Dynamic Meteorology

Welcome to the Dynamic Meteorology group of the Institute for Atmospheric Physics at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. The focus of our research is on the dynamics of the Earth‘s atmosphere from the micro scale all the way to the planetary scale. We aim to improve the conceptual understanding of the complex nonlinear dynamical phenomena and their interactions with „physical processes“. This understanding is essential to improve weather prediction and climate projections.

Our methods include a hierarchy of numerical models as well as the use of data from reanalysis projects and climate model simulations. As an important avenue towards conceptual understanding we develop and use sophisticated diagnostic tools allowing us to gain novel insight that cannot be obtained from just plotting model variables. The diagnostic tools, in turn, are related to theoretical concepts such as linear theory, PV thinking, or wave activity.

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