Atmospheric Physics and Climate

Clouds are an important factor for Earth’s radiative balance. The scientific goal of this working group is to understand and quantify the governing processes constraining the radiative properties of clouds. These include interactions between aerosols, clouds and radiation, as well as interactions between aerosol, clouds and the large-scale circulation. To achieve this goal, we predominantly use numerical models together with field campaign data and satellite records. The scales and complexity of the used models ranges from simple, idealised large-eddy simulations (LES) to global climate models of full complexity.