Participating institutions and project leaders
Dr. Denise Dettmering (responsible for IP1)
She is research associate at DGFI-TUM since 2007. Currently, she is head of DGFI-TUM’s research area “Satellite Altimetry”. She is an expert for multi-mission satellite radar altimetry for different oceanographic, hydrologic, and geodetic applications and works on empirical ocean tide modelling, altimetry-derived water level variations of lakes and rivers, and marine gravity field determination.
Dr. Henryk Dobslaw (GFZ, responsible for IP2)
He is research scientist at Department 1 GFZ “Geodesy” of GFZ in Potsdam. He has been involved in the processing of the GRACE AOD1B product since release 03 introduced in the year 2004, and is the PI of the latest AOD1B release 06. He has co-authored several papers on satellite gravity field analysis for oceanographic, cryospheric, and climate applications, and has coordinated the recent update of the ESA Earth System Model for future satellite gravity mission studies.
Prof. Frank Flechtner (speaker of RU, responsible for IP4)
He was the GRACE Co-PI and is responsible project manager for the implementation of the German GRACE-FO mission elements, including the joint US-German Science Data System. He is S-Professor for Physical Geodesy at the Technical University of Berlin and head of GFZ’s Section “Global Geomonitoring and Gravity Field”. In this constellation it is guaranteed that the PhD position enrolled at TUB can be directly involved in the analysis of real GRACE and GRACE-FO data by using software packages such as the Earth Parameter and Orbit System (EPOS) maintained at GFZ.
Dr. Petra Friederichs (responsible for IP3)
She is permanent research scientist at the Meteorological Institute of the University Bonn. Her research involves extremes in complex systems, particularly mesoscale weather extremes in space and time. Her expertise is in spatial statistical modelling, probabilistic downscaling and ensemble postprocessing. She is part of the HErZ group that developed the regional reanalyses COSMO-REA6.
Prof. Andreas Hense (responsible for IP3)
He is full professor of the Meteorological Institute of the University Bonn. His previous work included regional atmospheric modelling and model development, data assimilation, atmospheric reanalysis, and atmospheric excitation of Earth rotation. In addition, he has worked towards uncertainty assessment in atmospheric models, ensemble approaches, ensemble data assimilation, and ensemble post-processing. Furthermore, experience with using COSMO-EU and –REA6 for dealiasing studies has been built up, jointly with the UBN-IGG group.
Ass. Prof. Anna Klos (Mercator Fellow in IP3)
Military University of Technology, Warsaw
She is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Military University of Technology, Warsaw since 2016. She adds expertise in GNSS and DORIS analysis, time seris and process noise modelling, and environmental loading assessment to the RU.
Prof. Jürgen Kusche (responsible for IP3)
He has been speaker of the DFG SPP1257 “Mass Transport and Mass Distribution in the Earth System”. He is the chair of sub-commission 2.6 “Gravity and Mass Transport in the Earth System” of the International Association of Geodesy. He has been head of GFZ’s Section “Gravity Field and Gravimetry” till 2009 and is now Professor at the University of Bonn, Institute for Geodesy and Geoinformation (IGG). He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Geodesy.
Dr. Rolf König (responsible for IP5)
He is Head of GFZ Section 1.2 Working Group “Earth System Parameters and Orbit Dynamics” and in this field an expert for precise orbit determination, parameter estimation and adjustment theory.
Prof. Roland Pail (responsible for IP4 and IP6)
He is W3 professor of Astronomical and Physical Geodesy at Technical University of Munich, and currently Vice-Dean of the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering. He is president of the IAG Commission 2 “Gravity Field” and Co-chair of the GGOS (Global Geodetic Observing System) Standing Committee on Satellite Missions. His research fields are global and regional gravity field modelling, satellite geodesy, and related applications in mass transport process modelling.
Prof. Michael Schindelegger (responsible for IP3)
He is W1 professor for Geodetic Earth System Research, UBN-IGG, since February 2018 and the current vice-chair of the IAG sub-commission 3.3. “Earth Rotation and Geophysical Fluids”. He brings expertise in atmosphere-ocean interactions and barotropic ocean modeling on sub-monthly and tidal time scales to the RU.
Prof. Maik Thomas (responsible for IP1)
He is W3-Professor for Modelling of fluid dynamics in the Earth's system at the Freie Universität Berlin and head of GFZ’s Section 1.3 “Earth System Modelling”. He is chair of the GGOS (Global Geodetic Observing System) Committee on “Contributions to Earth System Modelling” and has led sub-commission 3.3 “Earth Rotation and Geophysical Fluids” of the International Association of Geodesy.