Proposed Topics for Master Theses


Working Groups

As of April 2021

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 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


AG 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) durch Berücksichtigung von Wasserkontinuums-Effekten und dessen Validierung anhand von NDACC/FTIR und GRUAN Referenzdaten 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) M. Schneider, R. Ruhnke (AG, IMK-MOD)

More Information about the Topic:


AG 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


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

We are looking forward hearing from you.

Christian Grams, Dominik Büeler, and Julian Quinting





Prof. Dr. Corinna Hoose , Phone: 43587, corinna.hoose∂ 
Dr. Christian Barthlott, Phone: 46751, christian.barthlott∂

          Supervisors: Christian Barthlott, Corinna Hoose

           Supervisors: Barbara Dietel, Corinna Hoose

           Supervisors: Andrew Barrett, Corinna Hoose


AG 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:
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 Järvinen/Schnaiter


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

               Supervision: E. Järvinen, F. Waitz

               Supervision: M. Schnaiter

AG Kalthoff, IMK-TRO


Dr. Norbert Kalthoff, Phone: 24230, norbert.kalthoff∂
Dr. Jan Handwerker, Phone: 22847, jan.handwerker∂
  • 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 Klose (IMK-TRO)


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

Supervision: M. Klose


AG Knippertz, IMK-TRO


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

            Supervision: A. H. Fink, M. Maranan

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

            Supervision: P. Knippertz, A. Lemburg

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




Prof. Dr. Michael Kunz, Phone: 22840, Email michael.kunz∂
  • 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


Dr. Alexei Kiselev, Phone: 26662, Email alexei.kiselev∂
Prof. Dr. Thomas Leisner, Phone: 24865, Email thomas.leisner∂
  • 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


Dr. Ottmar Möhler, Phone 24287, ottmar.moehler∂
Dr. Kristina Höhler, Phone 28690, kristina.hoehler∂
Dr. Nsikanabasi Umo, Phone 23734, nsikanabasi.umo∂

              Supervision: K. Höhler, N. Umo

              Supervision: N. Umo

              Supervision: O. Möhler




Prof. Dr. Joaquim Pinto, Phone: 28467, joaquim.pinto∂

Dr. Florian Ehmele, Tel. 22844, florian.ehmele∂

Dr. Patrick Ludwig, Tel. 24942, patrick.ludwig∂

Dr. Julia Mömken, Tel. 22805, julia.moemken∂

Dr. Assaf Hochman, Tel. 24942, assaf.hochman∂

Dr. Alberto Caldas-Alvares, Tel. 23277, alberto.caldas-alvarez∂
  • 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

  • Estimation of diabatic processes in extratropical cyclones in ERA-5 Reanalysis

Supervision: H. Lentink, J.G. Pinto

Project: ClimXtreme A

  • What led 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)

  • Future changes of precipitation statistics at high resolution for Central Europe using a semi-physical stochastic precipitation model

Supervision: F.Ehmele

Project: RegIKlim, ClimXtreme

  • Wind energy potentials over different regions of the world in CORDEX-CORE regional climate projections

            Supervision: J. Mömken, H. Feldmann, J.G. Pinto

            Project: RegIKlim     

  • Scale dependency of precipitation representation in downscaled simulations from the Miklip ensemble

Supervision: A. Caldas-Alvarez, H. Feldmann, J.G. Pinto

Project: ClimXtreme - A1 Severe

  • High-resolution climate projections over the Eastern Mediterranean

         Supervision: A. Hochman


WG Ruhnke, IMK-ASF


Dr. Björn-Martin Sinnhuber, Phone: 24735, bjoern-martin.sinnhuber∂
  • 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


WG Saathoff, IMK-AAF


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

              Supervision: H. Saathoff

               Supervision: H. Saathoff, C. Linke

WG Schädler, IMK-TRO


Dr. Gerd Schädler, Phone: 22085, gerd.schaedler∂
Dr. Marcus Breil, Tel. 24793, marcus.breil∂
  • 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


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

  • 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




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 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