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Curriculum Vitae

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


Professional Development
  University of Graz, Austria
Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change
Since 10/2020 University Professor for Climate Analysis
Since 10/2019 Director of Wegener Center
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)

2009 - 06/2012

Senior Scientist and Project Leader - FWF Project TRENDEVAL - Climate trends and model evaluation by radio occultation
2006 - 2008 Senior Postdoc and Project Leader - FWF Project INDICATE - Indicators of climate change from radio occultation
2005 - 2006 Research Scientist
  University of Graz, Austria
Institute for Geophysics, Astrophysics and Meteorology
2003 - 2012
1999 - 2005
1996 - 1998
Postdoc Scientist
Scientist (PhD student)
Research Visits
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, Fellowship of Columbia University New York.
Awards and Scholarships
 2008 Femtech Expert (May 2008), Austrian ministry of transport, innovation, and technology
 2008 Natural Sciences of the University of Graz (recognition of excellent academic achievement)
 2003 Burgen Scholar of the Academia Europaea (in recognition of excellent academic achievement)
 1997 Fellowship of Columbia University of New York for Biosphere 2
1995 – Present

Atmospheric and environmental science with focus on atmospheric remote sensing and climate change (more information under http://www.wegcenter.at/en/arsclisys):

  • Analysis, detection, and attribution of climate trends in atmospheric climate data records with focus on radio occultation (RO) observations)
  • Analysis of climate variability and atmospheric processes
  • Evalulation of global climate models with observations
  • Comparison of observational climate data records (radiosondes, microwave soundings, RO, reanalyses)
  • Intercomparison of RO records from different processing centers and coordination of the International RO Trends working group
  • Error analysis and characterization of RO data
  • Sonification and visualization of climate data
  • Investigation of the climate monitoring and atmospheric change detection capability of GNSS occultation observing system (OSSE)
  • Contribution to scientific algorithms of the EGOPS (End-to-End GNSS Occultation Performance Simulator) software tool
  • Contribution to scientific studies for the Atmosphere and Climate Explorer (ACE+) Mission (selected by ESA in May 2002 as top priority future EEO Mission, postponed after Phase A)
  • Utilization of RO data for studying stratospheric gravity wave activity
  • Retrieval and validation of RO data and processing advancements
  • Atmosphere - ocean interaction and the carbon dioxide cycle in Biosphere 2
  • Effect of temperature inversions on air pollution in urban areas
since 2003 University lectures, seminars, and practical courses on
  • 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
Supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD students
Activities and International Services
Since 2021 WCRP Regional Focal Point for Region Europe and Western Asia
Since 2020 WCRP SPARC Science Task Team
Since 2020 Advisory Board for Climate Protection of the City of Graz
Since 2019 Vice chair (currently interim Co-chair)
of the Commission Climate and Air Quality, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Since 2017 Member of the Science Advisory Panel of Remote Sensing Systems (RSS, USA) on temperature data sets
Since 2016 Co-Chair of WCRP/SPARC Activity Atmospheric Temperature Changes and their Drivers (ATC)
Since 2015 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
Since 2010 Member of International Radio Occultation Working Group (IROWG/CGMS)
Since 1999 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

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