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Prof. Dr. Katja Trachte
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Department of Geography
Room 2.24
Universitätsstraße 104
44799 Bochum, Germany

Group office

Heike Pientka-Noll
Container N-Süd, Room 17
Office hours: Mon - Fri 8:30 - 12:30
Phone: +49 (0) 234 32 - 28313
Fax: +49 (0) 234 32 - 14469


Climatology group: about us

We are interested in how the climate system works and how it is linked to human activities. Knowledge about the complex interplay in the climate system contributes to the understanding of climate dynamics and the interpretation as well as evaluation of future developments. Our research focuses on:

Boundary layer processes

  • Impact of surface characteristics on the exchange of moisture, heat and momentum
  • Local wind developments and the interplay to the circulation aloft

Clouds and precipitation

  • Underlying processes in cloud formation linking surface characteristics to the atmosphere 
  • Interactions with the topography as trigger functions in convective activities

Transport of moisture, nutrients and pollutants

  • Development and structure of the PBL
  • Atmospheric transport pathways and source-receptor modelling

Urban climate

  • Exchange processes in the PBL affecting the energy balance
  • Transport of pollutants 

Our methods include ground-based measurements and satellite-based remote sensing. To reflect physical processes and mechanisms numerical models in process-based studies and dynamical downscaling approaches are used. For more information please visit our research pages.

Current events and announcements

Information: Relocation of the working group and new information on measurement devices

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Parts of the working group have recently moved to the new temporary home of the geographical institute, Universitätsstraße 104. The room numbers are updated on the team page, the phone numbers did not change. The issuing...[more]

New Thesis Topic Suggestions

Thursday, 01 December 2016

A new list of climatological thesis topics is available now. See the attachment for a printable version.[more]

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