Dr. Karina Wilgan

Karina Wilgan
Dr. Karina Wilgan
Gebäude A 17, Raum 20.04
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28673

Funktion und Aufgaben:

Postdoc working in the DFG AMUSE (Advanced Multi-GNSS Array for Monitoring Severe Weather) project. The goal of the project is development of advanced tropospheric products. The main innovations of AMUSE are:

  • developments to provide multi-GNSS STDs instead of GPS-only
  • developments to provide high-quality slant tropospheric delays instead of only zenith delays
  • developments to provide real-time water vapor information

Wissenschaftliche Interessen:

GNSS meteorology

Ground-based GNSS troposphere sounding

Troposphere modeling

Data assimilation into numerical weather models


from 01.2020: postdoc at Technische Universitat Berlin (TUB) / GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
06.2019, 12.2019:  research stay at Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences (WUELS), Poland

05.2017 - 09.2019: postdoc at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland

07.2016: research stay at Royal Belgian Institute of Aeronomy (BIRA), Brussels, Belgium

01.2015-04.2015: research stay at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia

09.2014 - 12.2014: research stay at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland

10.2012 - 09.2017: PhD student at Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences (WUELS), Poland

Werdegang / Ausbildung:

PhD (2012-2017): Geodesy and Cartography, specialty: Satellite Geodesy; Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences;

Thesis: Integration of troposphere models based on GNSS and meteorological observations with Numerical Weather Prediction for precise positioning

MSc (2006-2011): Mathematics, specialty: Financial and Actuarial Mathematics, Wroclaw University of Technology


2020 -2022: German Research Centre (DFG) AMUSE (Advanced Multi-GNSS Array for Monitoring Severe Weather)

2018 – 2019: Swiss Space Office; Austrian Research Promotion Agency (collaboration project) Enhanced GNSS tropospheric delay parameters for nowcasting applications

2018 – 2019: Swiss National Science Foundation (DACH: Germany-Austria-Switzerland collaboration project) High-resolution atmospheric water vapor fields by spaceborne Geodetic Sensing Tomographic fusion and atmospheric modeling

2017 – 2018: Swiss Federal Office for the Environment Geodetic geomonitoring: Tropospheric corrections for satellite InSAR by Model and GNSS

2015 – 2017: Polish National Science Centre Prognostic troposphere model based on meteorological data, GNSS products and Numerical Weather Prediction models (Principal Investigator)

2013 – 2017: European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) action ES1206 Advanced Global Navigation Satellite Systems tropospheric products for monitoring severe weather events and climate (GNSS4SWEC)

2015 – 2016: Polish National Science Centre GNSS observations as a numerical weather prediction data source, a way forward to enhanced forecasts quality

2012 – 2013 Polish National Centre for Research and Development The supporting modules for ASG-EUPOS system real-time services

2012 – 2013 Polish National Science Centre NRT atmosphere models based on the GNSS and meteorological data from reference stations of ASG-EUPOS system in Poland


G Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award of EGU 2020

Best presentation award of 7th ESA GNSS Colloquium 2019 (Zurich, Switzerland)

Foundation of Polish Science scholarship for young, talented researchers START 2017

Scholarship for the best PhD students for the academic years 2013/2014, 2014/2015 and 2015/2016

Student travel grant to attend American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2015

Student travel grant to attend International Association of Geodesy Assembly 2017

Travel grant to attend International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics General Assembly 2019