Student of Meteorology at University of Mainz
Thesis on remote sensing of water vapor by sun photometry (1980)
Research Scientist at University of Cologne
PhD on the retrieval of the radiation budget over the Saharan Desert
using NIMBUS 7 ERB data considering spectral, temporal, angular and
spatial sampling (1985)
Senior Scientist at University of Munich, since 1994 head of "lidar group"
Active aerosol remote sensing: Elaboration of a scientific concept for a
mobile scanning lidar for aerosol remote sensing, fighting
funding (finally successful in 1993),
co-ordination of measurement campaigns, and development of data
Several investigations on the usefulness of a spaceborne lidar for
meteorology and climatology (ALEXIS, ATLID, EarthCARE), including studies on the
role of multiple scattering.
Assessment of the usefulness of ceilometers for aerosol remote sensing.
Principal investigator in the framework of the international programs EARLINET, AMMA, SAMUM, and ACTRIS.
Passive aerosol remote sensing: Inversion of sun- and sky radiances measured by Cimel (AERONET) and SSARA photometers.
Synergy with lidar remote sensing.
Scattering theory: Assessment of influence of non-spherical particles, potential of polarization measurements
Supervision of more than 40
theses (diploma, master, bachelor) and PhD-studies on remote sensing, with focus on lidar related topics.
Lectures on radiative transfer, remote sensing and lidar remote sensing.
International training for "Early Stage Researchers" in the framework of the ITN Vertigo.
Acquisition, management and supervision of about 30 research grants (about 3 M€)
publications in peer-reviewed journals, see
and about 150 conference proceedings (W-Index=54).
- Reviewer for the following journals:
Applied Optics, Atmosphere, Atmospheric Chemistry and
Physics, Atmospheric Environment, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, Atmospheric Research, Environmental Engineering and
Management Journal, Geophysical
Research Letters, International Journal of Environmental
Research and Public Health, Journal of
Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative
Transfer, Optics Express, Optics Letters, Remote Sensing, Science of the Total
To Webcam: See me working...
- President of the Bavarian branch of
PRO BAHN, the association of passengers of public transportation
- Webmaster of the domain "www.pro-bahn.de"
- Member of the Advisory Board of the "Bayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft"
- Member of the Advisory Board of the "Ombudsstelle des VDV und LBO"
- Several publications on public transport, rail passenger issues and icelandic stamps
- First author of the book on "125 years railroad link from Weilheim to Murnau"
- Can pronounce "Eyjafjallajökull"
- Climbed (long ago) Alpe d'Huez by bicycle (42:24)
- Winner of the Bundesliga-Tipp (Küstenforscher) in 2008 and 2014.
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