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Air Quality: Projects

The projects of the research group air quality are funded by institutional and by third party money (e.g. DFG, BMBF, and European funding).


Current Projects



Realisation of a wind turbine test site in complex terrain: meteorological measurements and numerical flow simulation

Contacts: Stefan Emeis, Daniel Leukauf


Three-dimensional observation of atmospheric processes in Stuttgart by ground-based remote sensing in order to capture data for the evaluation of the newly built German Urban Climate Model

Contacts: Stefan Emeis, Matthias Zeeman

WIPAFF: The Wind Park Far Field project investigates the mutual interactions of offshore wind parks and their potential effects on the local climate (press release).

Contacts:  Stefan Emeis, Simon Siedersleben

VOCE: Emissions of volatile organic VOCs from cultivation of bio energy plants - Subproject 2: Development of a BVOC module.

Contacts: Rüdiger Grote, Felix Wiß

MOSAIK: Model-based city planning and application in climate change
A joint project under the lead of the university of Hannover. Within this subproject transport and chemical transformation of atmospheric pollutants are implemted into the Large Eddy modelling system PALM.
Contacts: Matthias Mauder, Renate Forkel

Aerosol-Climate-Health: Investigations of emissions and air quality in urbanized regions (Augsburg and Munich) by means of measurement campaigns and numerical modelling with WRF-Chem and GRAL in order to address the impact of aerosols on human health.
Contacts: Klaus Schäfer, Stefan Emeis, Peter Suppan, Renate Forkel

KonTest: In a joint project a conception for a wind energy testing field in mountainous, complex terrain is developed. Supported by the Federal Minitry for Economic Affairs and Energy on the basis of a decision of the German Bundestag.

Contacts: Stefan Emeis


GRACE-UAV: UAV-based remote sensing and georeferencing of greenhouse gases, energy balance components and characteristics of the earth‘s surface.
Contacts: Caroline Brosy, Harald Kunstmann, Wolfgang Junkermann, Klaus Schäfer, Stefan Emeis


Past projects

AQMEII: WRF-Chem simulations as contributions to the Air Quality Modelling Evaluation International Initiative (AQMEII) phase I and phase II. The focus of the second phase of AQMEII was on the evluation of online coupled meteorology-air quality models including aerosol-meteorlogy interactions.
Contacts:  Renate Forkel, Johannes Werhahn
UHI project: Assesment of mitigation and adaptation of urban heat island effects and air quality based on WRF and WRF-Chem simulations (European project in close cooperation with the City of Stuttgart)
Contacts: Stefan Emeis, Joachim Fallmann (now at Met. Office, UK)
Tall Wind Project: This project aims at a continuous description of the vertical wind profile through the Prandtl and Ekman layer. Mixed-layer height (MLH) is one scaling length scale in this profile description. IMK-IFU contributes MLH measurements by ceilometers. Funding by the Danish Government.
Contacts: Stefan Emeis 

TUFFO: Analysis of the impact of turbulent vertical humidity fluxes on the static stability ofthe marine boundary layer (MBL). The situation in the MBL is different to land surfaces due to the perfect humidity source at the lower boundary (i.e. the sea surface). Data fom the offshore mast FINO1 were analysed.
Contact:  Stefan Emeis 

  PMinter: Regional air quality modelling with WRF-Chem for Carynthia, Styria, and Slowenia (Subcontract of TU Graz).
Contacts:  Renate Forkel
Beech draught:  Modeling of beech-dominated deciduous forest development based on competitive mechanisms of water and nitrogen partitioning with MoBiLe (DFG funded project).
Contacts: Rüdiger Grote 
RHM project: Investigations of air pollution in the metropolitan region of Santiago de Chile within the context of traffic emissions and their impact on human health as part of the Helmholtz initiative “Risk-Habitat-Megacity”.
Contacts: Peter Suppan, Renate Forkel, Klaus Schäfer
CANOPEE: Simulations of biogenic emissions of Quercus Pubescens and in-canopy chemistry with CACHE as complementation of a measurement campaign  at the Observatoire Haute Provence (ANR-project by J. Lathiere)
Contacts: Renate Forkel
  BayFORUV: Assessment of the impact of climate change on air quality by means of regional climate chemistry simulations for Southern Germany with MCCM (Funding by the Bavarian Government).
Contacts: Renate Forkel, Richard Knoche
Mexico City Air Quality: Investigations of air pollution in Mexico City based on regional air quality simulations with MCCM (GTZ funded project)
Contacts: Peter Suppan, Renate Forkel
Beijing Air Quality: Measurements and model simulations on air quality in Beijing in cooperation with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), KIT's Institute of Mineralogy and Geochemistry (PD Dr. S. Norra), and IMK-TRO (Dr. B. Vogel).
Contacts: Peter Suppan, Klaus Schäfer, Stefan Emeis
  VERITAS: First: Update of turbulence parameterization in numerical wind field models such as WRF. The enhanced parameterization yields a better representation of turbulence intensity in the simulations. Second: Novel universal description of the dependence of friction velocity and drag on wind speed in the marine PBL. (July 2008 to November 2011, funding: BMU)
Contacts: Richard Foreman, Stefan Emeis 

Vertical Profiles  Extreme

OWID: Analysis of the maritime boundary layer structure using FINO1 data. The project was made in cooeration with DEWI and was funded by the German Ministry of Environment (BMU) for the period April 2005 to June 2008.
Contacts: Stefan Emeis

Emission upscaling: Measurement of emission source strengths of N2O, CH4, and CO2 on the basis of non-intrusive measurement methods (DFG project). 
Contacts: Klaus Schäfer

ALPNAP: Definition of mitigation and adaptation strategies for health impact and sociological assessment studies in a changing global climate in collaboration with local and regional experts and stakeholders (INTERREG IIIB project)
Contacts: Peter Suppan, Klaus Schäfer, Stefan Emeis