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Recent Publications

Sinnhuber, M. and Funke, B., Energetic electron precipitation into the atmosphere, In: The dynamic loss of Earth’s radiation belts: From loss in the magnetosphere to particle precipitation in the atmosphere. Editors: A. Jaynes, 279–321, Elsevier, Amsterdam, NL, 2019.

Herbst, K.; Grenfell, J. L.; Sinnhuber, M.; Rauer, H.; Heber, B.; Banjac, S.; Scheucher, M.; Schmidt, V.; Gebauer, S.; Lehmann, R.; Schreier, F., A new model suite to determine the influence of cosmic rays on (exo)planetary atmospheric biosignatures - Validation based on modern Earth, Astronomy and astrophysics, 631, Article no: A101. doi: 10.1051/0004-6361/201935888, 2019.

Lednyts’kyy, O.; Savigny, C. von; Sinnhuber, M.; Iwagami, N.; Mlynczak, M., Multiple Airglow Chemistry approach for atomic oxygen retrievals on the basis of  in-situ nightglow emissions, Journal of atmospheric and solar-terrestrial physics, 194, 105096, doi: 10.1016/j.jastp.2019.105096, 2019.

Bender, S., Sinnhuber, M., Espy, P. J., and Burrows, J. P., Mesospheric nitric oxide model from SCIAMACHY data, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 2135--2147, doi: 10.5194/acp-19-2135-2019, 2019.

Fytterer, T., von Savigny, C., Mlynczak, M., and Sinnhuber, M., Model results of OH airglow considering four different wavelength regions to derive night-time atmoic oxygen and atomic hydrogen in the mesopause region, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 1835--1851, doi: 10.5194/acp-19-1835-2019, 2019.

Middle Atmosphere, Solar Variability, and Climate Interactions


SOHO composite figure courtesy ESA/NASA: Earth in the space environment


We investigate processes in the middle atmosphere to better understand their impact on climate and weather. The middle atmosphere comprises the altitude region between 10 km and 110 km and is a transition region between the lower atmosphere and space. As such, it is strongly influenced by external - solar and cosmic - forcings.

We are particularly interested in

For our investigations, we analyse data from satellites like SCIAMACHY and MIPAS on ENVISAT, and perform model experiments using models of different degrees of complexity of the Earth atmosphere (EMAC/Edith, 3dCTM, UBIC), which we continually improve.