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Finished Ph.D. Theses

  • Topic/Title: An integrative perspective on extreme convective precipitation events in the southeastern Alpine forelands: Scaling relationships and damage contribution
    Ph.D. thesis of K. Schröer (WegCenter & DK Climate Change, Univ. of Graz)
    Status: Finished 2018 (co-supervision O. Sass, DK Climate Change)
  • Topic/Title: Climate and weather related extremes: Direct impacts and risk-sharing arrangements for the public and private sector
    Ph.D. thesis of C. Unterberger (WegCenter & DK Climate Change, Univ. of Graz)
    Status: Finished 2018 (co-supervised; main supervisor K. Steininger)
  • Topic/Title: Evaluation of dynamical downscaling by embedded regional climate models and atmospheric blocking analysis
    Ph.D. thesis of M. Jury (WegCenter & IGAM/IP, Univ. of Graz)
    Status: Finished 2017 (co-supervision A. K. Steiner)
     
  • Topic/Title: Benchmark quality processing of radio occultation data with integrated uncertainty propagation
    Ph.D. thesis of J. Schwarz (WegCenter & IGAM/IP, Univ. of Graz)
    Status: Finished 2017 (co-supervision M. Schwaerz)
     
  • Topic/Title: Greenhouse gas profiling by infrared-laser and microwave occultation: Atmospheric influences and retrieval algorithm in clear and cloudy air
    Ph.D. thesis of V. Proschek (WegCenter & IGAM/IP, Univ. of Graz)
    Status: Finished 2014
     
  • Topic/Title: Evaluation of multi-variable quantile mapping based on regional climate models
    Ph.D. thesis of R.A.I. Wilcke (WegCenter & IGAM/IP, Univ. of Graz)
    Status: Finished 2013 (co-supervision A. Gobiet)
     
  • Topic/Title: A new dynamic approach for statistical optimisation of GNSS radio occultation bending angles
    Ph.D. thesis of Ying Li (SPACE Research Centre, RMIT University, AUS; supported by WegCenter, Univ. of Graz, AT)
    Status: Finished 2013 (supervised together with K. Zhang, RMIT-SPACE)
     
  • Topic/Title: Simulation study of residual ionospheric errors in GNSS radio occultation
    Ph.D. thesis of Congliang Liu (SPACE Research Centre, RMIT University, AUS; supported by WegCenter, Univ. of Graz, AT)
    Status: Finished 2013 (supervised together with K. Zhang, RMIT-SPACE)
     
  • Topic/Title: Climate projections over Europe and the Alpine region utilizing the ENSEMBLES regional climate models
    Ph.D. thesis of G. Heinrich (WegCenter & IGAM/IP, Univ. of Graz)
    Status: Finished 2013 (co-supervision A. Gobiet)
     
  • Topic/Title: Added value of convection permitting climate simulations
    Ph.D. thesis of A. Prein (WegCenter & IGAM/IP, Univ. of Graz)
    Status: Finished 2013 (co-supervision A. Gobiet)
     
  • Topic/Title: WegenerNet Klimastationsnetz Region Feldbach: Experimenteller Aufbau und hochauflösende Daten für die Klima- und Umweltforschung
    Ph.D. thesis of T. Kabas (WegCenter & IGAM/IP, Univ. of Graz)
    Status: Finished 2011
     
  • Topic/Title: Performance of state of the art high resolution Regional Climate Models in the European Alpine region
    Ph.D. thesis of A.N. Khurshid (ÖAD Research Scholar; WegCenter, Univ. of Graz)
    Status: Finished 2011 (co-supervision A. Gobiet)
     
  • Topic/Title: Empirical-statistical downscaling and error correction of temperature, precipitation, and derived extremes in Europe
    Ph.D. thesis of M. Themeßl (WegCenter & IGAM/IP, Univ. of Graz; supported also by GeoRiskResearch/Munich Re, Munich, T. Grimm)
    Status: Finished 2011 (co-supervision A. Gobiet)
     
  • Topic/Title: On upper-air climate data: Interactive visual exploration and GPS radio occultation as reference climate record
    Ph.D. thesis of F. Ladstädter (WegCenter & IGAM/IP, Univ. of Graz; supported also by VRVis Research Center, Vienna, H. Doleisch)
    Status: Finished 2011 (co-supervision A.K. Steiner)
     
  • Topic/Title: Exploring trend indicators of climate change from radio occultation and optimal trend detection
    Ph.D. thesis of B.C. Lackner (WegCenter & IGAM/IP, Univ. of Graz; supported also by Univ. of Edinburgh, G.C. Hegerl)
    Status: Finished 2010 (co-supervision A.K. Steiner)
     
  • Topic/Title: Non-hydrostatic climate modelling: Sensitivity studies and error characterisation
    Ph.D. thesis of M. Suklitsch (WegCenter & IGAM/IP, Univ. of Graz)
    Status: Finished 2010 (co-supervision A. Gobiet)
     
  • Topic/Title: The ACCURATE concept and the infrared laser occultation technique: Mission design and assessment of retrieval performance
    Ph.D. thesis of S. Schweitzer (WegCenter & IGAM/IP, Univ. of Graz)
    Status: Finished 2010
     
  • Topic/Title: Multi-satellite climatologies of fundamental atmospheric variables from radio occultation and their validation
    Ph.D. thesis of B. Pirscher (WegCenter & IGAM/IP, Univ. of Graz)
    Status: Finished 2010 (co-supervision U. Foelsche)
     
  • Topic/Title: High resolution wind field modelling over complex topography: analysis and future scenarios
    Ph.D. thesis of H. Truhetz (WegCenter & IGAM/IP, Univ. of Graz)
    Status: Finished 2010 (co-supervision A. Gobiet)
     
  • Topic/Title: Global atmospheric climatologies from radio occultation data and derivation of diagnostic parameters for climate monitoring
    Ph.D. thesis of M. Borsche (WegCenter & IGAM/IP, Univ. of Graz)
    Status: Finished 2008 (co-supervision U. Foelsche)
     
  • Topic/Title: Clear-sky aerosol radiative forcing effect based on multi-side AERONET retrievals over Europe
    Ph.D. thesis of S. Gonzi (IGAM/IP, Univ. of Graz)
    Status: Finished 2006 (supervised together with E. Putz)
     
  • Topic/Title: Retrieval processing system and performance analysis for mesospheric temperature and ozone profiling based on solar occultation data
    Ph.D. thesis of C. Rehrl (WegCenter & IGAM/IP, Univ. of Graz).
    Status: Finished 2006
     
  • Topic/Title: Radio occultation data analysis for climate change monitoring and first climatologies from CHAMP
    Ph.D. thesis of A. Gobiet (Univ. of Graz; performed in cooperation with the Inst. of Atmos. Physics, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, U.S.A.; cooperation partner S. Syndergaard).
    Status: Finished 2005
     
  • Topic/Title: Analyse der Effizienz der Hagelabwehr in der Steiermark anhand von Fallbeispielen (Analysis of hail protection efficiency in Styria based on case studies)
    Ph.D. thesis of G. Pachatz (Inst. for Geography and Regional Sciences, Univ. of Graz).
    Status: Finished 2005 [co-supervised; main supervisor R. Lazar]
     
  • Topic/Title: Assimilation of GNSS radio occultation data into GCM fields for global climate analysis
    Ph.D. thesis of A. Löscher (IGAM/IP, Univ. of Graz; partly performed at the Danish Meteorological Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark; cooperation partner X.-Y. Huang).
    Status: Finished 2004
     
  • Topic/Title: Joint temperature, humidity, ozone and sea surface temperature retrieval from Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer data
    Ph.D. thesis of M. Schwärz (IGAM/IP, Univ. of Graz).
    Status: Finished 2004
     
  • Topic/Title: Stratospheric temperature and ozone sounding by the ENVISAT/GOMOS stellar occultation sensor
    Ph.D. thesis of C. Retscher (IGAM/IP, Univ. of Graz; partly performed at the Service d´Aeronomie du CNRS, Paris, France; cooperation partner A. Hauchecorne).
    Status: Finished 2004
     
  • Topic/Title: Das CHAMP-Radiookkultationsexperiment: Algorithmen, Prozessierungssystem und erste Ergebnisse (The CHAMP radio occultation experiment: algorithms, processing system, and first results)
    Ph.D. thesis of J. Wickert (IGAM, Univ. of Graz; mainly performed at the GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) Potsdam, Germany; co-supervision C. Reigber).
    Status: Finished 2002
     
  • Topic/Title: Temperature profiling by the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI): Advanced retrieval algorithm and performance analysis
    Ph.D. thesis of E. Weisz (IGAM, Univ. of Graz).
    Status: Finished 2001
     
  • Topic/Title: Investigation of auroral superthermal electron bursts: Freja observations
    Ph.D. thesis of Th. Leutschacher (Univ. of Graz; performed at MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching/Munich, Germany).
    Status: Finished 2001 [co-supervised; main supervisor G. Haerendel/MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics]
     
  • Topic/Title: Satellite based temperature profile determination using passive microwave and radio occultation instruments
    Ph.D. thesis of A. v. Engeln (Univ. of Bremen; mainly performed at the Inst. of Environmental Physics, Univ. of Bremen, Germany, partly at the IGAM/UG).
    Status: Finished 2000 [co-supervised; main supervisor K. Künzi/Univ. of Bremen]
     
  • Topic/Title: Tropospheric water vapor imaging by combination of ground-based and spaceborne GNSS sounding data
    Ph.D. thesis of U. Foelsche (Inst. Meteorol. Geophys.-IMG, Univ. of Graz).
    Status: Finished 1999
     
  • Topic/Title: High-resolution sounding of key climate variables using the radio occultation technique
    Ph.D. thesis of A.K. Steiner (Inst. Meteorol. Geophys.-IMG, Univ. of Graz).
    Status: Finished 1998
     
  • Topic/Title: Advanced physical-statistical retrieval of humidity and temperature profiles from spaceborne downlooking microwave sounder data
    Ph.D. thesis of M.J. Rieder (Inst. Meteorol. Geophys.-IMG, Univ. of Graz; partly performed at Inst. of Environmental Physics, Univ. of Bremen, Germany; cooperation partner K. Künzi).
    Status: Finished 1998
    (Note: M.J. Rieder, the 1st Ph.D. student who finished under the main supervision of G. Kirchengast, received his Ph.D. degree "sub auspiciis praesidentis rei publicae".)
     
  • Topic/Title: Untersuchung des Phasen- und Amplitudenverhaltens von TIDs mit Hilfe von EISCAT-Daten (Investigation of the phase and amplitude behavior of TIDs with the aid of EISCAT data)
    Ph.D. thesis of K. Hocke (Univ. of Göttingen; performed at MPI for Aeronomy, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany).
    Status: Finished 1994 [co-supervised; main supervisor K. Schlegel/MPI for Aeronomy]
     
  • Topic/Title: Mathematical modelling of ionospheric processes
    Ph.D. thesis of S.M. Stankov (3 month stay at Univ. of Graz based on Ph.D. stipend).
    Status: Finished 1994 [co-supervised; main Univ. of Graz supervisor R. Leitinger]
     
  • Topic/Title: A regional 3D-model for the ionosphere-plasmasphere system over Europe
    Ph.D. thesis of K. Skedel (Inst. Meteorol. Geophys.-IMG, Univ. of Graz).
    Status: Finished 1993 [co-supervised; main supervisor R. Leitinger]
     
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