Lab and Field Work
Field measurements and laboratory experiments are carried out to study a wide variety of physical and chemical processes.
Atmospheric Chemistry Group
Prof. Thomas Peter
The group is involved in laboratory experiments on the microphysics, thermodynamics, chemical and radiative properties of aerosols and on the formation mechanisms of clouds - and field measurements of aerosol and cloud optical properties, ozone, NOx, CO and VOCs, especially focussing on the boundary layer and the tropopause region, including the investigation of long-term trends.
Atmospheric Chemistry research page
Atmospheric Physics Group
Prof. Ulrike Lohmann
In order to understand which aerosol particles act as cloud condensation and ice nuclei, laboratory studies of aerosol properties and ice nucleation are carried out. They are augmented by field programmes, which emphasize aerosol-cloud interactions.
Atmospheric Physics research page
Land-Climate Dynamics Group
Prof. Sonia Seneviratne
The group is maintaining the Rietholzbach hydrological research station. Moreover, it is conducting a Switzerland-wide soil moisture measurement campaign in collaboration with other institutions.
Land-Climate Dynamics research page
Atmospheric Dynamics Group
Prof. Heini Wernli
The group performs long term in-situ measurements of water vapour isotopes on land and in the marine boundary layer using research aircrafts. A micro rain radar on the roof of our building helps to interpret isotopic composition of selected rain events. Furthermore, the group is involved in high-altitude aircraft measurement campaigns to investigate extratropical cyclones and the large-scale flow at tropopause height.
Atmospheric Dynamics research page