GFZ German research centre for geo sciences

Dr. Torsten Schmidt

Group Leader
Dr. Torsten Schmidt
Building A 17, Room 20.08 (Büro)
14473 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:


  • Please follow my account at Web of Science with the publication list and some additional information (H index, collaboration networks, etc.) or ORCID.
PhD mentoring:
  • Maryam Ramezani Ziarani, Characterization of atmospheric processes related to hydro-meteorological extreme events over the south-central Andes, Universität Potsdam, 2015-2020
  • Antonia Faber, Gravity wave analysis with GPS radio occultation data from FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC, Freie Universität Berlin, 2009-2013, [Link]

Master mentoring:

  • Jhnyaneshwari G. Balaramaiah (Kusum): Climatological analysis of GPS radio occultation data with focus on sampling error, Technische Universität Berlin, 2021-2022
  • Büsra Korkmaz: Evaluation of ground based water vapor observations from global navigation satellite system and microwave radiometers, Technische Universität Berlin, 2019-2020
  • Linda Nakhulo Ochwada: Location analysis of potential high altitude wind power in Germany, Technische Universität Berlin, 2017-2018

Bachelor mentoring:

  • Lena Schoon, Characteristic temperature anomalies in the UTLS from GPS radio occultation data (in German), Freie Universität Berlin, 2013
  • Peter Voß, An automatic software system for the statistically evaluation of radio occultation data and additional meteorological model data (in German), University of Applied Sciences, Neubrandenburg, 2008

Working areas:

  • Atmospheric physics, climatology
  • Radio occultations: retrieval development and data processing
  • Application of radio occultation data
    • Temperature monitoring of the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (5-40 km)
    • Structure and variability of the tropopause
    • Gravity wave analysis
  • Development, design and support of operational data prozessing systems for radio occultation data of different satellite missions (CHAMP, GRACE, TerraSAR-X, TanDEM-X, GRACE-FO)
  • Operation of microwave radiometer for the estimation of atmospheric parameters (e.g. water vapour)


  • 1984-1989: Study of Meteorology at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  • 1991-1996: Project scientist at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany
    • 1991-1993: Station leader of the German Koldewey station in Ny-Aalesund (Spitsbergen, Norway)
    • 1995/96: Meteorologist of the wintering team at the German Neumayer station (Antarctica)
  • 1996-1998: Project scientist at the Institute for Meteorology at the University of Leipzig, Germany
  • 1998-1999: Project scientist at the Institute for Environmental Physics at the University of Bremen, Germany
  • 1999: PhD (Dr. rer. nat.): "Validation of aerosol models"
  • since November 1999: Scientist at GFZ Potsdam, Germany


Last 5 years:
  • Co-PI of the project "Characterization of atmospheric processes related to hydro-meteorological extreme events over the south-central Andes" within the International Research Training Group StRATEGy at the University of Potsdam (2015-2020) funded by the DFG
  • PI of the BMBF project AGWOM (Atmospheric Gravity Waves: Observation and Modeling) in cooperation with the University of Leipzig and the Austral University Buenos Aires (2014-2018)
  • Co-operation in Reklim Chemistry-climate interactions
Older (selected):
  • GeoClim within Miklip (2011-2015)
  • Mass transport: Improved DE-ALiasing for Gravity Field Modelling with GRACE (IDEAL-GRACE), 2006-2009
  • Geo-technology: Provision and usage of global atmospheric data from CHAMP and GRACE in near-real time (NRT‐RO), 2005-2008
  • CAWSES I: Gravity wave coupling processes and their decadal variation (GW-CODE), 2005-2008

Research Boards and Committees:

  • Member of the IROWG sub-working group of climate
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