We welcome the new PhD student Laura Ehrnsperger
Since 1 October 2017, Laura Ehrnsperger has been supporting the working group climatology in the field of urban climatology. We're happy to have her here.
Publication about pollution measurements on the roadside
In May / June 2016 three students of the working group climatology performed highresolution measurements on pollutants on the roadside. The measurement was setup next to the busy street "Bült" in Münster. The exhaust plumes of the passing traffic fleet were analysed by the amount of nitrogen oxides. The results show that the real-world vehicle emissions exceed the legal limits by far. More projects like this are planned, for example there might be measurments in combination with an automatic detection of the license plates to assign the individual exhaust plumes to the respective types of vehicle. Recently the results were published in the research article "Real-world vehicle emissions as measured by in situ analysis of exhaust plumes" which is freely available here. The article is released in the scientific mgazine "Environmental Science and Pollution Research".
Press release of the University Münster (german)
Visitors from Taiwan
Recently two international guests were visiting the climatology working group. The taiwanese researchers Prof. Neng-Huei (George) Lin and Wei-Ti Tseng are from the National Central University, Chung-Li, Taiwan (Department of Atmosperic Sciences). Wei-Ti Tseng was here to continue working on his PhD project about dust percipitation in Taiwan. Prof. George Lin and Prof. Klemm travelled to the European Aerosol Conference in Zurich on August 27.
Measurement station at Horstmarer Landweg
For the second time the measurement station for the climatology master course “bio-/ atmosphere exchange” was established at Horstmarer Landweg. Different meteorological data are measured for five weeks. With eddy covariance and Bowen ratio the fluxes of carbon dioxide and water vapor shall be determined.
Polarstern: Open Ship 2017
On 22 April 2017 the research ship "Polarstern" was anchored in Bremerhaven and invited the pubilc for a tour on board. In addition everybody had the chance to attend different exhibitions and talks about current research themes. Among many other visitors a group of students of the Uni Münster perceived the rare opportunity and got informed about the Polarstern guided by Dr. Jennifer Sobiech-Wolf, a trained landscape ecologist and employee of AWI. On the occasion of the March for Science there was a tall banner with a famous quote: "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." - Aldous Huxley
New measurements of fog in Taiwan, Xitou...
A measurement station is running in Xitou, Taiwan since the beginning of March. The study focuses on fog and the data will be analyzed in a master thesis. Therefore visibility, droplet size distribution and carbon dioxide and water vapor fluxes are measured with the eddy covariance method. In addition, fog water samples are collected with an active fog collector for chemical analysis during fog events.
In Lulin, Taiwan, there are more measurements on fog. During fog events the relative humidity is calculated by measurements of the water vapour concentration and precise temperature in the air. In addition the droplet size distribution is measured and fog samples are taken for analyzing the ions and mercury concentration in the water.
Climate change in urban planning
On the 14th of December an interview with Prof. Dr. Otto Klemm about the challenges of urban planning in terms of climate change was published in the university newspaper "wissen|leben". link
ILÖK-Kolloquium on the 10th of January 2017
Prof. Dr. Markus Reichstein from the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena will lecture about "Towards global data-driven Earth System Science for improving climate and Earth system modeling“ in the ILÖK-Kolloquium on the 10th of January at 6 pm in the lecture hall Geo 1. This Event is creditabel in MSc Lök, module M2/M1
More participation in Kolloquium AG Landschaftsökologie
In January 2017 there will be more presentations of masterthesis relevant to climatologie in the Kolloquium AG Landschaftsökologie (5pm, room 513). The topics are "Fog Water Chemical Composition at Ailao-Mountain, Yunnan Province, SW China" (at 9th of January, presented by Felix Nieberding), "Temporal high resolved measurements of gas and particles along the roadside: New ways of analyzing air quality and emissions" (at 16th of January, presented by Christian Peitzmeier) and "Up on the roof: Quality inspection of 3D ultrasonic anemomenter data in a herterogeneous urban environment" (on 23rd of January, presented by Petra Steffen).