Dr. Henryk Dobslaw

Group Leader
Dr. Henryk Dobslaw
Building A 20, Room 316
14473 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:

Head of Research Group "Hydrosphere Dynamics"

Research Interests:

  • High-frequency mass transport processes in atmosphere, oceans, and the continental hydrosphere
  • Numerical simulations of mass variability phenomena, in particular in relation to the ocean general circulation
  • Atmospheric tides and their oceanic response
  • Separation of high-frequency geophysical signals from geodetic observations


  • Since 2012: head of research group "Atmosphere-Hydrosphere Dynamics"
  • Since 2007: research scientist, GFZ Potsdam, Section 1.3: Earth System Modelling
  • 2003–2007: research scientist, TU Dresden, Institute for Planetary Geodesy
  • 2007: Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.), TU Dresden, "Modelling of High-Frequency Ocean Dynamics for the Correction and Interpretation of Geodetic Satellite Data", doi:10.2312/GFZ.b103-07103
  • 2003: Diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) in Geodesy, TU Dresden, "Combined Use of Recent Altimetry and Gravimetry Satellite Data for Oceanographic Applications"


  • Project "Independent Generation of Earth Orientation Parameters" funded by the European Space Agency (ESA), 2017 -- 2020
  • Project "Atmosphere-Induced Short Period Variations of Earth Rotation" jointly funded by the Austrian Research Council (FWF) and the German Research Council (DFG), 2015 -- 2018
  • Project "Updating ESA's Earth System Model for Gravity Mission Simulation Studies" funded by the European Space Agency (ESA), 2013 -- 2015
  • Coordinated Project "Realisation of the GRACE-FO Satellite Mission" funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), sub-project "De-Aliasing of Atmosphere and Ocean Mass Variability", 2013 -- 2015
  • Research Programme "Decadal Climate Predictions" funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), sub-project "Geodetic Satellite Observations for Climate Model Validation", 2011 -- 2015
  • Priority Programme "Mass Transport and Distribution in the Earth System" funded by the German Research Council (DFG), sub-project "Improved Modelling of Non-Tidal Mass Variations for Optimized Gravity Field Analysis", 2011 -- 2013


  • 2007: Bernd Rendel Prize, awarded by German Research Council

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