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Renate Forkel

Dr. Renate Forkel

Senior scientist
group: Regional Coupling of Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes
room: 048b
phone: +49 8821 183 265
fax: +49 8821 183 247
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 Research fields


Recent projects

  • WRF-Chem simuations for the AQMEII model intercomparison study

  • MOSAIK sub-project:  add and evaluate a chemistry module for the LES  model PALM

  • COST action ES1004 EuMetChem, WG2: Case studies on aerosol-meteorology interactions

  • Impact of aerosols on air quality within the region of Augsburg in cooperation with the Institute for Epidemiology of the Research Centre for Environment and Health (GSF), Neuherberg and with the Environment Science Center (WZU) of the University of Augsburg

  • Aerosol modelling for Graz/Austria in cooperation with the Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Thermodynamics Department Emissions of the TU Graz and the Bundesland Steiermark (http://pminter.eu/de/arbeitspakete/modellierung.html

  • Simulations of of in-canopy chemistry as a contribution to project CANOPEE



Selected Publications (for a complete list see ResearcherID or Google Scholar)

Fallmann, J., Forkel, R., Emeis, S. (2016)  Secondary effects of urban heat island mitigation measures on air quality.  Atmospheric Environment 125, 199-211, doi: 10.1016/ j.atmosenv.2015.10.094, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.10.094

Ashworth, K., Chung, S. H., Griffin, R. J., Chen, J., Forkel, R., Bryan, A. M., and Steiner, A. L., 2015: FORest Canopy Atmosphere Transfer (FORCAsT) 1.0: a 1-D model of biosphere-atmosphere chemical exchange. Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 3765-3784, doi:10.5194/gmd-8-3765-2015

Forkel, R., Balzarini, A., Baró, R., Bianconi, R., Curci, G., Jiménez-Guerrero, P., Hirtl, M., Honzak, L., Lorenz, C., Im, U., Pérez, J.L., Pirovano, G., San José, R., Tuccella, P., Werhahn, J., Zabkar, R. (2015) Analysis of the WRF-Chem contributions to AQMEII phase2 with respect to aerosol radiative feedbacks on meteorology and pollutant distributions, Atmospheric Environment, doi: doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2014.10.056

Žabkar, R., Honzak, L., Skok, G., Forkel, R., Rakovec, J., Ceglar, A., Žagar, N. (2015) Evaluation of the high resolution WRF-Chem (v3.4.1) air quality forecast and its comparison with statistical ozone predictions. Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 2119-2137,  doi:10.5194/gmd-8-2119-2015

Wiegner, M., Madonna, F., Binietoglou, I., Forkel, R., Gasteiger, J., Geiß, A., Pappalardo, G., Schäfer, K., and Thomas, W. (2014) What is the benefit of ceilometers for aerosol remote sensing? An answer from EARLINET, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 1979-1997, doi:10.5194/amt-7-1979-2014.

Baklanov, A., K. Schlünzen, P. Suppan, J. Baldasano, D. Brunner, S. Aksoyoglu, G. Carmichael, J. Douros, J. Flemming, R. Forkel, S. Galmarini, M. Gauss, G. Grell, M. Hirtl, S. Joffre, O. Jorba, E. Kaas, M. Kaasik, G. Kallos, X. Kong, U. Korsholm, A. Kurganskiy, J. Kushta, U. Lohmann, A. Mahura, A. Manders-Groot, A. Maurizi, N. Moussiopoulos, S. T. Rao, N. Savage, C. Seigneur, R. S. Sokhi, E. Solazzo, S. Solomos, B. Sørensen, G. Tsegas, E. Vignati, B. Vogel, and Y. Zhang (2014): Online coupled regional meteorology chemistry models in Europe: current status and prospects. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 317-398, doi: 10.5194/acp-14-317-2014

Forkel, R., Werhahn, J., Hansen, A.B., McKeen, S., Peckham, S, Grell., G., Suppan, P. (2012)  Effect of aerosol-radiation feedback on regional air quality – A case study with WRF/Chem.  Atmospheric Environment, 53, 202-211, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2011.10.009

Wiegner, M., Gasteiger, J., Groß, S., Schnell, F., Freudenthaler, V., Forkel, R. (2011) Characterization of the Eyjafjallajökull ash-plume: Potential of lidar remote sensing, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth. doi: 10.1016/j.pce.2011.01.006

Emeis, S., Forkel, R., Junkermann, W., Schäfer, K., Flentje, H., Gilge, S., Fricke, W., Wiegner, M., Freudenthaler, V., Groß, S., Ries, L., Meinhardt, F., Birmili, W., Münkel, C., Obleitner, F., and Suppan, P. (2011), Spatial structure and dispersion of the April 16/17, 2010 volcanic ash cloud over Germany, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 2689-2701, doi:10.5194/acp-11-2689-2011.

Haas, E., R. Forkel and P. Suppan (2010) Application and Intercomparison of the RADM2 and RACM Chemistry Mechanism including a new Isoprene Degradation Scheme within the Regional Meteorology-Chemistry-Model MCCM, Int. J. Environment and Pollution. doi:10.1504/IJEP.2010.030889

Forkel, R. and R. Knoche (2007) Nested regional climate-chemistry simulations for Central Europe. Comptes Rendus Geoscience 339, 734–746, doi:10.1016/j.crte.2007.09.018

Forkel, R., R. Knoche (2006) Regional climate change and its impacts on photooxidant concentrations in southern Germany: Simulations with a coupled regional climate-chemistry model, J. Geophys. Res., 111, No.D12,D12302, doi:10.1029/2005JD006748 (13pp.)

Forkel, R., Klemm, O. Graus, M., Rappenglück, B., Stockwell, W.R., Grabmer, W., Held, A., Hansel, A, Steinbrecher, R. (2006) Trace gas exchange and gas phase chemistry in a Norway spruce forest: A study with a coupled 1-dimensional canopy atmospheric chemistry emission model, Atmos. Environ., 40, S1, S28-S42, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2005.11.070.

Grell, G. S. Emeis, W.R. Stockwell, T. Schoenemeyer, R. Forkel, J. Michalakes, R. Knoche, W. Seidl (2000) Application of a Multiscale, Coupled MM5/Chemistry Model to the Complex Terrain of the VOTALP Valley Campaign. Atmospheric Environment, 34, 1435-1453, DOI: 10.1016/S1352-2310(99)00402-1

Inclan, M.G., R. Forkel (1995) Comparison of Energy Fluxes Calculated with the Penman-Monteith Equation and the Vegetation Models SiB and Cupid. J. of Hydrology, 166, 193-211.

Forkel R., W. Seidl, A. Ruggaber, R. Dlugi (1995) Fog Chemistry during the EUMAC Joint Cases: Analysis of Routine Measurements, Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, 57, 61-86, DOI: 10.1007/BF01044154

Forkel, R., W. Seidl, R. Dlugi, E. Deigele (1990) A One-dimensional Numerical Model to Simulate Formation and Balance of Sulfate during Radiation Fog Events. J. Geophys. Res., 95, 18501-18515, DOI:10.1029/JD095iD11p18501

Forkel, R., W.G. Panhans, R. Welch, W. Zdunkowski (1984) A One-dimensional Numerical Study to Simulate the Influence of Soil Moisture, Pollution and Vertical Exchange on the Evolution of Radiation Fog. Contributions to Atmospheric Physics/Beitr. Phys. Atmosph., 57, 72-91

Sievers, U., Forkel, R., W. Zdunkowski (1983) Transport Equations for Heat and Moisture in the Soil and Their Application to Boundary Layer Problems.  Contributions to Atmospheric Physics/Beitr. Phys. Atmosph., 56, 58-83. Link to PDF