We perform measurement campaigns and long-term observation programs to study selected process in the atmosphere comprehensively. Our focus is on components of the hydrological cycle: Ranging from clouds and precipitation, the storage of energy and water in the soil up to evapotranspiration and boundary layer evolution. We develop new measurement techniques and analysis method, to sample the natural variability in time and space and to cover the variety of relevant atmospheric quantities as best as possible.
Simulations with process models are performed in parallel to these measurements. We will only have the right understanding of a process, if these results agree with real observations. On contrary, any deviation we detect is the starting point towards new scientific insights!
The working group is also part of the Land in the Earth department of the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology and focuses in this context on “Boundary Layer Measurements and Modeling”.