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Curriculum Vitae

Professional Development

University of Graz, Austria
Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change

Since 04/2023 Dean of the Faculty of Environmental, Regional, and Educational Sciences
10/2021-03/2023 Vice Dean of the Faculty of Environmental, Regional, and Educational Sciences
10/2019-03/2023 Director of Wegener Center
Since 10/2020 University Professor of Climate Analysis
Since 01/2019 Principal Investigator - Field of Excellence Climate Change Graz
Since 03/2014 Faculty Member - FWF Doctoral Programme Climate Change
Since 01/2010 Vice Head of Atmospheric Remote Sensing and Climate System (ARSCliSys) Research Group
10/2017-09/2020 Associate Professor
01/2013  Venia Docendi: Geophysics and Environmental System Sciences
09/2012-09/2019 Vice Director of Wegener Center
09/2012-09/2017 Assistant Professor
  Graz University of Technology, Austria
Institute of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry
07/2012-08/2012 Project Leader
  University of Graz, Austria
Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change
06/2010 - 06/2012 Vice Director of Wegener Center (Responsibilities: Quality Assurance & Information Management/ IT)
2006 - 06/2012 Senior PostDoc Scientist and Project Leader
2005 - 2006 Postdoc Scientist
  University of Graz, Austria
Institute for Geophysics, Astrophysics and Meteorology
2003 - 2012
1999 - 2005
1996 - 1998
Postdoc Scientist
Scientist (PhD student)
Academic Education    
  University of Graz, Austria
1996-1998 Ph.D. Natural Sciences in Meteorology and Geophysics (with honors)
Ph.D. thesis: High resolution sounding of key climate variables with the aid of the radio-occultation technique
1992-1995 M.Sc. Geophysics (with honors)
M.Sc. thesis: Temperaturinversionen im Grazer Becken und deren Auswirkung auf Luftschadstoffe
1990-1993 1st Diploma, Environmental Science
1988-1991 1st Diploma, Meteorology and Geophysics
Research Visits
Jun-Aug 2023 Visiting Scientist, UCAR Cosmic,
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), Boulder, CO, USA
Sep 2017 Visiting Scientist, Atmospheric Chemistry Observations & Modeling (ACOM),
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, CO, USA
Jul 2010 Visiting Scientist, COSMIC Project,
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), Boulder, CO, USA
Aug 2003 Visiting Scientist, GRAS SAF visiting scientist program,
Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), Copenhagen, Denmark
Fall 1997 Biosphere 2 Earth Semester Program "Global Change",
Biosphere 2 Center, AZ, USA
Fellowships, Awards and Recognition
2022 Austria22 – Austrian of the Year in Category Research (DiePresse)
2022 Research highlight in Nature Climate Change of Meng et al. (2021)
2018 Frontier article in GRL Maycock et al. (2018), featured as research spotlight in EOS
2018 Highlight article in Atmos. Meas. Techn. of Wilhelmsen et al. (2018)
2017 Key scientific article featured in Advances in Engineering, Biondi et al. (2017)
2008 Femtech Expert (May 2008), Austrian ministry of transport, innovation, and technology
2008 Recognition of excellent academic achievement, Faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of Graz
2003 Burgen Scholar, Academia Europaea, Recognition of excellent academic achievement
1997 Biosphere 2 Excellence in Research Award

Biosphere 2 Fellowship of Columbia University, NY, USA; Fellowships of the Austrian Ministry of Science, State Government of Styria, and University of Graz


Research in the field of atmospheric and climate physics and environmental sciences. Focus on atmospheric remote sensing for climate monitoring and observations for climate analysis, both in the global and the regional context. Major contributions to the establishment of satellite-based radio occultation observations as a new data set for climate research. Research topics comprise atmospheric climate change, its drivers and impacts, trend detection and attribution, analysis of atmospheric variability, dynamics, extreme events and their impacts (more information under http://www.wegcenter.at/en/arsclisys):

  • Analysis, detection, and attribution of climate trends in atmospheric climate data records
  • Analysis of climate variability and atmospheric processes including QBO, ENSO, sudden stratospheric warming, gravity wave activity, atmospheric blocking and impacts
  • Effects of volcanoes and forest fires on the troposphere and stratosphere
  • Detection and attributions of temperature extremes
  • Evaluation of observational climate records, global climate model simulations, and reanalyses
  • Inter-comparison of RO records and coordination of the International RO Trends working group
  • Retrieval, validation, error analysis and characterization of RO data
  • Sonification and visualization of climate data
  • Climate monitoring and change detection capability of a GNSS RO observing system (OSSE)
  • Scientific algorithms of EGOPS software (End-to-End GNSS Occultation Performance Simulator)
  • Scientific studies for the Atmosphere and Climate Explorer (ACE+) Mission (ESA EO Phase A)
  • Atmosphere - ocean interaction and the carbon dioxide cycle in Biosphere 2
  • Effect of temperature inversions on air pollution in urban areas
Activities and International Services
2022-present Scientific Steering Group member of the WCRP Explaining and Predicting Earth System Change (EPESC) Lighthouse Activity
2022-present Steering Committee member of the Radio Occultation Meteorology Satellite Application Facility (ROM SAF, EUMETSAT)
2021-present Co-Referee in the field of Geosciences of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
2021-present WCRP Regional Focal Point for Region Europe and Western Asia
2020-present WCRP SPARC Science Task Team member
2020-2022 Advisory Board for Climate Protection of the City of Graz
2019-2023 Vice chair of the Commission Climate and Air Quality, Austrian Academy of Sciences

ISSI Bern Team member on observations for the study of middle atmosphere dynamics

2017 Member of the Science Advisory Panel of Remote Sensing Systems (RSS, USA) on temperature data sets
2016-present Co-Chair of WCRP/SPARC Activity Atmospheric Temperature Changes and their Drivers (ATC)
2016-2018 External expert for ESA/EUMETSAT’s Radio Occultation Science Plan Report
2015-present Board Member of the Austrian Meteorological Society (ÖGM)
2013-2020 Member of WMO/SCOPE-CM (Sustained, Coordinated Processing of Environmental Satellite Data for Climate Monitoring) - ROCLIM project
2013-2017 Member of Earth System Science and Environmental Management COST Action ES1303 TOPROF
2011-2015 Member of WCRP/SPARC Activity Stratospheric Temperature Trends

Member of International Radio Occultation Working Group (IROWG/CGMS)

Chair/rapporteur of the IROWG climate subgroup

1999-present Organizer and Co-Organizer of scientific meetings
  Editor and Co-Editor of scientific books
  Associate Editor of international journals
  Reviewer for international journals
  Reviewer for projects of EUMETSAT and national science foundations
since 2003

More than 100 courses held in total for bachelor, master, and doctoral students in Physics study programmes and in interdisciplinary Environmental System Science programmes:

  • Physics (Module Atmospheric Physics and Climate)
  • Technical Physics, Space Sciences and Earth from Space (Master programmes)
  • Doctoral Schools of Natural Sciences
  • Environmental System Sciences (Bachelor and Master programmes)
  • International Master in Sustainable Development – Integrating Perspectives
  • Doctoral Programme Climate Change
  • Doctoral School of Environmental System Sciences

University lectures, seminars, and practical courses on:

  • Measurement methods in atmospheric/environmental physics
  • Methods of modeling and simulation
  • Methods of data analysis and data inversion
  • Introduction to remote sensing
  • Climate and environmental change
  • Sustainable development and integrating perspectives
  • Environmental meteorology and bioclimatology
  • Interdisciplinary practical training on environmental and climate related topics 
  • Excursion climate and environmental monitoring

Supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD students in these programmes.

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