We investigate micro- and mesoscale climate processes in the atmospheric boundary layer. Our focus is on the urban boundary layer.
We are interested in the effects of anthropogenic activity on ground-level air quality.
Our current research projects deal with the surface-atmosphere exchange of green roofs, the spatio-temporal variability of carbon dioxide in the ground-level urban boundary layer and the measurement and modelling of the horizontal variability of ultrafine particles.
We develop and use tools for process-based modelling of interactions and feedbacks between hydrology, ecology and microclimate in terrestrial and urban systems. Our research and teaching deal with mathematical and numerical models of soil-plant-atmosphere continua, vegetation self-organisation, and isotope-aided ecohydrology. Our interdisciplinary work is at the intersection between the Leichtweiß-Institute for Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources and the Institute of Geoecology.
To secure and harness the diversity of life in agricultural ecosystems
We investigate where, which and how abundantly plants and animals occur in open agricultural landscapes, which functional role they play there and how this biological diversity (biodiversity) responds to the type and intensity of agricultural land use and other influencing factors.
We investigate biogeochemical processes and interactions at the micro level up to entire ecosystems. The main focus is on understanding processes of interactions of organic substances with trace elements and their coupling to hydrological and climatic factors.
We are interested in the effects of anthropogenic activities on biogeochemical cycles of trace elements and inorganic pollutants.