Observations and Modelling of Aerosols in the Southern Hemisphere

Natural aerosols produce the largest uncertainty in our understanding of anthropogenic aerosol forcing in climate models. The southern hemisphere, and particularly the southern ocean and Antarctic regions provide a ‘Natural Laboratory’. This project will evaluate the background aerosol concentrations for the Southern Hemisphere ground-based and satellite platforms and both long-term, campaign and ship-based observations. Working with both observations and fully coupled chemistry climate models this project will provide an excellent project for a candidate with strong chemistry, programming, engineering, physics, field campaign or similar experience with strong climate change interests.

Dr Schofield is a lecturer for Climate System Science in the School of Earth sciences. Her recent research encompasses many areas of atmospheric chemistry, such as the Southern Hemisphere climate implications of Antarctic stratospheric ozone losses, climatic relevance of aerosol formation from the Great Barrier Reef and climate / radiation implications of aerosol and clouds over the Southern Ocean.

Jan Cermak's main research interest is the role of aerosol and clouds in the climate system, which he tries to better understand using remote-sensing approaches. At KI, he is 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