Global Processes: Integrated monitoring and modelling

This topic focuses on the dynamic processes of the Earth system and interactions between geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere on a global scale as a prerequisite to predict their effects on global change and the human habitat. We develop and implement innovative geodetic, seismic, magnetic, spectrometric, and microwave techniques for Earth system monitoring from satellites, aircrafts, and globally distributed ground stations and combine it with integrative modelling approaches for the interpretation of observations.

Key research questions:

  • How do core flow, mantle convection and surface processes interact with each other? How do processes in the Earth's deep interior determine plate tectonics, hotspot volcanism and the Earth's magnetic shield at present and have done so throughout Earth history?
  • Can sub-seasonal to interannual continental water fluxes and storage dynamics be quantified and what are the relevant interactions? How reliable are corresponding trend estimates?
  • How large are the individual contributions to sea level change? Which contributions are predictable?
  • Where and to what extent and rate do land degradation processes and land cover changes occur and how do these respond to anthropogenic and non-anthropogenic drivers?

Latest publications:

Day-Stirrat, R. J., Aplin, A. C., Kurtev, K. D., Schleicher, A. M., Brown, A. P., Środoń, J. (2017 online): Late diagenesis of illite-smectite in the Podhale Basin, southern Poland: Chemistry, morphology, and preferred orientation. - Geosphere.

Shim, J. S., Rastaetter, L., Kuznetsova, M., Bilitza, D., Codrescu, M., Coster, A. J., Emery, B. A., Fedrizzi, M., Förster, M., Fuller-Rowell, T. J., Gardner, L. C., Goncharenko, L., Huba, J., McDonald, S. E., Mannucci, A. J., Namgaladze, A. A., Pi, X., Prokhorov, B., Ridley, A. J., Scherliess, L., Schunk, R. W., Sojka, J. J., Zhu, L. (2017 online): CEDAR-GEM Challenge for Systematic Assessment of Ionosphere/Thermosphere Models in Predicting TEC during the 2006 December Storm Event. - Space Weather.

Unger, A., Dräger, N., Sips, M., Lehmann, D. J. (2017 online): Understanding a sequence of sequences: Visual exploration of categorical states in lake sediment cores. - IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.

Sasgen, I., Martín-Español, A., Horvath, A., Klemann, V., Petrie, E. J., Wouters, B., Horwath, M., Pail, R., Bamber, J. L., Clarke, P. J., Konrad, H., Drinkwater, M. R. (2017 online): Joint inversion estimate of regional glacial isostatic adjustment in Antarctica considering a lateral varying Earth structure (ESA STSE Project REGINA). - Geophysical Journal International.

Braun, J. (2017 online): A review of numerical modeling studies of passive margin escarpments leading to a new analytical expression for the rate of escarpment migration velocity. - Gondwana Research.

Alshawaf, F., Balidakis, K., Dick, G., Heise, S., Wickert, J. (2017 online): Estimating trends in atmospheric water vapor and temperature time series over Germany. - Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Discussion, pp. 1—28.

Zhang, L., Dobslaw, H., Stacke, T., Güntner, A., Dill, R., Thomas, M. (2017): Validation of terrestrial water storage variations as simulated by different global numerical models with GRACE satellite observations. - Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21, 2, pp. 821—837.

Gouweleeuw, B., Kvas, A., Grüber, C., Gain, A. K., Mayer-Gürr, T., Flechtner, F., Güntner, A. (2017 online): Daily GRACE gravity field solutions track major flood events in the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta. - Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussion: HESSD, pp. 1—23.

Hoffmann, M., Schulz-Hanke, M., Garcia Alba, J., Jurisch, N., Hagemann, U., Sachs, T., Sommer, M., Augustin, J. (2017): A simple calculation algorithm to separate high-resolution CH4 flux measurements into ebullition- and diffusion-derived components. - Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 10, pp. 109—118.

Guo, F., Li, X., Zhang, X., Wang, J. (2017): Assessment of precise orbit and clock products for Galileo, BeiDou, and QZSS from IGS Multi-GNSS Experiment (MGEX). - GPS Solutions, 21, 1, pp. 279—290.

Liu, W., Xu, L., Xiong, C., Xu, J. (2017): The ionospheric storms in the American sector and their longitudinal dependence at the northern middle latitudes. - Advances in Space Research, 59, 2, pp. 603—613.

Kaiser, S., Göckede, M., Castro-Morales, K., Knoblauch, C., Ekici, A., Kleinen, T., Zubrzycki, S., Sachs, T., Wille, C., Beer, C. (2017): Process-based modelling of the methane balance in periglacial landscapes (JSBACH-methane). - Geoscientific Model Development, 10, pp. 333—358.

Parmentier, F.-J.-W., Christensen, T. R., Rysgaard, S., Bendtsen, J., Glud, R. N., Else, B., van Huissteden, J., Sachs, T., Vonk, J. E., Sejr, M. K. (2017): A synthesis of the arctic terrestrial and marine carbon cycles under pressure from a dwindling cryosphere. - Ambio, 46, Suppl. 1, pp. 53—69.

Golovko, D., Roessner, S., Behling, R., Kleinschmit, B. (2017): Automated derivation and spatio-temporal analysis of landslide properties in southern Kyrgyzstan. - Natural Hazards, 85, 3, pp. 1461—1488.

Kaban, M. K., El Khrepy, S., Al-Arifi, N. (2017): Importance of the Decompensative Correction of the Gravity Field for Study of the Upper Crust: Application to the Arabian Plate and Surroundings. - Pure and Applied Geophysics, 174, 1, pp. 349—358.



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Prof. Dr. Claudia Stolle

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Space Geodetic Techniques

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