Dr. Katrin Kohnert


Research Interests:

During my PhD project I quantified greenhouse gas fluxes above Arctic permafrost areas on a regional scale, using airborne data that I collected during four intensive field campaigns in the Arctic.

My main study areas were the Mackenzie Delta in Canada and the North Slope of Alaska. I calculated the exchange of greenhouse gases fluxes between the surface and the atmosphere using the eddy covariance technique. In the analysis I included remote sensing data and modelling techniques.

Before and during expeditions to Siberia in 2014 my colleagues and I reported on the blog of the Helmholtz Association. An interview about our flight campaign in the Canadian Arctic in 2018 was published on the GFZ website.


January 2019 - today: Postdoctoral researcher at Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries and guest scientist at GFZ
June 2017 - December 2018: Research assistant within the EU-project INTAROS , German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam
May 2013 - May 2017: Research assistant within the Helmholtz Young Investigators Group " Earth-Atmosphere-Interactions", German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam


May 2013 - December 2018: PhD student
Helmholtz Young Investigators Group " Earth-Atmosphere-Interactions"
German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam

May 2016 - July 2016:
Short-term scholarship for PhD students (DAAD)
Visiting scientist at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

2015 - 2016:
Member of the PhD representatives
German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam

2012 - 2013
: Master thesis
Department of Micrometeorology, University of Bayreuth and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

: Semester abroad (ERASMUS scholarship)
University of Iceland, faculties for geology and environmental sciences
Reykjavik, Iceland

2010 - 2013: Master studies
Global Change Ecology (M.Sc.), University of Bayreuth

2007 - 2010
: Bachelor studies
Geoecology (B.Sc.), University of Bayreuth


H2020 Project: Integrated Arctic Observing System ( INTAROS)
Trace Gas Exchange in the Earth – Atmosphere System on Multiple Scales ( TEAM)
Airborne Measurements of Methane (AIRMETH)
Terrestrial Environmental Observatories ( TERENO)
Helmholtz-Verbund "Regionale Klimaänderungen" ( REKLIM)


2018: Early Career Researcher Best Poster Presentation Award at the 15th International Circumpolar Remote Sensing Symposium, Potsdam
2016: DAAD short-term scholarship for PhD students (3 months) for stay at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
2012: ERASMUS scholarship (6 months) for semester abroad at University of Island, Reykjavik