satellite observations

            Supervision: J. Cermak

  • Infrared spectroscopy of selected surfaces (Namibia or Germany) for satellite data validation

            Supervision: F. Olesen

 

AG Grams, IMK-TRO

Contact

Dr. Christian Grams , Phone: 26544, grams∂kit.edu
Dr. Dominik Büeler, Phone: 26537, dominik.bueeler∂kit.edu
Dr. Julian Quinting, Phone: 26537, julian.quinting∂kit.edu

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. Some possible topics include:

  • "Modulation of surface weather by weather regimes in the European region. Do forecasts based on regimes provide better skill on subseasonal time scales?"

  • "Do Saharan dust outbreaks in spring affect predictability in Europe? (co-supervised by AG Vogel)"

  • "The impact of extratropical transition of tropical cyclones on the midlatitude flow on subseasonal time scales."

  • "The linkage of serial cyclone clustering and weather regimes (co-supervised by AG Pinto and AG Grams)."

 

You find more information on our MSc/BSc group website https://www.imk-tro.kit.edu/english/9295.php

We are looking forward hearing from you.

Christian Grams, Dominik Büeler, and Julian Quinting

 

 

AG Hoose, IMK-TRO

Contact

Prof. Dr. Corinna Hoose , Phone: 43587, corinna.hoose∂kit.edu 
Dr. Christian Barthlott, Phone: 46751, christian.barthlott∂kit.edu
  • Impact of orographic structures on cloud and precipitation formation above Corsica (Description)

            Supervision: C. Barthlott, C. Hoose

 

AG Hoepfner/Friedl-Vallo, IMK-ASF

Contact

PD Dr. Michael Höpfner, Phone: 24329, michael.hoepfner∂kit.edu
Felix Friedl-Vallon, Phone: 24834, felix.friedl-vallon∂kit.edu
Dr. Wolfgang Woiwode, Phone: 23024, wolfgang.woiwode∂kit.edu
Sören Johansson, Phone: 26971, soeren.johansson∂kit.edu
 
We offer:
Analyse von verschiedenen flugzeug- und ballongetragenen Fererkundungsexperimenten von der oberen Troposphäre bis zur mittleren Stratosphäre und deren Interpretation z.B. mittels Chemie-/Klimamodellen.

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.

For example:

  • Analysis of water vapour and its isotopomeres HDO and H2(18)O from infrared remote sensing observations of MIPAS-Balloon and GLORIA aircraft in the tropics and in the Asian monsoon.

           Supervision: G. Wetzel, M. Höpfner

 

AG Kalthoff, IMK-TRO

Contact

Dr. Norbert Kalthoff, Phone: 24230, norbert.kalthoff∂kit.edu
Dr. Jan Handwerker, Phone: 22847, jan.handwerker∂kit.edu
  • Extracting cloud base hights from Doppler-Lidar measurements (Description)

            Supervision: A. Wieder, J. Handwerker

  • Investigation of cross-valley circulations in the Inn Valley using aircraft measurements collected during the CROSSINN project (Description)

           Supervision: N. Babic, B. Adler, A. Gohm

  • Evaluation of drop size spectra and comparison to dual-pol radar measurements (Description)

            Supervision: J. Handwerker, A. Wieser

 

AG Kalthoff, IMK-TRO

Contact

Prof. Dr. Peter Knippertz, Phone: 43565, peter.knippertz∂kit.edu
Prof. Dr. Andreas Fink, Phone: 48711, andreas.fink∂kit.edu

            Supervision: A. H. Fink, M. Maranan

            Supervision: A. H. Fink, R. van der Linden

            Supervision: P. Knippertz, G. Pante

 

 

AG Kunz, IMK-TRO

Contact

Prof. Dr. Michael Kunz, Phone: 22840, Email michael.kunz∂kit.edu
  • Statistische Niederschlagsanalysen im Kontext des Klimawandels für Georgien

              Supervision: S. Mohr, M. Kunz

  • Analyse der Umgebungsbedingungen konvektiver Starkniederschlagsereignisse in Deutschland auf der Grundlage von RADOLAN Daten und Reanalysen

              Supervision: S. Mohr, M. Kunz

  • Tageszeitliche Entwicklung der konvektiven Umgebungsbedingungen basierend auf hoch-aufgelösten COSMO-EU Modellanalysen

              Supervision: J. Wilhelm, M. Kunz

 

AG Leisner, IMK-AAF

Contact

Dr. Alexei Kiselev, Phone: 26662, Email alexei.kiselev∂kit.edu
Prof. Dr. Thomas Leisner, Phone: 24865, Email thomas.leisner∂kit.edu
  • Elektronenmikroskopische Untersuchung von Eiswachstum auf natürlichen Mineraloberflächen

            Supervision: A. Kiselev

  • Eismultiplikation beim Gefrieren unterkühlter Wolkentropfen

            Supervision: A. Kiselev, T. Leisner

  • Kontaktgefrieren levitierter Wolkentropfen

            Supervision: N. Hoffmann, A. Kiselev

  • Charakterisierung von Eiskeimfähigkeit natürlicher Mineralstaubpartikel

            Supervision: A. Kiselev, N. Hoffmann

 

AG Möhler, IMK-AAF

Contact

Dr. Ottmar Möhler, Phone 24287, ottmar.moehler∂kit.edu
Dr. Kristina Höhler, Phone 28690, kristina.hoehler∂kit.edu
Dr. Larissa Lacher, Phone 23979, larissa.lacher∂kit.edu
Nsikanabasi Umo, Phone 23734, nsikanabasi.umo∂partner.kit.edu
  • Quantifying Ice-Nucleating Particle sizes in Suspensions using a new Laser Diffraction Instrument

    Supervision: N. Umo
  • Systematische Untersuchung des Einflusses von Partikelgrößen auf die Wolkeneisbildung mit Hilfe eines Maxi-Differentiellenm-Mobilitäts-Analysators

             Supervision: L. Lacher

  • HILDA (high-latitude dust emission) Messkampagne in Island – atmosphärische Wolkeneisbildung durch Staub aus der Polarregion

             Supervision: K. Höhler

 

AG Pinto, IMK-TRO

Contact

Prof. Dr. Joaquim Pinto, Phone: 28467, joaquim.pinto∂kit.edu
  • Estimation of diabatic processes in extratropical cyclones in ERA-5 Reanalysis

            Supervision: L.-A. Kautz, J.G. Pinto

            Project: ClimXtreme A (BMBF)

  • Evaluation of differrent downscaling methods for precipitation affecting the main river catchments in Central Europe

            Supervision: F. Ehmele, J.G. Pinto

            Project: Flood Risk for Central Europe (AON)

  • What lead to the strong snow accumulation in the northern Alpine ranges in January 2019?

            Supervision: J.G. Pinto, A.H. Fink

            Project: Waves to Weather (DFG)

  • Characterisation of rainfall variability for Lake Victoria at the regional scale using a statistical-dynamical approach

            Supervision: P. Ludwig, J.G. Pinto, A.H. Fink

            Project: CORDEX FPS ELVIC (CORDEX)

  • Analysis of the dynamics of windstorm Christian (27.-28. October 2013) using the ICON model and impacts over Europe

            Supervision: H. Lentink, J.G. Pinto

            Project: Windstorm Risk for Central Europe (AON)

  • The linkage of serial cyclone clustering and weather regimes (co-supervision by AG Pinto and AG Grams)

            Supervision: C. Grams, J.G. Pinto

            Project: Waves to Weather (DFG)

 

AG Ruhnke, IMK-ASF

Contact

Dr. Björn-Martin Sinnhuber, Phone: 24735, bjoern-martin.sinnhuber∂kit.edu
  • Untersuchung der troposphärischen Ozonverteilung mit ICON-ART

            Supervision: R. Ruhnke

  • Analyse von Chemie-Klimamodellsimulationen im Rahmen der internationalen Chemistry Climate Modelling Initiative (CCMI)

            Supervision: B.-M. Sinnhuber

  • Entwicklung eines Gitter-Boltzmann dynamischen Kerns für das Wettervorhersagemodell ICON/ Development of a Lattice Boltzmann dynamical core for the weather forecasting model ICON (Description)

            Supervision: B.-M. Sinnhuber

 

AG Saathoff, IMK-AAF

Contact

Dr. Harald Saathoff, Phone: 22897, harald.saathoff∂kit.edu
  • Bestimmung von Partikelbildungsraten und Partikelwachstumsraten aus Simulationskammerexperimenten mit organischen Aerosolen (Description)

  • Untersuchung der räumlichen Verteilung atmosphärischer Aerosolpartikel mittels eines 3D-Scanning Aerosol LIDARS (Description)

  • Entwicklung massenspektroskopischer Methoden für die Analyse einzelner Aerosolpartikel (Description)

Supervision: H. Saathoff

 

AG Schädler, IMK-TRO

Contact

Dr. Gerd Schädler, Phone: 22085, gerd.schaedler∂kit.edu
Dr. Marcus Breil, Tel. 24793, marcus.breil∂kit.edu
  • Bereich Paläoklima: Entwicklung und Anwendung einer Strategie zum Vergleich von modellierten Isotopendaten mit Proxy-Daten

  • Bereiche Paläoklima/Mittelfristige Klimaprognosen: Vergleich verschiedener Klassifizierungsverfahren für Wetterlagen     

Supervision:  G. Schädler

  • Verbesserung der Niederschlagssimulation im Westlichen Sahel durch eine stochastische Variation der Wurzeltiefen

             Betreuung: M. Breil, G. Schädler (Beschreibung zum Thema)

  • Die Auswirkung von Aufforstung auf den Strahlungshaushalt in Europa

             Betreuung: M. Breil, G. Schädler (Beschreibung zum Thema)

 

 

AG Sinnhuber, IMK-ASF

Contact

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

imk-asf.kit.edu/english/msk.php

  • Solare Aktivität im Sonnensystem und darüber hinaus: Modellstudien zum Einfluss von stellarer Aktivität auf die Atmosphären von Mars, Venus und terrestrischen Exoplaneten

            Supervision: M. Sinnhuber

 

AG Vogel, IMK-TRO

Contact

Dr. Bernhard Vogel, Phone: 24233, bernhard.vogel∂kit.edu

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 applications

                        Supervision: B. Vogel

  • Optical properties of sub-grid clouds and their dependence on aerosols

                        Supervision: B. Vogel

  • Chemical processing of aerosols during atmospheric transport

                        Supervision: B. Vogel, H. Vogel, A. Hoshyaripour

  • How would the great green wall in Africa affect the dust emissions?

                        Supervision: B. Vogel, A. Hoshyaripour

Data processing and model validation

  • Validation of DWD desert dust forecast data using satellite and ground-based measurements

                       Supervision: B. Vogel, A. Hoshyaripour

  • Analysis of aerosol budgets and trends using model and satellite data

                       Supervision: B. Vogel, A. Hoshyaripour

Machine learning applications in aerosol modeling

  • Parameterization of aerosol emissions using artificial neural network 

                        Supervision: B. Vogel, A. Hoshyaripour

  • Parameterization of aerosol properties and interactions using artificial neural network 

                        Supervision: B. Vogel, A. Hoshyaripour