Dr. Hartwig Deneke

Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research

Permoserstraße 15

04318 Leipzig


Phone: +49 341 2717-7168

Mail: hartwig.deneke@tropos.de  

Room: 107 (Building 23.5)



Group Leader Satellite Remote Sensing



Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Processes


Research areas & research interest

  • Remote sensing of clouds and aerosols as well as radiative fluxes from passive and active satellite imagers
  • Analysis of the life-cycle of clouds using geostationary satellites, including the nowcasting of severe convection
  • Small scale variability of clouds and radiation, and their effects on the accuracy of satellite products and the comparability of satellite and surface observations


Current projects

    • High definition clouds and precipitation for advancing climate prediction (HD(CP)2), subproject O2, METEOSAT SEVIRI based high-resolution and model evaluation metrics, funded by BMBF
    • Leibniz Graduate School on Clouds, Aerosols and Radiation (LGS-CAR), evaluation of the accurancy of satellite estimates of the first aerosol indirect effect, funded by the Leibniz Society
    • Hans-Ertel Centre on Weather Research, topical area 1, Object-based Analysis and Seamless Prediction (OASE), characterization and nowcasting of deep convection using ground-based and satellite observations, funded by DWD


    Completed projects   

    • Integrating Cloud Observations from ground and Space (ICOS, funded by DFG): comparison of surface- and satellite perspectives for studying the life-cycle of cloud systems, and synergistic use of ground and satellite observations
    • Proposal concept and execution of a EUMETSAT fellowship on the effects of broken clouds on passive imager satellite retrievals, funded by EUMETSAT


    Summer Semester 2011-2013 Satellite Remote Sensing, module TM3 Leipzig Institute of Meteorology, University of Leipzig
    Winter Semester 2009/10 Introduction to Remote Sensing, Bachelor course met416, together with C. Simmer Meteorological Institute of the University of Bonn
    Summer Semester 2009 Introduction to Remote Sensing, Bachelor course met415, together with C. Simmer Meteorological Institute of the University of Bonn
    Winter Semester 2008/09 Atmospheric Radiation, together with C. Simmer Meteorological Institute of the University of Bonn

    Curriculum vitae

    Academic qualification  

    06/1999 University Degree: Diploma in Physics University of Bonn
    06/2003 PhD: Dr. rer. nat. University of Bonn

    Research Experience

    10/1999-11/2002 Doctoral student Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut, De Bilt, Netherlands
    01/2003-03/2005 Post-Doc Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing Biological Textmining, funded internally
    04/2005-06/2007 Post-Doc Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut, De Bilt, Netherlands Projects: SICCS, funded by the Dutch National Science Foundation, CM-SAF, funded by EUMETSAT
    07/2007-03/2010 EUMETSAT Fellow Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut, De Bilt, Netherlands
    since 04/2010 Leader working group "Satellite Remote Sensing" Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research



    • Submitted

    Hünerbein, A., U. Görsdorf, H. Deneke, K. Ebell and A. Macke. Combining satellite- and ground-based observations to analyze cloud frontal systems. J. Appl. Meteorol. Clim., submitted.

    Weissmann, M., M. Göber, C. Hohenegger, T. Janjic, J. Keller, C. Ohlwein, A. Seifert, S. Trömel, T. Ulbrich, K. Wapler, C. Bollmeyer, H. Deneke. The Hans-Ertel Centre for Weather Research – Research object­ives and highlights from its first three years, Meteorol. Z., submitted.

    Tilgner, A., Schöne, L., Bräuer, P., van Pinxteren, D., Hoffmann, E., Spindler, G., Mertes, S., Birmili, W., Otto, R., Merkel, M., Weinhold, K., Wiedensohler, A., Deneke, H., Haunold, W., Engel, A., Wéber, A., and Herrmann, H.: Critical assessment of meteorological conditions and airflow connectivity during HCCT-2010, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 14, 1861-1917, doi:10.5194/acpd-14-1861-2014, 2014.

    Horváth, A., C. Seethala, and H. Deneke, View Angle Dependence of AMSR-E and MODIS Liquid Water Path Retrievals in Warm Oceanic Clouds, J. Geophys Res., submitted.


    • Published

    Bley, S. and H. Deneke. 2013. A threshold-based cloud mask for the high-resolution visible channel of Meteosat Second Generation SEVIRI, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 6, 2713-2723, doi:10.5194/amt-6-2713-2013, 2013.

    Hanschmann, T., H. Deneke, R. Roebeling, and A. Macke. 2012. Evaluation of the shortwave cloud ra­diative effect over the ocean by use of ship and satellite observations. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12(24), 12243-12253, doi: 10.5194/acp-12-12243-2012.

    Carabajal Henken, C., M. Schmeits, H. Deneke, R. Roebeling. 2011. Using MSG-SEVIRI Cloud Physi­cal Properties and Weather Radar Observations for the Detection of Cb/TCu Clouds. J. Appl. Meteor. Clim., 50, 1587–1600. doi: 10.1175/2011JAMC2601.1.

    Deneke, H., and R. Roebling. 2010. Downscaling of METEOSAT SEVIRI 0.6 and 0.8 micron channel radiances utilizing the high-resolution visible channel. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 10, 9761-9772, doi:10.5194/acp-10-9761-2010.

    Wolters, E., H. Deneke, B. van den Hurk, J.F. Meirink and R. Roebeling. 2010. Broken and inhomoge­neous cloud impact on satellite cloud-phase retrievals. J. Geophys. Res., 115, D10214, doi:10.1029/2009JD012205.

    Deneke, H., W. Knap and C. Simmer. 2009. Multiresolution Analysis of the Temporal Variance and Correlation of Transmittance and Reflectance of an Atmospheric Column. J. Geophys. Res., 114, D17206, doi:10.1029/2008JD011680.

    Schulz, J., Deneke, H., et al. 2009. Operational climate monitoring from space: the EUMETSAT satel­lite application facility on climate monitoring (CM-SAF). Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9(5), 1687-1709.

    Deneke, H., R. Roebeling and A. Feijt. 2008. Estimating surface solar irradiance from METEOSAT SE­VIRI derived cloud properties. Remote Sens. Environ., 112(6), 3131-3141.

    Roebeling R., H. Deneke and A. Feijt. 2008. Validation of cloud liquid water path retrievals from ME­TEOSAT SEVIRI derived cloud properties. J. Appl. Meteorol. Clim. 47(1), 206-222.

    Deneke, H., A. Feijt, A. van Lammeren and C. Simmer. 2005. Validation of a physical retrieval scheme of solar surface irradiances from narrowband satellite radiances. J. Appl. Meteorol., 44(9), 1453-1466.

    Feijt, A., D. Jolivet, R. Koelemeijer, R. Dlhopolsky and H. Deneke. 2004. Recent improvements to LWP retrievals from AVHRR. Atmos. Res., 72, 3-15.

    Gieger, C., H. Deneke and J. Fluck. 2003. The future of text mining in genome-based clinical rese­arch. BioSilico,1(3), 97-103.

    Crewell, S., G. Haase, U. Löhnert, H. Mebold and C. Simmer. 1999. A ground based multi-sensor sys­tem for the remote sensing of clouds, Phys. Chem. Earth (B), 24, 207-211.