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What we do

LST validation station Gobabeb
LST validation station Gobabeb

We focus on the development, validation and application of geophysical remote sensing techniques, with special attention to the Earth surface - atmosphere interface. Our research fields are

  1. Satellite-based remote sensing of land and water surface temperatures, and validation thereof at European and African sites.
  2. Remote sensing of low-cloud and fog properties and distribution, including process studies.
  3. Analysis of aerosol patterns and aerosol-cloud interactions based on remote sensing data.


The working group is part of both, the IMK-ASF and the IPF.



As of 2019-10-16, our news are found on twitter: https://twitter.com/SatClimKIT

2019-10-07: We welcome Palwasha Khattak as a new PhD student in the group! She will be working on aerosol impacts on the Asian Monsoon system.

2019-09-26: Julia Fuchs has received the award for the best PhD thesis in physical geography of the last two years at the German Congress for Geography, held in Kiel. Congratulations!

2019-08-01: Lukas Zipfel joined the group as a PhD student. He will work on aerosol-cloud-climate interactions. Welcome!

2019-04-04: We are getting closer to understanding the spatial and temporal dynamics of fog in the Namib region using a new satellite product and ground-based measurements. New paper by Hendrik Andersen et al. in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

2019-02-28: Comparison of satellite-based land-surface temperature products: New paper by Maria Martin et al. in Remote Sensing.

2018-11-04: Machine learning and satellite data help better understand low-level clouds in the South-East Atlantic: New paper by Julia Fuchs et al. in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

2018-09-17: Fully diurnal detection of fog and low cloud based on IR satellite data: New paper by Hendrik Andersen and Jan Cermak in Atmospheric Measurement Techniques.

2018-09-03: Miae Kim joined the group as a post-doctoral researcher. Welcome!

2018-08-25: Can satellite-based aerosol information be used to assess urban air quality? New paper by Roland Stirnberg et al. in Remote Sensing.

2018-08-02: Fog and low cloud analysis using space-based lidar. New paper by Jan Cermak in Remote Sensing.

2018-07-16: Julia Fuchs successfully defended her PhD thesis today. Congratulations, Dr. Fuchs!

2018-07-02: Axel Göbel joined the group today as a technician. Welcome!

2018-05-14: The Land Surface Temperature Climate Change Initiative (LST CCI) of the European Space Agency (ESA) kicked off today. We will be contributing to the success of the initiative.

2018-05-02: Chloe Papalazarou from the University of Guelph, Canada, is visiting us for three months. Welcome!

2018-03-06: Hendrik Andersen received the triennial Climate Award ("Klimapreis") of the Reinhard Süring Foundation, in the context of the conference dinner of the 11th Deutsche Klimatagung (German Climate Symposium). The award honors his research into the role of clouds in the global climate system using satellite data.

2018-02-08: Submissions accepted for Special Issue on "Applications of Land Surface Temperature and its Combination with other Satellite Land Products" in the journal "Remote Sensing", organized by Frank Göttsche, Isabel Trigo (IPMA) and Benjamin Bechtel (U Hamburg), http://www.mdpi.com/journal/remotesensing/special_issues/Land_Surface_Temperature

2018-01-15: Submissions accepted for Special Issue on "Remote Sensing of Low-Level Liquid Water Clouds and Fog“ in the journal "Remote Sensing", organized by Jan Cermak and Martial Haeffelin (CNRS), http://www.mdpi.com/journal/remotesensing/special_issues/fogstratus_rs

2017-11-27: 10th anniversary of „Remote Sensing of Clouds and Aerosols“ session at EGU 2018: http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2018/session/26353

2017-11-13: Inaugural lecture of Jan Cermak to be held on 30 November.

2017-10-30: The derived land-surface temperature products developed by Frank Göttsche are now operational at the EUMETSAT LSASAF.

2017-10-24: Hendrik Andersen successfully defended his PhD thesis. Congratulations!

2017-10-09: The field campaign of the Namib Fog Life Cycle Analysis (NaFoLiCA) project was completed successfully. More info.

2017-09-26: New paper by Julia Fuchs and others accepted for publication in JGR Atmospheres today. Congratulations!

2017-09-25: Saverio T. Nilo from the National Research Council of Italy is visiting us for three months. Welcome!