Goethe University Frankfurt (GUF)


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Goethe University Frankfurt, positioned among the top international research universities, offers a wide variety of academic programmes, a diverse group of research institutes, and a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex problems. The university is named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Frankfurt-born polymath renowned for his exceptional contributions to literature, science, and philosophy. A total of 46,547 students were enrolled at Goethe University at the start of the winter semester 2014/2015. Of these, 9,453 were first-semester students and 7,302 were international students from approximately 125 different countries. The university was awarded approximately 182 million euros of external funding, including funding under the state of Hesse Campaign for the Development of Scientific and Economic Excellence (LOEWE). Using experimental, theoretical and modelling approaches, we aim at improving the understanding of physical and chemical processes in the atmosphere and the environment. The group “Mesoscale Meteorology and Climate” headed by Bodo Ahrens focuses on research in mesoscale hydro-meteorological and -climatological prediction of the energy- and water cycle in complex terrain. Of main interest is the investigation of land- and sea-surface – atmosphere feedback processes and the complex interactions in transition zones. The geographical focus areas are the German Mittelgebirge, the Mediterranean and its mountain ranges (like the European Alps), and the African and Asian monsoon regions.




Bodo Ahrens (Ph.D in meteorology from the University of Bonn) had post-doctoral positions at the BTU Cottbus, HZG Geesthacht, and the University of Vienna and senior scientist positions at the University of Vienna and the Institute of Atmospheric and Climate Science ETH. Since 2006 he has been Full Professor (Managing Director: 2007-09, 2014-16) at the Institute for Atmosphere and Environment, Goethe-University of Frankfurt am Main. He was chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the COSMO-CLM Community (2010-13), vice-chair of the expert committees on Hydrometeorology of the German Meteorological Society (since 2009), project area leader of the LOEWE Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Frankfurt (200815, consultant 2011-16), HyMeX team leader task “Improvement of physical parameterizations”, convening a regular session on Interfacing hydrological and meteorological models at EMS conferences (since 2010), Coordinating Lead Author of the Austrian Assessment Report 2013 by APCC, and on the reviewer board of EUMETSAT’s climate monitoring SAF. Additionally, he has been at the Editorial Boards of, for example, Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, and the Fortbildungszeitschrift PROMET of the German National Weather Service.