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Prof. Dr.  Jan Cermak

Prof. Dr. Jan Cermak



Room20.40-024, 435-107
20.40, 435

Phone+49 721 608-24510
+49 721 608-43675

jan cermakOxa8∂kit edu

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe

further information

Also at the Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (IPF) External Link

ORCID (biography and publications): 0000-0002-4240-595X External Link

ResearcherID: B-7844-2009 External Link



My main research interest is the role of aerosol and clouds in the climate system, which I try to better understand using remote-sensing approaches. At KIT I am a member of the Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (IPF) and the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK-ASF). Recent research areas include:

  • Remote sensing
  • The role of clouds and aerosols in the climate system
  • Environment - society interactions (e.g. air pollution/aerosol)
  • Machine learning

More information External Link


Education and Employment

  • Since 9/2016: Professor of Geophysical Remote Sensing at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • 10/2011-8/2016: Professor of Climatology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • 7 - 9/2012: Visiting scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Boulder, CO, USA
  • 2008 - 2011: Post-doctoral researcher at ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • 8 - 10/2007: Visiting scientist, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
  • 2006 - 2008: Lecturer at Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
  • 2003 - 2006: PhD research, Laboratory for Climatology and Remote Sensing, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
  • 2002 - 2003: Postgraduate research at the University of Sheffield, UK
  • 2001 - 2002: MA Environment and Development, King's College London (KCL) and School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, UK
  • 1997 - 2001: Studies of Geography, Botany, Political Science and Soil Science, Philipps-Universität Marburg and Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany


Professional Activities, Services and Society Memberships

  • AK Klima External Link (German climatology working group), chair and co-chair 2013-2017
  • European Geosciences Union (EGU), member
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU), member
  • Session "Analyzing climate change and its impacts via method combinations", International Geographical Congress 2012, organizer
  • RSCy 2013 conference External Link, member of the International Scientific Committee
  • Senate commission of the DFG (German research council) on joint research in the geosciences (Geokommission External Link), permanent guest, and speaker of young scientist group (geonachwuchs.de External Link), 2007 to 2011
  • EU COST action 722 External Link (Very short-range forecasting of fog, visibility and low clouds), management committee and co-chair of working group 'Initial Data', 2003 to 2007
  • EU COST action EG-CLIMET External Link (European Ground-Based Observations of Essential Variables for Climate and Operational Meteorology), member of working group 'Optimum observation strategies'
  • Session "Remote sensing of clouds and aerosols: Techniques and applications", EGU General Assemblies 2009 - 2017, convenor and co-convenor